You may already know that we here at Tea and Titles are a bit rebellious when it comes to the themes of Top Ten Tuesday, and this week is no exception. The original theme this week is Top Ten Beach Reads, but Ely and I figured since it’s absolutely freezing here in Melbourne and that the prospect of going to the beach is akin with suicide from pneumonia we decided that books to curl up with in bed was a much better plan. Here are our top ten picks!
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West : Sometimes all we need to warm us up inside is a cute contemporary and this one hits the spot big time. I have loved every one of Kasie’s books that I have read but when it comes to the ultimate contemporary to curl up to this is the one of hers I would pick. Following Gia, a girl that gets dumped right outside prom and her whirlwind ‘fake’ romance with a mysterious guy she meets in the car park. I promise you it’s not as creepy as I just described it.
The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski : If you like books with political intrigue, war and characters that use their mind to make their enemies then this is the series for you. I love books with twists and rebellion and politics and all that jazz and I especially love curling up to a book like this one because it’s the type of book that keeps making me turn the page. This book follows Kestrel a character I love because of her love of strategy and use of intelligence, she has the kind of quick mind that I wish I had and thats one of the reasons why I love this book/series. I love to read about characters that I want to be more like, I can put myself in their shoes and that’s why reading is so powerful.
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan: When I am in bed curling up to read I want to get away from my life as far as I can. A Rick Riordan book is perfect for taking you on an adventure and surrounding you into a world of Greek Gods and Monsters, not to mention plenty of fun. Before you read this book though make sure you curl up reading The Percy Jackson series!
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon : You want something epic for those freezing nights indoors, a book that will keep you company during those long cold nights. The Bone Season is the book you’ve been looking for. The Bone Season is the first of a 7 book series ( only two released so far) and it’s one that grabs you in straight away. Following Paige Mahoney a dangerous Clairvoyant living in a world in which clairvoyancy is illegal, trying to survive all the threats that are just around the corner, some threats she doesn’t even know of yet. This is enthralling and unlike anything I have ever read, highly recommend.
Angels Blood by Nalini Singh : Seriously hot angels and even hotter Vampire Hunters combine in this supernatural/romance series that will hook you immediately. I love curling up to what some would refer to as a guilty pleasure read ( I don’t feel guilty though) and this series is no exception, it’s steamy, juicy and 100% addictive.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
This book just screams winter to me. I can’t remember the exact details of this, but the first time I read it I was curled up, sick, in a nice warm hotel room in Tasmania (which is ever colder than Melbourne) with a cup of tea while my mum read this out loud to me. I was sixteen or so at the time, but it made me feel like a little kid again. I do really want to reread this in June.
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
I’d describe this one as a perfect Autumn book, but really it’s so excellent that you should read it year round. Like honestly, don’t ever read anything else—just Bone Gap, again and again. This book just makes me insanely happy for some reason, so I think this book, a bed, and a nice cup of tea would be the most perfect day. You can see my full review here.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
This is another very Wintery book, in my opinion. It’s set in a college in Vermont, which for some reason just brings forward this images of snowy streets and cute little cafes…I never been to Vermont (or anyone else in the US, for that matter) so I could be totally wrong here. Anyway, this is the kind of book you could lose an entire day in—it’s huge, but so captivating. Who knows, maybe by the time you finish it, it’ll be warm in Melbourne again. (Please someone send us warmth.) You can see my full review here.
One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
Really I could have put any of Cecelia Ahern’s books on this list. A lot of them are set around December/January time (from memory), and they are mostly set in Dublin, which let’s be honest it’s pretty cold year round. This story will most definitely warm your heart.
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Sticking with the UK theme, this book is a recent favourite of mine. It doesn’t really have anything to do with the cold, other than the fact it is set in the UK but it’s such a great book. I flew through this, but it honestly felt like no time at all—the characters that Holly Bourne has created are beautiful, and the best kind of people to spend the day with.
What books do you like to curl up with and read? Do you agree with any of our picks? If you are hailing from the Southern Hemisphere like us, how are you dealing with the winter? We are freezing our noses off !