It’s been a pretty cold winter in Melbourne so far (though in saying that it was actually quite a nice day today), and I can’t think of anything better to do on a winter day than to stay inside with a book. Now I’m one of those people who really loves winter, I much prefer it to summer as I don’t deal very well with the hot weather. I love the warm coats and snuggly scarves, and drinking hot chocolate or tea while rugging up with a blanket. And if you can stop yourself from getting distracted by the internet and binge watching TV shows, which I am very guilty of, then it’s a good time to catch up on your reading.
I don’t think I really change my reading habits seasonally. I still read the same kind of books as I do any other time of the year, the only difference is that in winter I’m more likely to look for a longer fantasy series with adventure and an epic setting that I can completely immerse myself in for hours on end. If I know I’m just going to be spending the day at home, I like to have a book ready so that I can read for most of the day.
Either of Sarah J. Maas’ fantasy series, Throne of Glass or A Court of Thorns and Roses are really great to read during the winter (or any time really). I recently read A Court of Mist and Fury, which is a great book to read during winter because it’s exactly the kind of epic, all consuming fantasy story I mean, and at over 600 pages long you’ll be able to curl up with it for a few days. Maas writes really great fantasy stories with amazing characters and magical faraway settings that really pull you into the world she creates.
Harry Potter is of course another favourite if you’re looking for an epic fantasy series. It’s a fun one to reread (which I’m sure most people probably already have at some point) from start to finish. Marathoning the movies is always fun as well. There’s also the newest addition to the Harry Potter universe, The Cursed Child having just recently been released, which I haven’t read yet myself because if it’s not good I’ll be really, really disappointed. I personally enjoy flicking through the stunning illustrated version of The Philosopher’s Stone while snuggled on the couch when I have a free afternoon.
Let’s be honest, I love staying in to read any time of the year, but there’s just something really satisfying about being cozied up inside with a book when it’s cold and raining outside.