Winter Reads

Winter Themed Book Recommendations

With the winter holidays near, here are five different wintery book recommendations for you to read by the fire.

The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork

The Enchanted Sonata is a musical retelling of The Nutcracker with 4.1 stars online. Clara is a pianist, set to marry another pianist, but everything changes when she receives a mysterious package for Christmas. The package contains a nutcracker that ends up whisking her away to a magical world full of adventure. 

The Afterlife of Holy Chase by Cynthia Hand

The Afterlife of Holy Chase by Cynthia Hand is a retelling of A Christmas Carol with 3.9 stars online. After being visited by three ghosts trying to show Holly what a terrible person she is, she brushes them off and keeps living her life the way she always had. Then she dies, and has now become the Ghost of Christmas Past, tasked with changing the newest “Scrooge’s” ways.


Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is a winter romance novel with 3.8 stars online. Lily leaves a book full of challenges on the shelf of her favorite bookstore, hoping that the right person would find it and accept the challenges. Dash finds the book and the two start trading secrets and dares, but will their in-person selves have as much of a connection as their notebook selves?

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How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow

How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow is a winter sapphic romance with 4.2 stars online. After being dumped just before winter break Shani quite literally ends up running into  May. She and May keep accidentally meeting each other, and they seem to dislike each other, until those feelings start to change. 


The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell is a fantasy series with 4.1 stars online. Esta is sent back in time to 1902 to steal a book from a group called the Order before it can be destroyed by a man called the Magician. With this book she could help save all the Mageus, those with old magic, from being trapped in Manhattan by the Brink.