What are good books to read in winter? They are the kind of stories that are especially good to read cuddled up in a blanket, holding a mug of cocoa or on a sofa next to a fire. They are heavier than summer reading, but still enjoyable. Here are our best recommendations for what to read on long, winter nights.
- Read a complete review of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- The Thirteenth Tale Book Club Discussion Questions
Audrey Niffenegger's second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, is a ghost story that takes place around Highgate Cemetery. The bare branches on the cover are the first sign that this novel has the perfect winter ambiance, and the story does not disappoint.
- Read a complete review of Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
- Her Fearful Symmetry Book Club Discussion Questions
The Imperfectionists is Tom Rachman's debut novel. It is a newspaper story with good character development and a nostalgic feel that goes well with winter.
- Read a complete review of The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
- The Imperfectionists Book Club Discussion Questions
Stieg Larsson's debut novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the two novels that finish this trilogy have sold well as beach reading, but I think they are better suited to a snowy day than a beach towel. They take place in Sweden and are full of all things Swedish -- including cold and dark. The darkness not only comes from the short days, but also from the content and themes in these crime novels. If you've been wanting to check out Larsson, winter is a good time to do it.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a modern day take on a Shakespeare classic, although no knowledge of Shakespeare is required to enjoy this well written novel about life and tragedy on a farm.
- Read a complete review of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
- The Story of Edgar Sawtelle Book Club Discussion Questions
Maine and melancholy -- two words that evoke images of winter or could be used to describe Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Olive Kitteridge is melancholy; however, the stories contain glimmers of hope, like seeds buried in the snow.
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett is the first book in a trilogy about the major historical events of the twentieth century. Follett started writing thrillers, and Fall of Giants is a good mix of suspense and history. Hard core history readers will probably find it too shallow, but the average reader can find much to enjoy in this book.