Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You basically get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. Head over to the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of Wednesday-ers if you’re interested in participating!
Today’s topic is “Books to Read by the Fire.” I usually associate fireplaces with winter, and I usually associate winter with fantasy. So this is just going to be a list of fantasy books that I think are perfect to devour while sitting cozied up in a blanket by a brick fireplace. Maybe with some cocoa too? That sounds so great right now…
5. Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
So, this is definitely not my favorite Stiefvater read, but it is the first book I read by her. I’m not the biggest fan of this series, to be honest, because it was a lot like Twilight but for Team Jacob-ers (like I was back in the day sshh). But despite that, this is hands down one of the best fireside reads. Much of the themes in this series revolve around the cold, and the lore has a lot to do with the cold too. There’s just something about books set in small, cold towns that makes me want to read them by the fire!
4. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Again, this is absolutely not one of Bardugo’s greatest feats because she’s amazing and this is just an appetizer of her writing. But I have to admit that I was fully engrossed in this book when I picked it up last winter. And there’s something so cold about it – the setting, the characters – it just makes me want to be warm while reading it.
3. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
You know what I love to read in the winter? Books about kingdoms, about warring countries, about royalty and classism. I like books that contain taverns and cozy inns, a reprieve from the tumultuous environment outside their doors. And taverns and inns are cozy, for me, and I love to read about them by the fireside. The Kiss of Deception has everything I mentioned above, and more!
2. The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson
This may be cheating, because I haven’t technically ‘read’ this book yet. I’m halfway through, but as soon as I saw this topic, I knew it would make it on my list. High fantasy, check. Crazy magic system, check. Creepy atmosphere, check. Perfect fireside read? Yep.
1. The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
I don’t think I’ve ever talked about this book on my blog before, which is kind of nuts and misleading because this is a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I still haven’t read the second installment, but I plan on getting to it as the third book nears its release date. This is the perfect winter read, and I absolutely cannot stress that enough. When I say it’s the perfect read, I mean that with no exaggeration. Just. Read it.