Sunday, 11 December 2016

Winter Reads

Winter is my favourite time for reading. The colder weather and darker nights gives me the perfect excuse to wrap up in a blanket, grab a bru, and dive into a good book, so I thought it would be nice to share some of my favourite books to read at this time of the year, when everything is cosier and I'm reading way more often!

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 ten 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!

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 the Narnia books, 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 looking forward to seeing if I love it as much as the film!

HARRY POTTER BY JK ROWLING
I can read Harry Potter all year round, but there's something about re-visiting to this world during winter which just feels so much more magical. I always tend to read more fantasy style books during the winter time, and Harry Potter will always be first on that list!

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 bought this for herself a few years ago, and I didn't really have much interest in it until one day when I ran out of things to read and picked this up on a whim. It was definitely out of my comfort zone, but I absolutely adored it. It was jam-packed with intensity, in so many different ways, and the ending had me in floods of tears! I also learnt a lot about Greek Mythology with this book and I would absolutely recommend it for a cosy night in.

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, only having read this last year, but it's such a good series and definitely lives up to the hype. The first book is my favourite and ,similar to the bone season, it's that good it could easily be a stand alone book. 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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