Winter Reads

Hey everybody,

I’m going to be recommending some wintery type reads for you guys. The winter season is fast approaching and if you’re looking for some books to curl up by a fire with a nice cup of eggnog or hot coco then these books are for you. I hope you enjoy this & if you would like more seasonal book lists drop me a comment. So here we go.

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1. Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle

Synopsis:

An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve
buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House ( and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.
A trio of today’s bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle- brings all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.

I haven’t read this book yet, but it is on my list for winter reads, it’s super popular so I thought I would recommend it.

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2. Little Women by Louise May Alcott

Synopsis:

In New England while their chaplain father serves during the Civil War, mother “Marmee” watches the four March sisters grow up. Beautiful capable Meg, tomboy writer Jo, shy musical Beth, and selfish temperamental Amy struggle to pursue their dreams. Kindly neighbor Mr Laurence and his grandson “Teddie” soon become part of the friendly family.

I love this book the first time I read it was around Christmas time and the setting of the book starts just around the Christmas season.

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3.  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Synopsis:

When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy took their first steps into the world behind the magic wardrobe, little do they realise what adventures are about to unfold. And as the story of Narnia begins to unfold, so to does a classic tale that has enchanted readers of all ages for over half a century.

One of my all time favourite stories and it’s absolutely wonderful to read at Christmas time, it gives you such a wintery feel.

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4. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Synopsis:

Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out on to the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug’s left eye. He was only pretending to be asleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance…

Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon

Oh, the Hobbit I adore this book I actually read this last year around Christmas time just before the first movie came out. Though it’s not set in the winter there are times when they travel through the misty mountains and it’s snowing. I just think it’s one of those feel good adventure books people would love to read at Christmas time.

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5. The Winter Letter by Dustan E. Stanley

Synopsis:

On his thirteenth birthday Will receives a strange letter from a king. The letter is full of nonsense, so he figures it’s a prank, but then there are three knocks on his front door. By the next day his entire world has fallen apart and the strange letter makes perfect sense.

Near the closing the letter reads: Tomorrow, get on the 3:30 train. Go south. Get off at sunset and walk deep into the eastern woods. Knock on the door of the only house you come across…

Did this so-called king know what was going to happen beforehand or did he orchestrate the ordeal himself? Will must know, so he sets out on an epic journey that takes him to a world full of magic and war, with new friends and new enemies. In the end he comes face to face with the one responsible. His life will never be the same.

Lovers of simple fantasy with deep meaning, such as The Chronicles of Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time, will fall full into this simple story based on the deeper truths of love, hope, and faith!

Oh, my goodness this is one of my favourite fantasy novels. I got it in October of last year & I fell in love with this book, it’s light hearted and full of adventure. A great wintery read & I adore the cover.

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6. Camilla by Madeleine L’Engle

Synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Camilla Dickinson has led a sheltered life on the Upper East Side with her architect father and stunningly beautiful mother. But this winter the security she has always known has vanished, because her parents’ marriage is coming apart – and Camilla is caught in the middle. She finds a way to escape her troubles when she meets Frank, her best friend’s brother, who is someone she can really talk to about life, death, God, and her dream of becoming an astronomer. When Frank introduces her to the important people in his life, who are so different from anyone she has met before, he opens her eyes to worlds beyond her own, almost as if he were a telescope helping her to see the stars. This novel, one of the author’s earliest, is the story of a girl who, with the help of her first love, leaves childhood behind and enters adulthood with a newfound sense of self and inner strength.

Have yet to read this book, but I’m reading it over this season and one of my best friends highly recommends this book. So go for it!

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7. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Synopsis:

Caldecott Honor artist Brian Selznick’s lavishly illustrated debut novel is a cinematic tour de force not to be missed!

ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

I’m currently reading this book and I love it, it’s set in Paris during the winter & it gives such a Christmasy feel. It’s also a great book you could read to kids before bed. There’s tons of really cool illustrations. I would recommend this to anyone of any age who enjoys illustrations in their books.

I hope you guys got some ideas of what to read this Christmas season.

Happy Reading :)

Alisha

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