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Cozy Books to Read in Winter

If you’re anything like me, Winter is the perfect time of year for you. Why? Because while the world outside is cold and snowy, you can stay inside with heaps of blankets and get lost in a fictional world. All the books I’ve picked for this post are fantasy, mainly because my idea of a cozy getaway is a completely new world. 

HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer
my rating: 5/5 stars

Coming in at number one, Heartless is a book that I read a few years ago while on a long car ride in the middle of a snow storm. So when I say this book is perfect for Winter, I mean it! Ever wonder how the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland got to be so…evil? Then this is the book for you! Catherine, the main character, is a beautiful girl in Wonderland and is set to become the next queen. However, as a talented baker, she has no interest in becoming a wife just yet. We follow her journey from a young, optimistic girl into one of the most hated characters in Alice in Wonderland. 

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
my rating: 4/5 stars

I was almost tempted to put The Night Circus on this list, but I figured with that one being more popular, it was kind of a given. BUT, if you haven’t read The Night Circus yet, then drop everything and read it right now. Seriously. It’s that good. Anyways. Caraval is very loosely similar in terms of the fact that it’s about a competition and takes place in a circus-like atmosphere. It follows two sisters, Scarlett and Tella, who receive an invitation one day to compete in the mysterious yet intriguing Caraval games. The reason I would recommend this for Winter is because it’s thrilling and the perfect thing to read from the comfort of your bed. It’s also very immersive and atmospheric, almost making the reader feel like they’re IN the book. The writing is beautiful too, and if I haven’t sold you just yet, there’s also a super interesting romance *insert side-eye emoji here*

THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
my rating: 5/5 stars

Sitting at over 600 pages, this is easily the longest book on this list. If you have the time (& patience) for an immersive, adult fantasy, then this is the book for you! In The Name of the Wind we follow main character Kvothe and we watch him grow up from the moment he is born to when he is an adult. We follow along Kvothe’s childhood in a travelling troupe with his family, his acceptance into an elite school of magic, and everything in between. This is a slow-paced book with lots of details that may make you want to stop reading at times. However, I can promise the payoff is worth it at the end. It’s perfect for when the days are snowy and all you want to do is drink some hot chocolate and get transported into a fictional world.

HUNTED by Meagan Spooner
my rating: 5/5 stars

If there is one book you read from this list during Winter, it has to be this one. Because wow. Let me just start off with the plot before getting into anything else. Hunted is a Beauty & the Beast retelling set in a world that is inspired by rural Russia. What does that mean? It means snow, icy cold days, and also, writing that reads a lot like a fairy-tale. I mean, come on, it is the epitome of everything you would want in Winter! I will also be the first to admit that it’s not very ~unique~ as far as retellings go, but the atmospheric world building is what really made the story for me.  

my rating: n/a

Okay, duh. It’s been a minute since I read these books, but I just know that they give off some strong Winter vibes. I also feel like anything nostalgic is perfect to read during this time of year. I don’t have much more to add on for these books. Especially considering how popular they are, but if for some reason you haven’t read them, there’s no time like the present!

Well, that’s it for today’s post. I hope this list was helpful in providing some inspiration for the books you decide to end the year with. I also put in that last picture because it just looks like everything I need right now. Until next time <33


Author: Aarushi @ aarushireads

Hi friends! My name is Aarushi (she/her) and welcome to my blog 💖 I’m a 19 year old reader and decided to start this so I’d have a place where I could write down all my bookish rambles and thoughts! In addition to reading, I love to write in my free time and am currently working on my YA Fantasy WIP. Found family, rivals to lovers, and a historical backdrop are just a few tropes I've added in. I love interacting with other readers and writers so be sure to leave your comments so we can chat! Thanks for being here <33 All my socials are aarushireads :) *profile pic created by prequel

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