Cozy Books to Warm Your Christmas Heart

Books to add to your TBR for the most wonderful time of the year!

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

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about: Unexpectedly, guests start to show up at a snowy inn where they have previous history. The innkeeper’s son, Milo, tries to solve what secrets they’re hiding.

christmas spirit: Set during christmas break. The cover makes me want to curl up by the fire and drink hot chocolate.

Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, and Kasie West

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about: Snow in Love is a collection of four holiday stories.

christmas spirit: Set during the Christmas and Hanukah season! One story takes place on a road trip, perfect for while your staying home for covid!

Also, the cover would be a cute Pinterest picture but not for the front of a book…

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: The Graphic Novel by E.T.A. Hoffmann

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about: A classic tale adapted into a graphic novel by Natalie Andrewson.

A nutcracker comes to life and reveals a dream world to Marie, but then the Mouse King threatens it.

christmas spirit: The art looks wonderfully christmasy!

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

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about: Dash and Lily pass back and forth a red notebook of dares at a bookstore.

christmas spirit: Set in New York City during christmas break. Sounds like a Hallmark movie but with teens.

It’s now a Netflix tv series. (I haven’t watched it yet, but I find it strange that it’s a show and not a movie).

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (2020)

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

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about: Twelve Holiday Stories written by twelve different authors.

christmas spirit: All set during the holiday season.

Anytime you search up christmas books this shows up soooo it’s going on the list!

The Mistletoe Inn (2017)

North Child by Edith Pattou

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about: A Retelling East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

“Rose was born into the world facing north, and as a north child, superstition says that she will be a wanderer, traveling far from home” – quote from goodreads.

christmas spirit: Hmmm…. it’s just set during winter? WHO CARES CAUSE THAT COVER!

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

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about: Vivian goes on a trip to England with her daughter and meets Malcolm, who works for the Queen.

christmas spirit: A christmas romance with fancy british people? YES.

White Christmas (1954)

Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

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about: “A lavish hotel, a family secret, a book of puzzles, and a veil of magic…”

christmas spirit: Set at an old hotel during christmas break, I already started reading this and this is going on my list of trip ideas.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

What are you reading this Christmas season? Thank you for reading!

Best and Worst Paranormal Romances I Read in September 2020

contains spoilers! readers beware!

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

9 years later I’m just now getting around to reading this. The characters were likable and the plot was fast moving. But… I hate exposition dumps. When Katy found out that her next door neighbors were aliens, the author dumped all the information you could possibly need to know, in one chapter. I skipped over soooo many pages because of this. Although, it isn’t a perfect book, I still had a lot of fun.

And Damon Black. Need I say more?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Hush Hush and Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

I flew through Hush Hush, I literally couldn’t stop reading it. The back and fourth dialogue Nora and Patch had, I loved it. So many great, funny lines. I did have trouble shipping them together BECAUSE HE WAS GOING TO KILL HER THE WHOLE TIME. Hmmm…. sounds like a creep creep weirdo.

Not that books have to have likable characters to be good, but VEE WAS THE MOST ANNOYING CHARACTER EVER. (Just kidding, Jacob Black exists). All her character did was drive Nora around, slut shame, and fat shame.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Crescendo was a different story…

This book was so frustrating. I had to take breaks every other page because of how infuriated I was. I get it. Nora felt Patch wasn’t committing fully to her, but then the whole book was about how she still wanted to be with him. And, don’t get me started on Patch and Marcie. If I wasn’t reading on my phone, I would’ve catapulted the shit out of it.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Need by Carrie Jones

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Where do I start?

Sound of Music (1965)

The book starts out with Zara White, moving to live with her grandmother, in Maine. Each chapter is titled a type of fear (i.e. necrophobia and mnemophobia) Apparently, saying the names of random fears calms her down. Okay…That’s only relevant in chapters 1 and 2, because it never comes up again. Great writing. Halfway through the book, she learns there’s pixies, werewolves and tiger-people (?), living in her small town.

Characters: Does anyone have a personality?

Zara- Our main character. Not like other girls. Likes to run. Evil pixie guy wants to make her the queen of pixies. Likes Nick. Is told she has a ‘unique name.’

Nick- Badboy reputation? Not really. Calls himself Alpha. Oof. Apparently a werewolf but Zara thinks he’s a dog at one point. Likes Zara.

Betty- Zara’s grandma. Can turn into a tiger. Uhhh…anything else? Bad at cooking.

Zara and Nick’s Relationship:

It felt 1000% forced. No chemistry. When Nick randomly shows interest in Zara, I had to go back a few pages because I thought I missed something.

Every time they’re together, the author feels the need (pun?) to remind up that Nick is ‘extremely attractive.’

Crybaby (1990)


(Austenland 2013)

Things I liked:

The Setting- I’m a sucker for a paranormal romance set in a small town. (As you can tell)

The Pacing- Never got bored!

The Ending (I guess)- The ending was so silly! They defeat the ‘Evil Fairy Guy’ with forks. They encage him in a house surrounded by forks. LOL.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Sorry if that got a little to ranty! Let me know your thoughts on these books! Thank you so much for reading!