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Listed: In the Bleak Midwinter

Yeah, this really has nothing to do with the Christmas carol, but it is winter, and although it is a very warm winter this year (not that I’m complaining about that at all!), winter always makes me want to read books where the snow and the cold permeate through the pages. And so, here are ten books that, to me, scream that they are winter books.

  1. Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler. Originally Published 2006. I first read this book about a year ago, and it embodies everything that winter is. It’s perfect for curling up with on a cold winter night.
  2. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Originally Published 1950. I read at least one of the Narnia books every year – I always need to revisit the magical land every once in a while. And in the winter, it’s usually this particular book that I pick up. The whole always-winter-never-Christmas thing sometimes feels like what our winters here are like, byt he time Aril comes along and there’s still crazy amounts of snow on the ground.
  3. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies. Originally Published 1970. This book always reminds me of winter – probably because the big event that started out the characters on the paths to who they are was a snowball with a rock in the middle of it being thrown.
  4. Battleaxe by Sara Douglass. Originally Published 1995. Actually, the whole trilogy screams winter. How could this not be a wintery story, what with Gorgrael’s ice castle, the Skraelings, the winter that is pressing further south every year… Eep.
  5. The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin. Originally Published 1980. Definitely a wintery book! A book about dragons that just appear in the winter?
  6. The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. Originally Published 1888. Originally appeared in the The Happy Prince and Other Tales collection, this story is about the perpetual winter that a giant goes through until he lets love into his life.
  7. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. Originally Published 1973. The winter cold definitely permeates through pages of this book – along with the feeling of evil that seems to accompany the winter.
  8. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. Originally Published 2007. The Summer and Winter courts of the fey are at war, and the Winter Court definitely brings to mind the cold of winter’s snow.
  9. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. Originally Published 1995. This book, more than the other two in the trilogy, really feel like winter to me. As Lyra travels further and further north with her polar bear friend, of course this is going to get more and more wintery. Obviously.
  10. 50 Below Zero by Robert Munsch. Originally Published 1986. I had to include this because it is one of my favourite Robert Munsch books. It’s a story about being cold in the middle of the night and going out in the cold in nothing but your jim jams, and have I mentioned that this is one of my favourite Munsch stories?

Do you have any books that scream “winter” to you?

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 6:53 am January 18, 2010.
Category: Listed

  • melissa @ 1lbr

    Ack! I was going to do a winter-themed list next Monday! I will definitely have to link to you too!