Let’s be honest, winter can be a bit shit. It’s cold, dark, the trees are bare and everything is a bit depressing. Fortunately it also has its upsides: think warm jumpers, cups of tea, cosy blankets… These five books will remind you of those.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. This book’s protagonist, Margaret Lea, knows no better way to spend an evening than to huddle under the covers with a good book and will thereby definitely remind you of the joys of winter. Margaret is asked to write the biography famous author Vida Winter and slowly unravels this woman’s mysterious past.

The Little House in The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. My mother read the Laura-books to me when I was little, and I remember being very impressed by the scene where they make sweets by pouring syrup into a pan of snow. This is a good winter read because there is a lot of snow and cold in it, but the Little House is always warm and cosy.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This story starts with a world full of snow, and Death meets the Book Thief for the first time. The descriptions of harsh wind and cold hands are so vivid that you can almost feel them. Almost. Because you’re safely inside enjoying a beautiful book.

Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie. At midnight, a snowstorm forces the Orient Express to a halt. In the morning, one of its passengers is found dead in his cabin with the door locked from the inside. As no one could have left the train that’s stuck in the snow, the murderer must still be inside… Hopefully, this book will get you in the mood for winter and not for murder ;). It’s a great mystery to help you get through a rainy evening.

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins. The scenes where Katniss goes hunting in winter might make you enthusiastic for walks in the cold, snowy forest. And grateful that you don’t need to shoot rabbits to feed your family…


This post was based on the prompt ‘Blanket, Tea, Read!’ by Laurie @ Laurie’s Bookshelf as part of the Bookending Winter 2019 Event. This event is hosted by Clo @ Cuppa Clo and Sam @ Fictionally Sam. It runs for all of December and is open to all book bloggers. Find out more by clicking here.

10 thoughts on “5 Books To Get You Into The Winter Spirit

  1. Thank you for the recommendations! I definitely should read the book thief, I feel like I am the only person on this planet who did not read that one yet. I think Philip Pulmans “His Dark Materials” also belong in the list of winter spirit books. I paused reading that one in spring because I just could not make myself read it without cold weather 😀 It just did not fit.

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