One thing I love about colder temperatures is that it makes for perfect reading weather! Let’s be real, is there anything better than curling up with a cozy blanket, hot cup of coffee, and a thick book? Snow storms tore through the East Coast this January – you might remember all the bomb cyclone talk on the news. More like binge cyclone, amiright. In this post I shared five series to dive into, featuring contemporary romance, historical mysteries, and fantasy! A few years earlier I did a 2-part post on 19 series to read over the winter (Adult and YA).
This time of year is excellent for sinking into longer, moodier, heavier reads and while the four below aren’t multi-book series (okay, two are), they are books that sound perfect for grey, dreary days!
The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons
I forget where I first came across this one, but the moment I did I put in a request at my library and now have it sitting at the top of my stack of books! I always assumed Siddons was a “women’s fiction” writer, someone moms read. Much like Susan Wiggs, I couldn’t be more excited to be wrong!
This is a haunted house novel. A creepy, gothic tale from the 70s? Yes, please! A couple enjoys a relatively privileged life, hosting patio get-togethers and proudly displaying their perfectly manicured lawn. Then construction begins on a new home in the empty lot next door. Suddenly strange, unexplained things begin happening, a string of terrible tragedies, madness, and death. Does this not sound like the PERFECT fall read??
River Bodies by Karen Katchur
Karen and her books hold a special place in my heart. Her debut, The Secrets of Lake Road, was the first book I read after Matt and I bought our house. River Bodies, due to release November 1, is the first in a new series and I am so ready.
A body has just been discovered outside a small Pennsylvanian town. The crime shockingly similar to a two decade-old cold case. Though the detective is desperate to connect the two murders, there’s no concrete evidence to link them and the locals certainly aren’t talking.
The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner
Susan is an auto-buy author for me. I will read whatever she writes, no questions asked. My introduction to her work was last year’s A Bridge Across the Ocean, which unsurprisingly earned a spot of my Top Reads of 2017 list. In February she released As Bright as Heaven, another novel that made it onto part 1 of my Top Reads of 2018 and one that again had me ugly crying.
I’ll be honest – I didn’t even need to read the summary before I added The Last Year of the War to my To Read list, though it’s clearly such a me book. When Elise’s father is arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer, the entire family is moved to an internment camp and it’s there Elise befriends a Japanese-American girl. I know for a fact this one will put my heart through the wringer and, thanks to the amazing publicist, I have a copy! If you need me I’ll be drowning in my tears.
A Rogue by Night by Kelly Bowen
If it wasn’t already obvious, I’m a huge fan of Kelly’s Devils of Dover series. So huge, in fact, that when I returned from my month-long break, it was Last Night with the Earl that announced my return!
A Rogue by Night will focus on Harland Hayward, a Baron-slash-country doctor and brother to the two ladies from the previous novels. Thought he’s appeared in the other books, it was only in brief scenes and conversations so I’m thrilled at the chance to actually get to know this man! There’s also some illicit smuggling. Like I’m going to pass that up! Seriously, this series is quickly becoming a historical romance favorite of mine and I cannot wait for more.