Get ready to snuggle up with a warm drink and some amazing winter reading recommendations in this episode of The Fangover Podcast. As the snow falls outside, we’re catching up on our recent reads and sharing the perfect books to keep you cozy all season long. From magical fantasies to heartwarming romances, we’ve got your winter reading list covered. So, grab your favorite blanket and join us by the virtual fireplace as we dive into the world of wintery books. Let’s get started!

Cozy Winter Reading Book Recommendations

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Magic, Fantasy and Paranormal for Winter Reading

When the winter winds howl outside, escape into fantastical realms with epic fantasies, magical realism, paranormal creatures, and urban fantasy. These genres offer the perfect refuge from the cold, whisking you away to worlds filled with enchantment, adventure, and otherworldly romance. Whether you’re wrapped in a cozy blanket or sipping hot cocoa by the fire, these books will transport you to captivating universes that make winter reading an absolute delight.


Epic Fantasies

Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughn
Radiance by Grace Draven
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

If you’re seeking grand adventures to whisk you away on chilly winter nights, look no further than epic fantasies. Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan introduces you to Xylara, a healer who finds herself bound to a fierce warrior, Keir. Their journey through a captivating fantasy world will keep you spellbound. Grace Draven’s Radiance shines with a tale of an arranged marriage between two different races, unfolding into a beautiful love story. In Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart, you’ll be entranced by Phèdre nó Delaunay, a courtesan with a unique ability, as she navigates politics, intrigue, and romance in a lush, immersive world. These epic fantasies are perfect winter reading for those long, cozy evenings.

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Magical Realism

Book Cover Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

Experience the magic hidden within the ordinary in these enchanting reads. Lisa Kleypas’s Friday Harbor series brings contemporary settings to life with a touch of the extraordinary, making them ideal companions for cozy winter nights. That first book is available on Kindle Unlimited too. And you can even watch the first one on TV! It’s been made into a movie called Christmas with Holly. Sarah Addison Allen’s captivating novels, including Sugar Queen, Garden Spells, First Frost, or a cute witchy, warm, cozy story like The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna, infuse everyday life with whimsical enchantment, promising delightful escapes into magical worlds that are just perfect for winter reading.

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Paranormal Creatures

Seducing the Sheriff of Nottigham by Cassandra Gannon
Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Get ready to be entranced by supernatural beings in wintry settings. The A Kinda Fairytale series by Cassandra Gannon earns a spot on our list not only for its intriguing paranormal elements but also because it’s incredibly funny. Laughter is the perfect way to warm up those frozen nights. For those who crave something a bit different, dive into the Dark Carpathians series by Christine Feehan, featuring Carpathian vampires, known for their connection to the winter and snow-covered landscapes. Feehan’s rich storytelling and passionate romances set against a backdrop of cold, snowy landscapes make it a perfect choice for winter reading. And don’t forget the captivating Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon, where you’ll encounter otherworldly heroes and heartwarming love stories in a frozen alien world. These paranormal creatures will keep you cozy and entertained during those long winter nights.


Urban Fantasy

Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Explore the gritty, captivating landscapes of urban fantasy with these gripping series. In The Others by Anne Bishop, supernatural entities reign supreme in a world where danger lurks around every corner. Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series introduces you to Rachel Morgan, a witch and private investigator navigating a city teeming with paranormal entities. Deborah Harkness’s Discovery of Witches combines history, science, and magic in a thrilling blend that will keep you on the edge of your seat. These urban fantasies are your perfect winter reading companions, filled with intrigue and mystique.

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Cozy Winter Book Recommendations

A Bit of Murder for Winter Reading

As snow blankets the landscape, dive into mysteries infused with a touch of the paranormal and historical charm. Cozy up with stories of ghostly romances, Victorian detectives, and suspenseful murder mysteries that add an extra layer of intrigue to your winter evenings. These books are your ticket to thrilling whodunits that will keep you guessing until the last page, making them the perfect companions for chilly winter nights.


Cozy Paranormal Murder

Romancing the Gravestone by Gena Showalter and Jill Monroe
Manners and Monsters by Tilly Wallace
The Watchmaker's Daughter by C.J. Archer

If you fancy murder mysteries with a supernatural twist, look no further. Gena Showalter and Jill Monroe’s Romancing the Gravestone introduces Bryn, a ghost with a penchant for romance novels, and her charming investigator partner. Tilly Wallace’s Manners and Monsters series combines historical fiction with cozy mysteries in a paranormal-infused Victorian setting. CJ Archer’s Glass & Steele series transports you to Victorian London, where magic and murder entwine in a captivating blend. These cozy paranormal murder mysteries are perfect for snug winter evenings by the fireplace.


Cozy Historical Murder

A Brazen Curiosity by Lynn Messina
Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley
Murder at the Mayfair Hotel by C.J. Archer

Step back in time with historical murder mysteries that will keep you guessing. Lynn Messina’s Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries stars a Victorian debutante with a talent for solving crimes. Jennifer Ashley’s Below Stairs Mysteries follow Kat Holloway, a cook embroiled in mysteries in a wealthy Victorian household. CJ Archer’s Cleopatra Fox Mysteries add a touch of steampunk to historical murder investigations, led by a strong-willed female detective. These cozy historical murder mysteries are tailor-made for winter nights spent solving whodunits.


Suspenseful Murder

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh
One by One by Ruth Ware

For those who prefer their murder mysteries laced with suspense, these books promise gripping tales that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Lucy Foley’s The Hunting Party transports you to a remote Scottish lodge where a New Year’s Eve celebration takes a deadly turn. Nalini Singh’s Quiet in Her Bones unravels a chilling story of secrets and murder in the picturesque New Zealand countryside. Ruth Ware’s One by One traps coworkers in a snowed-in chalet with a potential killer among them. These suspenseful murder mysteries are guaranteed to make your winter reading evenings thrilling and suspense-filled.


What We’ve Been Reading

What Happens at the Lake by Vi Keeland
Kiss Me, Catalina by Priscilla Oliveras
The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent

Discover the books we’ve recently devoured! Vi Keeland’s What Happens at the Lake promises a sizzling romance with neighbors to lovers set at a lake, perfect for escaping the winter chill. Priscilla Oliveras’s heartwarming Kiss Me, Catalina invites you into a world of love and family. Carissa Broadbend’s The Serpent and the Wings of Night weaves a tale of adventure and magic that will capture your imagination.


What’s on our To-Be-Read List

All Systems Red by Martha Wells
There Should Have Been Eight by Nalini Singh
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

Peek into our winter reading plans as we reveal the books waiting on our To-Be-Read lists. Martha Wells’s Murderbot Diaries promise a thrilling blend of sci-fi and mystery that’s sure to intrigue. Nalini Singh’s chilling thriller, There Should Have Been Eight, takes us to a remote estate in New Zealand’s Southern Alps where a reunion turns into a suspenseful journey of secrets and confessions. And Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree brings high fantasy and low stakes to our reading list with a tale of a retired orc barbarian opening the first coffee shop in Thune, offering a hot cup of fantasy, slice-of-life, and a dollop of romantic froth.


Winter Releases We’re Looking Forward To

Legacy of Temptation by Larissa Ione
At the River by Kendra Elliot
Random in Death by J.D. Robb

Lastly, get a sneak peek at the upcoming winter releases that have us buzzing with anticipation. Larissa Ione’s Legacy of Temptation, Kendra Elliot’s At the River, and J.D. Robb’s Random in Death promise enthralling stories that will make your winter reading list complete.

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