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Ten wintry reads to curl up with now the days are getting colder


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Now that the days are getting colder and shorter, going out is becoming less and less appealing. Instead of risking getting frozen, why not stay inside in the warmth with a good book and a hot drink?

For me, long winter evenings mean fantasy books (okay, every evening means fantasy books, but especially in Winter), so here are ten that can recreate that wintry feeling for you, without actually having to go outside. Perfect, no?

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The Crown's Game, by Evelyn Skye

This enchanting fantasy is set in 19th Century Imperial Russia, so you are guaranteed some wintry feelings. It's a captivating tale of two young magicians fighting for the role of Imperial Enchanter to the Tsar in a magical tournament. I finished it in just over a week and half, so it is definitely a good one to curl up with and while away the winter nights.

Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

Set in Bardugo's Grishaverse (though you don't need to have read the preceding books to understand), it follows a group of teens as they attempt a dangerous heist from the most secure stronghold in their kingdom. This is a fun, action packed read to pass away the winter gloom.

A Shiver of Snow and Sky, by Lisa Lueddecke

This new fantasy release is set on the frozen island of Skane, where a young girl has to prevent a massive onslaught of death after the sky turns red. 

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

Curl up with a glass of hot apple cider (a beverage which features in the book), and experience the magic of Le Cirque De Reves as young magicians Celia and Marco compete in a magical competition with the circus as their canvas.

Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone, by J.K. Rowling

Yes, I will find any excuse to mention Harry Potter in a list, but the series has always had a very strong association with winter for me, as the movies are always on TV at Christmas. You can never go wrong with revisiting an old favourite as the days get darker and colder.

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

What is more perfect for a wintry night than a journey through the wardrobe into Narnia, where it is always winter but never Christmas? Childhood favourites are perfect reads for winter, as there is something very comforting about reading them while tucked away from the cold weather.

Wintersong, by S. Jae Jones

It's right there in the title; wintry goodness guaranteed. 'This book follows the story of Liesl who sacrifices herself to the Goblin King in order to save her sister.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass, by Melissa Bashardoust

A feminist retelling of Snow White, set in the wintry kingdom of Whitespring, Girls Made of Snow and Glass follows the story of Mina and her stepdaughter Lynet. When Lynet is made queen of Mina's rightful territories, stepmother is pitted against stepdaughter. 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor

A unique take on the classic angel/demon trope, this beautiful fantasy follows Karou through the wintry streets of Prague as she runs errands for her mysterious guardian Brimstone and struggles to find long-sought answers to questions that cut to the core of her very identity.

Hunted, by Megan Spooner

A Beauty and the Beast retelling set in a Russian inspired world, this story combines a beautiful wintry setting with one of the world's best known fairytales, perfect to curl up with on a cosy winter's night.

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