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It’s starting to get cold again here in the Netherlands, so looking ahead to the coming months I thought I would do this winter-themed book tag by MarissaWrites, to give you some tips for books that will get you through the winter.

Falling Snow: The colors of winter are muted. Choose a book that has whites, light blues, and grays on the cover. 

I really love this cover of Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. It is a very wintry book as well, so it fits in perfectly with this tag.

Crackling Fires: Colder weather makes for the perfect time to sit by a crackling fire in the fireplace. What book is the best to curl up next to a warm fire with?

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman is the perfect trilogy to get you through the long winter days.

 Ice Storm: Winter storms can be brutal. What book do you love that takes the characters through a brutal season?  

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy is a beautiful book about resilience and hope that really manages to make you feel the brutal cold of the Alaskan winters through its pages.

Winter Wishes: Spending more time indoors allows for more time to dream and wish. What character is living a life that you dream about?

While I love reading about exciting adventures, I rarely feel like I’d want to live through them. However, I would give a lot to be able to visit Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus for an evening or two.

Hot Cocoa: There is nothing like a hot cup of cocoa during the winter, as adults we often under estimate it. What book do you think should be the next big thing?    

Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan is a strange and beautiful book of short stories about the relationship between humans and nature, which deserves to get more attention.

Lip Balm & Lotions: Soothing dry skin is part of the winter for many. What book is full of soothing & comforting words? 

What’s more comforting than (re)reading an old and beloved classic? Tolkien’s The Hobbit is perfect for this. 

Peppermint Mocha: What is your go to winter food or drink for those reading marathons of winter?      

Around this time of year there’s only one appropriate snack: pepernoten!

Hopefully this list has given you some suggestions you weren’t yet familiar with! If you do read any of these books, let us know what you thought of it on one of our social media channels.

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