Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR


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 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.


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 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.


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


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 😛


    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.


  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…


    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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