Did I plan a post for today when I decided to try and post every day this month? No, no I did not. Do I already kind of regret this? Yup. But here we are. I am honestly not really planning on doing too many holiday posts this year (just personally not feeling it). But I am very much excited about winter. Even though winter here is not cold by any stretch, I’m just excited for it not to be hot all the time.
And when winter hits and I can finally put on a sweater and some fuzzy socks, one thing I always want to do is just curl up with a nice, cozy book and a cup of tea. If I could spend every single day like that, I think I’d be pretty happy.
So, to get myself back in the mood for winter reading (and reading in general), I thought I’d share some of my favorite cozy winter reads. Here are five books I love that would make brilliant additions to your warm blanket and cup of tea:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I have read this book three times so far, and each time I’ve read it either in fall or winter. And it is absolutely the perfect book for that time of year. It kind of has a little bit of everything – magic and history and romance – and it’s honestly just perfect. It is one of my favorite books of all time (I’m honestly tempted to read it again this year). But it also makes the absolute perfect winter read because it will make you want to curl up on a gloomy day with a cup of hot chocolate. Seriously, make sure you have some hot chocolate on hand before you start this, trust me.
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
I read this during the summer last year, and absolutely regretted it because this just has to be read during winter. It just does. It’s about a girl and an ice king and a tsar and a quest and it’s just great. If you want to embrace the cold this season and take a journey into a kingdom of ice, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
I absolutely love this book. It’s about two half sisters living in eighteenth-century Ghana. One is sold into slavery and the other marries a British officer. The novel follows both of their descendants as their paths diverge, one in Ghana and one in America. I don’t want to spoil anything, but this is a brilliant book. It’s so well done, and expertly showcases the black experience. I read it over two years ago, and I seriously haven’t stopped thinking about it. It’s one of the books I recommend all the time. This is another one I am very tempted to revisit myself this winter.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Even though I read this last year, it might just be the perfect quarantine book. It’s about Count Rostov, who is sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel. There, he makes friends and generally tries to make his life worth something. It’s funny and heartwarming and really just a great novel. Reading this just felt like I was reading something that I would think about for a long time, and I have.
I think this post just tuned into me talking myself into rereading some of my favorite books. because I do really want to experience all of these all over again!
This was a short post, but I hope you still enjoyed it! Let me know what kinds of posts you’d like to see from me this month, and add your cozy winter recommendations in the comments!