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Cozy Days and Cozy Reads

Brrr!

Winter is here, and I’m sure most of us are feeling it. The cold and another round of quarantine are giving me flashbacks. But we can make this season something fruitful, stimulating, and relaxing. How can we achieve all that? Well, I have a few book recommendations!

Briana's cozy space she shares with Thomas!
Briana's cozy space she shares with Thomas!

Setting the vibe

We can create reading rituals during these cold days and nights. I’m sure a few of my colleagues agree, creating a cozy environment makes reading a transformative experience. Before I head to bed I fit in a few chapters. I have been delighting myself with Ginger turmeric tea. Next, I also make sure I am under soft light (bright enough of reading!), then light one of my favorite candles. Creating a relaxing environment encourages my mind and body to relax and enjoy a good book or tv show/movie! Try to find what works for you and stimulates relaxation.

Nadine's nook she shares with Violet!
Nadine's nook she shares with Violet!

Winter, a cozy time for reading

What I love about winter is the way it makes us slow down. During this season I tend to read longer novels or series, specifically in the fantasy genre. Also, this is a great time to dip your toes in the romance pond! Below are a few sweet, slow-burning fantasy reads and some romance novels for the cozy winters days.

Let us know what you think about the selection! If you want to check these out, please reach out to our librarians and we can set you up with a curbside order. Don’t forget, we still offer our Book Tasting Service. Let us help you find the books that match your reading tastes! Fill out the form to get our personal librarian shopper.

Recommended reading

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgensten
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Circe by Madeline Miller
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Circe is currently being adapted for television series by HBO Max.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells
A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence.
This is kindle novella series. Winner of Hugo and Nebula award for Best Novella

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Soon to be a movie starring Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell, USA Today bestselling author Sally Thorne’s hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
A woman struggling with burnout learns to embrace the unexpected—and the man she enlists to help her—in this new New York Times bestselling romance by Helen Hoang.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “One of the year’s strongest fantasy novels” (NPR), an imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale from the bestselling author of Uprooted.
​With the Nebula Award–winning Uprooted, Naomi Novik opened a brilliant new chapter in an already acclaimed career, delving into the magic of fairy tales to craft a love story that was both timeless and utterly of the now. Spinning Silver draws readers deeper into this glittering realm of fantasy, where the boundary between wonder and terror is thinner than a breath, and safety can be stolen as quickly as a kiss.

 
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