In the words of the late David Cassidy,
“C’mon, get cozy!”
Well, he said “happy,” but in my book its the same thing. It started snowing today. As a Canadian expat, the sight brings me joy. Yes, I hate the icy roads as much as anyone, but winter is the best time for flat-out coziness.
I’m talking about nuzzling into blankets, luxuriating in the glow of candles, lamps and strings of twinkly lights. Embracing the “hygge” life, we sip hot chocolate with jaunty little marshmallows. It also begs–BEGS!–for a good book, a story to lose oneself in as we watch the snowflakes drift down to earth.
I love this time of year! And I especially love reading the coziest of books, 10 of which I have rounded up for you here. By the way, I enjoyed having a contest for my Fall book blog (See the lovely Terry of Canada below, holding her prize!).
Let’s do it again! Simply comment on what book on this list you wanna read and why (we want to know why, because we are book nerds), and I will randomly choose a winner. You can then decide on a book from this list as your prize!
Ready to get your cozy on?
I gasped when I saw this title and gasped again when I saw the cover! You will believe me if I say I gasped again when I saw that this takes place in Ireland (which I recently found out, via Ancestry DNA, was one of four places in the world where my ancestors have recently lived; ie my “genetic community”). A gasping trifecta!
Here’s a review snippet from a fan:
“Much like a cup of tea and a cozy afghan, The Library at The Edge of the World is the perfect book to hunker down with. Prepare to be transported.” (LibraryReads, (Elizabeth Angelastro, Manilus Library, Manilus, NY )
From a review by Anthony Doerr:
“A charming, comic, and ultimately poignant story about the creation of the most famous Christmas tale ever written. It’s as foggy and haunted and redemptive as the original; it’s all heart, and I read it in a couple of ebullient, Christmassy gulps.” ―Anthony Doerr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All The Light We Cannot See
“Ebullient Christmassy gulps?” Yes, please. I’ll have what he’s having!
P.S. Reading this one now and am loving all the Dickensian, Christmassy details!
3. Prairie Fire
You guys, this biography of our girl Half-Pint is ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW‘S 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2017!
“Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls―the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told.”
From what I’ve heard, this is pretty nitty gritty. I for one would invite the chance to know one of my lit heroines better. You?
I have heard from my bookish friends on Instagram that this is really NOT a Christmas story, though it kicks off on Christmas Eve. Reading the description of this short novel grabbed me, though, and made me want to read it in any season:
“Overwhelmed by the responsibility of fatherhood, he took the easy way out and left his wife and little boy twenty years ago to pursue professional success. Now he is left wondering if it’s too late to forge a relationship with his son, who seems to be his opposite in every way—prizing happiness over money, surrounded by loving friends in a cozy town where he feels right at home.“
Need I say more? Aunt Agatha, as I call her, for no good reason except that one of my favorite bookstores, in bookish Ann Arbor, Michigan, is called “Aunt Agatha’s New and Used Mysteries, Detection, and True Crime Books,” is having a moment. The movie and all the attendant interest in cozy mysteries make me want to delve in. My 16-yo son just read and relished it, and my book club is giving this a crack in early January.
I adore that this book exists at all, never mind that it’s written by a librarian and that it’s really funny, and it’s about books and more books…
“In Dear Fahrenheit 451, librarian Annie Spence has crafted love letters and breakup notes to the iconic and eclectic books she has encountered over the years. From breaking up with The Giving Tree (a dysfunctional relationship book if ever there was one), to her love letter to The Time Traveler’s Wife (a novel less about time travel and more about the life of a marriage, with all of its ups and downs), Spence will make you think of old favorites in a new way.”
Again, even the title and the cover make me feel as snug as a bug in a rug, and that was before I knew about the “cinnamon-scented” thing:
“Miller elevates the story by turning it into a Pinterest fantasy of rural America. . . [Her] visions of bucolic Vermont landscapes, cinnamon-scented kitchens, and small-town friendliness make this reverie of country life an appealing one.” –The New York Times Book Review
P.S. Louise is a real baker!
I can’t get enough of these ultra charming Baby Lit board books, illustrated by Allison Oliver. As I said in my Fall book blog, there’s a new one about my favorite, Anne of Green Gables, and you can be SURE that if you are my little great-niece that is what you are getting for Christmas! Digging a little, I discovered there is also one about my next favorite, “Little Women”!
About a year ago, I was positively moonstruck by the “Victoria” series on PBS. So dazed was I that I ordered “Victoria,” the companion novel, and swooned my way through the whole thing.
Guys, Daisy Goodwin, the show’s creator, is a fine writer, and in fact was a novelist before creating the show. I can’t wait to read all about Victoria and Albert as a companion to Season 2! (Which debuts in the US January 14!)
10. Vivian in Red
If you love all things theater and Broadway, you’ll be beguiled by Michigan author–and my lunch friend–Kristina Riggle’s satisfying page-turner about an 88-year-old man who remembers his lost love, Vivian in Red. (Yes, “lunch friend.” We are ladies who lunch!)
“Vivian in Red is an enchanting swirl of love, family, history, theater, and an ode to what we leave behind and what we still have left to discover. Add Kristina Riggle to the list of historical fiction masters.”
—Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of In Twenty Years
Alrighty, then. That was some cozy, good, clean fun! Tell me, which one of these books enticed you like a flashy ice fishing lure on a frozen lake?
And why? We all want to know WHY.
Spill all your innermost thoughts in the comments below and be eligible to win your favorite! And check out this pic of my Fall books blog winner, Terry of Canada, holding her pick/prize “The Diary of a Bookseller.”