It’s time for another seasonal favorites post! Looks like I might have forgotten to post my favorites from this past fall, but, to be honest, I didn’t read all that much, so it’s fine. I DID, however, read a lot of books this winter. And I’m excited to share my favorites with you!
Click the links below to see my monthly wrap up for each of the months included in this favorites post. Any reviews I’ve done for these books are also linked.
- The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee. I just really love Felicity Montague. I thought the blend of historical fiction and fantasy in this novel was great. And I really appreciated the diversity in this book, especially since it’s meant for a young adult audience. Bonus: Mackenzi Lee somehow manages to write characters who both act their age and don’t annoy me.
- The Mermaid by Christina Henry. I’ve been a huge fan of Christina Henry for years now, and was so excited to read The Mermaid. I finally got around to it in January, and absolutely loved it. It’s unlike the other Henry books I’ve read in that it’s not a retelling – it’s based on real people and events, but with a fantasy twist – but it’s just as magical as her reimaginings of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. I can’t wait for her next book!
- The Plight of the Living Dead by Matt Simon. No, not a zombie book. It’s nonfiction about zombifying parasites! I picked this up on a whim, and was shocked by how much I enjoyed it. And how much I am still obsessed with cockroach wasps (Google them, they’re kind of really cool). Nature is crazy.
- The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, but was intrigued by a Chinese historical fantasy with a dose of magical realism. But it was amazing! I loved the characters and the mythology and folklore.
- The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte. A quick apology to everyone I know in real life for reading this book, because I cannot shut up about dinosaurs now. Seriously, I learned so much from this book, and found all of it absolutely fascinating. I’m sure someday knowing the shape of a T-rex’s brain will come in handy.
- Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I absolutely loved the first Taylor Jenkins Reid book I read – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – so I had high expectations for this. It took me a bit to get used to the writing style and the story, but I ended up loving it. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this book. I can see how this has been kind of hit or miss for a lot of people, but it was definitely a hit in my book. Only TJR can take a subject I usually don’t enjoy at all and turn it into a novel I adore.
All in all, I think this winter was a win. Not only did I read a lot of books, I also read a lot of books I loved.
What’s your favorite winter read from this year? And what are you most excited about reading this spring?