Sweater Weather: Cosy Reads for the Cold Times
By Sarah Lundy, Lucy Lillystone, Ellie Brady, Kelly Stone, Amy Wright and Ana Matute
As the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, a book that gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling can make all the difference. Whether you prefer to curl up with a blanket or settle down with a warm cup of tea, these are the perfect reads to get cosy with.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
As the leaves start to fall and we snuggle down with our favourite book, I am excited to revisit this beautiful love story which shattered my heart into a million pieces in the way only great books can.
Clare and Henry's paths cross at many times in their lives... but not always chronologically. Henry suffers from a rare condition in which his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled into the past or the future. This constant struggle to lead a normal life makes for an intense and heartbreaking love story that will stick with you forever. So, if you're looking for a book to curl up with by the fire and a good cry then this is the perfect read for the cold nights.
Snug by Catana Chetwynd
Catana Comics is a global webcomic sensation that documents adorable slice-of-life moments between the artist Catana and her fiancé, John. Snug is a collection of these sweet, simplistic comics in book form centred around the theme of all things cuddly and comforting at home. Best read in one sitting while lounging in your favourite place, this quick visual book is sure to bring a smile – whether you’re in a romantic relationship or not – with its hilariously relatable humor, unfiltered conversations and charming ponderings.
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
What if you had the chance to revisit the past – but only for as long as it takes for a cup of coffee to get cold? Toshikazu Kawaguchi takes the much-overdone literary trope of time-travel and gives it a revamp with a complex and unique twist in Before the Coffee Gets Cold. Making the reader question what they would change if they could travel back in time, this book is beautifully and yet simply written with memorable characters who you can’t help but fall in love with. Before the Coffee Gets Cold is the perfect read to cosy up with beside the window with your own cup of coffee as you join the ensemble on their own adventures in the past.
Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami is famed for his softly surreal, casual postmodern writing. His ability to simultaneously examine our private inner worlds and the vast and surprising world around us is effortless and new, yet somehow familiar and comforting. In Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, Murakami crafts a sympathetic protagonist who is shunned as a young man by his tight-knit friendship group for reasons he will come to learn and could never have known. Introspection, melancholy and understanding all come to mind when I think about the themes and emotions of this text, delivered in a way that yearns for you to wrap yourself up with a warm cup of tea in the lamplight and read on and on.
The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury by Marc Levy
One of the most captivating romantic novels I have read is The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury. We follow Alice from a Christmas day when a woman tells her future, revealing her journey to find her true love – whom she hasn’t met yet. A story with a lot of unpredictable changes, it’s like a trip through love encounters which shows that sometimes love is found in the little things of our lives.
In this way, Marc Levy develops a story that will make you feel every step that Alice takes – right up until her final glimpse of the truth. A novel perfect for a day when you want to feel that love is more than an infinite number of days together.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is the touching story of eighteen-year-old Cath as she begins her first year of university. Cath initially goes through a difficult time and hides behind her fan fiction in order to avoid the real world. Rowell has us rooting for Cath from the start as she gradually opens up, gaining new experiences and meeting new people. This is a heartwarming novel that explores very relevant subjects, including fan culture. Rowell includes extracts of Cath’s own fan fiction within Fangirl, and the author even went on to write a spin-off of Cath’s writing. Carry On is the first book in the Simon Snow Trilogy, which would also make the perfect cosy read after reading Fangirl.