Winter Reading Recommendations

Holy cow guys, winter start tomorrow! In winter I love to hunker down with mysteries, fantasy, and cozy romance.

There are 2 parts to this list. First is books I’ve read that I think are prefect for the winter season. The second is books I’d like to read this winter.


1. An Unwanted Guest by Sheri Lepena

This mystery is perfect for winter – it takes place at a secluded inn during a massive blizzard. It’s a classic feeling mystery that I really enjoyed. If you’re a mystery lover, definitely check this one out!

2. Death of Mrs Westaway by Rute Ware

This is a great book for fall and winter. It’s dark and forbidding and honestly made me chilly the entire time I was reading. This is a gothic mystery about a girl tries to claim an inheritance that isn’t really hers. Oh so she thinks.

3. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…” This classic is part mystery, part romance, and part ghost story. I hate saying this, but the less you know going into this the better. One of my favorite classics of all time.

4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This fantasy is so atmospheric and I can’t think of a better time to read this than winter. The circus comes with no warning. It’s only open at night. Behind the scenes, a magical competition is being played. This book is so dark and magical.

5. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

This is probably the least “winter-y” book on the list but the deep, heart-breaking subject matter makes it perfect for dark, cold days. This book is heart-wrenching but so important. It discusses infertility and miscarriage and the tolls it can take. Have tissues near by, I cried through pretty much this entire book.

Book I Want to Read in Winter

1. One Day in December by Josie Silver

This is a romance where the 2 main characters see each other for the first time in December but finally meet a year later at a Christmas party. This follows their intertwined lives over the next 10 years. I’ve heard really good things about this and it feels like the perfect cozy read.

2. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The cold, dark of winter feels like perfect time to read a post-apocalyptic fantasy. And since the last thing I want to do this time of year is go outside, it’s the perfect time to tackle this massive tome.

3. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Part mystery part science fiction – the main character wakes up every day in a new body, doomed to repeat the same day until they solve the mystery of Evelyn’s murder.

4. A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

This is a historical-fiction, mystery that takes place in 1880’s London. The mix of historic London and murder mystery just feels like winter to me.

5. The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

Another super long fantasy that I’d like to take this winter. Plus the sequel comes out in February so now is the perfect time!

What book(s) are planning to read this winter? What are some of your favorite winter reads?


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