Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.
This week’s topic is actually “Holiday Reads,” buuuut… I am not much of a holiday person (plus I celebrate Yule and/or the solstice, when I do celebrate a winter holiday) most of the time, and I rarely read things that are centered around a holiday or are seasonally themed (I have nothing against them, I’m just mostly a mood reader.)
(That said, I am–weirdly–super in the festive spirit this year, and I don’t think I’m the only person who’s usually just “meh” about it all, but is going all out this year with celebrations, decorations, movie watching, cookie baking, etc.)
So, I’m just going with ten books that are set in winter, make me think of winter, or are books I think would be good to read in winter if you like your book seasons to match the season you’re living in.
In no particular order, as usual…
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens– Obvious choice is obvious, I know. This is the one winter/Christmas/etc. tradition that I have, though, so I had to include it. Every year, usually on Christmas Eve night, I re-read this book. I’ve been doing this since…2002? It might have been 2003, but either way it’s been over half my life, but I think I missed one year when my original copy was destroyed 😦 (That might be why I now have 3 editions and want more haha.)
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling– I feel like this will also be an obvious–and common–choice this week. I re-read these books a lot, and I don’t really plan to read them at any particular time of the year. But, I think I’ve probably re-read them the most during winter because of winter break from school (and now for reading challenges and readathons and the like).
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden– I read this in January of this year, I believe, and it was such a nice winter read. I’ve already placed a hold on the sequel, which I should (weirdly enough) also get in January, unless people return it early.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis– The Chronicles of Narnia is not my favorite series by far, but the books do give me winter vibes for obvious reasons (the setting), and I think I used to watch the first movie during holiday movie marathons on TV. So, it feels winter-appropriate, is what I’m saying 😛
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon– This list quickly veered into horror territory, because I apparently have a thing for winter-set horror stories. This book was creepy and snowy and I highly recommend listening to the audiobook to up the creep factor if you–like me–don’t really get freaked out by books, ever.
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman– I actually didn’t really love this the first time I read it, but it is a polar-fantasy and I’m planning to give it a second try this winter. I might save it for Jadeyraereads’s Polarthon in February, but I’m not sure yet.
The Shining by Stephen King– Another one I didn’t love I wanted to love this book, but I’m really thinking King just isn’t for me. That said, it’s another great horror pick for winter reading because of the snowed-in Torrance’s and the creepy Overlook Hotel.
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist– This one, I gave 4/5 stars, and it’s another good, chilly pick for horror lovers. (Although I feel like I was the last person to read this one.) It’s set in Sweden, I think actually in autumn, but it might span 2-3 seasons (it’s been a few years since I read it), but regardless, it’s cold.
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James– And one more I didn’t love, omg. I really need to find more wintry spooky books… Anyway. This classic ghost story actually kicks off on Christmas Eve, if I’m remembering it correctly, and it’s fairly short. I did not love it, despite generally enjoying Victorian and Edwardian ghost stories, but I definitely associate it with winter.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats– I had to include this one, because I remember there being a copy in basically everyone’s house back in the day, and I’m like 99% sure I read this to my sister a few times. It’s a picture book classic, and it’s just so sweet and magical, and I’m kicking myself for not purchasing a copy when my own child was still reading picture books. (I might still buy it, because you’re never too old to enjoy children’s book in my opinion.)
Hopefully next winter I’ll have fresh ideas for wintry reads to recommend or whatever, because I am planning to participate in Polarthon, as I mentioned earlier, as well as Believathon (a children’s books readathon hosted by Gavin Hetherington), if it returns, next year.
Believathon isn’t wintry, necessarily, but I’ve been discovering a lot of children’s books that have a cold setting while watching people’s TBR videos and reading vlogs this year, probably because it happened in November, when it’s starting to get chilly and people are getting into the wintry-books kind of mood.
Do you read seasonal and/or holiday-themed books?
If you do, what are some of your favorites?
Are there any on your TBR that you’re really excited about?