Some books just beg to be read by the fire or with a snow-filled window nearby. Here are a few of my favorite winter reads.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
A Gentleman in Moscow
Is there anything more cosy than a classic hotel filled with delightful characters, and in a chilly Russian city? My review.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
A witch who makes it always winter and never Christmas. A snowy forest. Frozen characters. Piping hot Turkish Delight (yuck).
The Teahouse Detective
A delightful series of armchair detective short stories featuring a nameless old man and a young journalist who chat in a tea shop.
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries
An amazing collection of vintage crime with a yuletide spirit. From Victorian classics to hard-boiled pulp, there is something for everyone. My review.
The Captain of the Pole-Star
A lesser-known story by Sherlock creator Arthur Conan Doyle. Inspired by his own travels to the Arctic, it’s a strange psychological adventure.
The masterful frame story starts and ends on the Arctic ice. That and the fact that it was written during the year without a summer make it perfect for a warm night in.
The Winter People
One of the scariest books I’ve ever read and yet I couldn’t put it down. Watch out for mysterious footprints in the snow and things hidden in the floorboards.
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
It’s a Sherlock and Watson Christmas tale with a great twist and hilarious dialogue. It’s one of my favorites for its humor and sprightly pace.
Mind of Winter
This is a brilliant, searingly creepy, psychological thriller — reminiscent of A Rose for Emily. The narrator, Holly, is a wife and mother, preparing for a perfect Christmas Day. But something followed them home. My review.
Holidays on Ice
A now-classic short memoir from humorist David Sedaris. I will always laugh at his antics as Crumpet the Elf. Listen to an excerpt read by the author.
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