Here at Read It Ribbit, we’ve definitely noticed the approach of winter in the last few weeks
To some people the prospect of shivering, short days and electric lighting fill them with dread. But most book worms welcome winter with open arms. After all, what other time of year is it socially acceptable to bar your doors and windows to stay wrapped up indoors with a hot drink with only a book for company? While we look forward to months of uninterrupted reading bliss, we thought we’d share our favourite winter reads to stock up on before the snow falls.
Read It Ribbit’s Top Ten Winter Reads
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern: Magic well and truly comes to life in this tale of warring sorcerers set against the backdrop of a nocturnal circus. The fantastical creations in the circus are the perfect fantasy worlds to get lost in this winter.
The Dark is Rising – Susan Cooper: A brilliant deep winter read, snow has never seen more menacing than when young Will Stanton discovers that dark forces are rising and it is his destiny to stop it. Full of magic and mystery, this has been one of our favourite winter books since we were children. The second book in The Dark Is Rising Sequence, the story is self-contained so it can be read alone.
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy: Turning to Tolstoy in the winter months has become something of a habit for us and there’s no better winter read than the divine Anna Karenina. With it’s sweeping scope and sumptuous descriptions of the life of upper class 19th century Russians, Anna Karenina is more than worthy of its literary reputation.
A Song of Ice and Fire – George RR Martin: The immensely popular Game of Thrones series features a lot of winter themes. From the scenes on the frozen wall to the ominous Stark family motto: Winter is Coming, its mixture of high fantasy, political intrigue and family saga is a captivating saga for the long nights.
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis: Who hasn’t craved the warmth of a hot chocolate and the sweetness of Turkish delight when Edmund first encounters the White Witch or fancied a cup of tea and toast after a walk through the snow, possibly with Mr Tumnus? The second book in the Narnia series is well worth a re-visit in the colder months of the year.
Jasmyn – Alex Bell: One of the lesser known books on our list, Jasmyn is loosely based around the story of the Swan Princess and features fairies, an ice hotel and mystery knights. A great read to lose yourself in this winter.
The Northern Lights – Philip Pullman: The first in Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, the descriptions of icy Svalbard and the mighty Ice Bears will transport you from your cosy fireside to blizzard swept tundras.
The Saga of the Icelanders: For centuries storytellers gathered their audiences around fires to regale them with stories of heroes, monsters and battles. The Sagas have been passed down through the ages giving a fascinating glimpse into the lives of our ancestors as well as being a fabulous collection of stories.
The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter: We love a good fairy tale, especially when the nights draw in and Angela Carter’s original collection of dark tales is the perfect accompaniment for nighttime reading. Definitely for adult audiences only.
Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier: This pensive and beautifully written book is a brilliant read, the sort that demands complete attention. Inman and Ada’s love story is one of literatures most poignant and secondary characters like the indomitable Ruby ensure this American Civil War epic will stay fresh in your mind for years to come.
What about you? What are your favourite reads? Let us know, leave a comment below.