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12 Books to Cuddle Up With

Winter is the best time to be a reader because no one tries to force you to go outside and be “active,” leaving you with plenty of time to cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. Below are a few of our favorites to get all snuggly with, and the perfect places to read them!


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Where to Read: This book is coziest when you’re snuggled in a blanket fort. Hazel Grace would approve of the fairy lights you decided to hang up to light the inside, too!


We Are Okay by Nina LaCour


Where to Read: This beautiful tale of grief and hope is meant to be read in front of a roaring fire with a box of tissues.


I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Where to Read: Jandy Nelson’s lyrical exploration of love, art, and the ties that keep people together is a must read, especially when you’re curled up nice and tight in your bed so no one can see you weep.


Darius the Great Is Okay by Adib Khorram


Where to Read: This is the perfect thing to read curled up with your pet…because basically you’ll want someone nearby to hug.


Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon 


Where to Read: This rom com is definitely a heart-warming cuddle book. Join Sunny Dae for a hysterical adventure as he starts his own rock band to impress the new girl in town: Cirrus. Find a cozy room and fill it with bookish candles and pillows and settle in for a nice long read.


A Phoenix First Must Burn, edited by Patrice Caldwell


Where to Read: Cuddle up with a warm cup of tea somewhere cozy and pick up A Phoenix First Must Burn for a series of fantastic, magical stories and a break from the snow outside. You’ll definitely want to stay in to read it all the way through.


I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman


Where to Read: Pick your favorite out of the ordinary reading nook (a window seat, under your desk, a bean bag at your best friend’s house) and join these three teens for an emotionally cathartic story of losing love, finding love, and dis­covering the person you are meant to be.


Layoverland by Gabby Noone


Where to Read: In a warm car–it’ll make you extra grateful you aren’t traveling by air! From debut author Gabby Noone comes a darkly hilarious and heartfelt twist on the afterlife about finding second chances, first loves, and new friendships in the most unlikely places.


A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

sky beyond the storm

Where to Read: Somewhere you don’t have to move from for a while. Generally, if you’re curling up to read a book, you want something you’re gonna read straight through, and there is a 0% chance you’ll be putting this one down until you’ve read the last page!


Rebelwing by Andrea Tang


Where to Read: Anywhere you get stuck bored! Sometimes it’s easy to feel like you’ve been sitting too long…so pick up Rebelwing for some cybernetic dragon riding and live vicariously through Pru while you wait for the companion novel, Renegade Flight!


They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman 


Where to Read: Calling all armchair detectives! This is the book to curl up with in your favorite armchair as you unravel the mystery: what REALLY happened to Shaila that night?!


Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh 


Where to Read: Anywhere! This one will sweep you away with its gorgeously crafted narrative and won’t let you go until you’ve reached the last page.









Looking for more recommendations? Check out these places you can escape to without leaving your cozy spot!

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