It’s a good day for hot chocolate.

Ohio is being…Ohio.

I woke up this morning to 4″+ of unexpected snow. It’s rare here to get more than 2″ in one go, so 4″ overnight is nearly unheard of. I can only think of maybe 2-3 other occasions in my life this has happened.

I am, unfortunately, at work (that was not a fun drive, but we made it safely). But my heart is at home, curled up with a heavy blanket, the cat, some knitting, and a book.

If you are looking for a good snow day read, may I recommend the following:

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and VirtueThis laugh-out-loud funny work of historical fiction is great if the winter weather is giving you a bit of cabin fever. Even better, the sequel is out now, so you can spend all weekend curled up and hiding from the snow.

The Last Unicorn: If you don’t have a whole weekend to set aside, this high fantasy story is relatively short. I loved the movie as a kid, but the book and movie are very different. The best way I can describe the book is “heartwarming.”

Except the Dying: If you really want to lean into the winter weather, why not pick up a book written and set in Canada? The Detective Murdoch mysteries are the perfect combination of period drama, detective work, and chilly location.

The Winter Witch: Another fantasy pick, this one leans more on the side of historical fiction with a hint of magic. I think the title explains why it’s an appropriate pick.

Of course, you could also pick up any of my books–The Evie Cappelli series is set in Canada, and book 3, Moreau House combines cold weather with a deadly haunted house. Off the Rails is primarily set in the winter of 1865-66.

What are your favorite reads on days like this?

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