Winter recommendations – 4 books to read around the holidays

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The weather outside is frightful… and my bookshelves, oh, so delightful! It’s finally wintertime and you know what that means – books, books, books! Therefore, here are some more book recommendations, perfect for the season! If you’re looking for something to read while drinking hot cocoa and chilling by the fireplace, we got you. Just keep reading.

1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

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For me, it’s a tradition to read A Christmas Carol every winter. Maybe because it’s a classic or because I simply enjoy it so much that I could never get tired or reading it over and over again. The atmosphere it evokes manages to get me in that holiday mood every time and I’m convinced that Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Dickens’ book on my nightstand every time there’s snow outside. Wondering what it’s all about?

The book recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter and old man. For him, Christmas is just a regular day of the year. However, this changes completely when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, along with the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. After the visit, Ebenezer Scrooge miraculously changes his ways, finally becoming a better, kinder man.


2. Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson

Let It Snow

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This is definitely a book you’ve heard about. John Green has been severely criticized over the past years and from my point of view, for nothing. His writing style is just right for young adults. Easy to understand and not too intellectually demanding. And therefore, this is just the right book for a cozy night-in, when you don’t feel like forcing elaborate plots and complex words into your head. With that being said, what’s the story about?

Synopsis: ”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.”


3. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins

My True Love Gave to Me

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Long story short, you are going to love this book no matter what your usual taste in books is. Truth is, it has something for everyone. If you love the holiday season, it’s impossible not to enjoy those short-stories, written by some of the most famous young-adult authors of the moment. Some of my favorite titles are “Angels in the Snow”“Your Temporary Santa”, and “The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer”. But seriously, don’t take my word for it and just see for yourself. This is going to transform your holidays into a romantic paradise.

4. How The Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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Of course, I had to end this article with another classic. This time, it’s a children’s book. However, I’ve read this so many times that I know the story by heart. It might seem like it’s just another Christmas story for kids but in reality, it’s so much more.

And if you don’t know already, the Grinch is a bitter creature with a heart “two sizes too small” who lives in a cave with his only loyal friend, a dog called Max. And obviously, the Grinch absolutely hates anything Christmas-related. One night, he decides to dress up as Santa Claus and forces Max to disguise himself as a reindeer and drag a sleigh down the mountain towards Whoville. When they get there, he slides down the chimney of one house and steals all the presents and the Christmas tree. But what happens when he gets caught in the act? That, you’ll have to find out yourself.

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