top ten winter reads

24 January 2014

When I saw this 'Top Ten' list on Ruby's blog I asked if I could participate too because I thought it was an amazing idea. Winter is my favourite season for reading because I absoultely hate being cold, so I tend to leave the snow for my siblings to play in while I curl up under a blanket with a nice cup of tea and disappear into one of my favourite books. So without further ado..
. If you know me, you'll know that THE GOOSE GIRL is my favourite book of all time, ever, ever, {amongst others...}. The writing is exquisite The story-line is perfect and the characters are wonderful. This book, just GAH, you must read it, and if you're friends with me and you've still not read it, how dare you betray me.
. WONDER was the first ever review book and ARC that i received when I started this blog thanks to the wonderful Luisa Plaja and to say I started reviewing with a bang is an understatement. This book made me cry and laugh and smile and make sure it is on your winter reading list? okay?
. I had never read any of this author's other books before I read THE GARBAGE KING, but since then - I've read every single one. It's the perfect book to curl up with and will tug at your heart strings: the author is now a firm favourite for my whole family, everyone reads her books and rejoices when a new one comes out!
. FLYAWAY was the first book I read by Lucy Christopher and definitely won't be the last. This book was a lovely feel-good novel about friendships that melted my heart into a puddle on the floor {not that i'm trying to say my heart is made of ice! ;p}
. I adore novels in verse, THE WEIGHT OF WATER being the first ever one I read. It's pulls you into the stroy with ease and doesn't let you out of its clutches until the end, but you really don't want to leave anyway! It's a perfect winter read.
. You always need a good book to make you laugh out loud in winter, laughing makes you warm, and I DON'T LIKE being cold. Also, well, they're funny and hilarious and by the end of it you feel happy, no matter how grim it looks outside. And GEEK GIRL is the best book for that!
. REBECCA is a creepy, dark, amazingly well-written book that will give you chills creeping up your spine no matter how hot it is under your blanket. So make sure you have a nice cup of tea to warm you up after you've devoured the last page!
. Oh what do I say about this book other than the fact that it is sad, will make you cry; it's one of my favourite books of all time - i could re-read it every week and never get tired - and is written wonderfully. You must read BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY now, you will not regret it.
. HARRY POTTER, well, Winter at Hogwarts, Mrs Weasley's Jumpers, butter beer, food, food, food; need I say more?
. THE WOLF PRINCESS draws you in immediately with its crystal wonderland that glitters like jewels in the winter sunlight. I love reading this book purely because it's written well, and, errm, it's a way for me to ice-skate and play in snow without actually getting cold...;)
Have you read any of these? what are your favourite winter reads? leave a comment to tell me so i can expand my list!


  1. Fun list! I haven't heard of a few of these, so I'll have to look them up. I really want to try some of these though: Between Shades of Grey, Geek Girl, and I've heard a lot of good things about Wonder. Great post! Will definitely be checking some of these out.

    (and I hear you about just letting your siblings play outside. I'm from Florida, so we don't get snow, but it's still way too cold for my comfort)


    1. tut tut. ;) which ones? YOU MUST READ BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY AND GEEK GIRL (i can't believe you haven't already read them yet!) and Wonder is amazing too.
      (YOU'RE AMERICAN. i never knew that. lol)
      thanks for stopping by!

  2. Harry Potter books are perfect for the snowy season! Well, for any season but especially winter! You can imagine your sitting beside one of the high-arched windows looking out at the snow-covered Hogwarts grounds... Seriously. If I could live in a story it'd be that one.

    I already know you hold a slight grudge toward me for not loving Between Shades of Grey as much as everyone else BUT, I am planning on reading other books by the author - so maybe my love will grow. *looks shady*

    I remember when everyone was receiving The Wolf Princess and I was SO jealous! It looks great and I REALLY want it! Hopefully one day soon, eh! ;D

    1. *cough* yes *cough* i may or may not secretly be hermione (among other book characters) so. *whispers* i'm writing this sitting by a high arched window looking over the snow-covered Hogwarts grounds. you jealous? ;p

      YES I DO. *taps foot* i can't believe you didn't like it as much as i did! ;) but, each to their own. Out of The Easy was just as good if not better (if you like character driven-stories more than plot-driven - not that i think Between Shades of Gray was TOO plot driven, but compared to Out of The Easy, < that one had more charismatic characters etc.

      Awwwh you never got one. :( MAYBE SOMEDAY. *wink*)

  3. I really want to read The Weight of Water because I've heard fantastic things about the book and Sarah Crossan is one of my favorite teachers. Geek Girl looks like such a cute book as well I've seen many positive reviews for it. Cute books that make you laugh are right up my alley, so I'm definitely going to be trying to look into buying that one sometime soon. I actually wasn't a big fan of Out of the Easy because I'm a plot-oriented reader so the lack of plot didn't really appeal to me at first. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Well it's really really really good (i think anyway!) so you MUST read it SOON. it was actually the furst novel in verse that I ever read and now i adore them! <3
      Gah! you haven't read Geek Girl yet?! whY? it's just adorable and cute and geeky and perfect!
      Awwwh yeah, i definitely think Out of The Easy compared to Between Shades of Gray was more character orientated. so maybe you'll like BSoG better?
      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  4. You....don't go out in the snow...WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? :(
    Awesome post. Especially because it includes Harry Potter...:)
    I'm off to read FANGIRL <333333 BAI.

    1. well. i do. but not for long. you see. once the scenery is all mashed up by people's footsteps and cars then i can't take any more photos so i get bored and I HATE BEING COLD. i have a huge problem with my blood circulation so i'm always cold (even in summer sometimes)...

  5. I've got a copy of The Weight of Water somewhere around here... *hunts frantically for copy* and absolutely adore Geek Girl! I haven't yet managed to read Between Shades of Gray, but I want to so much!

    Love this post idea!

    -Sophie :)

    1. i saw! you tweeted a photo ages ago. BUT YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET?! *whips out wand*. Meep! have you read Out of The Easy already or none of Ruta Sepety's books?..
      Thank you but Ruby came up with it (i think);)

  6. YES to Harry Potter. Probably the perfect Winter reads ever; I am so upset I missed out on the Harry Potter marathons during Christmas. They complete Winter Vacation. And I've been meaning to read Wonder for a while. Maybe this winter will be the time I actually do get around to it!

    1. YES to Hermione and Harry and Ron and Butterbeer and Hogsmead and Mrs Weasly's jumpers and Dobby's socks and AAAAGHH. ;)
      So did i. :(((
      Yes! It's a really sweet (bittersweet really) book, i loved it!
      Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment. :)

  7. I've just been sitting here for 10 minutes staring at your blog because IT'S BEAUTIFUL. :')

    Anywayz... I haven't read any of these meheheh. ESPECIALLY Harry Potter ;P

    But yeah, I'm not very good at reading in the winter. All I want to do is shrivel up and hibernate... Why can't humans do that? D:

    Great post! :D

  8. YES TO ALL. Between Shades of Gray, The Goose Girl and Geek Girl are all amazing, I have 5 stars to all of them :') I seriously need to re-read all of these books. Pity winter is nearly over but since it's Britain, it's not like we'll be short of rainy days...

    HARRY POTTERRR ASDFGHJKL. Perfect reads for whatever season <3 I'm planning to re-read this series this year..
    OMG WONDER. I LOVE THAT BOOK SO MUCH. I've read that book twice and it's still beautiful :') Great post, Hawwaaaaa.

  9. Yayyy Geek Girl and Wonder and Harry Potter. One day i will read Between Shades of Gray I promise :P


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