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6.’Boy, Snow, Bird‘ by Helen OyeyemiBuy it from Amazon
Not only is it super appropriate to read a book with the word “snow” in the title, but this twist on Snow White is an absolute masterpiece. Set in 1953, Boy Novak moves to small town Massachusetts and marries a widower, becoming stepmother to his daughter, Snow Whitman. When the birth of Boy’s dark-skinned daughter, Bird, reveals that the Whitmans are light-skinned African Americans posing as white, the classic story gets turned on its head in enthralling new ways.
7.’The Bear and the Nightingale‘ by Katherine ArdenBuy it from Amazon
Speaking of fairytales, this newly published novel is a fairytale in itself. Set in the wintry Russian wilderness (a setting to match your snowy day), we follow Vasilisa, a young woman with secret abilities to hear and see what others cannot. When her mother dies and her father’s new wife forbids the family from honoring the household spirits, evil and misfortune set upon the town — and only Visilisa can save them.
8.’Victoria‘ by Daisy GoodwinBuy it from Amazon
The world of young Queen Victoria will spring to life around you in this wonderful read. In 1837, at 18 years old, Victoria becomes Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, against all odds.
9.’The Queen of the Night‘ by Alexander CheeBuy it from Amazon
Danger and glamour abound in this striking, one-of-a-kind read. Set in 19th century Paris, we follow Lilliet Berne, a renowned opera singer. When Lilliet is given the honor of her own libretto, she discovers that one of her darkest secrets has been revealed, and dives into the adventures of her past to discover who has betrayed her.
10.’Shadowshaper‘ by Daniel José OlderBuy it from Amazon
In this knock-out urban fantasy set in Brooklyn, a teenager named Sierra Santiago finds herself in a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who use paintings, music, and stories to connect with spirits. Magic, art, and danger collide in this novel, and you won’t be able to put it down.