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 Fiction - 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 the top-secret company Project Scrooge—as their latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Before I Let Go

Marieke Nijkamp
(Young Adult Fiction - 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. 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.

Between Shades of Gray

Ruta Sepetys
(Young Adult Fiction – 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.

Blood Heir

Amélie Wen Zhao
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Zhao)

In the Cyrilian Empire, the gifts Affinites use to control the world are unnatural and dangerous. Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a secret and deadly Affinity to blood; it is her curse, and the reason she has lived her life behind palace walls. When Ana's father, the emperor, is murdered, she is framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. To clear her name, she must find her father's murderer on her own.  Ramson Quicktongue is the only person corrupt enough to help Ana get to the core of the conspiracy.

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Zusak)

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. Includes readers' guide.

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Rachel Cohn
(Young Adult Fiction – 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.

Echo North

Joanna Ruth Meyer
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Meyer)

When her father disappears, Echo Alkaev believes he is lost forever. Six months later she finds him half-frozen in the winter forest, guarded by a talking wolf. The wolf presents Echo with an offer: come and live with him for a year. In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, Echo discovers centuries-old secrets, a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf's enchantment before her time is up.

The Edge

Roland Smith
(Young Adult Fiction – 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 kidnaped 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 Fiction – Y Fawcett)

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.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Melissa Bashardoust
(Young Adult Fiction - 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. When she moves to Whitespring Castle, 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. But Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. 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. 

The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Pullman)

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

Let It Snow

John Green
(Young Adult Fiction – 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.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

C. S. Lewis
(Juvenile Fiction - J Lewis)

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

Love and Other Train Wrecks

Leah Konen
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Konen)

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—that is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York. 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.

My New Crush Gave to Me

Shani Petroff
(Young Adult Fiction – 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. 

My True Love Gave to Me

Stephanie Perkins
(Young Adult Fiction - Y My)

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.

The Mystery of Hollow Places

Rebecca Podos
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Podos)

mystery writer's daughter sets out to find her missing father and, along the way, begins to understand the loneliness that has gripped them both since her mother abandoned them years before.

Saving Red

Sonya Sones
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Sones)

Right before winter break, fourteen-year-old Molly Rosenberg reluctantly volunteers to participate in Santa Monica's annual homeless count, just to get her school's community service requirement out of the way. But when she ends up meeting Red, a spirited girl experiencing homelessness who is only a few years older than she is, Molly makes it her mission to reunite her with her family in time for Christmas.

Shadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo
(Young Adult Fiction - 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.


Maggie Stiefvater
(Young Adult Fiction - 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.

The Sisters of the Winter Wood

Rena Rossner
(Science Fiction & Fantasy - SF Rossner)

A tale inspired by Jewish mythology is set in a woodland village on the border of Moldova and Ukraine and follows the experiences of two sheltered sisters who uncover a secret magical heritage.

Sofi and the Bone Song

Adrienne Tooley
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Tooley)

After losing everything to an undeserving rival, a sixteen-year-old musician sets out to expose that her rival's newfound musical abilities stem from an illegal use of magic--but what she discovers will rock everything she knows about her family, music, and the girl she thought was her enemy.

We are Okay

Nina LaCour
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lacour)

After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.

What Light

Jay Asher
(Young Adult Fiction – 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 Fiction – 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.

Winter, White and Wicked

Shannon Dittemore
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Dittemo)

On an island cursed by eternal winter, Sylvi agrees to run a late-season haul for a smuggler, but when they reach their destination, Sylvi must decide if she can abandon her cherished solitude and anonymity--and the favor of the icy spirit Winter--to join with the rebels.


S Jae-Jones
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Jaejone)

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. Now eighteen and helping to run her family's inn, Liesl can't help but feel that her dreams and fantasies are slipping away. But when her sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl must journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds--and the mysterious man who rules it--she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.


Shea Ernshaw
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Ernshaw)

Be careful of the dark, dark wood... Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even. Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it's this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman -- the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago -- and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he'd been missing.