Eight Great Wintery Reads

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I like a good list. I seem to always have a list running for something or another: a honey-do list, a shopping list, a kids’ chore list, a never-ending to-do list. A list I add to nearly daily of books I’ve read and need to review. And, of course, there’s Goodreads, the book list site that keeps all my reads straight (to-read, read, currently reading).

But I’ve never done a list on here. To that end, and for you all, I’m going to join the online world and do a listicle. The plan is to make this a weekend thing-because it’s different (for me) and it’s the weekend!

My first one honors our current weather situation (as I write this it’s -6 degrees, with a high today of 13). Because there is nothing better than reading under a blanket in blustery cold, here’s my list of great wintery reads, presented to you in no particular order.


Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg. I read this one long ago, but it’s snowy goodness stuck with me. Hoeg, a Danish writer, gives the reader a wonderful mystery written like literary fiction. Set in Greenland, this is the story of Smilla and the mysterious death of a boy in her building. Smilla is half Danish and half Greenlandish (Greenlander? Greenlandian?), and takes particular notice in different types of snow. A snowy delight–and the cover is BEAUTIFUL!

Misery by Stephen King.  Perfectly snowy and wintery. The bad roads in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the isolation of Annie Wilkes’ farm, the warm and toasty room where Paul is held captive–it all speaks of a perfect winter scare-fest.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. The whole series is wonderful, but this is the book that made this series for me. Wintery from the moment Lucy steps through the wardrobe into Narnia, and wonderful the whole way through.

The Shining by Stephen King. I know, I already did a King novel. But this one could be even more deliciously, creepily for winter, and for King. A family stranded in the Colorado mountains in a possessed hotel? The rescue/escape is on a snowmobile! Perfect!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Another Scandinavian treat. Larsson’s first book in the trilogy introduces us to Lisbeth Salander, a dark, eccentric, Swedish woman with an uncanny mind and a skewed but rigid sense of right and wrong. Set in the snowy cold of (I think) Northern Sweden, there is a lot of snow and cold to set the scene for this familial, financial mystery.

Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher. This is a very chick lit book I read a few summers ago. It’s set in Scotland, and I remember being shocked and surprised when I realized it was July and the temperature outside was over 90 degrees. The scene was set so well, the story so (romantically and sappily) told, that I was transported to snowy, cold Scotland, and then warmed by the blatant sweetness of the characters.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. I really liked the movie, but I had to wait until the book wasn’t so prevalent in my mind. The book is better (it always is), and quite a bit different. That said, winter plays a big part in how they slow down and stop the zombies. Winter is good. And, if zombies are survivable, so is winter.

A Game of Thrones Book 1-A Song of Ice and Fire (or any in this series) by George RR Martin. Winter Is Coming says it all. Yes, it flits over to the very warm desert with Daenerys and her dragons, but the best part of the story is the ice and cold of the North up beyond the wall. I love the HBO show, but there is nothing like these books. I fell into them so hard it was hard to come up. Great winter fantasy reading.

So click over and download one, get to the bookstore and buy one, go to the library and check one out . . . and then settle in next to the fireplace with a big cup of cocoa and get reading. You won’t regret it. (And you can download The ShiningThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for $1.99 each at Amazon. And A Game of Thrones Book 1 is only $4.99.)


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