Best Winter Reads

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Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

What does a winter read mean to you? To me they are dark and atmospheric and often set somewhere where it is cold.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden


I think you simply have to look at the cover to understand why I put The Bear and the Nightingale on this list.  It is my go-to winter read recommendation.  It is so atmospheric that I actually got chills while reading it.  The book is set in the wilderness in Russia where it is winter most of the year. Winter is so harsh that is almost becomes a character!

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


I am the only one who associates Little Women with the holidays? I always watch the movie in December and love to reread the book that time of year when I can! There are a lot of Christmas Day scenes.  I love these characters and the sisters’ relationships with one another.  It is truly a charming yet heartbreaking novel.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


There is something about Neil Gaiman that makes feel like they are perfect winter books.  I think it is because they are so descriptive and dark!  I think it is a great book to read at night, and the nights are longer in the winter.  I also personally prefer fantasy this time of year.  It is rare for me to pick up a book like this in the summer months!

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent


Burial Rites is set in Iceland, and it is so unbelievably dreary and atmospheric, which makes for a perfect winter read.  It is also a historical fiction novel based on a true story, which is a genre I turn to in the winter.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Is this an obvious choice? I mean the majority of the story takes place in the Ice Court! It is also a very dark book with a dynamic cast of characters.  I wish I had read it during the winter! Maybe I will pick up the sequel, Crooked Kingdom, in the New Year!


43 thoughts on “Best Winter Reads

  1. I loved ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ – a real delight. Thank you for reminding me of it. The only other of your choices which I’ve read is Little Women, a total classic! I must try some of the others.

  2. I’m reading Six of Crows right now!! I love all the characters so far. Kaz is just brilliant…but Jesper is super adorable and Inej has the best thoughts ha-ha! I’m only about 3 to 4 chapters in, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a fast read 🙂

  3. Oh I never thought about Six of Crows being a winter book, but now…. well, it seems like it’d be a perfect seasonal read for sure! 🙂 I haven’t read The Bear and The Nightingale, but only heard incredible things about it overall. It seems like the perfect winter read 🙂

  4. Little Women is the first book that pops into my head when I think of winter reading. First of all the opening scene opens to the March sisters talking about Christmas and the storyline passes through several holidays/occasions. 🙂 I also associate Neil Gaiman with winter. I thought I was the only one. Maybe its the fact that his book are darker and mystical, which the winter months are. Great list!

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