Winter Reading List 2018

My favourite thing about winter is how cozy it is, I just love the idea of snow falling gently outside while I am curled up on the couch, with a hot drink, reading a good book.



Unfortunately, in the past couple of years, my winters have been filled with bitter wind, heavy school work loads and stressful meltdowns. Reading has not nearly been high enough on my priority list. In fact I think the only reading I've done in the winter, in recent times, has been compulsory - as shameful as that is. To make sure this year isn't a repeat of the last; one of my New Years Resolutions for 2018 is to always have a book on the go. 


This winter I am trying to broaden my literary horizons by reading some more challenging texts, as well as branching out into genres I normally steer clear of (a.k.a. Science Fiction).
Most of the books I've chosen for the winter season are either extremely cozy, and therefore perfect for a wintery (or in a perfect world: snowy) afternoon or transport me to another part of the world.

Here is my 2018 winter reading list, I hope you get inspired and maybe get some ideas for your own winter reading!

1. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney - A suspenseful murder mystery set in a small village in Northern Canada, the winter of 1867. 

2. Villette by Charlotte Brontë - The first classic I'll read this winter, and quite a heavy one at that. I love that it's set in the small french speaking town of Villette.

3. Persuasion by Jane Austen - I love Jane Austen, and always enjoy her writing (Pride and Prejudice is my favourite of hers). I can't wait to dive into this account of love and second chances.

4. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles - Saw this on The Modern Jettsetter's reading  list, and knew I had to get my hands on it; Russian aristocracy, 1920's glamour and a 4.37 on good reads, yes please!

5. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan - When I asked my Dad for some winter reading recommendations, telling him I want to start reading some different genres, he provided me with ample choice. This is one of his favourite books, and so I'm very excited to give it a try - even though it's a sci-fi!

6. To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin - Everything about this novel sounds so very romantic. A chance meeting on a hot air balloon in Paris during the construction of the Eiffel Tower which leads to a blossoming love despite a controversial difference in social status.

7. Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres - An insightful love story that explores culture, capitalism, religion, and war in Greece 1941.

8. I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh and Richard H. Schnieder - An encouraging testimony of a Woman's journey from Islam to Christianity.

9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Another classic. I was hoping we would study this at school, but since we're doing Othello for our novel study, I'm definitely adding it to my list.

10. Dune by Frank Herbert - Another recommendation from my Dad. It's considered by many to be one of the most influential science fiction novels, although I'd never heard of it before now!

11. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - I first read the Harry Potter series two years ago, although I wish I'd started on them much sooner. To me nothing embodies the coziness of winter more.

12. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - I'm sure to cry over this tragic WWII novel, but having read it before I know it's worth the tears. 

13. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - I'm reading this as a intro into psychological novels - I think it will be a challenge, but thats the whole point of this reading list!

14. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - Dungeons, thieves, murder, pirates and stolen treasure. It's not my usual romance/historical fiction, but this adventure filled novel sounds perfect when the school term begins to drag.

15. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - A beautiful historical Fiction (my favourite) about a blind French girl and a German boy in Nazi-occupied France during WWII.

16. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë - A classic full of tragedy, passion and mystery.

17. Magician by Raymond E. Feist - Something fun and adventurous to keep me captivated after some heavier reading.
18. Under A Pole Star by Stef Penney - Another from thrilling novel Penney, this time set in the Arctic.

19. The Kite Runner  by Khaled Hosseini - A thought provoking novel about the friendship of a young, wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant in Afghanistan. 

20. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - A family favourite that I'm hoping to read with my little sisters as winter melts into spring this year.



Amesmames xx



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