This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Cozy/Wintry Reads. This list actually didn’t take as long to think up as I expected when I first read the prompt. There are quite a few well-loved books at my house that take place during winter. Here are ten.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: So this book is the obvious winter read. Since the book starts off with four kids venturing into a winter wonderland world, it’s a no brainer that no matter how many “spring themes” are included in this book, it always makes me think of winter first. Always winter and never Christmas, right?
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder: Another obvious winter read, The Long Winter is the sixth book in the Little House series, and it’s also probably one of the scariest. I cannot imagine living through such harsh conditions, never knowing if a blizzard would crop up or if they’d be safe. I also love that this book includes more about Almanzo and the great feat he and Cap Garland went through to provide food for the entire town.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: This historical fiction book breaks my heart just thinking about it, but I consider it a wintry read because it takes place during winter in East Prussia. The cold setting definitely plays a major role in the lives of the characters and their desperate need to survive.
The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan: This is a significant winter read because it’s the only book from Percy Jackson and the Olympians that doesn’t take place in the summer. It starts off during the Winter Solstice and of course chaos and adventure follows.
Winter by Marissa Meyer: The title of this always makes me think of the winter season even if the book doesn’t take place during that time frame. In fact, all of The Lunar Chronicles books seem perfect to read in the winter because they take place in the cold of space, but you know, they probably are good spring, summer, and fall reads too!
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley: This book takes place a lot in the winter, especially around Christmastime. I think one of the most significant parts is when soldiers from the nearby airbase come visit for Christmas and then it’s only a short while later they die in the war.
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber: The title of this, more than the plot or setting, makes me think of winter. Of course, this book takes place partially in space as well so that makes me think of the cold winter days.
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy: While this book starts in the fall and ends in the spring, a lot of the story takes place in the winter. There are scenes where the characters race through the snow, celebrate Christmas, and just feel the cold of winter’s embrace. While I read it during the end of October since that is when Disappearance Day takes place, I think it would work as a winter read as well.
The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket: I don’t even know what season A Series of Unfortunate Events takes place but The Slippery Slope always felt like the “winter” book of the series. Between Sunny trying to find warmth while trapped with Olaf’s crew and Violet and Klaus joining the Snow Scouts, it has the perfect winter atmosphere.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: The Dregs gang infiltrates the Ice Court of Fjerda, which is known for its cold setting. Plus, there are flashbacks involving Matthias and Nina that definitely give this book a wintry feel.
What books do you love that take place during the winter? Don’t forget to join the link-up!