The Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly challenge post previously hosted by The Broke and Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. You can follow along for each weekly post here. This week’s post is all about holiday books. Now this is kind of open ended so I tried to pick Christmas-y, winter-y type of books but I also picked some books that I just love to read this time of year. Enjoy!
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
I haven’t read this in so so many years but I do remember loving how the three romances collide with each other. It reminds me of the movie Love Actually but, you know, much better. Plus I have been watching the movie obsessively on Netflix and its just so cute.
My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors
I love this book because you don’t have to read it as this huge continuous story – its twelve, totally adorable stories and it just puts me in this relaxed, winter-y mood that makes me want to drink hot cocoa and all of that.
Princess in Love by Meg Cabot
The entire eleven book series of Princess Diaries is truly wonderful but this book is my favorite. It reminds me of the chaotic and fun time of Christmas as a teenager. Plus its just full of winter and all this uncertainty and full of first love and it just makes me so happy because my Mia and Michael dreams come true in this book.
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
Rebel Angels isn’t exactly a winter, Christmas novel but it takes place when Gemma and the rest of the girls go to London for the Christmas holidays with their families and yes, magical shenanigans occur but its also just winter and Christmas in the late 19th century England and its just beautiful and makes me wish I could have a Victorian Christmas. Even with the corset and the oppression of women.
The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
While this book is super emotional and can have its hard moments, its also full of hope and fun. Being stranded in a huge airport because of a storm, on New Years Eve is a set up for a fun book and I like that NYs is used as the beginning of something, a day of hope for the rest of the year. Its a comfort book for sure.
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Okay, I feel like this one is slightly cheating because it has nothing to do with Winter or Christmas – it just has the name Winter for the main character of the novel. But the Lunar Chronicles are comfort books for me, hands down. Fairy tales are comforting and these twisted tales in a sci-fi world are even more comforting to me.
The Protector of the Small Series by Tamora Pierce
This is definitely not a winter setting at all but this is one of my favorite series of all time and it brings me a lot of comfort. Keladry is one of the strongest, both physically and emotionally, characters and reading her books always makes me so so happy. These kind of books are the kind of books that you read when you’re dealing with the pure chaos of the holiday season because they’re an escape and if Kel can deal with sexist men trying to tear her down, I can deal with Christmas shopping and cooking Christmas dinner.
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Okay, again, with the title haha. But there’s just something really great about a bunch of vampires and vampire protectors heading to the mountains for some skiing and winter wonderland fun. Plus we get to meet Adrian in this book and he’s literally my heart. We’ll just forget how sad this book ends.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
This book has a very winter feel to it because of the way Ravka is written. Its a fantasy, czarist Russia and its hared to imagine that as not a picturesque, fantasy world buried in snow. The way they dress with their robes and heavy cloaks and the ending of the novel just brings about a cold, wintery feeling and this is the perfect dark, romantic book to read next to the fire.
Winter Falls by Nicole Maggi
I mean, I feel like this is another novel that is seriously obvious but it just works. The town that Alessia lives in is called Twin Willows, which partly sounds like something out of a Hallmark Christmas movie but works so perfectly for the fantasy world that springs out of it. Its also a great read-by-the-fire novel as well.