Festive reads for winter break

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.

2. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

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.

3. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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.

4. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

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.