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5 Wintery Books for Readers Sick of the Summer

Have you ever just really wanted to curl up under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book while snow falls gently outside, but then you look at the weather and its ninety degrees all week? Or have you stared longingly at your comfy sweaters, cozy hats, and fuzzy socks while the outside world boils? Well, reading is nothing if not escapism, and that counts for seasons too. For all those readers sick of summer, take a look at these winter wonderlands in book form.

 

1.     The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

 

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In the wintery world of Alaska in 1920, a childless and lonely couple, Jack and Mabel, are drifting apart under the weight of their circumstances and situation. In a magical moment of the first snowfall, they build a child made of snow. The next morning, the child is gone, but they see a young child running through the trees. This child is called Faina, and she seems like she’s stepped right out of a fairy tale, with her prodigious hunting ability, red fox companion, and impossible survival skills.

The Snow Child is a story of found family, as Mabel and Jack learn to love this wild child as their own daughter, and of how life is in this beautiful, violent place. The undercurrent of mystery and darkness of this wintery story is truly fascinating, and you’ll be sucked into the icy yet wondrous world of 1920 Alaska. Winter-loving readers, The Snow Child is for you.

 

 

2.     Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

 

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If what you really miss about winter is those beloved cookies, check out Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi. This story follows Perdita Lee, a British teenager, as she tries to find her mother’s long-lost friend and connect with her mother. Through a surprising and heartwrenching story of jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth, and real estate, the one thing that holds value is a family passed-down gingerbread recipe.

For a fascinating and satisfying tale of family, folklore, and gingerbread, book-lovers who are tired of summer and want a little winter magic and wonder should read Gingerbread. This novel will deliver both intense moments and cozy warmth in turn in a wonderful and heartwarming tale.

 

3.     Greenglass House by Kate Milford

 

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This New York Times best seller follows the story of Milo, a twelve-year-old boy ready to spend to his winter holidays relaxing at his parents’ inn, which is usually quiet in the winter. However, this winter brings a series of odd, secretive guests to the inn, each one with an strange and suspicious story. The inn gets stranger and stranger as Milo and his friend Meddy try to figure out what’s going on and “discover the truth about Greenglass House—and themselves.”

 

 

This icy and wintery setting will transport readers into the world of winter, where sweltering summer days are long past. And it perfectly complements the mysterious and eerie story of Milo and Greenglass House. So if you want a nice wintery mystery to chill your bones and surprise the heck out of you, check out Greenglass House!

 

4.     Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

 

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We all know about Charles Dickens and his A Christmas Carol. This story takes that concept and runs with it, bringing us into the world of Dickens himself. Dickens, who is just not feeling the Christmas spirit, is fed up with writing, critics, his wife’s lavish Christmas party, and money. So when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas-themed book, he refuses and begins to suffer from serious writer’s block.

And then, much like Scrooge, he’s taken on a journey by a mystery Eleanor Lovejoy which tests everything he believes in. Alongside Dickens, readers will learn about generosity, friendship, ambition, love, and the winter wonderland of Christmas. So, Dickens-lovers, strap in for an heartwarming and charming adventure that’ll keep you engaged and enchanted throughout. Go check out Mr. Dickens and His Carol.

 

5. Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North by Blair Braverman

 

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If memoirs are more your thing, check out Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube. This book charts Blair’s adventures in driving sled dogs in Norway and her life working as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. She faces tough battles against the ruthless icy landscape, from being buried alive in an ice cave to driving a dogsled across the tundra through a whiteout blizzard. Blair’s story will keep you hooked and hungry for more through the whole book.

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube “captures the triumphs and perils of the journey to self-discovery in a landscape that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving.” If you want a heart-wrenching and exhilarating story set in a frigidly difficult world in order to get your mind off of the heat outside, go check out Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube!

 

 

Sometimes, you’re just a reader who wants to curl up inside with a book and watch snow fall outside your frosty window. But, during the summer months, when you go to do just that, your window is full of a too-bright sun, fuzzy heat waves, and the sweltering sweat of just existing. But there will always be books to turn to for respite, and these five wintery books will take your mind off of the heat outside.

 

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5 Mysteries to Cozy Up With This Winter

Let’s face it—after the holidays, winter is just plain miserable. What better way to cheer yourself up than to cozy up with some good mysteries? These reads will not only have you racing to guess whodunnit, but will also make you laugh out loud. So stoke a nice fire, pour some tea, and curl up in your warmest blanket while enjoying these cozy mysteries this winter season!

1. ‘Abby Cooper: Psychic Eye’

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The Psychic Eye series by real-life psychic Victoria Laurie is a personal favorite of mine. The series follows psychic intuitive Abby Cooper as she’s thrown into the middle of a murder mystery after one of her clients dies. The police (including the super attractive lead investigator) doubt Abby’s abilities, so with the help of her handy psychic abilities—or what she likes to call her “crew”—Abby goes out in search of the killer herself. 

Psychic Eye continues with 15 more books (and counting), each with a unique mystery that never fails to entertain. The series traverses Abby’s relationship with the police and her struggle to prove the authenticity of her powers, while also navigating her relationship (with someone who shall remain unnamed for the sake of spoilers). 

This series is both action-packed and laugh-out-loud funny, especially in reading about Abby’s feisty personality and the many adventures (and trouble) her stubbornness gets her into. Laurie is particularly talented in the crafting of the book’s many side characters, some of which are recurrent, who you will fall in love just as much as you fall in love with Abby and her antics. 

2. ‘Loose Screw’

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Lucy is as clumsy as she is a push-over—but when she trips over the dead body of a relics trader, she’s thrust into the midst of a murder mystery. Despite her self-consciousness and uncertainty in her own abilities, Lucy sets out to find the killer in hopes of saving her loved ones—and her business. 

This book is hilarious, simply because of Lucy’s self-deprecating thoughts and utter clumsiness. That being said, she gradually gains confidence in herself over the course of the novel, embracing her flaws and breaking out of her shy shell. 

If you’re looking for humor, a relatable main character, and a super hot detective love interest—look no further! Loose Screw is available on Kindle or as a paperback on Amazon.

3. ‘Murder, She Wrote’

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If you love the show Murder, She Wrote, then you’ll most certainly love this series of the same name. If you’re not familiar with the television series, it features Jessica Fletcher, a best-selling mystery author who inevitably gets caught up in real-life murder mysteries. Jessica is quirky, intelligent, and always knows how to outsmart the killer. 

Based off of the show, the Murder, She Wrote series stays true to Jessica’s character and voice, and will keep you guessing as often as the show. If you’re looking for a mystery with a little less romance and a little more murder-solving, this one’s for you! The series is 52 books long—perfectly capable of keeping you occupied for the rest of the winter months. 

4. ‘Eat, Pray, Die’

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Breaking away from some of the more generic mystery characters (not that there’s anything wrong with sticking to traditional tropes,) Eat, Pray, Die by Chelsea Field follows Izzy Avery, a woman whose genetic fluke makes her the perfect undercover poison taster. When a chef is nearly poisoned, and his poison taster is left in a coma, it’s up to Izzy and her colleague to track the killer down.

If you’re looking for a cozy mystery with a bit of a twist, Eat, Pray, Die is for you. 

5. ‘Hex on the Beach’

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Hex on the Beach by Gina LaManna is not your average mystery. If you love the magical realm of witches, ghouls, and vampires, this is sure to be a hit with you. The book follows Lily Locke as she discovers a magical realm, her biological family, and the fact that she’s a witch. To complicate matters further, a body turns up—and Lily could be next.

As fun as cozy mysteries are, the tropes and cookie-cutter plots can get a little boring. If you love mysteries but are looking for something new and unique—check out Hex on the Beach today! 

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Which Lunar Chronicles Couple Are You?

If you’ve read Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles, you’ve probably swooned over one or two (or five) of its characters. But which of its couples does your real-life romance match up with? Take this quiz to find out!

 

 

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Five Frigid Books for a Warm Winter

On a personal level, I could be more broken up about it being 45 every day in NYC, but there is definitely something not in the spirit of things. Since this winter’s been so warm, get your fix of snow and frost with these books about deep winter.

 

Winterwood – Shea Ernshaw

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We have witches! We have winter choked woods! Actually, witch might be a stretch, but there’s something wrong in the Winterwood, and Nora Walker might have to find it. When a boy comes out of the woods alive after a brutal snowstorm, its secrets become too important to ignore.

 

Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater

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We’ve got another forest, yall, but I admit I’m a sucker for them. Every winter Grace watches the wolves in the woods behind her house, feeling she understands them. They end up being more connected than she could have possibly imagined, and she’s drawn further into their world of curses and winter.

 

The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

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Vasilisa has always seen things and other people don’t, but is especially fascinated with the ice demon Frost. When her new stepmother forbids the traditions that appease and strengthen the spirits of the land, it’s up to Vasilisa and the things only she can know to save their crops, their community, and all their lives.

 

East – Edith Pattou

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Rose war wilder than her sisters since birth, and despite her mother’s efforts, can’t be kept from adventure. When a white bear promises her family prosperity if he can take her away, she agrees easily. But the bear is more than he appears, and running away into the cold was barely the beginning.

 

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis

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A classic, but always worth a reread. In a land held in eternal winter by the terrifying White Witch, four children discover a grand destiny and an opportunity to save a world, even if it’s not their own. If you haven’t read it, you absolutely must, and if you have, you still probably should.

 


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