Winter is fast-approaching for many, and with winter comes cold weather, falling snow and leisure days. Many choose to spend their days off cozied up at home, surrounded by blankets, hot drinks and warmth. When you’re not binging the latest Netflix show or napping under a fuzzy blanket, snuggle up with one of these wintry books or poems so you can catch some of the frozen feels without feeling frozen.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares By Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
“16 year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Dash, in a bad mood during the holidays, happens to be the first guy to pick up the notebook and rise to its challenges. What follows is a whirlwind romance as Dash and Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City. But can their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions, or will their scavenger hunt end in a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?”
This novel is a perfect fun winter read. The setting immediately gets you into a winter mood and the interesting characters and enticing adventurous plot keeps you reading until the end. Keeping up with Dash and Lily’s NYC scavenger hunt will most definitely keep you occupied as well as keep you in a festive mood.
As Simple as Snow By Gregory Galloway
“Anna—who prefers to be called Anastasia—is a spooky and complicated high school girl with a penchant for riddles, Houdini tricks, and ghost stories. She is unlike anyone the narrator has ever known, and they make an unlikely, though happy, pair. Then Anna disappears, leaving behind only a dress near a hole in the frozen river, and a string of unanswered questions. Desperate to find out what happened the narrator begins to reconstruct the past five months. And soon the fragments of curious events, intimate conversations, secrets, letters—and the anonymous messages that continue to arrive—coalesce into haunting and surprising revelations that may implicate friends, relatives, and even Anna herself.”
This is another book that will certainly keep you occupied and interested while you’re curled up on a snowy day off. The complex clues and puzzles will have you thinking and intensely following along through seemingly never-ending mysteries and plot twists. While some readers may be left frustrated by the ending, the build up to it is interesting enough for many to enjoy.
Let it Snow By John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
“A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks.”
As you can probably tell from the title and summary, this novel is almost certainly the one most-likely to get you into a festive spirit. The three interconnected stories keep you invested and engrossed in their plots and characters, and will get you feeling warm and satisfied even as you’re surrounded by cold.
What Light By Jay Asher
“Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other. By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.”
Again, this is another book that will keep you absorbed and is a perfect pick to curl up with on a chilly day. While it’s a somewhat predictable plot, it is both endearing and enjoyable enough to keep you reading. Overall, it’s very heartwarming and a great read, especially in this season.
If novels aren’t your thing, you may enjoy these short winter themed poems, all of which are easily accessible and available to read online:
These books and poems are great reads, and are all perfect for curling up to relax on a snowy day.