8 YA Holiday Reads To Keep Your Winter Cozy

It’s getting cold out, friends, and snow isn’t always the everlasting beauty that the movies make it out to be, take it from a cold weather dweller! But there is an excellent upside to the season of holiday chaos, there are lots of holiday novels you can read while you’re hiding from the cold.

So make some hot cocoa, grab your blanket, and get your cuddle on. It’s time to explore some great holiday and generally wintry book options!

CAROLS AND CHAOS by Cindy Anstey

If you love the regency era and proper innocent flirting, you’ll get plenty of smiles and a solid holiday mystery from Cindy Anstey’s Carols and Chaos, which follows a no-frills lady’s maid and a valet as they get caught up in a counterfeiting scandal and must keep the estate’s grand holiday plans from falling apart.

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LET IT SNOW by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Given that the movie came out last month, you’re probably familiar with this one: Let It Snow is a collection of three short stories centered around an epic snowstorm in a small town. With fresh new romances, friends falling for each other, tough breakups, and even a mini pig, there’s something here for everyone!

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MY NEW CRUSH GAVE TO ME by Shani Petroff

Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows Teo Ortiz is the perfect guy for her. She’s ready to win him over with the perfect set of gifts and hopefully become his Christmas Ball date in the process. Unfortunately, pulling it off requires help from Teo’s class clown cousin, J.D. But as the two work together to get Teo to notice Charlie, her feelings become a bit… complicated.

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MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: 12 HOLIDAY STORIES anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins

Just look at the star-studded author lineup attached to this anthology! From cutesy romance to a side of mystery to irreverent humor, there’s something for everyone in this ode to holiday chaos and young love! With only a little over 300 pages in all, the shorts in this one are quite short, so it’s great in-between reading as well.

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SNOW IN LOVE by Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman, Nic Stone, and Kasie West

Road trips and department stores and gift exchanges and scavenger hunts, oh my! It’s time of another anthology, the perfect book vibe for winter. Snow in Love will give you lots of good holidays feels, including an adorable Hanukkah romance!

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SNOWED IN by Rachel Hawthorne

Sometimes you need a book that is just pure fluff(y snow.) Snowed In is a seasonally inverse beach read following Ashleigh, a teenager whose mother just moved them from sunny Texas to a minuscule, snowbound island town in Michigan. As miserable as Ashleigh may be, she’s also found one perk: Josh, a local boy who’s slowly change for perspective on small town life.

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There’s Christmas spirit and there are actual Christmas spirits, as in ghosts. Holly Chase is one of the latter. She became the reigning Ghost of Christmas Past years after she was visited by three ghosts of her own and didn’t change her ways. Holly’s afterlife has been rough, but this year’s “Scrooge” is going to change everything for her.

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF DASH & LILY by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is holiday themed in itself, but we really appreciated the follow-up, The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily, a little more because it’s one of the few books that deals with holiday gloom. About a year after their original adventure (which you don’t need to read to understand this novel,) Lily is going through some tough times and not feeling the spirit of the season. Dash is doing his best to bring her some holiday cheer– usually with hilarious, disastrous results. It’s also a nice short read to help you with those end-of-year reading goals!

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Happy winter reading!

By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary