Thursday, December 6

My Attempt to Embrace Winter {Sam from We Live and Breath Books}

This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.

Today, we are happy to welcome: 

I've been following WLaBB for quite a while, so Sam was pretty much a given when Clare and I first brainstormed for bloggers to invite. What I admire about her and her blog - besides the adorable sloth-theme which is 1000% precious - is the way she is able to engage her readers; no matter if she's reviewing books or discussing an interesting topic, it feels natural to join in on the conversation in the comments. - Vera 💙

Now, without further ado, here's Sam's post!


It’s that time of year. There’s a chill in the air, and the threat of snow is imminent — WINTER

I must confess, I abhor winter, because I just am not a fan of having a frozen face or risking my life to commute to work. However, I try to focus on the lovely parts of winter, such as:
  • Eggnog flavored stuff. Yes, I love eggnog, and this time of year I am able to enjoy in so many different forms. 
  • Holiday movies. If you know me, you know I love all that makes me warm and fuzzy, and holiday movies always manage to warm me up, when it’s cold outside. 
  • Winter sports. I don’t actually play any winter sports, but I love watching some of them. Ice Skating, Snowboarding, Skiing - are all fantastic. I totally admire all of you with the ability to do such things. 
  • Holidays! There are quite a few wonderful winter holidays to celebrate, and I love the festive feeling that we all start to carry during the holiday season. 
  • The promise of new beginnings. I associate winter with the new year, and you know the saying - new year, new me, or at least I can hope. 
I will revolt if IHOP doesn't bring back eggnog pancakes this year

The following are some books, that are associated with winter in some way. These are all books I have read and enjoyed, and hope that if they are new to you, you might enjoy them too.

Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle

Winter in NYC doing random acts of kindness. Loved the premise, and really enjoyed the personal journey both characters took over the course of this book

Breaking the Ice by Julie Cross

I am a sucker for a hockey romance, and I love when the hero and heroine are an unlikely match. I have developed a penchant for the town of Juniper Falls, and am looking forward to reading more books in this series.

Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Stohm

What’s better than winter in Scotland? Being there for a royal wedding, that’s what. I adore Stohm, and she never fails to deliver a fun rom-com.

My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff

This book is firmly set during the Christmas holiday, and I remember it putting me in the Christmas spirit. Petroff left me warm and fuzzy and all filled with joy.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

We are back in NYC again, and I loved being dragged all over the city as Dash and Lilly completed dares and fell in love.

What are your feelings about winter?
Let us know in the comments.


  1. I wholeheartedly agree about Sam's ability to create a cozy atmosphere on her blog! Add her sense of humour to the mix...and those cute, original graphics 😄.

    That commute is a real beast, isn't it? I hear you Sam. I mean, I can reach my workplace in a few minutes on foot, but I can totally relate to having to brave the road your style in winter. Especially when trains or buses fail you *shudders*.

    Quote: "My favorite thing about winter? When it's over".
    LOL. I'm ambivalent about winter. I love December because it's when I celebrate my birthday, plus the festivities appeal to me (even if I'm a Grinch LOL) because I finally can treat myself with some gifts (yes, myself. It's pretty much the only time of the year I have money to spend...), and I get a few vacation days at work. Either than that...I can't seem to go one single winter without getting sick with laryngitis, and carrying the aftereffects of it for WEEKS. Just like now *cries*.

  2. Here, here on the eggnog flavor! Everyone loses their mind over pumpkin spice, which is perfectly fine (I like it, too), but what about eggnog?! I love it! Just yesterday while at the grocery store I saw, in addition to the regular stuff, hazelnut caramel eggnog, pumpkin spice eggnog, and peppermint eggnog! And I'm with you... IHOP better bring on the eggnog pancakes! :) Great post, Sam!

  3. FYI - be on the lookout for me in the news, because IHOP did NOT roll out the eggnog pancakes this year. My heart is broken. All I want for Christmas is eggnog pancakes and the universe said NO! Thanks for all the love and for inviting me to guest post. XOXO

    1. Oh no, that sucks! Maybe they will later on? Thank you for participating! <3

  4. I love My New Crush Gave to Me! Definitely a perfect holiday read! I really enjoy winter, but I live in southern CA so it's not like I have to deal with the difficulties of the season—I get to choose when I want to visit the snow instead of it just coming whenever it feels like it.

    1. I would love to have the option of avoiding snow, but it's just not doable in the northeast. Glad to meet another New Crush lover. That book made me very happy.

  5. I've thought both "Prince in Disguise" and "My New Crush Gave to Me" sound like fun! Maybe I should enjoy them with those eggnog pancakes!


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