Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

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Although people may find this a little odd, this chilly, dark season is my most favourite of all. Heaps more reason to read (not that I need one), wear stupid woollen hats and sit in front of roaring fires….bbrrrrrrr, wrap me up and call it Christmas!

So, courtesy of The Broke and Bookish, I shall let myself be guided in what to read whilst cowering from the sideways rain outside….

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1. Burial Rites, Hannah Kent – historical fiction of the Nordic variety involving a murderer, a farm and a shed load of drama? Sounds flipping amazing. And icily poetic.

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2. Grimm Tales; for Young and Old, Philip Pullman – the thought of these terrifying ‘fairy’ stories being reworked by the brilliant Pullman excites me beyond belief.

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3. East Lynne, Ellen Wood – despite the depressed looking woman on the front cover, this is supposed to be a saucepot of a sensation novel. Mummy Relish loved it, I’m sure I will too.

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4. The Snow ChildEowyn Ivey – although I’m sure I’ve read this far too recently for this to be allowed, I adored this beautiful novel so much it had to have a place on my list.

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5. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente – hmmmm. I feel there may be a bit of a magical vibe asserting itself into my reading habits this Christmas. Lovely! A modern Alice in Wonderland?

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6. Titanic SurvivorViolet Jessop – bit of a curve-ball this one. Me!? Reading non-fiction!? Fancy that. How much more enthralling can you get than a woman who survived not only the Titanic but, four years later, the sinking of the HMHS Britannic as well. Cor blimey.

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7. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson – no. I haven’t read it yet.

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8. The Neverending Story, Michael Ende – the book of my childhood.

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9. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens – I need to read another Dickens to keep my momentum going. The sheer size of this novel has always drawn me to it. Oo, get stuck in!

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10. Diving Belles, Lucy Wood – Cornish folk law, mermaids, whispering trees….I can feel the lure of those great dark depths of ocean already..

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9 thoughts on “Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

  1. I just bought “Fairyland.” Looks interesting. I’ve been really into children’s fantasy as of late.

    “David Copperfield” is a great story. The writing is very verbose and difficult to push through at times, but that’s because it was originally a serial and Dickens was paid by the word. I want to read one of his novels (maybe I’ll start with “A Christmas Carol”) and compare his writing styles.

    I’d like to read “Neverending Story” as well. I grew up watching the movie, and had no idea until a couple of years ago that it was a book 😛

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    1. Any kind of far flung fantasy seems to float my boat at the moment, as you can see. Must be escapism 🙂
      Dickens’ originally serialised novels actually sit very well with me. I find it’s because the form, by it’s very nature, helps keep the story chugging along, a cliffhanger on every page if you will. That said, you must read A Christmas Carol. Apart from being December, it’s so evocative, spooky, heartwarming…everything you need in a story at this time of year.

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  2. Great list, particularly the inclusion of Burial Rites which I forgot to put on my own top ten list. I love that you thought to include re-reads! The idea of curling up on a cold Winter’s day with an old favourite is very appealing indeed…

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    1. You know Marie, I hardly EVER reread books either (life just seems too short to do so) but there’s nothing better or more comforting than knowing what a wonderful reading experience you’re going to have when you curl up on that sofa 🙂

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