Top 5 Winter Reads!

Hello all and happy Top 5 Tuesday! I have always been a massive mood reader and sometimes those moods are influenced with the seasons. There are some books that just beg to be read during a certain season! In the winter I love to read epic fantasies, historical fiction, or books that have a chilly winter setting. I could probably make a list a mile long when it comes to winter reads, but I’ll keep it to just 5 for today 🙂

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme where I explore different topics. If you are interested in participating I would love to have you! Here is a list of my Upcoming topics in DECEMBER – please remember to ping back a specific post of mine so I get a notification and I will add you to the participants list!

The bear and the nightengale

THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden

This is the epitome of the perfect winter read!! The atmosphere and setting of this book is absolutely outstanding! As you can tell by the cover, this is set in a cold and snowy land, filled with magic, folklore, fantasy, and hardship. The writing is honestly what makes this book so amazing. It’s so easy to lose yourself completely in this book!

between-shades-of-gray

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys

Set in the European north during the war, reading this book during the winter season is almost a must. The hell these characters endure during this book and the setting of the biting cold is something that makes it seem all the more real. You might not want to know that these events could be real – this was haunting. I cried so many times throughout this book, it was almost too much to handle. But it’s a story of survival, determination, and perseverance that has stayed with me for years.

Wintersong

WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones

Another winter given – it even has winter in the title! This book reminded me so much of The Bear and the Nightingale. They both have so much folklore intertwined with the real world and it’s stunning! I was obsessed with this book! The emotions that hit me during this book was overpowering. I was so invested in these characters and the world it consumed me completely!!!

frost-blood

FROSTBLOOD BY ELLY BLAKE

This to me is the perfect winter fantasy. A young woman comes into her powers and fights for her life and freedom. There was also an element of frost magic against fire magic that made it seem even more wintery! Not to mention the setting – it was fantastic! There was also a bit of warm winter romance budding – what’s not to love!

Hunted

HUNTED by Meagan Spooner

A Beauty and the Beast retelling?? Yes please! If you’re reading this then there’s almost a 100% chance that you’re a fellow book lover, so you know the setting of beauty and the beast. The harsh winters at the castle added with all that mystery, love and magic – it’s a must read on a snowy winter day!! This retelling was absolutely wonderful!

Flower divider

TOP 5 TUESDAY PARTICIPANTS:

Flower divider

Now that I have all the book covers laid out on the page, I just realized that every single one of them has snow on the cover! It’s meant to be!

To all my participants – I apologize but I will not be able to comment on your posts today. I have an insane work day ahead of me and I’m already behind. Not good. But please be aware that I HAVE read your post and I will add you to the list as soon as I am able!

Until next time, happy reading!

Advertisements

48 Comments Add yours

  1. **adds all of these to her TBR** 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. kyera says:

    Oh man, I really need to read the Bear and the Nightingale! Love your picks!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. All of those covers are so beautiful! I’ve only read Wintersong from your list, have you read the sequel yet? I love the sound of The Bear and the Nightingale

    Liked by 1 person

    1. If you loved Wintersong then I know you’ll love The Bear and the Nightingale! I believe they deal with the same realm of folklore and have the same type of setting! And yes I read the sequel of Wintersong,…. I didn’t like it at all unfortunately. I feel like it lost all the magic that was in the first book! More specifically, the male love interest. I was so sad!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I didn’t very far into the sequel before I stopped reading. I might go back to it later.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. lucysnovelpurpose says:

    I’ve only read the Bear and the Nightingale from your list! I need to get around to Frost Blood, it sounds so good 💛

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I really liked frost blood but the series only gets better with books 2 and 3!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. lucysnovelpurpose says:

        I will definitely have to read it!

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Great choices! Such wintery covers! The Bear and the Nightingale is on my list as well. It’s the first book that came to mind!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Bear and the Nightingale has made so many lists today! One of these days I’ll get to the sequel 😂 have you read the sequel yet?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I haven’t! I am hoping to get to it before the end of the year, but we will see if that happens!

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Oooh a bunch of chilly looking books! Even the covers make me think of winter! 😄

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I DNFed TBATN last year, I hope you’ll enjoy it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Bear and the Nightingale is a tough read for some. The writing would make it hard for some to get into. But I absolutely loved it

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I read 80% after that I just couldn’t read it more.

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Alexandra says:

    Oh, okay, you literally took the theme to heart and ran with it … these really are Winter Reads! Ha! Ha! I like the sound of the beauty & the beast retelling: Hunted. As well as The Bear & Nightingale. Intriguing.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Great i’ve only read Hunted out of this list. mine should be up soon

    Liked by 1 person

  10. I said The Bear and the Nightingale for mine too!! I love that book, Vasilisa is one of my favorite fictional characters! And I almost said Between Shades of Gray for mine too. Such an amazing book, I love it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Bear and the Nightingale is a very popular one today! I’m so glad there are so many people out there that have read and loved it!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Harini says:

    I loved the hunted and all the covers look so cute ! I’m adding them to my tbr 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. savb says:

    I adored Wintersong so much! It felt like fairytale. I still need to read the sequel.

    Definitely adding all the other ones to my TBR. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  13. The Bear and the Nightingale is a great pick! (I haven’t read the others). Here’s my list: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/11/27/top-5-tuesday-5-chilly-winter-reads/

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Bear and the Nightingale is VERY popular today! I’ll get you added 🙂

      Like

  14. CJR The Brit says:

    Now I really want to read Wintersong and Hunted! Thanks for the recs!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. HOW did I not even think of Between Shades of Gray?? I love that book … and there are literally snowflakes on the cover.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I didn’t realize until after I had all the pictures of the covers up, but they all have snow! It’s meant to be!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I need more wintery covers, they’re so gorgeous (possibly the only winter thing I’m enjoying right now, as I’m hit with the first slush of the season D:) haha

        Liked by 1 person

  16. Lola says:

    Just about to do mine (if I have time!) and The Bear and the Nightingale will be in my list! I am planning to read Wintersong this December or January for my Winter Project (reading books with wintery words in the title).

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Well Shanah one day I will read Ruta! As usual I am late and had my own interpretation of the post LOL Here is my link https://wp.me/p8cg8e-26I

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ruta Sepetys is a must read!!!! Especially Between Shades Of Gray!

      Like

  18. Sarah Stubbs says:

    Between Shades of Grey is so heart wrenching! I’ve been meaning to pick up Salt to the Sea by the same author for ages now. Her work is amazing!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Salt to the Sea was really good as well! I bet you’ll love it! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  19. I love Hunted! It’s such a unique retelling 😊 and the rest are on my tbr, especially The Bear And the Nightingale

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Alyssa Cohen says:

    Between Shades of Grey is one of my all time favourite books! I’m so glad to see it made you’re list!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Rose says:

    I’ve been wanting to read Between Shades of Gray for agessssss. It sounds like such an incredible book!

    Like

  22. Thannya says:

    Hunted and The Bear and the Nightingale are perfect winter readers. They are also two of my favourite readings of last year. I’m even thinking about re-reading The Bear and the Nightingale.

    Happy readings! 😉
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s