Books to Cozy Up with this Winter

A good book is a definite treat in the middle of the long winter months. One of my favorite ways to combat the winter blues is to have a ready stack of books to be read in my favorite spot with a blanket, lit candle, and hot drink.

Today’s post is a compilation of some of my favorite books for the winter months ahead. Fiction & non-fiction are included, but mostly I’m drawn towards fiction and finding solace in well told stories. Also, by no means is this a list of new releases. Often it takes me months or years to get to a best seller, so these are just books I think are worth your time. Grab a few for yourself, curl up and start reading.


The Confession Club, by Elizabeth Berg | An uplifting story about friendship, surprising secrets and second-chance romance. I just finished this novel, and loved the writing and storyline. Now, I want to go back and read the first two books in Berg’s Mason series.

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times, by Katherine May | Sometimes I need a pep talk for winter and May’s book was incredibly insightful with diverse examples of how to winter well.

Beartown, by Fredrick Bachman | With rich characters and masterful story-telling, this small hockey town has big dreams that could be ruined by a tragic act. I couldn’t put this one down (and my husband read and loved it too).

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, by Louise Miller | A super cozy novel to read full of delicious food and the hunt for love and home in small town Vermont. It definitely felt a bit like Gilmore Girls.

Winter Garden, by Kristin Hannah | This book weaves a tale that sweeps through WWII Russia and the modern day relationships between a mother & her daughters. (The Great Alone is another perfect choice for winter, if you haven’t read it yet).

Persuasion, by Jane Austen | A little darker and more serious, the last published novel by Austen is perfect for the cold.

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, by Meik Wiking | Infuse your winter with a sense of togetherness, comfort, and well-being with practical ideas from the Danes. I took lots of small ideas from this book and can definitely say they have helped us to find more joy in the thick of winter.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer | A WWII love story told in letters and is full of hope in dark times.

Chief Inspector Gamache Series, by Louise Penny | Set in Canada, often in the snowy winter months, I absolutely adore this best-selling mystery series, and it’s one you could easily get lost in this winter. The first book in the series is called, Still Life.

Next I am planning to check out this novel (update: a good one!), and I am also listening to this non-fiction audiobook.


What books are you reading this winter?

Lindsey is an Indiana-based blogger who writes about everyday style and simplicity. She loves pizza, yoga, novels, and a great pair of jeans.