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Readers Respond: What Do You Think is a Good Book to Read in Winter?

Responses: 11


Good books have a feel to them, and sometimes a book especially fits a certain season. Here, readers can share their favorite books to read in winter. These are good books to read on long nights under a warm blanket.

The Weeping Empress

Winter brings with it the holiday season and all of its forced cheer. "The Weeping Empress" is a good book to read during this time because it will remind you to appreciate it while countering the saccharine sweetness of Aunt Betty's pecan pie and well intended jibes.
—Guest Sarah

House of Leaves-Mark Z. Danielewski

Haunting. A book that doesn't allow you to do anything else but hole up and obsess about it.
—Guest Johnny Truant

Presidential Order

By W.E.B. Griffin as any of his books will keep you coming back for more, this series takes place in present day and will take you all over the world as leads are followed, These books are good anytime, it will also be good to have google earth on stand by as you explore the many places visited by the characters. Enjoy!
—Guest Michael22541

Horse Heaven .. Poisonwood bible

The two best books at any time would be Horse Heaven and the Poisonwood Bible . Both are complex and enthralling
—Guest Kai

Child 44

First book! I could not put it down spell binding tale in Russia under Stalin. Sequel is Secret Speech. Author Tom Rob Smith.
—Guest roman

A Week In Winter

This book by Rosamund Pilcher is a great, feel good tale especially if you read near Christmas!

Olive Kittredge - I agree!!!!

I LOVED Olive Kittredge. I received it as a gift for Christmas, and it truly was a gift. It's a collection of 13 related short stories all involving Olive, who is definitely not entirely likable. HOWEVER. The book truly makes you look at your life and grasp onto what you hold dear. The last page of the book has haunted me, prompting me to be a better mother, wife, and friend. Stellar writing!
—Guest Kelly

Annabel by Kathleen Winter

Annabel is a great choice for winter reading because it draws the reader into the world it creates. Set in Labrador and Newfoundland, Annabel is about a child who is born as a hermaphrodite in a very rural place and what happens when a person of both sexes is forced to live as one. Katherine Govier writes in The National Post, "I have never read such an intimate portrait of a person struggling to live inside a self that the world sees as a dreadful mistake" (http://arts.nationalpost.com/2010/06/26/book-review-annabel-by-kathleen%c2%a0winter/#ixzz1CMJKchph). Personally, I found it enthralling, a book that lives in your head after you've read it.

A couple of good winter books

Light on Snow by Anita Shreve has such a stark, cold wintry setting. A great winter read. Also Crow Lake by Mary Lawson. But I also like to read books set in a warm, summer-y setting when I want to get rid of the winter blues. Like Beach Trip by Cathy Holton or Body Surfing by Anita Shreve. Another fun book that I really enjoyed this winter is Juliet by Anne Fortier.
—Guest Paula

Winter's Tale by Mark Halprin

As the name suggests, much of this long, magical book takes place in winter. It will transport you to frozen rooftops, frozen rivers, and frozen marshes in an imaginary New York, set throughout the centuries. It's the perfect thing to read when you're snowed in and curled up with a blanket. You'll want to the snow to keep coming down so that you can keep reading.
—Guest mamatech

Elizabeth Kostova's "The Historian"

If you enjoy curling up in front of a fire on a dark winter evening with an intriguingly dark tale, "The Historian" is a great choice. This beautifully written is a novel twist on the typical vampire story. "The Historian" is not a book to read in a rush, but the long winter evenings are a perfect opportunity to savor the creepy tale.

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