THE SNOW CHILD and WUTHERING HEIGHTS and HARRY POTTER
- The Snow ChildBy Eowyn Ivey is the novel that I spend every December banging on about – it's just so perfect and heartwarming! It's hands-down the most beautifully-descriptive novel I have ever encountered and the setting of Alaska is vivid and almost tangible. I have one word for this book: LOVE.
- Okay, so perhaps I'm
verya tad bias towards Wuthering HeightsBy Emily Bronte as it's one of my favourite books... but the atmosphere created just pulls you into the tale; windy moors on a chilly winter's eve? Count me in!
- Harry PotterBy JK Rowling well… need I say anything more that CHRISTMAS AT HOGWARTS?! I think my point here is proven!
LET IT SNOW and DASH AND LILY'S BOOK OF DARES
- I read Let It SnowBy John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle during November, and it certainly didn't fail to get me in a winter mood! Each tale was light-hearted and definitely full of joy – one of the only YA contemporaries I've enjoyed in a long time; the perfect tale to read with a mug of cocoa.
- There is no book I take such delight from reading as I do from Dash and Lily's Book of DaresBy Rachel Cohn and David Levithan . Easily the most happy-go-lucky book on the list; the romance is certainly different to that of, say, Wuthering Heights! This novel is bound to get you in the festive mood.
GRIMMS' FAIRY TALES and NORTHERN LIGHTS
- I am a self-confessed fairy tale nerd… so naturally, a lot of the short stories from Grimms' Fairy TalesBy brothers Grimm spring to mind when I'm asked my favourite winter reads. I'm definitely going to spend one December night dipping in and out of my copy...
- Perhaps there's a hint in the name, but Northern LightsBy Philip Pullman is an ice-filled thriller of a fantasy novel! Oh how I loved Iorek Byrnison (possibly the only fictional polar bear ever)...
HERCULE POIROT'S CHRISTMAS and THE NIGHT CIRCUS and NARNIA
- A friendly family get together during the festive season? With Agatha Christie's Poirot, there is no chance that this could go to plan – let's be honest. Hercule Poirot's ChristmasBy Agatha Christie is definitely the crime novel I want to recommend, the plot is just too clever!
- Okay, so The Night CircusBy Erin Morgernstern isn't exactly a winter read… but just the thought of THAT hot chocolate makes me all warm and tingly… ooh and not to forget the ice garden! Gah, there's no chance I'm missing this one of the list!
- The Chronicles of NarniaBy CS Lewis , where it is always winter? I need not explain this choice (a childhood favourite of mine)!