Top Ten Tuesday | Warm and Festive Seasonal Books!

December 3, 2018 rissiwri 30 Comments
Top Ten Tuesday December 4

Top Ten Tuesday | Warm and Festive Seasonal Books!

December 3, 2018 Rissi JC 30 Comments

It’s the first week of December, and as 2018 nears its close, today we get to look at the perfect seasonal topic.

 That Artsy Reader Girl | Top Ten Tuesday December 4: Cozy/Wintry Reads

Top Ten Tuesday December 4I’m all about the “cozy” reads. Unfortunately for me, I don’t feel as if I’ve read all that many probably because I read (really) slow, and also I have so many books on my shelf! Nonetheless, I do own several that look pretty on my shelf. Because of this, we’ll talk about some that I, as a bookworm, have an innate sense they’ll be cozy (aka the books I want to read) and a few I know are cozy reads (aka those I have read).

No matter their respective status on my TBR, all are books I think would be ideal seasonal reads. Whether its their cover art or the synopsis, something about each of them puts me in mind of the cozy season we’re about to enter. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a good curled-up-in-a-blanket read this time of year?

Without further ado, let’s have a look at our Top Ten Tuesday December 4 list!!

Top Ten Tuesday December 4

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1: Christmas Heirloom Collection | We begin with a novella collection from Bethany House that I haven’t read. Chances are I’ll only read Becky Wade’s at this time since I’m not really in a historical-fiction-reading mood. If you like historical, three out of four of these novellas are historical. Amazon | Goodreads

2: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de La Cruz | Read this one last month, and while it’s fun, it isn’t a favorite. It’s still a cozy little story, and this reminds me, I do need to review this one! Amazon | Goodreads

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3: A Cliché Christmas by Nicole Deese | This one has been on my shelf for way too long. Needless to say I don’t know why I haven’t read this one, but I really (really!) need to. Amazon | Goodreads

4: Wrapped in Red by Meghan M. Gorecki | If you love Hallmark-esque romances, don’t miss Meghan’s meet-cute romantic-comedy novella. Amazon | Goodreads

5: Jenny B. Jones | Unfortunately, Jenny’s new seasonal novella isn’t available yet, but I’m eager to discover what it’s all about! I’d imagine all kinds of cute happens.

6: One Christmas in Winter by Bell Renshaw | Again, this is another novella sure to please Hallmark Channel fans. In fact, the plot of this one is all about a film crew in a small Montana town. Amazon | Goodreads

7: Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider | This YA novel has been on my shelf for a while, but last month I finally marked it as “read.” Needless to say, I really enjoyed it. Amazon | Goodreads

“We’re looking into each other’s eyes, and I think we’re both a little stunned by how great that kiss was.” ― Catherine Rider, Kiss Me in New York

8: Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strom | I’m pretty sure reading this one was on my to-do reading plan list for last season, but it didn’t happen. Still, I do want to read it, in part because it’s a royal romance. You all know, I adore those! Amazon | Goodreads

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9: Enchanted: A Christmas Collection by Melissa Tagg | Love Melissa Tagg’s books. Love Melissa’s Christmas novella collection. Enough said. Amazon | Goodreads

10: Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Susan May Warren | When this one was repackaged and re-released as an Indie novel, I picked it up on Amazon. Suffice to say, to end things, I do still need to read this story, which looks adorable, and is in fact, a 1940s era novel. Amazon | Goodreads

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How about you; what’s your “cozy reads” definition? How do you pick a cozy read; novella? author? genre? cover? Tell me all about your favorite “cozy reads”; I’m all about good recommendations.  Comment down below will all of your thoughts!

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  • Chrissi Reads December 3, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    I haven’t read many festive reads like you’ve listed, but they do look like they’d be good winter reads!

  • Greg December 4, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Pride and Prejuice and Mistletoe does sound kinda fun, and I read a short story by de la Cruz a few years ago but that’s all I’ve read by her. I remember liking it though!

  • Katie @Just Another Girl and Her Books December 4, 2018 at 12:35 am

    I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, but I caught the movie on Hallmark and thought it was really fun. I almost worry the book wouldn’t live up to that cheese. I will definitely be adding some of these books to my wish list because they’d be great for the 12 Books of Christmas reading challenge I host every year.

    Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Katie @Just Another Girl and Her Books recently posted: *Top Ten Tuesday* Christmas Movies Based on Books
    • Rissi JC December 10, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      Pride and Prejuidce and Mistletoe is definitely very different that its movie. That said, I like the film much better because it captures the “feel” of the original better. Or I feel it does. Let me know if you read the book, Katie. :)

      Thank you for stopping by Finding Wonderland.

  • Brooke Lorren December 4, 2018 at 1:48 am

    I guess I don’t read too many Christmas books. Maybe about one a year. I saw Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe on another list this year.

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  • Lin @ The Reader of A Thousand Stars December 4, 2018 at 4:20 am

    Great post!! I have been looking for Christmas reads, but can’t seem to find any I like. All these TTT posts are helping me out a bunch! To me, cozy reads tends to refer to romance?? I’m not quite sure why?? But fluffy romance that makes us squeal and gush is cozy, I think.

    I’ve seen Prince in Disguise around the blog’o’sphere a lot recently. And this. Is the laST STRAW!!! I’m going to go buy it and read it, because I trust the judgement of our fellow book bloggers. (and also because I have no self control when it comes to buying books). Who can say no to a book that sounds so cute? Not me, that’s for sure.

    Happy Reading!! <3

    Lin @ The Reader of A Thousand Stars recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday: The Books of Cold Weather and The Books of Fluff
    • Rissi JC December 10, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      How fun! I’m so glad you found this past week’s topic helpful (and hopefully fun to read as well). I agree. I love a good romance read that also feels “cozy.” They’re the best kind of fiction in my book. :)

      I haven’t read Prince in Disguise but it sounds like a 100% “me book,” so I’m hopeful – plus its cover art defines “cozy.” (I’m right there with you; I have zero book buying control either!!)

      Thanks bunches for the visit, Lin. :)

  • Melanie December 4, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Great post, I love that you did all holiday reads. I usually try to read at least one or two holiday books in December but not sure how many I’ll get to this year. I actually haven’t read any on your list so I’ll have to check them out.

    • Rissi JC December 10, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      I have enjoyed (the last two years or so) reading seasonal books. They’re always so fun. This month I’d still like to read the Snow in Love anthology (though maybe that’d be a great wintertime read, too) and My New Crush Gave to Me as well as a novella by Jenny B. Jones. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Melanie.

  • Astilbe December 4, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I hadn’t heard of any of these titles. It’s always interesting when you stumble across a Top Ten Tuesday post that’s full of totally new authors and books.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

  • Cholla December 4, 2018 at 9:58 am

    A Cliche Christmas sounds cute! Me, I just love anything set in a small town – whether it’s a romance or cozy mystery. That togetherness you always get screams COZY to me.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  • Brittaney B December 4, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I’m eagerly waiting for Jenny’s new holiday release too! I did so enjoy her A Sugar Creek Christmas. And I loved Nicole Deese’s A Cliché Christmas. There are a few here, I haven’t read yet, but am looking forward to.

    • Rissi JC December 10, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      SAME! Now it’s out in the world, and I still haven’t bought a copy (I wanted to see if she would release it to paperback). Glad Nicole’s is good (I’d except nothing less), and I too am excited for all the cozy reads I still have to read. :)

      Glad to have you visit, Brittaney, as always.

  • Jessica December 4, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Great picks! I’m eager to check some of these out because I definitely need a bit of a mood boost and it seems like some of these might help with that feeling. They just sound cozy and you definitely made the right picks (as if I didn’t already say something similar–haha!) and I’m totally here for it. I always find that the definition of cozy, for me, is just magic. Whether that be literal magic or just… magic in a very different definition if that makes sense? Like, magic that comes not from magic itself but from some sort of emotion or event.

    I feel like for me, this time of the year, with literature, I want something that feels almost like a classic holiday song. Whatever the literature equivalent to that is! But, I’m probably babbling a bit!

    • Rissi JC December 10, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      Aw, I’m sorry. I hope you do find a read that is cheery and mood boasting for you, Jessica. Wishing you all the happy vibes. :)

      “I always find that the definition of cozy, for me, is just magic. Whether that be literal magic or just… magic in a very different definition if that makes sense?”

      YES! This is so true. I love how you define cozy. I too feel this way. And as you say, I like my fiction to “feel” like a good classic Christmas song. :)

      So glad you visited! Thanks!

  • Kelly @ Wandering Through Books December 4, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    I don’t even think that I’d HEARD of any of these… I think I kind of forget how big seasonal books are? There are… a lot of them, aren’t there?

  • Chanel M. December 5, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    A cozy read to me is romantic and wintery, so I agree with your choices. And I think you should definitely read A Cliche Christmas soon! I read it last year and loved it – plus, I plan to reread it this year. Lot of other books on your cozy list are on my TBR, like The Christmas Heirloom and Enchanted: A Christmas Collection. Fun post!

  • Niamh @ nuggets of niamh December 6, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I’m really interested in reading something by Melissa de La Cruz! Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe sounds like the perfect wintry read! My go-to cosy read is always Harry Potter – it never fails to break me out of a reading slump and make me happy!

    • Rissi JC December 10, 2018 at 10:36 pm

      This was my first novel by Melissa, but it’s cute. Glad you have a go-to winter read. I don’t but do know there’d be some (like Narnia) I’d like to re-read this time of year. Also, aren’t slump busting reads THE best!? :)

      Thanks for the visit, Niamh. :)

      • Niamh @ nuggets of niamh December 11, 2018 at 4:56 pm

        Oh yes, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe makes for a great winter read! Another one of my faves!

  • Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads December 10, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I haven’t read any of these yet, but Prince in Disguise sounds like so much fun! And for some reason, I do think of books with royals as wintry books…

    • Rissi JC December 10, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      I love that you think of royals with these types of reading, Lindsey. This is one of my all-time favorite tropes – and I agree, Prince in Disguise looks so cute!!

      Thanks for visiting, as always. :)

  • Michelle Adams January 11, 2019 at 9:07 am

    a cozy read to me is a feel good fluffy romantic read. But maybe that’s just because I like that type of read all the time. haha

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