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I’m sitting here huddled between my warm laptop battery and a giant bathrobe (fun fact: if you put the fuzzy hood up and sit in the dark it can really freak out your family) to try and stay warm. The weather has been even more bipolar than normal- this is Missouri, what else would you expect?- and a winter storm watch keeps popping up every time I try and turn on a mushy Christmas movie.

Winter has settled upon us. Whether you’re sitting by the pool in Miami, trying to find your driveway under the snow in Wisconsin, or hovering slightly above the ground in the middle of nowhere, it’s here…

… and it brought along the perfect time to read (or reread) some of my favorite novels.

(WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK OR GUILTY PLEASURE)

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Home for The Holidays (The Mother Daughter Book Club) by Heather Vogel Frederick- If you have read any other of the MDBC books, this one is a must. A great series to read while you’re snowed in with your mom.

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Frostbite by Richelle Mead- It’s no secret that I’m a total VA addict. Frostbite is the 2nd book in the series and it packs even more drama and danger than the first one. Don’t say I didn’t warn you when you are in need of some tissues and a hug at the end of this one.

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The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson- It has been several months since Ginny went on the life changing trip around Europe (in 13 Little Blue Envelopes) and lost her aunt’s final words to her. Now, a mysterious email sends her back to England over Christmas break. If you were left feeling like you had puppies licking your soul (figuratively… if literal please see a doctor. Now.) by the end of 13 Little Blue Envelopes, the sequel will not disappoint.

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater- Werewolves, mystery, hot guy… (I’m being honest here that it’s too awesome to try and be poetic about…). Let’s keep this one away from your mom, okay?

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens- We have all seen one movie version or another countless times, but what about the original text? Follow Ebenezer Scrooge through his mystical trip with the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future with the story that has been combining ghost stories and holiday magic since 1843. There is a reason that it’s a classic!

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Winter’s Child by Cameron Dokey- On a personal note, I’m a total sucker for different takes on fairy-tales and The Snow Queen has always been one of my favorites. On a less personal note, Winter’s Child is a beautiful take on the age old story about a boy, a girl, and a broken mirror.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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