In the winter, I want beautiful, atmospheric, dramatic, magical books that emulate the weather. Books that chill me to the bone and make me feel like I’m outside in a blizzard even when I’m curled up safe and sound (and warm) on the couch.
Some of the books on this list are my all time favorites so I hope you will give them a go!
Inspired by a Russian fairytale, The Snow Child is the tale of a disenchanted, childless couple living on the Alaskan frontier. They make a snow girl together one evening only to wake the next morning seeing a young, wild girl running among the trees. Moody, magical, and haunting, this book left me in tears.
Another Alaskan tear-jerker, The Great Alone is a beautiful, gripping, intense historical fiction about a mother and daughter who move to the state, lead by their war-veteran father who suffers from untreated PTSD. While they struggle to adjust to their new life, the question soon becomes what is more dangerous? The Alaskan wilds or the man they live with?
Is there anything more chilling than this book? Especially in today’s day and age? I think not. The acclaimed dystopian, this story is both frightening and inspiring.
Hands down the most atmospheric book I have ever read, The Bear and the Nightingale weaves history with mythology seamlessly in the story of Vasya, a young Russian girl with the gift of seeing the Slavic spirits around her father’s land who must defend her home from the evil lurking around the village.
I blame this book for my teenage angst. Ruined by all societal standards, Tess of the D’Urbervilles meets the man of her dreams and must choose whether to disclose her past to him or not. This might sound boring, but trust me, if you haven’t read this, pick it up. This is a great book with a lot of literary meat. Moody, tragic, complex, this is what my dreams are made of.
Thought-provoking, witty, surprising, and definitely perfect for curling up, this book tells the tale of Count Rostov, who is confined to the Metropol hotel indefinitely after the Bolshevik Revolution. Towles writing is impeccable and I just wanted to savor every word.
Winter is coming. Need I say more? Seriously, if you haven’t read this book yet then you should remedy that. This one will go down with the fantasy greats!