Sunday, 11 December 2016

Winter Reads

There's nothing I quite like more than curling up on the sofa with a good book and autumn/winter is definitely the perfect time to do this. The dark evenings and cold weather mean I'm getting cosy indoors even more often, so I thought it would be nice to share some of the books I think are perfect for this time of year! 

THE BONE SEASON BY SAMANTHA SHANNON
'Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.'
I read this last year and it instantly made its way into my top 10 books. It's one of those books that doesn't stop the whole way through and keeps you hooked page after page. Even though it's the first book in a seven part series, it's so good it could be a stand alone!

NIGHT OWLS BY JENN BENNETT
'Meeting Jack on the Owl - San Francisco's night bus - turns Beatrix's world upside down. Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight rides and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who this enigmatic boy really is. But Jack is hiding much more - and can she uncover the truth that leaves him so wounded?'.
This was my favourite read of 2015. I instantly fell in love with the characters and I think I read this in one sitting. It's only a short book so if you're looking for something quick and easy to get lost in, this is the book for you!

THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE BY C.S. LEWIS
'Four adventurous siblings―Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie― step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice'.
I realised the other day that I've never actually read this book, even though I've always loved the film! I figured this would be the perfect read for december given its winter theme and I'm excited to see if I love it as much as the film!

DREAM A LITTLE CHRISTMAS DREAM BY GIOVANNA FLECTHER
I decided not to include the blurb for this one just incase it included spoilers of 'dream a little dream', which is the book that this novella is a companion of. 'Dream a little dream' is my favourite novel from Giovanna Fletcher and this novella is the perfect quick read for christmas. It's only around 70 pages so this would take you no time at all to dive into!

HARRY POTTER BY JK ROWLING
Again, this is another one where I don't really need to include the blurb. I couldn't write a book recommendation list without including Harry Potter. I can read this all year round but I do love curling up with the first book when it's raining and cold outside. It's just magical.

THE SONG OF ACHILLES BY MADELEINE MILLER
'Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles' mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear'.
My mum actually bought this for herself a few years ago, but after reading the blurb I decided to branch out of my comfort zone and give it a go, and I loved it! This book had me in floods of tears, even after I'd finished it. If you're looking to try things out of your comfort zone (mine is romance), then definitely give this book a go! 

DIVERGENT BY VERONICA ROTH
'For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead….'.
I was quite late to the party when it comes to the divergent series and I only read this last year! I absolutely loved it and similar to the bone season, the first book is so good that it could quite easily be a stand alone book on it's own. If you're looking for something to get lost in that's fast paced and keeps you on your toes, this is it!

What are you currently reading?
xxx

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6 comments

  1. I completely agree with you about Harry Potter being a perfect winter read! It's a shame Christmas is in summer her because I would love to curl up with it and get into the festive spirit xx

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    1. Oh wow where abouts do you live? I can't imagine having christmas in summer weather! :) xxx

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  2. I love the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at this time of the year. It was my favourite book growing up and I still have my first copy and it has some amazing illustrations in, it is so pretty!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    1. Aw that's so lovely! I can't wait to read it :) xxx

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  3. My best friend is obsessed with divergent! I've watched the film, but I really need to read the book!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.com/

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    1. I loved it, especially the first book! I'll definitely be re-reading them at some point! xxx

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