Thursday marks the official start of winter. Hooray! Winter is my favorite season and I’m excited for lots of snow, blankets, sweaters, and tea in the upcoming months. As such, today I’m sharing some of my favorite winter reads with you! I have six books to share with you today so let’s get to it.
First we have The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. Only the first two books, The Bear and the Nightingaleand The Girl in the Towerare currently published, so you’ll have to wait until next year for the stunning conclusion to this trilogy! This series is a fantasy folk-tale retelling set in Russia. These books make for perfect seasonal reading! You can read my review of The Bear and the Nightingale here and my review of The Girl in the Tower is coming next week. Both books are fantastic and I gave each one 4 / 5 stars.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is one of my favorite books of all time. While the entirety of the book does not occur during winter, much of it does, including its iconic opening chapter. Little Women focuses on family, love, and duty and it’s so easy to cozy up on the couch with the March family and vicariously wish you had four March sisters to call your own. The film version also makes for excellent holiday viewing! I gave Little Women 4 / 5 stars.
Now I have not yet read Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand, but I picked it up from the library yesterday and am very excited to start! Winter Street is the first book in Hilderbrand’s popular Winter series, she’s also written a number of summer books, and I kept seeing her work floating around on Instagram. From what I’ve read, this is sure to be a delightfully cozy holiday read! I’ll post a review here once I finish reading.
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser was one of my favorite books this year! Vanderbeekers is a heartwarming middle grade story about a determined band of siblings trying to save their home before Christmas. This book will make you laugh out loud and is perfect for snuggling under the Christmas tree. You can read my review of Vanderbeekers here. I gave it 5 / 5 stars.
And what winter list would be complete without A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles? This is one of my favorite books that takes place in a hotel in Russia in the 1920s. A Gentleman in Moscow is about family, honor, and duty. These characters will melt your heart and sneak inside your soul. This book makes for perfect snow day reading, or even just a cozy weekend afternoon! I gave it 4 / 5 stars.
That’s it for this post! What winter books do you like to read?