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Top Ten Tuesday: Winter reads

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Happy Top Ten Tuesday!

One of my very favorite parts of winter is that time seems to slow which means more time for reading.

It is common to see descriptors for summer books: easy read, beach read, poolside read, summer read, etc. But you don’t see that as much for the other seasons which I find highly unfair because it’s not their fault that they aren’t summer.

So now it’s time to put the spotlight on winter. Here are my top ten winter books:

  1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – This is a childhood favorite of mine. Not even knowing exactly what “Turkish Delight” was, I always hoped for some in my stocking.
  2. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman – Interesting characters, a magical plot, and the value of having family make this a great read.
  3. Murder on The Orient Express by Agatha Christie – Another childhood favorite and who doesn’t like a cozy mystery in the winter?
  4. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham – This is really the only overtly Christmas book. It’s a quick read that is humorous. It sums up the madness of the holiday season and what happens when we resist.
  5. The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens – A great mystery with highly interesting backstories of the characters.
  6. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – When you’re cold and tired of the snow, the rich imagery and descriptions of marsh life will warm you up.
  7. Educated by Tara Westover – This is the only memoir to make the list. It’s an amazing story of survival and the power of education.
  8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Who doesn’t need a little attic wife hilarity during the holidays? Also check out the book Texts From Jane Eyre – SO funny!
  9. Calypso by David Sedaris – Want to feel better about your dysfunctional family? Here you go… but with a healthy dose of laughter too.
  10. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace – This is my “long book” for December. At over 1000 pages, I’ll be spending a lot of time in front of the fire with this book. So far, it’s amazing and I’ll write more about it tomorrow.

Other than coffee or bourbon, my favorite accessory to read with is my weighted blanket. It helps tremendously with anxiety and pairs perfect with a good winter book.

What are some of your favorite cold weather books?

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Winter reads

  1. This is the best top tens I’ve seen so far today! The Murder on the Orient Express is a great wintery read and Skipping Christmas sounds fun. CS Lewis made my list too – lots of great childhood memories

  2. You’re so kind! I loved seeing C.S. Lewis on so many lists today. The Narnia series is what made me fall in love with reading. 🤓

  3. Nice picks! I’ve read half of these and I can see why you chose them for this topic. They’re definitely wintery reads perfect for cozy reading.

    Happy TTT!


  4. This is a great list. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to find wintery reads that weren’t romance.

    1. Thanks! And yes, I’m just not a romance reader, even in the winter. 🤷🏻‍♀️

      1. I’m not much of one at all really.

  5. Ooh, I love that you included The Rules of Magic! That’s an absolutely perfect pick. And Agatha Christie is an absolute must for chillier months! So many great picks on your post, really. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks so much! It was a fun list to write. The Rules of Magic is one of my favorite books this year.❤️

  6. Amazing List! C.S Lewis is one of my favorite authors!!!

  7. I’ve never thought of books as being seasonal. The only thing that comes to mind is George R. R.Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire, with the constant treat that, “Winter is coming.”

    Murder On The Orient Express has been on my to read list. I’m going to have to look into The Life We Bury and Calypso. I like mysteries and comedies.

    1. I think you’ll enjoy all three of those! And I highly recommend the audiobook Calypso. David Sedaris is great!

      1. I’ll look into it. Thanks.

  8. Jane Eyre would be perfect for this season. 🙂

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