November 24, 2014

Favorite Cozy Reads by Shannon of River City Reading - Holiday Extravaganza

Welcome to the Holiday Extravaganza Event!  From now until December 20th, enjoy guest posts by awesome, amazing bloggers, and giveaways by awesome, generous authors! Here is Shannon to kick the event off for us!

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is having a little extra time to cozy up with a good book. Though it's easy to fall into the hustle and bustle of the season, I try my best to avoid the stress (and cold!) as much as possible. We all know books are a great way to do that! In hopes of encouraging all of us to take some time to ourselves, here are six books I'd totally recommend cozying up with this winter.

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
This graphic novel is absolutely stunning and layers ancient folktales with new stories in a perfectly beautiful way. It's North Pole setting and snow-filled pages just beg to be read under a blanket.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
I was late to the Harry Potter game and didn't pick up the series until a few years ago, but it's quickly become a comforting staple in my reading life. Whether you're new to the wizarding world or have worn copies waiting patiently on your shelves, winter is the perfect time to cuddle up and drift off to Hogwarts.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
My book club read this fantastic, dark book set in frigid Iceland last summer. We all adored it, but agreed that it would be a perfect book to read in the middle of winter.

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Far Far Away twists the world of Grimm's fairytales into a YA universe with smart, brave characters that feel completely unique. The story's small town gives the novel a wonderfully cozy feel that makes it nearly impossible to put down, especially when things start to feel slightly sinister.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
One of my favorite cold-weather reads, Donna Tartt's new classic follows a group of students in a small, intense Greek course at their New England college. Soon, the secrets in their elite group grow dark and twisted, making The Secret History amazingly page-turning.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Big and layered, Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she begins and ends her life time after time in attempts to get it right. It's easy to cozy up and sink into Ursula's story as she weaves through the pages of England's history. 

Today's guest post is by the lovely Shannon of River City Reading!  

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