My Top Ten Wintry Books


winter is here

(alright that was a more terrifying affect than intended πŸ˜‰ )

Okay- for reelz, it never normally snows in London, so I’m enjoying how pretty it is right now. And, rather appropriately, the post I had planned for today is actually about wintery books! Specifically my top ten wintery books! Let’s get to it:

snow child

Snow Child– the clue is in the title πŸ˜‰ This exquisite tale, set in the fairy tale land of the Arctic winter, warmed me from the inside- I seriously recommend Snow Child for a cosy night in. And speaking of fairy tales…

bear and the nightingale

Bear and the Nightingale– as was pretty obvious from my gushy review the other day I LOVED this book. It’s a magical retelling of Russian folklore and if nothing else, you are guaranteed spectacular descriptions of snowy landscapes πŸ˜‰

secret countess

The Secret Countess– Eva Ibbotson is a childhood favourite of mine and one of the reasons for that is her beautiful, mythical writing style. Her books are always enchanting, but this one in particular is romantic and heart-warming and perfect for this season (NB also known as A Countess Below Stairs)


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone– speaking of childhood books, nothing says Christmas quite like Harry Potter. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t secretly dream of Christmas at Hogwarts?

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The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe– but if we want to talk a Christmasy dream come true, we’d have to go visit Narnia! I know, I know, Narnia is technically cursed to always be winter in Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe– yet that doesn’t stop it being so beautiful!

christmas carol

Christmas Carol– yes, yes, I know I’m reeling off the classics now- it’s just this is a classic for a reason. Obviously everyone knows the story, but I finally read this over Christmas last year and can tell you now it was *perfect*.

the railway children

Railway Children– honestly, I think children’s books are great for this time of year. And since it’s already a tradition that they show the movie version on the TV every year (at least in the UK) why not pick up the book? It’s moving, it’s got beautiful themes about family and it’ll make you happy in the end.

little women

Little Women– romance is what I’m looking to read most winters- and I don’t think you can get much better than this classic. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, and it might even make you do both at the same time. Easily one of my all-time favourite books.


One Day in the Life of Ivan Densovitch– okay who said anything about all the books on here having to be happy? Sometimes winter gives us the chills- so if you want something a little darker, then this is the book to go for. It’s one of those quintessential books about the Soviet Union if you’re interested. (And at the risk of sounding like a book pusher, this is the kind of book everyone needs to read at some in their lives)



Murder on the Orient Express- I read this the other day (review to come soon) and the atmosphere was exactly right for a cold evening. The intrigue, the characters and the DRAMATIC twist all made for a thrilling read (kudos goes to Lashaan@Bookidote for finally convincing me to pick it up). What a great book for the winter period!

And that’s it! What do you think of my list? Agree? Disagree? And do you have any winter favourites to add? Let me know in the comments!

89 thoughts on “My Top Ten Wintry Books

  1. It is a completely white landscape out here as well. So a post like this could not be more appropriate πŸ˜€
    Murder on the Orient Express is truly a great read. Looking forward to reading your review for it. One of my favorite novels in the winter is the second part of the Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons of Winter night. It is the perfect read for me when it’s cold outside 😊 Great post!

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  2. Great choices. I love Eva Ibbotson and I wish she were better known. Her romances are lovely and I also like her fantasy books. My copy of The Secret Countess is called The Countess Below Stairs. I don’t think I have a preference title-wise.

    I thought that The Snow Child was a beautiful book, but I think I found it more melancholy than you did. That said it is a great wintery read.

    Really, I agree with almost all of your picks!

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    1. Thank you!! I couldn’t agree more- I love her books and writing style, but not enough people know her work nowadays. hehe I’m a little attached to the secret countess title if I’m honest πŸ˜‰

      Fair enough! It did have it’s moments- especially at the beginning. I don’t know why I didn’t see it that way the whole time, all things considered πŸ˜‰

      Thank you!

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  3. I love that you suddenly included One Day in the Life of Ivan Densovitch right when everything felt warm and comfy hahahah So many of these are honestly awesome reads during this time of the year. You made me want to reread A Christmas Carol too. Fantastic classic. Thank you so much for the shout-out too!!! You’re too kind!!! ❀ I'm so super glad that you picked it up and enjoyed it. πŸ˜€

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    1. hahaha I know- bit of a tone shift πŸ˜‰ – I was just thinking of books I read in winter and it was too good to not include πŸ˜‰ Definitely πŸ˜€ Oh yes it is!! And you’re very welcome!! ❀ πŸ˜€ I'm really glad I did too πŸ˜‰

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  4. Harry Potter and Narnia are the perfect winter reads in my opinion as well. Nothing quite says winter and Christmas than old childhood favourites and given Narnia is cursed with eternal winter well that just makes it even more perfect.
    Also I really need to start The Bear and the Nightingale soon, probably won’t get around to it this year but maybe next year before winter is over. πŸ˜€
    Great post, and great picks as well. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  5. Yay ‘Little Women’!
    I put ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ on my list as well and already got a sample, I do like that Russian & snowy winter setting!

    My friends all send me snow pictures from Germany πŸ˜€ They are having a blast! And here I am preparing for 37 degrees on Wednesday!

    Enjoy nice & cozy winter times with good books! πŸ™‚

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  6. The Secret Countess is really good looking. Do you have a review about it somewhere? I’ll have to check it out! I adore Little Women! Overall great list indeed 😁

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    1. I don’t actually, because I read it so long before making this blog and haven’t reread it in years (I’d have to get hold of a copy again). But I do think you’ll really like it- it’s a romantic story of a countess who runs away from the Russian revolution and it’s lovely 😁 Ahh I’m so glad you like that book! Thank you!!

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  7. This is a great list. Unfortunately because I’m in Australia, I will be melting for Christmas, but I think it always helps reading stories that have snow because it makes me feel a little bit cooler hehe. Oh and I just read A Christmas Carol for the first time and I absolutely LOVED it!!! Great post πŸ™‚

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  8. AHH IT SNOWED HERE TOO! I’m literally so in the Christmas spirit right now. These are such perfect books for december!! I actually almost wrote a post super similar to this but I totally FAILED at thinking of enough books that have a wintery theme. I was watching tv yesterday and saw the trailer for murder on the orient express and I WANT TO SEE IT SO BAD. I didn’t even realize there was a book until now!! Hahaha I guess I’ll have to go check out the book from the library first…

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  9. Oh my… Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe ALWAYS remind me of winter and Christmas, too! β„οΈπŸŽ„
    It hasn’t snowed here yet but I’m already in the mood! So, I may go and pick up The Snow Child!

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  10. I just read My New Crush Gave To Me and it’s such a cute Christmas/winter read. It made me feel all warm and cozy and like I melted into the floor with how cheesy and wonderful it was. It’s probably going to be one I return to every year around Christmas time to get me in the spirit. πŸ™‚

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  11. Hello! I absolutely agree that this is the perfect time to sit down and reread some childhood favorites! I just bought the Harry Potter box set recently (before, I borrowed from a friend but never owned the series!) And I am very excited to relive the experience!

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  12. Nice list there. I really would like to read Snow Child.
    And I always assumed it snows a lot in London around this time, though whenever I imagine the city, I just think of it as bleak n rainy n cold.

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  13. Excellent list! i’d add Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series. Laura paints the best bittersweet picture of growing up in the 1870’s. Whether the family is fighting off locusts or suffering through near-starvation during a blizzard the warmth of love shines through.

    Who didn’t love greedy little Edmund in Narnia? LOL.

    I read the Gulag Archipelago and had nightmares for weeks. Definitely don’t want to experience anything like that again–but everyone should know more about the evil that was communism in the Soviet Union.

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    1. Thank you so much!! Oh great- I have actually been meaning to read that for *years*. I think I have a copy somewhere.

      Hahaha I know right πŸ˜‰

      Yes I one hundred percent agree everyone should read it- I’m currently on the third volume (been making my way through it slowly all year, cos 3 600+ page books is a lot- especially when it’s as heavy going as this) I definitely think everyone ought to learn the true horrors of communism and how it was no accident that it was so murderous.


        1. Yeah I really agree. I think also reading what they did to children- which fundamentally linked back to their ideas about the destruction of the family in the Manifesto- really got to me the most. Some of the cases, where they’d enter and re-enter the child into the system, was just an endless cycle of evil.


  14. The Snow Child.. I think I recall your review and me thinking- yes, I wants! – and I never actually got around to it so that’s a good reminder! *note to self: get The Snow Child!* πŸ™‚ Hmm.. I’m trying to think what books would make my Wintery list… The Bear and the Nightingale, defo… for some reason I want to also say Moomins here… er… drawing a bank now…I’m actually planning to spend the xmas days cuddled up with a massive hardback copy of Andersen’s fairy tales…

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    1. hehehe yes!! Do!! I hope you like it!! And Bear and nightingale is perfect for winter, right? πŸ˜‰ Ahh that’s such a lovely idea!!! hehehe I think I actually get what you mean about Moomins, though I’m not sure why πŸ˜‰ I think that sounds wonderful and now I want to do the same!


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