Fae Friday: books that gave me chills

Time for another Fae Friday post! This week’s topic is the Winter Court, a definite chilly place. So which books left me with all the chills?

Fae Friday is a weekly tag hosted by Caffeinated Fae! Find all the prompts here. This particular winter prompt was co-created by Leah from Leah’s Cooks and Books, so check out her blog as well!

I feel like this is a prompt you can take literally and figuratively. Because the book can either describe cold, wintery situations so well, that I feel cold too, or it’s just so good I got chills from it. I think I can come up with books for both options, though! As a bonus, check out my blog post about perfect winter book covers!

Books that made me literally feel cold

The Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas

This book starts out with scenes of war and battle. But also the time in between. It made me feel absolutely miserable and I’m glad I’m not in the military, even in modern times. The descriptions of the snow, the winter storms, and the harsh living conditions made me quite literally feel all the chills.

Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik

This book is literally about ice fairies, it’s bound to have a lot of frosty scenes. This one also made me feel cold all over. I also hate the cold, by the way. I’d love to live in a place where it’s always warm. But no amount of sunshine could chase away the coldness I felt from reading this book.

A Song of Ice and Fire – George R.R. Martin

My memories of this series are vague… Would be nice if we also got a book six and seven, but that’s not the point of this post. Anyway, especially the scenes where Jon was behind the wall with the Wildlings made me literally feel cold. I hate the cold so much, why do I keep reading books that have a permanent winter!

Books that were so good they gave me chills!

The City of Brass (series)

The books in this series are so insanely good! Especially the sequel is very strong. It left me wanting more immediately, but unfortunately I have to wait until June. Have you read this series yet? If not, please do!

Mistborn (entire series, again)

The Mistborn trilogy is probably one of my favorites, ever! As soon as I saw someone in the fantasy section at work I’d ask if they’d read it yet. All books are actually really good, but the ending especially is really well written. Heart breaking, but so good!

Red Rising (guess what… the entire series)

This series has also quickly become one of my favorites. I put it off for so long thinking I wouldn’t get into an adult science fiction, but boy was I wrong. The writing is awesome, but there are some passages that literally gave me chills. They were so well-worded, and I felt myself nodding along as if I agreed with every thing these characters said! Not to mention that the battles are epic.

There we go! Three chilly books and three books that gave me chills. What are books that made you feel chills all over?

Cover photo: Ali Arif Soydas on Unsplash


  1. January 31, 2020 / 6:18 pm

    I really need to reread Red Rising and then continue on in the series! I met Pierce Brown last year and he’s just a remarkable person so I need to reread and continue on!

    • simonevanheijst
      January 31, 2020 / 6:40 pm

      Oh my gosh I’m so jealous you got to meet him! You’ll love the rest of the series too, it so well done! Now I just need to find time to read the books that come after the original trilogy..

    • simonevanheijst
      January 31, 2020 / 10:59 pm

      It’s amazing, I hope you enjoy it!πŸ˜„

  2. January 31, 2020 / 11:06 pm

    This is such an awesome list! I’ve only recently started the Throne of Glass series, but it’s amazing! There’s quite a few listed that I have as TBRs and it looks like I’m going to have to move them up in priority!

    • simonevanheijst
      January 31, 2020 / 11:59 pm

      Thanks! I love the TOG series. Be sure to pay attention to every little detail, because they’ll come back in the books to comeπŸ˜„ I hope you enjoy the other books when you get to them!😊

Leave a Reply