Winter Reads: Books to Curl Up With

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I love a good book any time of the year, but there’s something about curling up in bed with the electric blanket and finger-less gloves on, and a good book clutched in your hands.

So I thought I’d share a few of the good reads I’ve been privy to lately.

The Mortal Instruments

I started this series from Cassandra Clare  on our road trip to North Queensland back in 2009 (I think it was 2009 at least!).  Yes, it’s teen fiction, but it’s good teen fiction.  I read a lot of teen fiction because I’m part of the Reading Team at school and I like to be able to knowledgeably recommend good books to our avid (and not so avid) readers.

But back to The Mortal Instruments.  You enter the secret world of Shadowhunters – the offspring of humans and angels – as they battle to protect the world from demons.  Along the way there is romance, love found, love lost, murder, fairies, vampires and lycanthropes.  A can’t-put-down-series.

The Infernal Devices

Now, The Infernal Devices are the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments (they came out after, but I’m sure you could read them first).   Passion, power, magic, darkness and danger – we’re introduced to Tessa Gray, an immortal who doesn’t know what she is and who loves two Shadowhunters, but must chose one.

This series is currently ranked #25 out of the Amazon 100.  I finished all 3 books in just over a week.

The Tale of Despereaux

The Little Man and I curled up in his bed and read this one as a bedtime story earlier this year.   It is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea.  We loved every word of it – and the Little Man loved me reading it to him, which made it even more special. (And yes, it is a movie – I haven’t seen it.)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The reason I picked this book up was the cover… the photo of the girl intrigued me.  When I flicked further through and saw all of the photos throughout the book, I knew that I had to add it to my bookshelf for this reason alone.  Good thing it was an awesome read as well.  With lots of twists, turns and surprises as Jacob discovers that he too is peculiar and that perhaps his Grandfather wasn’t as peculiar as everyone believed.

And I’m currently reading…

Cross Stitch

By Diana Gabaldon.  It was recommended by one of my fellow Reading Team – not teen fiction – and so far I’m enjoying it…  Will let you know when I get to the end.

What have you read lately that you couldn’t put down?  Anything you think I might like!?
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4 Responses to Winter Reads: Books to Curl Up With

  1. Janine June 13, 2013 at 7:42 PM #

    I love reading and read all sorts. I do read quite a lot of teen fiction too, just because I like it.Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children looks interesting and I will add it to my list to check out. What caught me was the cover (this was before I had read your comments). I went through the Jamie and Claire series and then I lost interest in the fourth or fifth book. Enjoyed the first three. Cassandra Clare has been recommended to me too. We read The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Attwood for our bookclub book. Interesting read, and I found I couldn’t put it down. Currently reading Maeve Binchy ” A Week in Winter” loaned to me by a bookclub member. In our group we bring books we have read and share them out with the others. It has been good cos I have read a few books I wouldn’t have normally. So far its a good read. I read “The Vintage Tea Cup Club” by Vanessa Greene in three days, a nice read.

    • Tasha Chawner June 14, 2013 at 7:40 AM #

      Oh, it would be so nice to have a Book Club here in our little town…

      I’m just up to the bit in ‘Cross Stitch’ where Claire and Jamie have met. I was beginning to think I was’t going to enjoy this book – the beginnings a bit slow – but I’ll keeping plugging along.

      I read ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ ages ago – need to have another read of it I think.
      And I’m definitely going to check out ‘The Vintage Tea Cup Club’ – any book read in 3 days must be a good one!
      T xo

  2. Janine June 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM #

    Tash, I think I just enjoyed the storyline and it was all about one of my fav loves, teacups. It was Vanessa’s first book. It was such an easy read. And after reading a few thrillers of late it was fluffy and nice. I did belong to a an online bookgroup for a year and that was good too. But nothing beats people getting together to discuss books. Our small group there are five of us have a blast and have been doing dinner out, or last month we did iced tea and a deli platter at one of our fav tea shops.

    • Tasha Chawner June 16, 2013 at 10:51 AM #

      I understand what you mean about needing a nice and fluffy, Janine. I know that there are times after I’ve finished a book (a series in particular) that I may not pick up another book for a couple of weeks.
      Your book club outings sound wonderful… wish I could join in the fun!
      T xo

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