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Cozy Reads

by Christian Sammartino on 2020-12-21T14:25:47-05:00 | Comments

This winter, many of us will be spending most of our time at home. Fill your time with a warm drink and one of these cozy reads! 

The Bear and the NightingaleKatherine Arden 

Set in the chilly Russian wilderness, this novel features fairy tales, a protagonist with a fantastical gift, and a lesson to learn. If you’re looking for heartwarming, look no further. 

Spinning SilverNaomi Novik  

An icier take on similar themes from above, Spinning Silver is an engrossing fairy tale retelling of Rumpelstiltskin with a dash of Eastern European folklore. The novel features three young women seeking to improve their lot in life, whose lives intertwine irrevocably. Worldbuilding and storytelling thrive in this mid-length novel. 

The Golden Compass Graphic Novel Vol. 1Stéphane Melchior-Durand, Phillip Pullman, Clément Oubrerie 

 A beautiful graphic adaptation of the His Dark Materials saga, this first installment follows Lyra Belacqua and her familiar as she discovers that things in her world are not as they seem. Follow Lyra on her journey to find the truth and keep herself and her loved ones safe. Filled with rich hues, this adaptation is fresh but familiar. 

The TerrorDan Simmons  

Seeking something a little more visceral? The Terror is a gruesome twist on the wreck of the HMS Terror in 1813. This 769-page novel is filled with twists and the realization that as ruthless as man can be in his quest to survive, something much more sinister lurks in the Arctic.  

Murder on the Orient ExpressAgatha Christie  

An Agatha Christie classic that features murder, mystery, and motive. Hercule Poirot takes on his latest case on a chilly train. Filled with twists and turns, this whodunnit is perfect to read in one go. 

Winter: a novel, By Ali Smith

Second in Smith’s Seasonal quartet, this masterpiece is chock full of symbolism, motifs, and literary references. The obvious storyline – a family meeting up for Christmas – takes a backseat to the, “talking heads,” that float above our characters, spitting out subplots and shameful secrets. Give this one a try if you’re looking for something a little more cerebral. 

Winter, By Karl Ove Knausgård  

A controversial literary figure, Knausgaard has a simplistic, honest writing style that comes to life as he reflects on the world before the birth of his daughter. Filled with letters and meditations on life, Winter is best read in small doses to allow you to appreciate the immensity of living. 

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live WellMeik Wiking   

Hygge is a concept that has taken the Western world by storm. Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, explores this concept as it’s reflected in the Danish day-to-day and how you can apply it to your own life. Now more than ever, we need some hygge! 

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