January and February tend to feel like the longest months of the year. If you live in the north (like me), you might feel trapped in the middle of a cold winter that never seems to end. Being snowed in or hibernating from the frigid outdoors can be boring, but sometimes there’s no better way to spend a day than curled up in bed with a good book!
Here are some options to help you alleviate that pesky seasonal depression.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Based on a fairy tale, this tearjerker of a story is about an older couple trying to survive in the Alaskan wilderness in the 1920s. They have spent years wishing for a child of their own, and have all but given up on that dream when a child comes alive from the snow to enter their lives.
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
This stunning story is centered around a small town nestled in the forest that rests its hopes and dreams on a junior ice hockey team. It explores the things that bring small communities together and the things that can tear them apart.
The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden
Being one of my favorite series’ of all time, I couldn’t leave the Winternight books out of this list. Incorporating Russian folklore and being primarily set in the snowy wilderness of Medieval Russia, you can practically feel the snow on your skin. This atmospheric book has beautiful prose and characters you can’t help but love. I can’t recommend it enough.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
This historical novel set in World War II France will break your heart. If you’re in the mood for an emotional read, this unforgettable book is the one for you.
No Exit by Taylor Adams
In this tense thriller, a college student becomes stranded at a rest stop with a small group of strangers in the middle of a fierce blizzard. When she finds a child locked in a cage inside a parked car, she must find a way for both of them to escape with their lives.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
A bachelorette party gone terribly wrong in a cabin surrounded by the cold winter woods. This is another thriller to get you through those long, chilly nights!
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The first installment of this trilogy is a Beauty and the Beast retelling in which the main character encounters “the beast” in the snowy woods and is brought to a spring paradise. The second book, a masterpiece of romance and character development, takes place in the frosty Night Court. The third is an epic war novel (longer than the previous two) that will certainly keep you preoccupied through the winter days.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Another historical novel that will pull at your heartstrings. This is a character-driven novel set during World War II, in which the war is only a backdrop to the personal struggles of the characters.
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Sometimes I find myself in the mood for fluffy, feel-good chick lit. This adorable holiday romance about missed opportunities certainly fits that mold. However, this isn’t entirely light and fluffy. Expect a little bit of heartache with this one.
Did I miss anything? Feel free to let me know in the comments!