Books + Winter = BLISS.

As much as I grumble about the bitter cold and snow and ice of winter, even I can admit that there is a special kind of coziness to winter reading. Being all bundled up with plenty of blankets and something warm to drink while you read makes for a pretty cozy bit of relaxation.

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I’m juggling a few different books/comics at the moment. One I’ve slowly been chiseling away at is Strange the Dreamer, and it is utterly amazing. I tend to read it before work every day (as long as I haven’t wasted too much time rebelling against adulting that particular morning by refusing to get out of bed.) It’s the kind of book that could easily be devoured quickly, but I’ve been enjoying picking at it here and there and savoring the experience. I love Laini Taylor’s writing and indulging in this beautifully imaginative story each day before work helps start my morning off on the right foot. ❀

Strange

Another thing I’ve been reading as of late is the comic series Low. It’s one I had been really excited to get into, and since my boyfriend is a fan of Rick Remender’s writing, he went ahead and bought the first 4 volumes for us to read. I’ll admit, I wasn’t really feeling this series upon finishing volume 1. In fact, if my boyfriend hadn’t already purchased volumes 2, 3, and 4, I probably would have stopped reading it. However, I decided to continue on and it is slowly getting better. Some of my major complaints have been resolved mostly (for now at least). We’ll see how it goes as I continue reading these first 4 volumes. Because of my conflicted feelings regarding the series so far, I’ve decided to wait and do a review of the first four volumes rather than doing them 1 at a time. I hope it continues to improve the further I get into the story because there are several elements to it that I do really enjoy.

The other story I’m currently reading is Gerald Brom’s book,Β The Plucker. First off, this book is a pretty one, so we have to talk about that. It’s a big lovely hardcover book filled to the brim with Brom’s dark and twisted artwork with a story to match. At first glance, one may take it for a “children’s book” since it is full of illustrations, but with the swearing, crass humor, and elements of horror throughout, it is certainly not intended for children. Unless the children involved are literal demons. Then maybe. The story is centered around a young boy and his toys and the dangerous predatory spirit now plaguing them. It’s sort of like if you mixed Toy Story or The Nutcracker with Evil Dead 2 and The Exorcist. πŸ˜› It’s a fun read so far.

the plucker

Other recent reads of the new year include Saga, volume 8 (which I just recently reviewed), and Lewis Carroll’s Phantasmagoria and Other Poems. This weekend I intend to start reading Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, which I am really excited about.

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So, what recent books have you been enjoying? Have you read any of these stories yet? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!

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28 thoughts on “Books + Winter = BLISS.”

    1. No, he hasn’t read that one yet. I think it’s one he’s interested in, though. I remember talking to him and one of the employees at our comic shop about it recently. Have you read it already? What did you think of it? πŸ™‚

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      1. Oh, wow! Definitely going to have to give it a read. I’ve really been enjoying a lot of Image stuff these days, so to hear that Deadly Class is one of their top titles makes me want to read it even more. πŸ™‚

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  1. I love reading during winter! Being snuggled under the blankets with a warm drink and a book is simply wonderful! πŸ˜€ I really want to read Strange The Dreamer, as I have heard many great things about it. Though I think I will first read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, as that one is already complete.

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    1. That’s a good plan! πŸ™‚ It’s always nice when it works out so that you fall in love with a series and don’t have to wait for the next installment since they’re already out. The wait can be absolute torture. πŸ˜›
      Hope you get plenty of that cozy winter reading in! ❀

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  2. That Plucker one sounds good. FYI it’s a scorching 42 degrees (107.6 degrees Fahrenheit in your speak) here today inn australia but my wife has a blanket over her knees because the aircon is blasting us into another dimension. She is also sunuggled up with a coffee and a book. A book called Tressa. It’s a true story. It’s about a girl who had a kid when she was 12 but the kid was taken away from her. I’m drinking coffee and planning what miniatures I will be cutting up next haha. PS. I’ve got a model/project in mind for you actually. Inspired by the cover of a book you reviewed recently. 😊

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    1. WOW! I want it to be warmer here, but definitely not that warm. Sounds like you guys have the right idea, blasting the air like that. You don’t have to deal with shoveling any snow right now AND you get to enjoy cozy reading/hobbies. πŸ™‚
      Now I’m so curious about what review I did recently that inspired the project you mentioned. Gimme some details, man! πŸ˜€ The anticipation is killing me.

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      1. Hmmm . . . my morning pre-caffeine brain is drawing such a blank on what it could be right now. Hmmm. . . Was it Nimona? Or maybe The Girl From the Other Side (still haven’t read that one yet, but I posted about it in my Christmas haul post).

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  3. I was able to sign up for a free 30 days of Kindle Unlimited again since it’s been so long since I’ve used it, and therefore get to read Milk and Honey for free. πŸ˜€ (Plus, there are a few other books I want to read on there as well but I’ll have to cram it into 30 days or start paying for it.)

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  4. Ohhh, I didn’t know Saga’s eighth volume released at the end of December! Yay! I really enjoyed Low, but I wasn’t high on the first book. It gets much, much better, and I *love* the art style. Have you checked out Paper Girls?

    I just read volume one of Ito’s Gyo which was great. I’ll be moving onto volume two later tonight, hopefully.

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    1. I agree, from what I’ve continued reading of Low, it’s definitely gotten better than the first volume. πŸ™‚ Glad I didn’t give up on it.
      I haven’t read Paper Girls yet, but it’s definitely on my TBR list.
      I’ve been so curious about Gyo for a while now. It looks insane in the best way possible. πŸ˜› Pure nightmare fuel. Hopefully you can get your hands on a copy of the new Saga soon and read that, too. πŸ˜€

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  5. Plucker sounds like such a cool read! I’m definitely adding it to my list. Also can’t wait for your review on Low. I bought the first volume, but keep putting off reading it. If i end up having issues with it as well, knowing it gets better would help keep my interest. Great list 😊

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    1. Thanks! πŸ™‚ I’ll probably read volume 4 of Low this coming weekend and then start working on my review after that. I’m curious to see what you think when you read the first volume. Someone else was telling me recently that they thought the series got a lot better, too, after that first volume. πŸ™‚

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