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TTT: My Favorite Winter Reads


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?


52 thoughts on “TTT: My Favorite Winter Reads

  1. I keep on seeing the Bear and the Nightingale, I really should check it out. I tend to avoid most YA but I think this is one I should make an exception for.

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  2. I really enjoyed the bear and the Nightingale when I read it last year, but I have to admit I still haven’t read the Girl in the Tower yet. Loved the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Northern Lights when I was younger too.

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    1. I’m really bad at getting to sequels, but that’s one of the few I actually read as soon as I could get my hands on it. I had to know what Vasya would do next! It’s another wonderful winter read, I hope you enjoy it 😊


  3. Some great choices! The Bear and the Nightingale is so atmospheric, I actually read it in summer and was still swept up by the wintery goodness. I may have to reread it when it gets snowy here in England.

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  4. Great list! I’ve only read The Golden Compass and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from all the books in this list. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie is a movie I feel is definitely suitable for winter!

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  5. Lovely list! I’m so pleased to hear you love The Bear and the Nightingale so much – it’s on my winter TBR. 🙂 Orlando is one of those classics I keep meaning to get to, I really ought to get myself a copy.

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  6. Oh, Shiver. That was my first Stiefvater book, and I’ve read it every winter since its release. It’s my all-time favorite book ever.

    Added a few new books to my TBR, as well, so thank you!

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  7. this list is BRILLIANT! i’m such a sucker for the cold weather bc hot chocolate and fluffy socks are totally my thing and i havent read any of these titles, so im adding them ALL RIGHT NOW! fantastic post!

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  8. Amazing picks ❤ I',m certainly reading some Narnia this December. Probably i romjula. I grew up watching Narnia on tv every Christmas ❤ I'm really in nostalgic mood and mood for magical books. I want to read The Bear and the Nightingal, Narnia, I'm reading Harry Potter and ordered a new version of Alice in Wonderland. Totally into the magical xD

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