December 5, 2018

Cozy Winter Reads

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is Cozy Reads for Winter. So when I hear the phrase "cozy winter reads" I think of books to curl up with by the fire with a mug of tea or cocoa. Based on the results of some google searching, "cozy" means cozy mysteries, and "winter reads" means thrillers. So I may be the only one who thinks the way I do. Let's see what I can come up with.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - I know what you're thinking. You're thinking I took the easy route and put my favorite book on the list. Actually, I usually re-read P&P in the winter. Jane Austen herself described the book as "light and bright and sparkling" and that makes me think of snowflakes. I don't know if that's why I read it in winter, but maybe.

Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - The magical quality of this book would make it a great one to read when it's cold and blustery outside.


The Magicians by Lev Grossman - More magic. Maybe because where I live doesn't really get much snow, I feel like snow is magical. Therefore, magic books go with winter? I'm still trying to work this out.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke - Ok, yes, this has more magic, but it is also Victorian. Something about Victorian novels seem to fit with winter reading. I mean, I realize it wasn't always cold and foggy and miserable in the Victorian Era, but it sure seems that way.

The Bear and the Nightingale

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden - Russia is another one of those places that always seems to be snowy, even though logically I know it must stop snowing some time. And it gets snowier the further back in history you go, am I right? This one takes place in what seems to be mideval Russia. So, you know, real snowy.


Winter by Ali Smith - I'm going to cave and go with the obvious on this one. I haven't read it, yet, but doesn't it just seem like the best time to read a book called "Winter" would be in the winter? I'm just saying.

The Luminaries

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton - Maybe what makes a great winter read is the ability to fall into the story. Sometimes the best books to do that with are large ones. I'm reading this right now, and it is a good one for getting sucked into the story.

Burial Rites

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent - Why didn't I think of this sooner! It is set in Iceland in the 1800's. Iceland is another one of those places I think of as always being cold and snowy. There is quite a bit of snow in this book, and it is a fabulous story!

That's not ten, but it's all I could come up with. What would you add to my list?