Top Ten Tuesday – Books to Read in Winter

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…

  1. 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?

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books to Read in Winter

  1. We have such similar taste in books! I just requested A Place Called Winter from my local library and am looking forward to reading it.

    I’m already a huge fan of Jane Eyre, The Snow Child, Little Women, Frankenstein, and The Lovely Bones.

    That makes me think I should give Sherlock Holmes a try, too!

    My post.

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    1. Ooh, I hope you enjoy A Place Called Winter. It’s a beautiful book, though pretty dark in places.

      I love the Sherlock Holmes stories but looking at them objectively, they vary a lot in quality! Some of the plots are brilliant and some are a bit rubbish, but Holmes and Watson are always fun to hang out with.


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