My favorite thing about winter is all the opportunities to read – I love sitting in my reading chair under a blanket, knowing that it’s cold outside but I’m still cozy. Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt, here is a list of ten books I’m hoping to read this season.
1.Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
This book comes highly recommended by my sister The Effervescent Bookworm, and it’s about time that I read it! In this one, a young woman travels to the Goblin King to rescue her sister. It seems like a quick read that’ll fill my fantasy niche for the season.
2. Sun and Moon,
Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
This book really just struck me as interesting, and the winter theme will fit the season perfectly. The main character meets a polar bear who asks her to accompany him to his castle, only to discover that he is a cursed prince desperate for a solution. I love the concept, but sometimes romances like this suffer a little in character development. I’m hoping this one is an exception.
3. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Every now and then, I just need a good fairy-tale retelling, and this one sounds fantastic. The stepmother and Snow White are described as rivals who have both suffered from their fathers’ own self-centered plans. I think the relationships and character development in this book could be incredible.
4. The Bone Seeker by M.J. McGrath
This is the third book in the Edie Kiglatuk series, and I loved the first two so I have high hopes for this one. They are all set in the Arctic, so it’ll fit the season quite well. In this one, Edie is investigating the death of one of her students who was found dead in a nearby toxic lake.
5. The Drums of Autumn
by Diana Gabaldon
I have taken a long break from the Outlander series (even though I love it so much) because they are just so long, and I have so many books on my list right now, but I am so ready to come back to it. In this one, Claire and Jamie are settling on a homestead in the Americas. I am really interested in seeing what their relationship looks like when they are actually together for once, especially after their long separation!
6. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
This is the final book in the Darker Shade of Magic series, and I am really eager to see how it ends. This one promises to be the big battle we’ve been building up to since the start of the series, and the author has shown that she is not afraid of her characters getting their hands dirty, so I’m ready to (finally) dive in.
7. Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
This book is written by the same author that wrote Feed – which I loved, mostly due to it’s stellar world development – so this should be fascinating. This book is about a deep-sea dive and what is found there. It’s not clear to me whether this is science fiction or fantasy or a little bit of both, but as much as I loved her zombie world, I can imagine that an underwater world will be equally interesting.
8. Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
I have heard wonderful things about this book, and even checked out the sequel from the library without realizing (at first) that it was in fact a sequel, so this was my pick for my book club in January. I love post-apocalyptic worlds, and I love the concept of a midwife moving through that landscape, so I’m looking forward to getting started on this one.
9. You’ll Never Know, Dear by Hallie Ephron
This seems to be a pretty classic mystery novel – the main character’s sister was kidnapped as a child, and now as an adult, she is trying to solve the mystery. But I love the idea of a grown woman and a mother trying to figure this out, and I think that dynamic could be really interesting.
10. The Rule of One by Ashley Saunders
This isn’t exactly a new concept, but is still fresh enough to be interesting: in this one, households are limited to one child each, but the main character is an identical twin, and they’ve been hiding their secret since birth. I am really looking forward to seeing how the author tackles this idea with a new spin.