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    21 Spectacular Books With Winter Vibes For When You Want To Cozy Up And Read Indoors

    Whether you are in the mood for a wintery story, are still in denial about Christmas season being over (it's ok if you haven't taken your tree down yet), or you just shoveled two feet of snow and need to remind yourself of why you say you like winter, these reads are for you!

    1. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

    Snowglobe with a white rose inside
    Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin

    What it's about: Liesl has heard stories of the Goblin King her whole life. Though she's helping run her family's inn, she still dreams of music, including the compositions inspired by the stories of the Goblin King. But when he takes her sister, Liesl will need to venture underground to save her, and find herself in the midst of a world that has only existed for her in stories. 

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie bookstore via Indiebound here.

    2. The Bright and the Pale by Jessica Rubinkowski

    Blue cover with scenes of snow-capped mountains and a village
    Quill Tree Books

    What it's about: Valeria has been on the run from the Czar ever since the freeze — a dark magical hold unleashed over her village, freezing nearly everyone, including Valeria's family, in an unbreakable sheet of ice. A year after the murder of her best friend, Alik, she discovers he is in fact alive and being held hostage, and to get to him, she'll have to lead a group of thieves on an expedition to Knott Mountain; the very mountain that was responsible for the freeze. 

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie bookstore via Indiebound here.

    3. I'm Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas by Tiffany Schmidt

    Cartoon illustration of a young couple staring at each other in front of a Christmas-themed fireplace
    Harry N. Abrams

    What it's about: Noelle is a Christmas enthusiast, unlike her friends and father, and so when she's asked by her favorite babysitting clients to accompany them on a winter break ski trip, she quickly agrees. But a Christmas surprise comes in the form of Wyatt, the older half-brother of her charges, who has come to the slopes to surprise his family with his presence — a plan in which Noelle unknowingly spoils. But as the duo begin to understand each other, Noelle might start the New Year, not just with a lot of babysitting money, but also a new beau. 

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie bookstore via Indiebound here.

    4. What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson

    Blue cover with tree branches surrounding illustrations of birds and wolves
    Roaring Brook Press

    What it's about: After the death of their mother, Jack Morton is desperate for a way to keep his younger brother, Matty, with him. To do so, he will need to brave an Idaho winter in search of the drug money that sent his dad to prison. But on his tail is Victor Bardem, a controlling man who is also after the money. His daughter, Ava Bardem, who has lived in isolation her whole life, must decide whether to help the brothers survive. 

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    5. Sofi and the Bone Song by Adrienne Tooley

    A young women in large fur coat an instrument on her back
    Margaret K. McElderry Books

    What it's about: The kingdom of Aell is a land of endless winter where magic is accessible to all but banned from the art of music. Sofi has trained her entire life to inherit her father's title of Musik, one of five musicians in the country licensed to compose and perform original songs. But the auditions bring with them horror instead of joy — Lara, a girl who has never played the lute before, wins the title instead of her. Almost like magic. To reclaim what she sees as her rightful place, she'll need to prove Lara is using illegal magic, an uphill battle when considering her newly growing feelings for the girl who stole her future. 

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie bookstore via Indiebound here.

    6. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

    Inkyard Press

    What it's about: Meghan has always felt like something was slightly off in her life, though being the daughter of Oberon, faery king of the summer court, was hardly on her list of theories. Though she's been protected in the mortal realm by Puck, a fae disguised as who she thought was her human best friend, her discovery of the truth pulls her into a deadly war. And it brings her face to face with a young prince of the winter court who might want her dead. 

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    7. The Littlest Yak by Lu Fraser and Kate Hindley

    Peachtree Publishing Company

    What it's about: In this delightful picture book, Gertie is the littlest yak in her whole herd on top of a snowy mountain. Since all the other yaks are much bigger and much taller than she is, she's feeling stuck in her smallness. But Gertie will soon discover that there are some things that only she can do, and that her uniqueness is actually her strength.

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    8. Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario

    a girl standing in front of a cloudy sky, holding a piece of the sky to cover half her face
    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    What it's about: Rowena's sister, Ariana, disappears during the middle of a snowstorm, leaving an empty bedroom and no tracks. Row is left to piece together where Ariana went and why, reckoning with the fact that their mother's death caused them to drift apart into their own separate worlds. Both sisters get a point of view, as they try to find their own ways and perhaps find ways back to each other. 

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    9. Merry Inkmas by Talia Hibbert

    A shirtless man in a leather jacket with tattoos in a snowy setting
    Nixon House

    What it's about: Bailey is a barista, determined to stay away from relationships after seeing how cruel love was to her mother. Cash is a tattoo artist, trying to fully leave behind his troubled childhood. The two cross paths and it may just be the mistletoe talking but the bad boy and the barista seem to have some very steamy sparks between them. 

    Get it from your local indie bookstore via Indiebound here.

    10. Mickey7 by Edward Ashton

    St. Martin's Press

    What it's about: A human expedition is sent to Niflheim, an ice planet they intend to colonize, with Mickey7 in tow. Mickey7 is an Expendable, the crew member relied upon when the missions are too dangerous and deadly for anyone else to try. After all, when one iteration dies, a new one is regenerated (as has previously happened six times), containing most of his memories. But when he goes missing and is presumed dead, leading Mickey8 to report for duty, Mickey7's return leads to a double life for both Mickey's as they attempt to keep Mickey7's continued existence under wraps. 

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    11. The Comeback by E.L. Shen

    A girl ice skating in a blue performance dress
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    What it's about: Maxine's parents are worried that competitive figure skating might be too much for the middle schooler to handle. But all she wants to do is nail the perfect landing. While dealing with a bully at school, who is teasing her about her Chinese heritage, Maxine also is competing with a new skater at her ice rink, Hollie, who is incredibly skilled. She'll need to give it her all on and off the ice to really make a comeback. 

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    12. A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw

    Atria Books

    What it's about: Travis Wren requires only a single object to find a missing person; a talent that makes him incredibly useful for families with nowhere else to turn. During the search for author Maggie St. James, he is led to a commune called Pastoral, a commune that shouldn't exist anymore. But when he stumbles upon it, he, like Maggie before him, disappears. When Theo, a member of Pastoral, discovers Travis's abandoned truck years later, he'll begin to unearth many secrets that reveal a darkness within their isolation. 

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    13. Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

    Illustration of a couple set on a green background with mistletoe around them
    Berkley Books

    What it's about: When Vivian's daughter, Maddie, gets the chance to head to England on a work trip, Vivian tags along for what will be only her second trip out of the country. What she doesn't expect is to immediately develop feelings for Malcolm Hudson, a private secretary for the queen. Malcolm's first-ever private tour is given to Vivian, while others receive more and more excuses from Malcolm, who is trying to spend as much time with Vivian as possible before the holiday ends and reality sets back in. 

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    14. Love at the Icicle Café by Denise N. Wheatley

    A man kissing a woman on the forehead while they stand in front of a store during the holidays
    Tule Publishing

    What it's about: Mina Richards is heading to Gosberg, Germany, a snowy village where her parents own a winter-themed café. Her parents want to sell, but the chef, Scott (Mina's childhood friend and crush), doesn't want the café to be sold to a hotel chain. So when Mina arrives, he decides to convince her not to help sell, and instead to help with the café's annual Icicle Fest. 

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    15. You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith

    Inkyard Press

    What it's about: Adam is determined to protect the pinball arcade — the only thing he has left of his dad — even if he has to fight the tech mogul who wants to turn it into a gaming café. Whitney is running social media for her dad's chain of gaming cafés, trading insults with the pinball arcade across town. When a snowstorm hits, the two get trapped inside the arcade, and as the tension starts morphing into something else, the question becomes, "What happens when the storm ends?"  

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    16. Cold by Mariko Tamaki

    Roaring Brook Press

    What it's about: Todd Mayer's body was discovered naked and frozen in a snow-covered park. Georgie didn't know him, but after hearing about his death, she can't stop thinking about it; And as a fellow queer outcast, she's determined to uncover the truth behind his death. And while she does that, Todd's ghost is recounting the events and choices that led to his demise.  

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    17. Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long

    Cut out of a wolf's silhouette with the image of a woman's face and dog and person running inside the cut out
    Wednesday Books

    What it's about: Sena has been trying to find a way off her frozen planet of Tundar, her desperation leading to a mistake that puts her in danger with a local gangster. An escape is presented by a team of scientists. Their bargain: She competes for them in Tundar's yearly dogsled race, and they pay for her way out. With no other choice, she and her prize-fighting wolf, Iska, must compete in the treacherous race...knowing that it claimed both her mothers' lives.  

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    18. The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

    Fantastical background of flowers, water, and a man and woman dressed in traditional Asian clothes
    Feiwel & Friends

    What it's about: Every year, a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the bride of the Sea God in hopes that when the true bride is chosen, the deadly storms that sweep away entire villages will end. Many believe the true bride is Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village and the beloved of Joon. But when Joon's sister Mina sees Joon following Cheong to the sea, despite the death sentence that goes hand in hand with interference, Mina throws herself in the water to save him. But the Spirit Realm is not what the village believed, as the Sea God is asleep, and Mina must work with a mysterious young man named Shin to wake him.  

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    19. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

    Bold black lettering of the book title Girls Made of Snow and Glass against a white background with a crown
    Flatiron Books

    What it's about: Past: Mina plans to win the heart of the king, so that she might become queen, despite the fact her own heart was cut out and replaced with one made of glass by her magician father. Present: Lynet was created by a magician out of snow, an image of the late queen at request of the king. But when her father makes her queen of the southern territories, her stepmother begins to look at her with something like hatred.

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    20. A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette

    Berkley Books

    What it's about: Bronwyn is renovating her family ice cream shop, Chewse Creamery, to get it back to its former glory. But the day the doors open coincides with the first snow of the season, meaning the customers stay away. And that evening, she finds a body in the snow...one belonging to someone in an old feud with her family.

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    21. Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler

    illustration of a man climbing up a snow-covered mountain and a woman with her dog at the bottom
    Sourcebooks

    What it's about: River Lane is desperate to reroute her career, pivoting from acting to a place behind the camera. Though she's agreed to film a documentary about Moose Springs, Alaska, she realizes when she gets there that the locals want nothing to do with her. Easton Lockett is a local that is helping River and her crew get up and down Mount Veil, but amidst the chaos of wildlife, and a crew prone to wandering off, Easton will find himself falling for the newcomer. 

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie bookstore via Indiebound here.