If you grew up somewhere where it snows, you know the drill. Pestering your teachers and parents all day to get their expert opinions. The backwards, inside-out pajamas; spoon under the pillow; and all important interpretative snow dances. My husband has videos of me finding out, as an adult teacher, that we had a snow day the next day and let’s just say: pure, childlike glee.

Here’s what I’m imagining for my perfect snow day.

The Bear and the Nightingale

Katherine Arden
I just finished the sequel to this book and liked it even more. Both are very atmospheric and you’ll appreciate being snuggled up while immersing yourself in Russian winters.

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen
I find myself particularly drawn to favorite classics this time of year.

Keeper of the Lost Cities

Shannon Messenger
A new series and snow days just go together. I absolutely love the incredibly creative world building in this series. The author even invents food like mallowmelt, which is “gooey cake that tasted like fresh baked chocolate chips soaked in ice cream and covered in frosting and butterscotch.” So fun.

The Snow Child

Eowyn Ivey
I haven’t read this one yet, BUT just look at that cover. Seriously, though, this fantasy sounds ideal for a snow day.

Greenglass House

Kate Milford
I love middle grade fiction and I love Kate Milford and let’s just say that in this one the characters are snowed in in a quirky hotel with odd guests and mysteries abound.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Alan Bradley
If you haven’t read this series, please take the next snow day to get to know the brilliant Flavia de Luce.

J.Crew Pajamas

It’s a requirement to stay in pajamas all day, so make them good ones.

L’Occitane Hand Cream

Have you used this stuff? It works miracles. Well, not raising the dead kind of miracles, but it will bring your dried out winter hands back from the brink.

Fortnum & Mason Countess Grey Tea

Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Tea

The Countess Grey is my favorite, the hot cinnamon one I keep hearing rave reviews about. Make enough tea to take you through the day.

L.L. Bean Boots

The perfect boots to tromp around in after you’ve gotten a little stir crazy.

The Ideal Bookshelf Mug

There may be two tea choices on here, but at least one mug of hot chocolate is a requirement for snow day. Try the recipe from Blue Bottle, please, and be sure to have it in a mug as pretty as this one.


Your turn.  What are your must-reads and must-haves for the ideal snow day?


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