It is time for my favourite seasonal post, my reads post! Whoop whoop! In case you don’t know what I am talking about, each season I make a series of 4 posts, each regarding a certain topic within that season. So, summer nails, spring photography, autumn candles and you get the idea. So today it is the turn of my Winter Reads. So, here are all the books that I have read and loved so far this winter (side note, I class winter as January and February, December is just Christmas). Let’s do this!
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
This book is incredible. In it you follow 16-year-old Mia Corvere as she joins in the Red Church in order to become an assassin. This book is full of mystery and murder but it also funny and has really sweet moments and is, frankly, just epic. It has everything that you could ever want in a book and more. it is the perfect book to just lose yourself in! although I would recommend listing to the audiobook. It is amazing.
The Selection by Kiera Cass
If you are looking for a really easy book to devour on a cold wintery day, this is the book. It is a really light, fluffy read, with some deeper messages woven throughout it. it is just the perfect book to just curl up with and read in one sitting. I enjoyed it so much more then I was expecting too. It is fun and easy but also has some really great characters. All in all, it is a really nice little read.
Spellslinger Series by Sebastien De Castell
This is a brilliant series focused all around magic. you follow 16-year-old Kellan, who is a mage with a difference. These books are incredible. They are full of action and adventure, they are dark and twisted but they are also funny and sweet. I absolutely adore this series and cannot wait for the third book to come out in the spring. These are the perfect books to just curl up with and lose yourself in. I read both books in practically one sitting each. Such an underrated series.
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Need I explain this one? This book is amazing. It follows Simon, a gay teenager who has yet to come up. you follow him as he falls in love with his anonymous pen pal Blue, gets blackmailed and comes out. this is a brilliant book full of amazing characters. You can’t help but fall in love with this story. it is deep and meaningful with a lot of really important messages, but it is also really funny and honest and relatable. Everything in it feels so damn genuine. Becky Albertalli is fast becoming one of my all-time favourite authors.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Welcome to the paranormal world. This is a four-part series that follows a group of friends as they try to find and wake a long dead, and lost, welsh king. The story revolves around ghosts and lay lines, magic and psychics. It is a stunning series and is well worth a read. the writing is almost lyrical, the characters are brilliant and the storylines are so interesting. I only have the final book left to read and I am so excited to pick it up. This series is just incredible (and yes, I did also include this one in my Autumn Reads post last year, but it is so good that it deserved another mention)
Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall
This story follows best friends Gideon and Kyle as their relationship changes. Kyle is bisexual, and semi out where as Gideon is only just realising that he is gay. This is a really sweet, fluffly little story. I read it in one sitting. It isn’t the greatest representation in the world, and does a bit to be desired, but it is a really nice little story. It has people exploring their sexuality, how others react when someone comes out and first love. it is worth a read; you will find yourself smiling at the cuteness of it.
The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Although I personally didn’t completely love this book, I have to say that it is the best book to read in winter time. It is so snowy and wintery and amazing. This story follows a young girl through her whole childhood and into adulthood as she lives in a world full of demons and spirits that only she can see. It is very focused on fairy tales and folklore and magic. it is also set in rural Russia so it is very snowy and wintery and just perfect for this time of year.
Nevermoor, The Trails Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
This is a fantastic middle grade full of magic and mystery. You follow 11-year-old Morrigan as she is unexpectedly thrown into a world full of wonder. The book spans the course of a year in her life as she adjusts to her new life, starts to learn about herself and competes in The Trials. This is a great book, and a fantastic audiobook, that is perfect for this time of year. It is just so gripping and brilliant.
Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson And Robin Wasserman
This is a brilliant collection of short stories that bridges the gap between the ending of The Mortal Instruments and the start of The Dark Artifices. It contains 10 short stories (arranged in chorological order) that follow Simon through his time at Shadowhunter academy. You see flashbacks to times gone by (there is a whole story from/by the Infernal Devices trio), you see what is going on within the Nephilim world and watch as tensions begin to boil. This is a brilliant addition to the universe and I highly recommend picking it up.
And there we have it. those are my 2018, winter reads. I have been reading a lot of truly incredible books lately. What have you been reading so far this winter? Anything that I should check out? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.