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….
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.
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.
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.
4. The Snow Child, Eowyn 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.
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?
6. Titanic Survivor, Violet 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.
7. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson – no. I haven’t read it yet.
8. The Neverending Story, Michael Ende – the book of my childhood.
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!
10. Diving Belles, Lucy Wood – Cornish folk law, mermaids, whispering trees….I can feel the lure of those great dark depths of ocean already..
Struma River in Winter by Klearchos Kapoutsis via Flickr