Today it is finally time for my winter reads post. If you have no clue what I am talking about, basically each season I make a series of posts about that season. So, winter reads, spring photography, autumn nails, summer candles and you get the idea. So today it is time for my winter reads. Generally speaking in the winter time I really like reading things that I can really get into. Books that I can loose myself in. I love curling up in a blanket with a good book and just shutting out the cold. This means that most of what I read this time of year are the starts of trilogies/series or really epic stand alone’s. I also read a lot of fantasy/dystopian themed books for some reason I don’t tend to read much contemporary in winter. But anyway, lets stop babbling and get down to it. Here are my winter reads.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
This is a truly brilliant trilogy. You follow 16 year old Thomas as he is thrown into a terrifying world of lies, fear and monsters. With no memories of his old life, you discover and learn about the world along side him and end up really rooting for him. These are the type of books that you are instantly sucked into and don’t want to put down. There is constantly so much going on. Fighting, adventure, mystery, friendship, drama and so much more. If you want a series that you can really get into, then this is the trilogy for you.
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
This YA contemporary is absolutely stunning. Although it is primarily set during the summer, this book is definitely a good winter read. This beautiful story follows twins Noah and Jude as they struggle with the reality of being a teenager and all the struggles that come with it. This book tackles some really difficult topics such as homosexuality, grief, bullying and so much more. This book is beautifully written and is such a beautiful story. You cant help but fall in love with it. Even if you don’t like contemporary books, you will like this one. It drags you in from the first page and you wont want to put it down.
Wonder by R J Palacio
Welcome to the book that will make you think like an 11 year old again. This book is a contemporary middle grade story about a young boy with serve facial disfigurement. You follow Auggie as he goes to school for the first time. The story is set over the first year of middle school and is told from multiple perspectives. You get chunks of the story from different people. From Auggie himself, to his sister, friends and even his sisters boyfriend. Each character tells the whole story from their perspective, but also progresses the story. This is a truly stunning book that leaves you with so many feelings. It contains some very important life messages and is a book that everyone needs to read in their lifetime.
Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud
If you are looking for a series that you can really sink your teeth into, this is the one for you. In these books you follow 15 year old Lucy and her friends Lockwood and George as they investigate hauntings across London These books are really fast paced and action packed. They have friendship, ghosts, detective work, fighting, humour and basically everything you could want in a book. I absolutely adore these books. They are definitely the perfect book to curl up with and just spend a whole day sinking your teeth into.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Screenplay by J K Rowling
I am not usually one for plays/screenplays but I will always make an exceptions when it is by JK Rowling. Once you get into the mindset of reading a play this one is incredible. It holds all the magic that you expect from Rowling. The story was action packed and full of magic and adventure. If you are a Potter fan then you need to read this one. It is also set during winter so it is the perfect book to read at this time of year.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
this is without a doubt one of the best YA fantasy series, ever. It is full of adventure and drama, mystery and love, creatures and friendship. This is one of those series that that will always have you on the edge f your seat. You will want to read them all back to back. The series follows teenager Clary as she uncovers who she really is and is thrown head-first into the world of Shadowhunter’s and Downworlders. With amazing storylines, interesting characters, endless twists and a sprinkling of humour, this is the perfect series to curl up with and lose yourself in.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This is a stunningly beautiful book. It is essentially a contemporary story, but with a fantasy, supernatural twist running through it. In this book you follow teenager Conor as he deals with all the emotions and struggles of his mothers illness. When he is visited by a monster, you learn some very important life lessons with him. This book is absolutely incredible. You will sob uncontrollably but you wont care. As soon as you start reading it, you wont want to put it down. It is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter day.
And there we have it. Those are my winter reads. I feel as if I have read some truly amazing books so far this year. I am loving book at the moment. What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations? I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon.