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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Cozy/Wintry Reads

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Cozy/Wintry Reads

I don’t get snow where I live, but I still enjoy reading about snowy places in the winter. (Perhaps that’s because I don’t get snow…) In any case, here are some cozy or wintry books on my bookshelf:

1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
This one should be obvious. “It’s always winter and never Christmas!”

2. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
This one should also be obvious. It’s been one of my favorite fairy tales since I was a child.

3. The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
This one isn’t nearly as obvious. It’s not a winter book, but it does make me think of cozy reads. The heroine is hired to do research, and there are descriptions of her curling up in a big chair to read.

4. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
This one is still on my TBR, but it seems like a perfect wintry read. (I have no excuse for not having read this yet. I’ve owned it for months, possibly over a year or two. I just haven’t read it yet.)

5. The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
I remember reading an abridged version of this play as a kid, but I don’t remember what it was about. I assume it’s set in winter, though, based on the title. I’ll know better after I read it. (Side note: do you consider reading the unabridged version of a book a re-read if you’ve only read the abridged version before?)

6. The Mitten by Jan Brett
This picture book is both wintry and cozy at the same time. I mean just look at the cover! So adorable.

7. Hogfather by Terry Prachett
This is another one on my TBR, but I know that it’s a winter read. I can’t wait to read it around this time next year!

8. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
I haven’t re-read this book since I tried (and failed) to watch the movie adaptation of it. It’s probably time I read it again, but the part of the movie I watched left a bad taste in my mouth. Sigh.

9. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
I’m still working on this one, but it’s set in wintertime so I think it counts. It’s not a cozy book, though. Just wintry.

10. Indexing by Seanan McGuire
This one isn’t quite the same type of cozy/wintry read that I started with when I was at the beginning of this list. The winter section comes in when Henry (aka Snow White) travels to the whiteout wood… which I can’t talk about without spoilers.

And there you go! 10 wintry books without resorting to A Christmas Carol. (Consider that a bonus 11th book if you like.) Happy December!

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Cozy/Wintry Reads

  1. My WIP at the moment is based on The Snow Queen so I almost feel like I’m living in Anderson’s world.
    I definitely want to reread The Dark is Rising (haven’t seen the movie so that’s not an issue!) and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe at some point soon. I definitely never thought of The Fire Rose as a “winter read” but I definitely see where it’s “cozy” if that makes sense!

  2. I could not agree more with The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe! It’s honestly one of the best winter reads, same with The Snow Queen. The Mitten looks adorable and I might have to pick it up because I love some cute picture books. Great list!

  3. I love these choices! And have read more than half of them. I would add: pretty much any of Jan Brett’s Christmas or trolls books, Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher; The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (not cozy but definitely wintery!), Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan, and The Children of Green Knowe by L. M. Boston, which takes place mostly during winter. Oh, and Jane Yolen’s Owl Moon, and The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

  4. I remember loving The Mitten as a kid. I haven’t thought about that book in a while.

    I recently read The Snow Queen for the first time and enjoyed it much more than I thought. I remember this old cartoon adaptation of it that always stuck out in my mind and was pleasantly surprised to realize it followed the story fairly well. I can’t remember what it was called, though, or who made it.

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