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Books for Snow Days

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Hi! In my little corner of the world it’s been snowing for days. The view from my window is all blankets of white and trees crowned with snow. There’s something about the hush, the cold and the beauty of snow that creates such a rich atmosphere, whether the snow happens to be outside your window or on the pages of a book. So today I thought I’d share some of my favorite winter reads with you guys.

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

This quietly intense contemporary is set in New York during a snow storm and explores themes like grief, mental health, isolation and friendship.

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Jodi Lynn Anderson is the queen of creating atmosphere and this books is like winter distilled: cold, hauntingly beautiful and desolate.

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

What could be more suitable reading material on a snowy day, than a dark and creepy fairytale set in medieval Russia in the midst of a long, cold winter?

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Oh look, it’s another fairytale set in snowy, wintery Russia. This one is a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast, with some elements from famous Russian tales woven through.

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The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg

A boy from the North Pole and a girl from the South Pole fall in love, but discover they can’t touch each other in this gorgeous graphic novel inspired by myths and folklore.

Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson

The Moomins usually hibernate until the spring, but this year Moomintroll has woken up early and found the world covered in something white, strange and cold.

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Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

This YA novel about explorers is set in a kingdom inspired by ancient Nepal and tells the story of a perilous expedition to the peak of the highest mountain, through masses of snow, storms and across glaciers.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

The first book in Pullman’s classic trilogy follows Lyra on her journey to the cold, far North where witches fly and white bears are king.

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Inspired by the Russian folktale, this novel set in Alaska straddles the line between realism and fairytale as a married couple build a girl from snow, then discover a mysterious girl living off the land the very next day.

Heaven and Hell by Jón Kalman Stefánsson

You can practically hear the winter winds howl from the pages of this book. Set in an Icelandic fishing town at the turn of the last century it tells the epic and poetic tale of a boy who loves book.

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Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

The is one of the bleakest love stories ever written, so it’s fitting that it’s set in a town where winters are long, bleak and brutal.

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

The river Thames is frozen solid for four months and a great fair is held on the ice. That’s where Orlando meets and falls in love with the beautiful Sasha in one of literature’s most beautiful winter scenes.

Have you read any of these books? What’s the best book you’ve read that has a wintery setting? 

12 thoughts on “Books for Snow Days

      1. I’ve mostly heard mixed things about the second book I think, but I really enjoyed them 🙂 I thought so too, but it’s actually about a boy named Malcolm and how he saves Lyra when she’s a baby. I think the next one is about her as an adult, so hopefullt that’ll be more fun!

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  1. I have had ‘the bear and the nightingale’ on my list for so long now. I REALLY need to get to it… And I definitely need to add the 2 graphic novels you had there to my TBR. They look wonderful! Thanks for the suggestions on this blustery winter day.

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  2. This is such a good list! I’ve read a few and have a few others on my list (glad to see The Bear and the Nightingale is so highly regarded in a many literary circles… I should push it higher up on my list). I really loved We Are Okay… it was such a quiet book but made space in my heart.

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  3. I looove snow, just today it was snowing 😍 ❄️ I really want to read We Are Okay and Hunted, but I have yet to pick up a copy of either book, even if I have been meaning to read them for a while. My Top book for snow days would be Let It Snow – an Anthology with three interconnecting stories that is set during a snow storm 🙂

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