Let It Snow

Let It Snow

Winter is a great time to cozy up with a warm drink and a good book. This list of winter-themed stories is perfect for a cold, snowy day.


Compiled by:
Jen H.
The Afterlife of Holly Chase

Cynthia Hand
(Young Adult - Y Hand)

On Christmas Eve five years ago, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three Ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t. And then she died. Now she’s stuck working for thetop-secret company Project Scrooge—as their latest Ghost of Christmas Past. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable. But this year’s Scrooge is different. This year’s Scrooge might change everything…


Before I Let Go

Marieke Nijkamp
(Young Adult - Y Nijkamp)

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return. Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town's lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she's a stranger. Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter.


Between Shades of Gray

Ruta Sepetys
(Young Adult – Y Sepetys)

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and her brother are pulled from their home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death. In a prison camp, Lina fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family; includes a historical note.


Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Rachel Cohn
(Young Adult – Y Cohn)

Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmastime in New York, neither knowing quite what—or who—they will find.


The Edge

Roland Smith
(Young Adult – Y Smith)

When fifteen-year-old Peak Marcello is invited to participate in the International Peace Ascent in the Hindu Kush, most of the climbers in his group are either killed or kidnapped in an attack. Peak finds himself caught up in a struggle to survive—shadowed by the Shen, a mysterious snow leopard.


Even the Darkest Stars

Heather Fawcett
(Young Adult – Y Fawcett)

The first in a sweeping and action-packed debut fantasy duology, loosely inspired by the early climbers of Mt. Everest. Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village. —Amazon


Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Melissa Bashardoust
(Young Adult - Y Bashard)

At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone--has never beat at all, in fact, but she'd always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king's heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen's image, at her father's order. But Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. However, when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, Mina starts to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do--and who to be--to win back the only mother she's ever known...or else defeat her once and for all. 


Let It Snow

John Green
(Young Adult – Y Green)

In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations of romance—along with its joys—during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.


Love and Other Train Wrecks

Leah Konen
(Young Adult - Y Konen)

A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride in the middle of a snowstorm. Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s traveling home for one last chance with his first love, and he needs a miracle to win her back. Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—just look at her parents. If there’s one thing she’s learned about love in the last year, it’s that it ends. That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York. After a train-wreck first impression between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down—in the middle of a snowstorm. Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. Can one night can really change how they feel about love...and the course of their lives forever?


My New Crush Gave to Me

Shani Petroff
(Young Adult – Y Petroff)

Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. The only problem is―he barely knows she exists. But Charlie has a plan. The perfect read for those searching for some love and laughter along with their holiday spirit. —Amazon


My True Love Gave to Me

Stephanie Perkins
(Young Adult - Y My)

"If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you're going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Years, there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love"-- Provided by publisher.


Shadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo
(Young Adult - Y Bardugo)

Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.


Shiver

Maggie Stiefvater
(Young Adult - Y Stiefva)

In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.


What Light

Jay Asher
(Young Adult – Y Asher)

When Sierra falls for Caleb, a boy who made a terrible mistake years before, she is determined to help him find forgiveness, despite the disapproval and suspicions they encounter.


Winter Town

Stephen Emond
(Young Adult – Y Emond)

Evan and Lucy, childhood best friends who grew apart, begin a romance at age seventeen. But Evan's choice to mindlessly follow his father's plans for an Ivy League education rather than becoming the cartoonist he longs to be, and Lucy's more destructive choices, pull them apart.