The winter/holiday season is the absolute BEST time to cozy up with a good book. Here are a few of my favorite reads for this time of year to get me in the holiday spirit and relax after a stressful semester.
1. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by a whole lotta people
This is my #1 pick for winter reads. I love this book and have re-read it every winter since the first time I read it. This book is a collection of 12 short stories that are holiday/winter, and not necessarily Christmas, related. Though I personally celebrate Christmas, I love that not each story is a little different. I absolutely love most of these stories, but there are a few that I skip when I re-read this book. But that just means there’s something in there for everyone.
I also re-read this book every holiday season. This book is a collection of three short stories, each by a different author. I love each of these stories and how they all interconnect and weave together. This is a great comfy, light read to cozy up with for a day (or two). The book starts by focusing on Jubilee, a girl who gets stuck on a train in a snowstorm and treks it over to a nearby Waffle House. The story, and the storm, just escalate from there.
This book is not holiday-themed and I don’t even think it takes place in the winter. But, my mom gave me this book for Valentine’s Day a while ago and I’ve loved it ever since. It’s the perfect book to read over J-term once the holidays are over. It’s cozy and heart-warming and perfect for book-lovers (it is about a small bookstore owner after all). This book is, fittingly, about the life of A.J. Fikry, a widowed bookstore owner whose life is changed by a mysterious package arriving on his doorstep.
All of the Harry Potter books are great holiday/winter reads, that’s a given. But these two books in the series feature the coziest Christmasy scenes to get you in the spirit. You can never go wrong with Harry Potter.