With December around the corner I thought it’d be fun to make a list of some books I’m planning on reading myself or are very suitable to read during wintertime. These books either take place in wintertime or just give me huge winter vibes. Now, let’s get on with 10 books you could read during the winter!
1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
In his “Ghostly little book,” Charles Dickens invents the modern concept of Christmas Spirit and offers one of the world’s most adapted and imitated stories. We know Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, not only as fictional characters, but also as icons of the true meaning of Christmas in a world still plagued with avarice and cynicism.
When you say Christmas, I say either “food” or “A Christmas Carol”. It’s the perfect book to read when it’s Christmas. Or well, I have to admit that I haven’t ever read this exact book myself, but I have seen different movie adaptations at least thousand times. I’m definitely planning on buying and reading A Christmas Carol around Christmas time!
2. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
Can I call myself a true Stephen King fan if I haven’t ever read anything by his son, who writes under the name Joe Hill? I guess not. I’ve heard tons of good things about his books and I believe NOS4A2 is a perfect December read! Really curious about this one!
3. Thin Air by Michelle Paver
In 1935, young medic Stephen Pearce travels to India to join an expedition with his brother, Kits. The elite team of five will climb Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain and one of mountaineering’s biggest killers. No one has scaled it before, and they are, quite literally, following in the footsteps of one of the most famous mountain disasters of all time – the 1907 Lyell Expedition.
Five men lost their lives back then, overcome by the atrocious weather, misfortune and ‘mountain sickness’ at such high altitudes. Lyell became a classic British hero when he published his memoir, Bloody, But Unbowed, which regaled his heroism in the face of extreme odds. It is this book that will guide this new group to get to the very top.
As the team prepare for the epic climb, Pearce’s unease about the expedition deepens. The only other survivor of the 1907 expedition, Charles Tennant, warns him off. He hints of dark things ahead and tells Pearce that, while five men lost their lives on the mountain, only four were laid to rest.
But Pearce is determined to go ahead and complete something that he has dreamed of his entire life. As they get higher and higher, and the oxygen levels drop, he starts to see dark things out of the corners of his eyes. As macabre mementoes of the earlier climbers turn up on the trail, Stephen starts to suspect that Charles Lyell’s account of the tragedy was perhaps not the full story…
I only heard of this book for the first time last Wednesday, but I think it makes a good winter read – it’s set in the mountains, it’s a ghost story (just like A Christmas Carol) and the cover chills me to the bone. Just like winter weather does … But at least I can enjoy this book tucked away under a blanket, while sipping rivers of hot cocoa!
4. The Shining by Stephen King
Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.
I read this book in April this year and I just felt cold the whole time. That was not only because it’s set high up in snowy mountains, nor because Jack and his family are trapped there for a couple of months, but also because of the chilling events that take place during their winter at the Overlook Hotel.
5. The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.
Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother—and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised—and constantly revised—by the killer.
Fiercely suspenseful, its characters brilliantly realized, its atmosphere permeated with evil, The Snowman is the electrifying work of one of the best crime writers of our time.
I only recently saw the movie and read the book and both made me shiver all over (or maybe that was because it was just cold in the cinema …). Nevertheless, The Snowman is a great winter read and I think the title already tells you why it’s a good winter story. I’d love to be able to build a snowman myself this year, although not for the reasons they are built in the book.
6. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason … HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!
Nothing makes a more cozy winter read than Harry Potter. I’d love to spend a winter at Hogwarts and enjoy the Christmas feast with all the good food! I already know I’m definitely going back to Hogwarts this December!
7. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
“The murderer is with us – on the train now…”
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…
How I loved the movie adaptation of The Murder on the Orient Express, but (once again) I haven’t read the book yet. Oops?! Nevertheless, just like with A Christmas Carol, I’m planning on buying and reading this one in December!
8. Misery by Stephen King
Paul Sheldon. He’s a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader – she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.
I’m already planning on rereading this book for over a year now, but never came to it. I already know that I’m going to save a spot on my January TBR to dive back into this chilling read. Just like The Shining it’s set in snowy surroundings while the main character is trapped. Brrrrr.
9. Let it Snow by John Green
An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.
A trio of today’s bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – bring all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.
Ever since its release, I’ve been wanting to read this book during wintertime. And I still do. Maybe coming winter I’ll finally give in to pick up a YA again!
10. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
Because, you know, Winter is coming.