YA Books To Help You Survive Winter Break, Year Two

It's that time of year again when winter break approaches and you are left pondering what in the world you will do to fill up the long dreary days at home. Although it's nice to sleep in, watch TV, and eat lots of sugary treats, after a while anything can get boring and repetitive. If you are looking for something else to pass the time why not try one of these holiday or winter inspired books? Filled with terrifying survival stories, kisses under the mistletoe, and the true spirit of giving, these books are sure to help warm your heart and help fill the cold winter nights.

Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story

This harrowing book recounts the dangerous and brutal 1879 arctic expedition to reach the North Pole. The survivors of this trip endured intense cold, storms, illness, and the loss of fellow crew mates. Read this book when you need a reminder that things could be much worse, like being stuck on a boat in the middle of an ice field with no food or water.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

Holly Chase is stuck working as the Ghost of Christmas Past for the secret company Project Scrooge. This company is devoted to redeeming "one person who has gone astray in life" each year at Christmas. So far, Holly has hated every minute of it, but this year's handsome Scrooge just might change her mind. A modern and unique take on the Christmas Carol, read this book when you need a reason to treat others with kindness and shower those you love with gifts.

After the Snow

In this frigid terrifying novel, global warming has pushed half the world into an ice age wasteland. Wilo must learn how to survive alone in this brutal world when he discovers his parents have mysteriously disappeared from their cabin. Read this action-packed book when you need to warm up before heading outside into the cold, or if you're lucky, snow!

Stitching Snow

A futuristic retelling of Snow White in which a headstrong Princess Essie lives on a frozen planet fixing robots and drones. When a handsome prince crashes into her cold planet, Essie and her seven drone dwarves must decide whether to return to her kingdom or stay on their isolated planet. Read this fun fantasy book when you need an escape from the reality of your annoying family, bothersome siblings or any other irritating winter break situation.

Let It Snow

Three popular teen authors, including John Green, paired up to write interlinking stories about a group of teens who find love, friendship, and merriment during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town. Read this enchanting book to get in the holiday mood before decorating your tree, baking cookies, wrapping gifts or partaking in your other holiday traditions.

Super Pop!: Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to help you win at trivia, survive the wild and make it through the holidays.

This coffee table book has forty-five hilarious top ten lists divided into five categories, including Survive the Holidays! Each list is composed of popular culture references, witty trivia and fun facts that you can use to stump your friends and family. Read this quick, entertaining book when you're stuck in a technology black hole, like your grandparents' house or riding the bus.

Saving Red

Saving Red (Audiobook)

When Molly meets vulnerable, unstable Red while volunteering to help the homeless, she vows to help Red find her family before Christmas. In this moving and touching story, Molly and Red find hope, redemption, and strength through the power of love. Listen or read this heart-wrenching book when you need to feel grateful for all the good things you have in your life this winter.

If you want more winter, holiday-themed books check out this other winter-themed booklist.

Happy holidays to everyone no matter what you celebrate, believe, or read!