Hi guys! How are you? Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Girl. The topic this week is: Winter Reads and I’m so excited, cause y’all know I love my seasonal reading. One of my favorite things about living in Norway is getting to fully experience all the season. But Norwegian winters are dark, cold things. So my ideal winter read is an atmospheric, immersive story I can curl up with on cold winter days and lose myself in for a while. Like these ten:
1. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Y’all knew this was coming, this is my all-time favorite book. It’s a perfect blend of fairytale and historical fiction set in the midst of a long, Russian winter. It’s magical, beautiful and so atmospheric. Just read it, it’s perfect.
2. Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett
Another wintery fantasy story I adored. This one’s set in a kingdom inspired by ancient Nepal and follows our protagonist on a dangerous expedition to climb the kingdom’s highest mountain, across glaciers and through fierce, frosty storms.
3. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The first book in Pullman’s classic trilogy follows always gives me such lovely winter-vibes. It follows Lyra on a journey that takes her to the cold, far North where witches fly and white bears are king.
4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The warm, glow of the lonely lamppost amongst the snow-covered trees is perhaps the most quintessential nostalgic winter image I can think of. I get the warm-fuzzies just thinking about it.
5. Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson
The Moomins usually hibernate until the spring inside their round, blue house, but this year Moomin has woken up early and found the world covered in something white, strange and cold.
6. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
The Snow Child is set in Alaska and tells the story of a childless couple who build a girl from snow one night, then discover a mysterious girl the very next day. It’s inspired by a Russian fairytale and straddles the line between reality and magic beautifully.
7. Huntress by Malinda Lo
Huntess has a very cold, desolate atmosphere that’s very suitable for winter. It follows two girls who are chosen to visit lands of the fae and discover why their kingdom’s fading into eternal winter. (There’s a main f/f relationship in this one.)
8. The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
This short and sweet little story about a young girl who befriends an ice dragon will definitley make you feel like winter is coming. The illustrations are beautiful.
9. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
During the Great Frost of 1608 the river Thames’s froze solid and a great fair was held on the ice. That’s where Orlando meets and falls in love with the beautiful Sasha, in one of literature’s most magical winter scenes.
10. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver is a love story about a human girl and a boy who turns into a wolf when the weather turns cold. This isn’t my favorite Maggie Stiefvater novel, but you can’t tell me it’s not the most wintery one.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Are you a seasonal reader? What’s your favorite wintery books?