On cold, gray winter days, there’s nothing better than a warm fireplace, a cup of hot tea, and a good book. That’s just a fact. And when you’re looking for a good fireside book, nothing beats out a snowy tale, a bit of romance or mystery, and maybe even a dash of magic! Here are eleven wintry reads to cuddle up with this December in front of the fireplace.
My To Be Read pile is getting extremely out of hand, but what’s a bookworm to do with so many great new books being released all the time? It’s a blessing. Or a curse. So now I’m going to share the love and maybe make your TBR piles a little ridiculous, too.
Here are seven must-read books to add to your TBR list this fall.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
With all the hype from the Wonder Woman movie earlier this year, it’s no wonder Wonder Woman: Warbringer is one of the most anticipated releases this fall. This isn’t just a novelization of the movie, though! Wonder Woman: Warbringer is written by Leigh Bardugo, best known for her Grishaverse books like Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows. And now she’s tackling Diana’s story.
Warbringer follows a different version of Diana’s first foray into the World of Men. Diana is eager to prove herself amongst her warrior sisters, but when she rescues a mortal girl named Alia, she may doom them all instead. Though she doesn’t know it yet, Alia is a Warbringer, a descendent of Helen of Troy fated to bring about an age of bloodshed. And now her story and Diana’s are inexorably linked.
Release date: August 29th
Potterheads may never truly get over the end of Harry Potter (thank goodness for Fantastic Beasts, The Cursed Child, Pottermore, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, right?), but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some other great books out there to keep our love of fantasy and fandom alive. Here are five great book suggestions based on some aspects of our beloved Harry Potter.
So many new books come out every year it’s impossible to keep up with them all. I can’t even keep up with all the books I want to read that came out years ago, so it is definitely a losing battle– but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to read anything and everything I can! I’m sure I was only able to read a fraction of the great books that came out in the past year, but since I only have 24 hours in the day, here are my favorite five (that I read) of 2015.
1.More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
There is plenty in life that Aaron Soto would like to forget– like how his father killed himself or how his own suicide attempt nearly tore his family apart, but Aaron is determined to try to find happiness again. And it seems like he just might be able to do it, but when his girlfriend Genevieve leaves for a few weeks Aaron begins spending all of his time with the new guy, Thomas, who seems to understand Aaron in a way no one else ever has. The only problem? Thomas isn’t gay. And neither is Aaron– or, at least, that’s what he always thought, but his new, confusing feelings for Thomas must mean something. Even if Aaron doesn’t know what to think of his feelings, he knows that he doesn’t want them, and fortunately for him there might just be a way to forget about them altogether– but it may come with a price, because if Aaron forgets about his feelings he may also lose himself in the process.
More Happy Than Not is a fantastic near-future YA novel about relationships and learning to accept who you are, but it’s also about how our experiences and memories shape who we are. It’s gritty and heart-wrenching and real. Definitely a must-read.
The holiday season is fast approaching which means it’s time to start thinking about gifts for loved ones. I thought I’d share a few of the awesome things I have found in my own searches for Christmas presents that might help all of you in your holiday shopping, as well.
It’s always fun to receive a thoughtful gift from a loved one, but my favorite part of Christmas (other than the decorations, and the traditions, and the warm, cozy feeling it gives me inside) has always been the gift giving. I just love finding that perfect gift that I know someone will really love and enjoy. So, I hope these ideas help you find some perfect gifts for the special people in your life!
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Nobody knows when it will arrive, or where. Le Cirque des Rêves moves around the world, arriving in new cities without warning, where the mysterious and magical circus awes locals with its seemingly impossible shows and exhibits.
But behind the black and white tents of this amazing circus, a decades-long competition between two young magicians is underway, imbuing the circus with its magic. The magicians are little more than pawns in the game of their mentors who have been training them for this competition their whole lives– a competition where only one magician can be left standing. Cecilia and Marco don’t know the rules to the game, and they don’t know each other, but when the two meet and fall in love they start a chain of events that will change the circus forever and will affect everyone who is touched by the magic of Le Cirque des Rêves.
This is a really beautiful fantasy novel that is focused on the use of magic as more of a performative act than as a weapon or tool (as it is often presented in fantasy novels).
“I prefer to remain unenlightened, to better appreciate the dark.”
Book: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
What it’s about: Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One to ever be chosen according to his roommate and suspected vampire Baz. That doesn’t seem to stop the Insidious Humdrum from attacking him at every turn, though. Fortunately, by his eighth year at Watford School of Magicks he is pretty much used to being attacked, and he always has his much-cleverer-than-him best friend Penny, his girlfriend Agatha, and, of course, the Mage to help him out when things get rough. But this year, things with Agatha have become strained, the Mage is too busy fighting with the Old Families to pay much attention to Simon, and Baz– definitely a vampire, probably evil Baz— needs Simon’s help to avenge his mother’s murder.
Recently started: The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene
Yes, I do read science books for fun, thank you very much, and this one seems really interesting. I’m not very far into it, but this book is about the physics behind theories of the multiverse (the existence of parallel or multiple universes). I think it’ll be a cool read, and also hopefully useful to me in my writing ;)
About to start: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I am so excited to start this book! This novel about from a fictional series that was central to my favorite book by Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl. In that novel, Cath is obsessed with a fantasy series about Simon Snow, and she writes wildly popular fanfiction about Simon and his roommate Baz. This book is not just a novelized version of Cath’s fanfiction, but Rowell did get the idea for this story from those characters. Regardless, put the words “fantasy” and “Rainbow Rowell” together in a sentence and it is sure to be excellent!
There are a lot of great quotes about writing out there, but these are a few of my favorites.
“I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. ”
– Markus Zusak, The Book Thief