Today, I’m going to give some warming winter reading recommendations. I have’t read all the books in this list, but I plan to at some point. Either way they are great books to to have for the coming cold evenings. Whether you’re in need of wonder or something to warm your heart, get your cosy socks out and get your winter book list ready!
A classic which has all the comfort reading qualities you are looking for, adventure, magical and mystery, creatures and a lamp post located in a snowy forest. Th Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a children’s fantasy novel that has been enjoyed universally by children and adults alike. Set in 1940’s London, four siblings are sent to the countryside and go on to discover the magical world of Narnia through the old wardrobe in the spare room.
It includes a faun named Tumnus, a heroic lion called Aslan, and a child’s love for turkish delight which will have you adding it to your next food shop list. This book has the ability to tap in to every child’s dream of adventure as well as the very real creation of an adult land, a great example of how a children’s fantasy novel can be used as a inspiring form of escapism for many adults.
So probably not your typical winter warmer, however don’t write it off too quickly! Set in London, ex military investigator turned private detective Cormoran Strike is pursued by a client to investigate the death or speculated murder of his famous model sister. As with Rowling’s previous writing, you are able to vividly build the image of your settings and scenes and at times pick up on an unexpected affection for the dreary and forlorn surroundings. If you tuned into the recently aired 3 part BBC adaptation, I would of course recommend reading this book. As with most films or adaptions a lot of the time there is a completely different sense to the context of the storyline. I am defiantly in favour of reading the book first, but sometimes this just isn’t possible especially with the rate of book adaptations happening this days. However I would say still read the book, always! You will gain a completely different perspective and maybe even interpret a new message.
It wouldn’t be right to give a winter reading list and not include a book of ghost stories. As you can work out from the title, this is the second volume of ghostly tales written by a number of female authors mainly from the 1920’s and 30’s. Beautifully written are these stories, combining the power of fright with the importance of portraying the author’s individual experiences through subtle analogies. Touching upon a very poignant subject, Penelope Lively’s Black Dog, describes a housewife’s torment and suffering by using a still and ever watching black dog to embody depression and how she, and in some respects her family, come to address it.
Whether you choose to read a story a night, or go through the book in sequential order this will be a timeless read that you revisit over and over. The book is no longer in print but you can easily pick up a second hand copy for a bit of change.
This little beauty will be perfect for a bit of comfort reading, without the need for intense focus or consistency. You can pick up this book when you’re running low on inspiration or motivation and let this books charm hug you. It perfectly embodies everything this list is suppose to make you feel. Rather then having a direct translation, danish word Hygge is better explained as a feeling, a complete sense of warmth and joy. This book aims to point out a variety of ways you can embrace Hygge into your own life, so as to produce the recipe for a happier means of living.
So originally I planned to read this over christmas, however I have a long haul flight coming up and so I’ve decided to sign up to an audio book app and listen to this on the journey. I can’t give much on the way this is written as I am yet to interpret it, however I am sure you are already acquainted with the author and probably even the trilogy. It’s a well known book and much like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is full of talking animals, the fight for justice with a little mix of magic. There is no better time then the christmas months to embrace a little bit of magic, get into the festive spirit & let your imagination manifest.