Time to get cozy with a good book

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December is here, which means it is time to take notes of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford Books it Up winter book recommendations that will have you feeling like it’s a winter wonderland.  

A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone is a fun and spicy romance that brings the heat for this cold winter season. The book follows Bee Hobbes, an adult film star who is asked to be in a cute Christmas movie, if she can keep her other job under wraps. When Bee arrives on set, she realizes her co-star is her high school crush and ex-band member, Nolan Shaw. Nolan is only doing this movie in a last desperate attempt to clean up his image and to support his family. Although Nolan promised to keep it in his pants during the movie, that all goes down the drain when he sees his co-star is his favourite adult film star. Nolan and Bee are having fun behind the scenes on set, but if they can’t keep their secret romance off camera, it will cause disaster. This book will give the fun and jolly vibes your winter read list needs.   

One Day in December by Josie Silver is a must add to your list if you enjoy the “right person, wrong time” trope. This book follows Laurie, when one night at the bus stop, she makes eye contact with a man she just knows is the love of her life. A year goes by and despite her searching for him whenever she is at the bus stop, she doesn’t see him again. When Laurie is at a Christmas party and her best friend Sarah introduces her new boyfriend, Laurie is finally reunited with Jack, the man from the bus stop. Over the next 10 years, the story continues to follow Laurie and Jack through friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities and how fate doesn’t always play out as we think. This book will give you all the winter vibes you need as you read along to see if Laurie and Jack really are destined to be together.     

If winter is not making you chilly already then, The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf will give you the chills. This book takes place at an isolated farmhouse with a dark past as 10 years ago, the house witnessed two murders and the disappearance of a little girl. But Wylie Lark, a true crime author, is not bothered at all and embraces the isolation so she can work on her novel. When a brutal snowstorm hits, Wylie is stuck in the house and haunted by the secrets that still linger in the halls. Then Wylie sees a small child outside in the blizzard and quickly works to bring them inside to get warm. It doesn’t take long for Wylie to see that she never was really isolated at the farmhouse, as someone is out there and willing to do anything to find her and the child. 

All these books will elevate your winter reading list and bring the snowy vibes!  

This article was originally published in print Volume 23, Issue 4 on Thursday, Dec. 7.

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