With the warmth and joy of the Christmas season behind us, it’s easy to have a bleak outlook toward the remaining two months of winter. Instead, find solace in the knowledge that it’s the perfect time of year to dive into snowy settings, wintry themes, and chilling stories. Take advantage of the early sunsets and freezing weather by spending an evening with one of these cozy wintry reads.
To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
You may have heard of Ivey’s more popular first novel, The Snow Child (which I’d also highly recommend), but her second story is also worth a read. This book is told in alternating perspectives during 1885 between a pregnant wife and her husband who is leading an expedition to explore the Alaskan wilderness.
The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The world outside your windows may look just like Narnia during winter, but hopefully you won’t encounter the wolves or the White Witch. This children’s classic is absolutely worth reading with your kids or enjoying yourself as an adult.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The author just released a new novel back in December, but I’d rather recommend this gothic suspense tale. A reclusive author who’s famous for her twelve mesmerizing stories is finally releasing the thirteenth, the truth about her life.
Selected Poems of Robert Frost by Robert Frost
His poems are beautiful and thoughtful, yet still accessible for those of us who rarely (or never) read poetry. Stopping By The Woods on a Snowy Evening is a classic for this time of year.
Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand
I just came across this book back in December, but didn’t get around to reading it before Christmas. This is the first book in a series about a cozy Nantucket inn and the family who owns it.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
As the Starks say “Winter is Coming.” These tomes are quite an undertaking, but the series is masterful and full of intrigue, shocking plot twists, and cunning. While the TV adaptation is stellar (or at least the first few seasons were), the depth and nuance of the books is unparalleled.
Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
Bridget is constantly making new resolutions, so her successes and failures fit right in during January. I’m always up for a reread of this loosely based modern day adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Plus, the movie is just as much fun.
The Shining by Stephen King
Avoid the movie and go straight to the book with this one! When Jack Torrance and his family move into the Overlook Hotel for the winter, they think they’ll have the place to themselves for the season. However, they discover sinister forces while they’re cooped up together and Jack slowly falls victim to their temptations.
What are your favorite books to read during winter?
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