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Some recommended reads to get you through the chilly winter days!
1. The Unhoneymooners - Christina Lauren
This book makes the list purely because there comes a point every winter, where you just want to be somewhere warm and, preferably, sunny. This book provides the aforementioned escape for those of us who are unable to jump on a plane and have an exotic, luxurious vacation. It's fun, compelling and, of course, it's romantic. Two people who can't stand each other going on someone else's honeymoon together? Fake married? Sounds like the ultimate feel-good pick me up that some of us need around about this time of year!
2. Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid
This novel is written so well, it feels like it's biographical, as though Daisy Jones & the Six were actually a band you knew and loved. It fulfils that inexplicable need to explore the nostalgia that winter can inspire. Find yourself transported not just to a different season, but a different era. The characters come to life on the page. Give yourself a healthy dose of 70s Rock'n'Roll and pick this one up. A must-read for those that enjoyed her earlier novel 'The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo'.
3. The Ninth Grave - Stefan Ahnhem
Literally set during the coldest, darkest part of winter in Sweden (and Denmark). Full of political intrigue and not one, but two rogue killers - this'll keep you gripped in its clutches as you pass the wintry nights in its thrall. If you think you know Scandinavian noir - think again.
4. Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik
For when you just really want to embrace winter. This book'll help you delve even deeper into its bitter clutches.
Set in a fantastical version of Eastern Europe in the throws of winter, this novel enthralls, not only with its rich, vibrant, and atmospheric storytelling, but also with its incredibly well-developed characters. Their vastly different lives intertwine as they each move towards an epic battle for their independence, their lives, and the lives of all those around them. With at least 3 central, yet largely unrelated villains to overcome. Oh, and did I mention, it's a Rumpelstiltskin retelling? You'll feel the wind biting your skin, chilling you to the bone, the warmth of a crackling fire, and the uneasiness evoked when facing the dark creatures in a magic wood in the desperate wintry night.
5. The Priory of the Orange Tree - Samantha Shannon
There's nothing like an epic high fantasy to sink your teeth into during winter. You can settle in with a cuppa in the evening and lose yourself to the story - without the guilt of "wasting a nice day outside". Winter is perfect for getting tomes read, and honestly this should be top of any list. It has magic, political intrigue, love, treachery, and most importantly, dragons! What more could you ask for? Entirely different to Shannon's previous work, worth picking up.
Bonus: Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
Set on a train journey held up by an immense snow drift - during which the entire murder mystery unfolds. A classic read, best enjoy in front of a warm fire.