5 Must-Read Series to Binge Over Winter Break

You know what’s great about the winter break? Time. There’s time in that lull between Christmas and New Year’s to slow down, catch your breath and relax.

And while you’re doing all that relaxing, you’ll have time to dig into a new book—or even a new series.

From fantasy to romance, here are some great series suggestions for every type of reader—after all, we don’t want your rest and relaxation time to end just because your book does.


For fantasy readers:

The Menagerie Series by Rachel Vincent

This dark and inventive series about a traveling carnival full of supernatural creatures that have been captured and held against their will, and the young woman that tries to liberate them while harboring a secret of her own.

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent Spectacle by Rachel Vincent Fury by Rachel Vincent


For horror enthusiasts:

 The Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King

Bill Hodges is a retired cop who doesn’t think he has much to live for—until a diabolical serial killer begins a reign of terror that Hodges is drawn in to, with terrifying and unexpected twists that only King can deliver.


For readers of contemporary romance:

Swift River Valley by Carla Neggers

Revisit the picturesque New England town of Knights Bridge where the residents work, laugh and love alongside each other. A diverse cast of characters adds to the drama, originality and charm of this small-town romance series.

Christmas at Carriage Hill by Carla Neggers Echo Lake by Carla Neggers Cider Brook by Carla Neggers


For fans of science fiction:

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

With all the hallmarks of great sci-fi—world-building, war, aliens, high-stakes action and a reluctant hero—this series, featuring a young woman who leaves her home on earth to attain wisdom and defeat a hostile species, is original and endearing.


For mystery lovers:

The Ladies Smythe & Westin by Lisa Q. Mathews

The unlikely sleuthing duo of a twenty-something young woman and a feisty senior makes this cozy mystery series engaging and engaging—and the cases they must solve are both unexpected and inventive.

Permanently Booked by Lisa Q. Mathews Fashionably Late by Lisa Q. Mathews Cardiac Arrest by Lisa Q. Mathews



What will you be reading this winter break? Let us know in the comments!

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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