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The Top 10 Best Winter Reads 2021/2022

Updated: Apr 13


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There’s nothing like curling up with a good book on a crisp winter night. But, to heighten your experience, you need a novel that fits the mood — you need, the best winter reads of 2021/2022. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10, so you can get your hands on them as the cold starts to really set in!


#1 Girls with Bright Futures by Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman


We’ll kick off our best winter reads 2021/2022 list with this college-based thriller! Darkness closes in earlier and earlier these days, setting the perfect mood for a blood-pumping, fast-paced book.


Girls with Bright Futures follows three mums who are set on securing their daughters’ futures. However, a few days before the application deadline, one of the girls is involved in a near-fatal accident. But, was it really an accident or is somebody else behind the incident?


#2 The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron


If you like historical fiction, you’ll adore number two on best winter reads 2021/2022 list! It showcases the bravery and humanity of the women who resisted darkness and brought positivity while under Nazi occupation.


Set in Paris (hence the title), the novel follows Lila de Laurent in 1939 and Sandrine Pacquet in 1943. Both women are involved in the world of high fashion in one way or another until Nazi soldiers invade their sacred places. The latter is trying to figure out the truth of her missing husband, while the former re-acquaints with the oh-so-handsome, Rene Touliard.


#3 Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson


Sticking with historical fiction, Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson follows a Jewish woman who poses as a wife of a Christian farmer to survive the Holocaust. The bestselling author worked her magic with this tale to combine elements of fear, love, sacrifice, and hope, all of which are inspired by true events.


If you can cope with the vivid imagery of the hardest days of World War II you’re bound to love this one of our best winter reads 2021/2022.


#4 Lore by Alexandra Bracken


Calling all Greek mythology fans, this one of our best winter reads 2021/2022 is for you!


It surrounds the Agon, a punishment for nine Greek gods where they must roam the earth as mortals and risk being killed for their immortality. However, as the next Agon looms, Castor and Athena seek help from Lore Perseous.


#5 Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon


If you’re looking for best winter reads 2021/2022 in the romance genre, Make Up Break Up is perfect. It’s actually the author’s first adult romance; she’s primarily known for her young adult romance novels.


The story follows Annika Dev, the creator of the app “Make Up”, and Hudson Craft, the maker of the app “Break Up”. She believes in second chances, romance, and fairy-tale endings. He believes in penthouses, flashy cars, and highly efficient break-ups.


But could they be a match made in heaven? Only a read of this tantalising novel will tell!


#6 The Betrayals by Bridget Collins


The Betrayals by Bridget Collins is for all you dark academia fantasy fans. Everything from the exclusive college setting to the description of the clothes they wear screams winter boarding school cosiness.


With a bunch of twists you won’t see coming, this novel takes you on a pretty fast-paced (more medium, but it kicks up a notch later on) journey of two people who each have their own feelings toward the establishment — and each other.


#7 Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro


Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Price in Literature and marked his achievement with this stunning book.


The story follows Klara, an artificial friend who has fantastic observational skills and carefully watches the behaviour of everybody who enters the shop. She sits and hopes that one day, she’ll be good enough for somebody to choose.


It’s a thrilling novel that explores love in this fast-paced, ever-changing world. We know this one will appear on many best winter reads 2021/2022 lists, but we just couldn’t resist adding it to ours!


#8 The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse


It doesn’t get more winter-reading-appropriate than Sarah Pearse’s first novel, The Sanatorium.


Within its pages, you follow a detective called Elin Warner who is currently on compassionate leave after a particularly traumatic experience. She’s invited to a hotel in the Swiss Alps for her brother’s engagement celebration. But as soon as she arrives, she feels uneasy and the mystery/thriller begins.


While the plot of this one of our best winter reads 2021/2022 isn’t cosy, the Alps setting will ensure you wish for nothing more than a smattering of snow.


#9 Milk Fed by Melissa Broder


Melissa Broder has managed to do something that very few have done before — write a humorous novel about eating disorders. Milk Fed depicts a woman’s journey to free herself from anorexia.


Rachel works in the film industry and she is ruled by the obsessive past time of counting calories. That is, until she meets Miriam, a server at the frozen yoghurt place, and has an affair with her.


We won’t tell you anymore than that! You should go into it with an open mind and heart.


#10 The Push by Ashley Audrain


The Push is not for the faint of heart — it’s all about the dark side of motherhood. The gothic-esque nature of this book deals with heightened maternal fears and the innate fear of becoming the “Bad Mother”.


If you can stomach the blinding truths and the slightly overwritten descriptions, you’ll have a great time with this one of our best winter reads 2021/2022.

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