Wintry Reads for Wintry Days February 19, 2014Posted by Megan in Book List, Historical Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings, Young Adult.
Tags: Eowyn Ivey, George R.R. Martin, Kristin Hannah, Stewart O'Nan, Winter Reads
*I wrote this post yesterday, after spending two hours digging myself out of the latest snowfall. Today is all sunshine and the drip, drip, drip of melting icicles. I stand by my list.*
Snow and cold getting you down? I say surrender. Give up. Hide out. Grab a book, some snacks, and your favorite slippers and hide until spring. Spring has to come eventually, right? Or are you more of the snow bunny type, rejoicing in all this fluffy, fluffy snow? Either way, I recommend checking out one of these wintry reads!
1. The Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah is two stories in one. In the present two sisters cope with the loss of their father and try to relate to their always cold and mother. In the past, that same mother was a young girl in war-torn Leningrad.
2. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is a retelling of a Russian fairy tale, transported to the snow tundra of Alaska during the 1920s.
3. Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan takes place in a soon-to-be-closing Red Lobster during a snowstorm just days before Christmas.
4. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is where you’ll find the often repeated refrain “Winter is coming.”
5. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer tells the chilling (see what I did there?) story of what happens when the moon is knocked out of its orbit. Let’s just say it gets really cold.
6. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney tells the tale of a murdered fur trader in an isolated Canadian wilderness community.
7. Stork, Flock, and Frost by Wendy Delsol is set in chilly Minnesota and features the Icelandic Stork Society, an ancient society charged with matching unborn souls with mothers. Jack Frost and The Snow Queen also make appearances!
8. City of Thieves by David Benioff is the story of Kolya and Lev, two men with nothing in common except the fact their lives depend on their ability to find eggs in the frozen city if Leningrad during the siege.
9. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchey is a cozy story about a bed and breakfast on the west coast of Ireland and guests who stay there.
And since you have been such good sports about all these snow-filled titles, here is a beach read to get you excited about warm weather!
10. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter has nothing to do with winter, though there is a character who is writing a screenplay for a film about the Donner Party. The characters are unforgettable, and the descriptions of the Vergogna, the cliff-side villa in Southern Italy will have you packing your bags!
Enjoy your escape!