This morning, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow; according to Groundhog Day lore, we'll have an early spring.

Let's be honest, though. Heavy storms across the country are wreaking havoc, causing schools to close and travel to be impossible. Even Nashville has had an unusually high number of snow days this year.

Point is, regardless of what Phil predicts, winter doesn't seem to be going anywhere. If you're currently hunkered down inside due to extreme temps, wind and snowfall, here are five wintry books to enjoy along with your cocoa:

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Tess Gerritsen's latest chiller, Ice Cold, is set in motion when a couple of women get stuck on a snowy road in the middle of a creepily abandoned village.
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Run—Ann Patchett's most recent novel—takes place over the course of a single day in Boston. The drama is heightened because there happens to be a blizzard raging outside (the weather causes a fateful car accident).
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One of the most memorable lines from Robert Goolrick's book club favorite, A Reliable Wife, is appropriate for the season: “The winters were long, and tragedy and madness rose in the pristine air.”
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For lighter (but still satisfying) romantic intrigue, try Snowfall at Willow Lake from Susan Wiggs' Lakeshore Chronicles series. In this story, a career-driven lawyer falls for a hunky vet in a rural winter setting.
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If you're hooked on teen books, try Michael Northrop's Trapped (it just came out yesterday!), a thriller about a group of teens from different social groups who are trapped at school during a blizzard.
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What are your favorite books with a wintry setting?

Do you prefer that your reading match the season—or when it's cold outside would you rather read a story that takes place on the beach?

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