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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?