5 cosy books to read in winter

5 Cosy Books to Read this Winter

JessDecember 11, 2020

Although not my favourite season (that would be you…wonderful autumn), I do enjoy certain aspects of the winter months. Namely the fact that it allows plenty of opportunity for snuggling under a blanket and getting lost in a good book; and there are certain books which I think are just perfect for this which is why I wanted to put together a list of my top 5 cosy books to read this winter.

Let me know if you have read any and if you’d agree!

I also have a list of the perfect books to read on a rainy day if this would also be of interest.

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This is YA historical fantasy fiction and is one of my favourite books from last year. So much so that I’m embarrassed to admit I have yet to pick up the sequel! We follow the story of Vasya, a young girl living on a remote farmstead in the northern countryside in Russia. Vasya has grown up listening to her grandmother talk about the old Russian house spirits and finds herself caught between the old and the new when a young passionate missionary from the church comes to her village.

This is like a fairytale for young adults and beyond. It is compelling and beautifully told, with the right mix of myth and magic alongside wonderful prose. I absolutely fell for this book and thought it was so enchanting; it was the kind of book I wanted to read incredibly slowly just to make sure I was able to savour the story and make the most out of my time reading it. I think with its atmospheric setting The Bear and the Nightingale would be the perfect option for a cosy winter read.

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

I wanted to add some middle-grade onto this list because this is the ideal book if you have some time and want to read a story in one sitting. In The Girl of Ink and Stars we meet Isabella, a young girl who is unable to leave her island but who dreams of travelling to the far flung places once mapped by her cartographer father. When Isabella’s best friend goes missing she is given that opportunity and discovers a world beyond the walls of her home that she could never have imagined.

This book is a tale of sadness and hope, of kindness and courage and ultimately of magic and monsters all wrapped up in beautiful storytelling.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This is what I would refer to as a ‘quiet’ book; it’s not a plot-driven page turner and it takes its sweet time in bringing the characters into their own but…wow. I have such a clear memory of closing this book and just needing to sit for a minute or two to fully appreciate what I had just read.

Where the Crawdads Sing is a story about ‘marsh girl’ Kia, who lives on the outskirts of a town in North Carolina. Kia is very much viewed as an outsider by the community but when she becomes entangled in a mystery surrounding the death of the town’s sweetheart, Chase Andrews, we begin to understand that there is much more to Kia than meets the eye. We follow Kia’s story from being a young girl alongside a more present day timeline as we see what has happened.

I honestly can’t praise this book enough. It is rich, descriptive, moving and impactful. If you are sitting on the fence about picking this up (which I can understand given the book’s incredible popularity) then you might want to watch my reading vlog to gain more insight and understand my personal reading experience.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Charming, quiet, quirky and heart-warming…if that sounds like it would be up your alley then this is the book for you.

The Keeper of Lost Things is about broken-hearted Anthony, a short story author who has spent his life collecting and collating lost objects in an attempt to make amends for a promise broken many years before. When Anthony passes away he leaves all his lost treasures to Laura, his assistant, and charges her with fulfilling his legacy; reuniting the thousands of objects with their original owners. Laura is recovering from a recent separation and is somewhat lost herself, and so we follow along as she goes on a journey of self-discovery.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

When I think of The Thirteenth Tale I don’t necessarily think of a cosy read, but I certainly think of atmospheric. This is the book to pick up with a roaring fire in the background (courtesy of Netflix or Youtube if you don’t have the real thing), a hot drink in hand and rain lashing against the windowpanes. It is dramatic and a little bit dark. Perfect to get lost in.

This is historical fiction with a dual timeline. We have an old abandoned house, a family saga, buried secrets and a mysterious and enigmatic writer who might just be about to reveal all. I honestly don’t want to say much more than that because this is really the type of story you are best uncovering as you go along. But I would highly recommend it.

Are there any books you would add to this list? I’d love to know!

Happy reading x

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