I am not a fan of the cold, but I love winter – there is nothing better than sitting under a warm blanket and reading a book, knowing that it’s cold and miserable outside and I don’t have to be out there in the middle of it. Over the years I have collected a long list of winter reads, but here are some of my favorites! Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl‘s Top 10 Tuesdays for the prompt.
1. Bone White by Ronald Malfi
This is one of the best horror novels I’ve read in a long time – it takes place in Alaska, and all of the snow and ice and cold makes me feel like I’m out in the middle of it, no matter what time of the year. The main character, Paul, heads to Alaska in the hopes of finally solving the mystery of his brother’s disappearance. He soon discovers that there is something seriously wrong with Dread’s Hand, and his brother’s disappearance is probably linked to the many disturbances in this town.
2. White Heat by M.J. McGrath
If you haven’t read White Heat, and you like mysteries, do yourself a favor and go get a copy right away because this was some of the best world-building I’ve read in a long time. Plus the mystery is compelling and multi-layered. I read this book last year in the middle of a snowstorm and it fit the mood perfectly!
3. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
This is a book from my childhood – there is so much to love! Lyra is a little girl who discovers that children are being kidnapped, and she goes undercover to investigate. The magic system is intriguing and the characters, though children, are consistently taken seriously. This is a great book for kids or adults in the winter.
4. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables is obviously not just a book for the wintertime, but with Christmas coming up, sometimes all I want to do is bask in spunky kids and family love. There are some great winter and Christmas scenes of course in Anne of Green Gables, and it holds some good memories from my childhood.
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Similarly to Anne, I love the close friendships and the stubborn determination in the first Harry Potter book, and close to Christmas, I always want to return to this world – the scene when Harry gets presents from the Weasleys is so heartwarming.
6. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
This is another great novel about families, and a good portion of it also takes place close to Christmas. The Nest feels to me like a more realistic image of the good and bad parts of family. I read it in December last year, and I’ve been thinking about reading it again this year!
7. The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace
Sometimes all I really need to get me in the winter-y mood is a book about a good storm. The Memory Trees does not take place in winter, but in this book, the weather is closely tied to the Lovegood family’s actions, and there are some great snowstorms in this book to set the winter mood.
8. The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate
The Story Keeper was a sweet book with a compelling mystery and some seriously bad weather. This is a good quick read, which makes it perfect for a snowy night.
9. Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira
The majority of the action in Winter Sisters centers around a terrible snowstorm that leads to many dead and several disappearances, including two young sisters. The mystery in this book unravels itself slowly, giving you the chance to discover these girls’ horrific fate. This book is pretty graphic but still a great read, and will definitely make you glad you’re safe inside this winter.
10. On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
In On the Edge of Gone, a meteor has just hit the Earth, and many were left behind to fend for themselves as the earth tears itself apart. There is some pretty bad weather in this one too, and while there isn’t a lot of snow or ice, it still would make a good read inside under a warm, dry blanket.