The winter months are here. For most this means blistering weather such as ice, snow, and unbelievable wind chills. This kind of climate forces more time to be spent indoors. However, there is only so much that can be done to entertain yourself, especially when it’s months of lasting out the bitter cold. This time could be spent sitting in front of the TV watching reruns that you’ve already seen a million times, or maybe it can be spent next to the fire with a good book.
When the weather imprisons you inside, books are a great way to escape into another world. Maybe it’s a warmer world, a distant world, or maybe it’s a snowy world much like your own. A world that makes you feel better about being stuck inside.
Below are five of the best books to read while snuggled up by the fireplace.
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Amidst the wintry months, it’s nice to look forward to summer again. This book tells the story of Lina and her summer in Italy. A summer filled with romance, mystery, and adventure. While trying to figure out family relationships, Lina is given a notebook that opens a door to magical worlds that inspires her to unearth a life changing secret.
This book will not only warm you up with its summery landscapes and beautiful destination, but the romance will too. Good love stories come from all different directions: family, boys, destinations. This book will thaw your heart from the inside out.
She Explores Book by Chronicle Books
Sometimes going out and facing the frigid world is too much to bear, but you can live vicariously through stories with the right book. She Explores Book is all about women and their adventurous stories in the world and in the wild.
Whether it’s travelling in a van, exploring unforgettable landscapes, or sleeping under the stars, these stories will help give you an unforgettable adventure without having to leave the warmth of the fire.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
When the cold winds blow outside the window, sometimes all we need is to get our minds off this world and get sucked in to a completely new one. Once transported into these mystical worlds, these types of stories will make you forget about your frozen toes.
The Cruel Prince follows Jude after her parents were murdered and she and her sister were abducted to live in the High Court of Faerie. Many of the fey hate the humans despite Jude’s desire to belong. Get sucked into Jude’s world as she tries to win a place on the court and getting pulled into its palace intrigues despite the presence of the prince who hates Jude’s kind, humans, the most.
Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
Sometimes the best way to fight off the chill is to confront it head on. Reading books about the wintry chill can help the fire feel even warmer. Such books seem to put the situation into perspective, allowing the cold to feel trapped outside the crackling windows.
In this book, Ruthie lives in the town of West Hall, Vermont, a place known for its strange disappearances and old legends. She lives in the house where Sara once lived, a girl who has become a legend, gone missing in 1908. Scoot a little closer to the flames as you follow Ruthie as she attempts to unravel the mystery of Sara while desperately working to find her own sister Alice who had seemingly disappeared into thin air.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Different from the other beforementioned books, this one is a collection of short poetry and prose. They all circle around the idea of survival whether it be from abuse, violence, love, or loss.
Warm yourself up by reading the personal and relatable words of what it means to survive. These writings will not only fill your heart with a better understanding of your own emotions, but it will make you feel understood and protected, like a warm blanket amid the blistery snow.
Spending time indoors can get monotonous but with the right book it can make the world around you come to life. Stay warm inside while going on an incredible adventure with these five books.