Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future weeks’ topics can be found here. This week’s topic is…
Top Ten Books to Read in Winter
I’d always thought of winter as thriller season. But when I sat down to write my top ten list of books with wintery vibes, it didn’t include a single thriller. It does, however, include six classics. So curl up by the fire with a hot cuppa (or a good whisky) and enjoy…
- A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
The name alone makes this an obvious winter read, but the chilly setting of the Canadian prairies seals the deal. Also, hooray for queer characters in historical fiction! LGBT+ people have always existed, and have always found ways to live a life of our own choosing.
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane’s entire childhood and adolescence seems like one really long January. Then she grows up and goes wandering over windswept moors. It’s enough to make you shiver.
3. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
This is pure fairytale gorgeousness and will make even the most determined sun-worshipper wish for snow.
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This one always makes me feel Christmassy. Yes, that is a real word.
5. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Anything set in Victorian London seems to give off winter vibes. Also, I always think of Holmes as a slightly chilly character, though that’s probably more to do with certain adaptations (especially the modern-era one with Benedict Cumberbatch) than how he is in the original stories.
6. Northern Lights
My favourite book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. This is an epic adventure story, full of wintery delights.
7. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
This cosy children’s classic is a perfect read for when you want to imagine a simpler life on a snowy mountain.
8. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
If you’re looking for something a little less cosy, The Call of the Wild presents the harsh realities of a frozen landscape as well as the allure.
9. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Though this novel spans years, it seems like it’s always winter. Maybe that’s a coincidence, or maybe it was a deliberate choice to reflect the inescapable chill of grief.
10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I suppose it ought to be a Halloween read, but this book feels like winter to me. Maybe it’s the essential harshness of the story, or just the icy ending. Brrrrrrr.
Have you read any of these? And what do you like to read when the days are cold and the nights are long?