Flanor Winter Readathon 2021: recommendations

Hello dear people,


It’s us again! For every reading challenge, we collected a list with book recommendations you could read for the challenges. Of course, you don’t have to stick to this list and read something entirely different that also fits the challenges, but for those who are a bit lost, here are some ideas. Check out the rules to make sure your book counts. Most books on this list count for multiple challenges!


See what others added on our Storygraph for more inspiration.


Read/finish a book:

1. with snow or ice on the cover

  • The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

  • Blankets by Craig Thompson

  • Bear Town by Frederik Backman 

  • Northern Lights by Nora Robert 

  • Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Dorman


2. about a holiday

  • The Ultimate Pi Day Party by Jackie Lau (Pi Day)

  • Hanukcats and Other Traditional Jewish Songs for Cats by Laurie Loughlin (Jewish Holidays)

  • Brothers by Yua Hua (Chinese Holidays)

  • Koninginnedag by Willem Asman (Dutch Queen’s Day)

  • Naar de overkant van de nacht by Jan van Mersberg (Dutch Carnaval)

  • Accidental Trouble Magnet (Planet Omar, #1) by Zanib Mian (Ramadan)

  • Hot Mess by Lucy Vine (Valentine’s day)

  • The Cost of Sugar by Cynthia McLeod (Jewish Holidays)

  • Alle dagen Prinsjesdag by Rob van Vuure 

  • Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge (Halloween)

  • Muttertag/Moederdag by Nele Neuhaus (Mother’s Day)

  • A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli (Diwali)


Also look into: World Animal Day, days of remembrance (Herdenkingsdag, UK Remembrance Day), days of liberation/independence (Keti Koti, Quatorze Juliet, Fourth of July, Bevrijdingsdag), Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras etc.


3. that takes place in a cold place

  • Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guinn

  • The Wife and the Widow by Christian White

  • Goodnight, Rose and The Last Quarter of the Moon by Chi Zijian

  • The Sorcerer of the North (Ranger's Apprentice #5) by John Flanagan

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  • The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley


4. with a winterish title

  • Zwarte sneeuw by Simone van de Vlucht 

  • Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

  • Game of Thrones (The Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin

  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (novella)

  • The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice #3) by John Flanagan

  • Born in Ice by Nora Roberts (blue cover)

  • Snow on the Atlantic: How Cocaine Came to Europe by Nacho Carretero

  • Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren


5. with a LGBTQIA+ main character

  • Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

  • Loveless by Alice Oseman 

  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

  • The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

  • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

  • Fresh Water by Akwaeke Emezi

  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune

  • All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson


6. with blue on the cover

  • Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman

  • Zij in de geschiedenis by Alies Pegtel

  • The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (LGBTQIA+ and cold)

  • Mrs. Degas by Arthur Japin

  • Amerikanen lopen niet by Arjen van Veelen

  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (LGBTQIA+)


7. novella

  • To Be Taught if Fortunate by Becky Chambers (LGBTQIA+)

  • Mangos and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera (LGBTQIA+ and holiday)

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss (LGBTQIA+)

  • River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey (LGBTQIA+)

  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor


8. recommended by a Flanorian

Everything on this list counts and any of the books shown on our social media. Also the recommendations from the previous readathon and books added to our Storygraph Reading Challenge


9. a short story


For more ideas, look at short fiction podcasts and magazines. Examples: Strange Horizons (speculative fiction), Apex Magazine (genre fiction), Tales to Terrify (horror), The Writer’s Voice: Fiction from the Magazine (literary fiction), Escape Pod (science fiction) and Cast of Wonders (YA) (all of these have audio available)


10. you’ve been looking forward to reading all year


  • A Desolation Called Peace (Teixcalaan #2)  by Arkady Martine  

  • The Galaxy and the Ground Within (The Wayfarers #4) by Becky Chambers

  • The Hellions Waltz (Feminine Pursuits #3) by Olivia Waite


  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

  • Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Read

  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo


  • Sever by Lauren DeStefano (Chemical Garden #3)

  • De ontdekking van de Hemel by Harry Mulisch


11. bought/borrowed this year


  • De laatste sneeuw by Stina Jackson

  • Christmas Inn Main by Chelsea M. Cameron 


  • Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt

  • Deadly Class, Volume 1: Reagan Youth

  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang


  • Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

  • After by Anna Todd

  • Hamlet by Shakespeare

  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


12. published in 2021

  • Dagen van zand by Aimée de Jongh (also in French)

  • De grenzeloze rivier by Mathijs Deen 

  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

  • People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

  • Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

  • Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 


13. currently being read by a reading group

  • Egel & Haas: Hele Verhalen voor een Halve Soldaat by Benny Lindelauf

  • Electric Sheep: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

  • Go Lyttle Booke: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

  • LEES!: How much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang

  • Midnight Dreary: The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Midnight Dreary: Ofodile by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Magisch Afvoerputje: Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung

  • Oblomov Light: The Black Monk  by Anton Chekhov

  • Romance Junkies: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

  • Speechbubble: Blue Period volume 1-4 by Tsubaba Yamaguchi

  • Stoelendans: A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

  • The… & The…: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

  • Young Adult: Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé


14. by a Flanor guest

  • Mathijs Deen

  • Aimeé de Jongh

  • Ben Smith

  • Joost Oomen

  • Thomas Olde Heuvelt

  • John Flanagan 

Check our site and social media for more Flanor guests!


15. participate in a Flanor activity

We’ll be organizing some activities with reading groups so keep an eye out for those announcements! There will also be a discussion Tru Luv by Sarah Pinsker in an online meeting on the 2nd of January 2022. 


16. that we’ll discuss in the livestream on Sunday

It’s a short story with audio available: Tru Luv by Sarah Pinsker It takes place during a holiday (New Year’s Eve) (#2), it's recommended by Flanorians (#8), it’s a short story (#9) and you have to read it to participate in the meeting on the 2nd of January (#16).


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