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5 winter reads for when you really need an escape

The holidays are coming and you know what that means. Cozy sweaters, lots of snow and the perfect time to get back into reading. From holiday-themed books to wholesome rom-coms, here are five books you *need* to read this winter season. 

Let It Snow
By John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances (Move Tie-In), $10.99

Three *iconic* authors, one novel full of holiday-themed misadventures and mayhem. What more can you ask for? Let It Snow contains three different stories, each written by a different author (the more the merrier!) and taking on a new perspective on all the things that make the holiday season so special. You'll fall in love with each of the characters and the chaos that unfolds in each of the interconnected stories. This New York Times bestselling book has something for everyone, whether you're looking for romance, comedy or even drama. 

The Holiday Swap
By Maggie Knox

The Holiday Swap, $10.20

Imagine Freaky Friday during the holiday season, and you've got The Holiday Swap. This book is *perfect* if you're in need of a good rom-com and still want those holiday vibes (bonus points if you *love* baking). This wholesome novel takes on the story of identical twins Charlie and Cass Goodwin, who swap places and trade lives days before Christmas in order to get both of their lives back on track. Charlie recently lost her sense of smell and taste after a tragic accident on the set of her baking show, leaving her feeling less than useful in her job as a judge. On the other hand, Cass is struggling with juggling the responsibilities of running the family bakery and dealing with a pesky ex. You can only imagine the chaos that ensues once both twins decide to switch places.

In a Holidaze
By Christina Lauren

In a Holidaze, $12.78

This book is for those who tend to stress around the holiday season. In a Holidaze tells the story of Maelyn Jones, who is at a point in her life where nothing seems to be going right. More than that, she just spent the last Christmas at the one place she never wants to leave: a cabin in Utah she would visit yearly ever since she was young. As she drives back from the snowy home-away-from-home, she calls out for *anything* to bring her that holiday spirit. She gets into a freak accident that leaves her in a Groundhog Day scenario—only this time, she's reliving the same holiday over and over again. This book is all about finding love and joy during the holiday season, but most importantly, finding yourself. 

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
By Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares, $9.99

Desperate for a new rom-com for the holiday season? We've got you covered. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares has all the wild adventures, suspenseful mysteries and wholesome romance you could *ever* ask for in a book. Not to mention lovable characters, holiday mayhem and the perfect winter vibes. Can't get enough? Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is the first of three novels, meaning there's a whole series you can dive right into once you're finished. What better way to spend your winter break than cozying up near the fireplace with the entire series at arm's reach? 

A Princess for Christmas
By Jenny Holiday

A Princess for Christmas, $10.25

The lives of Leo and Gabby Ricci, two ordinary siblings living in New York, are forever changed after an encounter with Princess Marie of Eldovia. Marie has escaped from her home country, Eldovia, being left with the fate of the country after losing her mother and having her father fall into deep depression. Left vulnerable, she is instantly welcomed and helped by Gabby and Leo, who help her find her way back home (in more ways than one!). Spending Christmas in Eldovia? Might not've been the plan for Gabby and Leo, but this Christmas adventure shows the importance of making the best of whatever situation you're in and the importance of helping those around you during the holiday season. If you loved The Princess Diaries, this book is for you! 

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by Mina Rahmat | 12/12/2022