Top 5 (books that remind you of a season) Tuesday

This will be fun as I’m not really a person to read books in specific seasons, or read books that remind me of specific season. But we’ll see how it goes! Thank you to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads for setting up this prompt and go look here to see which books remind her of what season!

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (GR/SG) – WINTER. I’m pretty sure the entire novel IS set in winter but there’s a ton of winter elements in the novel (like a literal winter king) + I read this in winter so it just makes sense to crack this book open and sit beside a roaring fire and drink hot chocolate! ➡️ Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold.

When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk–grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh–Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. Set an impossible challenge by the nameless king, Miryem unwittingly spins a web that draws in a peasant girl, Wanda, and the unhappy daughter of a local lord who plots to wed his child to the dashing young tsar.

But Tsar Mirnatius is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and her two unlikely allies embark on a desperate quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power, and love.

Channeling the vibrant heart of myth and fairy tale, Spinning Silver weaves a multilayered, magical tapestry that readers will want to return to again and again. 

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (GR/SG) – AUTUMN. Technically this book features several seasons as it starts in February (my summer) and ends in October-ish? Which is my spring. Did I just finish this book? Yes. Do I remember specifics about the months included? Very much not so. But the book is very autumny. I don’t know how to explain it, it’s  just how it feels, and you just have to take my word for it. ➡️ Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

Well Met by Jen DeLuca (GR/SG) – SUMMER This IS actually set in summer as I remember the characters speaking about the heat but also this definitely feels like a summer read as well! Perfect for a beach read even though I’m not a beach reader. ➡️ All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author, Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune (GR/SG) – SPRING. There’s death in this book but it’s also about rebirth and becoming a new person, which is why spring is the perfect season. ➡️ When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.

Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over. But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life. When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days. By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this absorbing tale of grief and hope is told with TJ Klune’s signature warmth, humor, and extraordinary empathy. 

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten (GR/SG) – WINTER.  Just as much as Spinning Silver is for winter, so is this book! I just finished reading this and it was so good and definitely wintery. Probably because it’s partly a Beauty and the Beast retelling and that’s set in the winter. ➡️ The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.

As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose-to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he’ll return the world’s captured gods.

Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can’t control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can’t hurt those she loves. Again.

But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn’t learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood-and her world-whole.

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That was much quicker than I thought it would be! Really surprised myself by having read ALL of these!! Imagine! Me, reading?

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