So before we do anything else, I HAVE to give a shout out to The Bear and the Nightingale, which I only didn’t pick for this theme for two reasons. 1) It was my December pick last year (favorite book of 2017) and 2) it’s sequel, The Girl in the Tower, was our winning pick for November (best middle book in a series). So picking it again seemed redundant. But guys, it’s SO GOOD! If you like atmospheric magical-realism/historical fiction mash-ups, The Bear and the Nightingale is the book for you!
Also, shout-out to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Because, well, obviously.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way… DECEMBER IS HERE! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love December. Everyone is so jolly, there’s music everywhere, Christmas decorations are the only decorations superior to pumpkins, and it’s a time of giving and charity.
Given all of that, it’s no surprise that holiday-themed romances are big blockbusters in both the movie and book industries. I’ve seen so many romance novels with snow and holly on the cover on everyone’s blog this month, I don’t even know what to do with myself! While my pick isn’t quite on those lines, it does loosely fit into that genre. So, without further ado, my favorite book set in winter is…
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I am just in love with all of Rainbow Rowell’s books. The writing is so beautiful, and I always really connect with the characters, and they always feel like they were written just for me! Landline is a contemporary romance that takes place during the week of Christmas. Georgie is forced to choose between the career opportunity of a lifetime and spending Christmas with her family, a decision complicated by the fact that her marriage is in trouble. When she chooses to stay in LA for work, a magical time-traveling phone is the only way she can keep in contact with her husband, and just might save her marriage.
One of the things I loved about this book is that it takes place during Christmas, but the Christmas setting is pretty incidental, especially since they live in LA, so this book can definitely be enjoyed at any time of year. I read (and loved) it in July.
I also really loved the way this relationship between Georgie and her husband is presented over time. You get the magic of seeing them fall in love in the first place though flash backs, but then you also get the complications of a grown-up relationship, and the dynamics of kids and family. Two for one!
Plus, you know, a time-traveling phone.
Landline was in my Top 5 of 2017. I loved this book, and if you like sex-free romances I think you will like this one too! It tugged at my heart strings and had me rooting so hard for Georgie and Neal that I literally couldn’t put it down. It’s the only book in YEARS that I’ve read in a single day.
Let it Snow
Best Book Set in Winter
Landline – Katie @ Never Not Reading (that’s me!)
No Ordinary Star – Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads
The Shining – Teri Polen
Let it Snow – Deanna @ Deanna Writes About
Witchwood – Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
The Bear and the Nightingale – Dani @ Mousai Books
Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Madam Mim @ Mim Inkling
The Wolves of Winter – Lauren @ Two Birds One Blog
Let the Right One In – Lucinda @ Lucinda is Reading
Shadow and Bone – Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads
Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, and is now be hosted by me (!), Katie and Adrienne at Darque Dreamer Reads. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers, and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl.
Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and I will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!
Check in next week for our December theme!