Top Ten Tuesday: Wintry reads

Cozy holiday novels could be popular titles for today’s topic, but I don’t read them. Depressing literary fiction is more in my wheelhouse, however, I chose to bridge the gap by listing books with wintry settings that I recommend. [Only a few qualify as bleak and literary].

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  1. The Snow Child by Eown Ivey. Bittersweet magical realism set in the splendor of isolated Alaskan winters.

2. City of Thieves by David Benioff- humor, horrors and hardship under Stalinist depravation. Happy Holidays!

3. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. A fantasy/folktale so dark and frigid, it may cause frostbite (or at least goosebumps).

4. Ways to Hide in Winter– by Sarah St. Vincent. Timely psychological novel made more traumatic by the desolation of the Appalachians in the off-season.

5. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Plans to hibernate with a classic? Who better than the Ingalls clan to get you through the post-holiday blues. Re-read this if only to consider how awful Almanzo was for hoarding grain while the town starves around him.

6. The Children’s Blizzard- I love survival/disaster tales and this one is totally true. As Mrs. Wilder illustrated, winters on the prairie are no joke. The freak blizzard that caught these kids unprepared on the way home from school in 1888 assigns harsh meaning to the term ‘snow day’.

The next group I haven’t read, but all offer wintry feels and come highly recommended by friends:

7. Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny. Three Pines, Quebec comes to life during the holidays, except for the recently deceased townsfolk.

8. In the Midst of Winter- by Isabel Allende. Winter provides good cover for secrets.

9. and 10. Beartown and Us Against Them by Fredrick Backman. Backman warms hearts in the coldest locales.

What do you curl up and read with this time of year?

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