Ten Wintry Book Recommendations

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be giving you some wintry book recommendations, given winter is almost upon us and there’s almost nothing better than cosying up under a blanket with a book when it’s cold, in my opinion. Onto the post!


The Good Bear– oh this broke my HEART last year, even though I read it in like September and it wasn’t the right time of year for it. It’s the story of a girl named Thea, who is telling a story from her childhood to her own daughter many years later on Christmas Eve, who goes to stay with her father and his new family in Norway and ends up trying to save a runaway bear from being hunted and killed. It’s so moving and beautiful and the Christmas scene at the end is one of my all time favourites. Also the cover is just STUNNING.

Mistletoe and Murder- I don’t know how this can be because I could have sworn I had written a post like this before, but apparently I have not, so this obviously has to go on the list given it’s one of my favourite wintry books. It’s set at Cambridge during Christmas when Hazel and Daisy go to visit her brother Bertie, and it sees them competing with the Junior Pinkertons to solve the murder first. I really love the gift giving scene at the end too!

Polar Bear Explorers’ Club– I don’t think it’s any secret on this blog how much I love this series. The original trilogy are all very wintry indeed, and just the cosiest, cuddliest little books to delve into. I’m so obsessed with the super fun worldbuilding and the feel good vibes and the flawed yet utterly loveable characters, especially my darling Beanie and Ethan.

Crater Lake: Evolution– looking for something Christmassy with a little more bite to it? Crater Lake: Evolution is the answer. It’s set at Christmas time, but it’s still got the delicious, creepy horror of Crater Lake (and in fact the horror is tied in with Christmas!!), and it absolutely hooked me when I read it under my duvet back in February.

The Nevermoor series– you’re getting three for the price of one here! I’m such a huge fan of this series, I think they’re beyond magical, and they all have the most WONDERFUL Christmassy scenes since they each span a year in Morrigan’s life. I actually really want to reread these this year over my Christmas break from uni, but I also want to read about a thousand other things so I guess we’ll see how much I manage to do.

The Midnight Guardians– this was one of my favourites of last year. It’s set at Christmas during World War 2, and the way it combines history and fantasy so beautifully make it such a phenomenal read. It follows a boy named Col who has to team up with his childhood imaginary friends to stop the Midwinter King from destroying London. I loved it so desperately, and Pendlebury especially.

A Snowfall of Silver– All of Laura Wood’s YA is so exactly my vibe, but this one is undoubtedly my favourite. It’s a companion to A Sky Painted Gold, and it follows Lou’s little sister Freya as she becomes the costume assistant for a travelling theatre company, and finds love in the process. I loved seeing Lou and Robert a few years on, I had the most joyful time getting to know Freya for who she really is, the love square is DELICIOUS and the person Freya ends up with is just an angel. And the writing is STUNNING and just made me feel so warm inside. I might have to read it again this year after writing this!!

Someday at Christmas- this is the absolute gold standard in Christmas books, and quite easily my favourite Christmas romance ever. I need a film, like yesterday. It’s about a make up artist named Shell who works at a failing department store, and what happens when the owner’s grandson arrives and starts revitalising it. It’s the perfect mix of witty and romantic and cosy and realist. This is another one I’d desperately like to read again if I can squeeze it in during the festive season.

‘Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas– I was initially going to pop another Christmassy romance on here as there are loads I’ve really enjoyed, but decided to go for this instead as it’s a non fiction about working in the NHS over Christmas. Just like This is Going to Hurt, it’s moving and funny and brilliant; I was hesitant to pick it up because it’s so short at first, but I’m very glad I did.

The Secret Bridesmaid– I feel ever so slightly like a traitor for picking this as it was released in summer, BUT it features a society wedding with a bride who wants to get married at New Year’s, so I guess you could say it has a festive connection in that sense at least. It’s also just fluffy and cosy and lovely; I devoured it when I read it and I just think it would be a lovely book to snuggle up under a blanket with and lose yourself in.


Thank you so much for reading! Which books do you think are perfect for winter? Do you have any thoughts on the ones I’ve chosen? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

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Author: goldenbooksgirl

Disabled book blogger who also writes TV, film, music and other posts from time to time | UKYABA Champion Teen 2018 | Email: goldenbooksgirl@gmail.com | she/her

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