Top 10 Winter Reads

~posted by Andrea G.

During the dark days of winter, few things are as classically cozy as curling up on the couch with a blanket and a good book. If you want to reinforce that winter-y feeling, try reading one of these 10 books that are snowy and cold.

winter reads 2015

Tales of Burning Love by Louise Erdrich – On their way back from the funeral of their ex-husband, four ex-wives are stuck in a car during a blizzard and decide to pass time by telling the stories of their lives.

Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon – Strangers on a train strike off through a blizzard and become strangers in an eerily abandoned house. As the snow piles up outside, the group tries to determine if there is a murderer in their midst.

Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves – When former Boston detective Lizzie Snow moves to small town Bearkill, Maine, she gets pulled into investigating the suspicious deaths of several retired local cops.

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg – This graphic novel of invented mythology follows a young storyteller as he seeks the missing piece of his soul. Greenberg’s black and white illustrations bring to life his travels from one snowy pole to the other.

The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson – Set in wintery Finland, this lyrical novel portrays the push and pull of manipulation between two outsiders: a wealthy illustrator and a shunned young woman.

Hell Is Empty by Craig Johnson – After a routine prisoner handoff goes wrong, Sheriff Walt Longmire finds himself tracking a fugitive through Wyoming’s Cloud Peak Wilderness Area in the dead of winter. Try also Spirit of Steamboat for a Christmas-time winter story.

Greenglass House by Kate Milford – Holiday break is usually a quiet time at the smuggler’s inn run by Milo and his parents, but when five guests and a winter storm arrive, it’s up to Milo to figure out mysterious goings-on. Written for an elementary school audience, this story is for all ages.

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney – On the day fur trader Laurent Jammet is found dead, 17-year-old Francis Ross disappears, and his mother sets out into the wilderness to find him. A story of passion and folly set in Canada’s frigid northern territory in the 1800s.

Bellweather Rhapsody – Combining the claustrophobia of a secluded hotel with the interpersonal drama of a statewide high school music competition, this novel has a bit of everything: mystery, smart writing, unlikely friendship, and twins.

The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer – When the greatest female mathematician in history dies, the family just wants to quietly sit shiva and grieve. A determined group of international mathematicians has other ideas, and descends on the house.

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