Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Great Books to Read in the Winter!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Winter Freebie!

For this week's freebie, I decided to go with a classic 'wintry reads' sort of theme. Whenever I make these they tend to have a bit of a variety of books, but here's my personal 'wintry' criteria: anything that either feels cozy and warm, has a lot of cold/snowy settings, or just features something classic that is always a favorite trope/setting/etc. If any of that sounds like something you also like to read in winter, then hopefully this list offers some recommendations! I also decided to only pull from books I've read this year in order to avoid duplicates from previous 'wintry' book posts.

Greenglass House (Greenglass House #1)Below (North #1)House of Salt and SorrowsA Secret History of Witches

The Greenglass House by Kate Milford: This book absolutely screams 'winter' to me: there's a secluded 'smugglers' inn as the main setting, it's the beginning of the winter season so snow is falling fast, and there are a bunch of people all stuck together in the same inn. It's perfect and I love it.

Below by Alexandria Warwick: Below is perfect if you like to read about extremely cold settings in the winter. There's frigid weather and some really awesome Inuit culture explored in this book!

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig: If you like your winter reads a little on the darker and more mysterious side while also hitting some classic fairy tales, then this what you want. It's incredibly atmospheric and magical, but also has a bit of an edge that makes you want to curl up until you can finish it!

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan: Witches are perfect for the fall and winter seasons in my opinion, and this one covers five generations of witches in a truly wonderful way. I had a great time reading this one!

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)The Ten Thousand Doors of JanuaryThe Unlikely Escape of Uriah HeepNottingham

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend: This is another middle grade that you might've already heard of, but it's so delightful and whimsical and couldn't be better for the winter season.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alex E. Harrow: This book is such a comfort read to me. It's all about the love of books and imagination while also exploring a lot of really important topics.

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry: Another one that features a love of literature! If bringing book characters to life says 'cozy up by the fire' to you, then you need to read this one. Even if it doesn't say that to you, you should really still read it.

Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk: This is more of a historical fiction sort of story based on the classic Robin Hood story and it has that perfect mix of an atmospheric quality and some great humor and wit that made this such a fun read.

The Illumination of Ursula FlightWinterhouse (Winterhouse, #1)Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anne-Marie Crowhurst: If you like your winter reads to be cozy and make you laugh (and maybe tear up a few times), there is no better book than this! The protagonist has an incredibly distinct personality that absolutely fills this book to life and allows her to get through some truly difficult life moments.

Winterhouse by Ben Guterson: And another middle grade that fits the cold and snowy setting perfectly. Much like Greenglass House, Winterhouse has a snowy, stormy setting that takes place at an inn where a bunch of different guests hang out together over the holidays. It's delightful.

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: And finally, what better than a cozy classic? I just finally read this book this year and had such a fun time--I think it would be perfect to curl up with on a winter night!

Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorite books to read in the winter?


  1. Great list! I love Howl's Moving Castle, and Greenglass House sounds wonderful. The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Nevermoor and Nottingham are all on my TBR - I need to get to them soon!

  2. I love how varied your list is๐Ÿ˜ I loved A Secret History of Witches as well!

  3. A Secret History of Witches certainly has the feeling of the season. Great choice!

    Here are some holiday reads I would like to read: My Top Ten Tuesday.

  4. You're not the first person to mention Greenglass House this week. You were the one who tipped me over the edge and made me request it from the library. :)

    My TTT.

    1. Well I'm glad to play my part in convincing you! :) I hope you enjoy it, it's a ton of fun and I'm happy other people included it also!

  5. A great list!! House of Salt and Sorrows was a great read!

    My TTT:

  6. I think A Secret History of Witches looks awesome!

  7. Yess! So many great picks this week--all are so wintry and perfectly fantastic. I'm singling out House of Salt and Sorrows because I am reading it right now and it truly is great for this time of the year.