Looking out your window and not seeing any signs of winter yet? Want to find that snowy, cold and Christmassy feeling?
Or is it already freezing where you live and are you looking for an atmospherical novel to bury yourself under a mountain of blankets with?
Here are some books I would recommend for the colder months of the year.
- Burial Rites – Hannah Kent
The setting for this book is the Icelandic winter of 1829. It is so rich in detail that it pulls you in entirely. This is the story of a woman who is charged with the murder of her lover. She can’t go to prison so she’s brought to a farm to work and live with the family there. As if that doesn’t sound interesting enough already, this is also based on historical facts.
Find my review here.
2. Winter’s Tale – Mark Helprin
I have not actually finished this book (it’s huuuuuge) but the moment I started reading it, I loved it immediately. It’s funny, sad, romantic and very difficult to explain without giving to much away.
The story follows a thief, Peter Lake, who breaks in to a mansion to find a woman, Beverly Penn. She knows of course that he was going to steal from her but decides to forgive him. The two fall madly in love. But Beverly is very ill and it seems that her days are numbered.
This is only a fraction of the story. It has action (ganster Pearly Soames, who’s after Peter), fantasy (a white horse that saves Peter, that sometimes has wings) and magic.
If you are looking for a book you can disappear into for days, this might just be the one.
3. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
I know, I know, everyone always puts this classic on their winter reads-list. Until I read it, I couldn’t understand why, but now I do. There is something so isolating about winter in this books (you can find it in Jane Eyre as well). Now you just take the car to visit your friends and family, back then you were pretty much confined to your home.
I think those dark and cold winter evenings/nights are the perfect time to catch up with some classics. Most of the time they are slow reads and now you have plenty of time to read them. Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea, find something delicious to eat and make yourself comfortable.
4. Life after Life – Kate Atkinson
A baby girl dies at birth only to be born again under the same circumstances and live. Ursula Todd lives the most complicated life, every time she dies, she starts over and lives her life to another possible outcome. Sometimes it takes different possibilities to survive and then she keeps on living until death finds her again.
This book does not only take place during wintertime (it spans a whole life so that wouldn’t be possible) but some of the most beautiful chapters feature the snowy season.
To quote “Me” from last night’s Doctor Who season finale: “Some things can be sad and beautiful at the same time.” Well, this is one of those things.
If you want to know more about the book, you can find my review here.
5. The tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling
Let’s be fair, it wouldn’t be a Christmassy list if it didn’t, in some way or form, have Harry Potter on it.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a little book of fables/fairy tales/myths which also tells you the origin story of the Deathly Hallows (The Three Brothers). It’s a good idea for reading in-between Christmas Parties and family visits because all the stories are pretty short.
Also, it brings back the HP memories without having to reread the whole series ;).
What are your favourite winter reads?