Great Winter (and Holiday) Reads

For the most part, I don't plan my reading schedule according to the seasons.  However, last year, I picked up My True Love Gave to Me over the holidays and enjoyed it IMMENSELY.  

If you are like me and strategize your library holds ahead of time, here are some great stories I recommend for winter and holiday reading. (Links are to reviews on this site, or Amazon if I haven't reviewed them here.)

  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Georgie McCool, a sitcom writer, skips the family holiday trip to her in-laws to work and finds a phone that can call backwards in time to speak to her husband.)
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diana Setterfield (An old favorite Gothic mystery, perfect for curling up with a blanket by the fire.)
  • My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins (Twelve engrossing holiday tales.)
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (A childless couple, living in the outer reaches of Alaska build a girl out of snow, and a child appears running through the woods the next morning...)
  • Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris (Classic Sedaris short story hilarity, but with holiday themes.)
  • Belleweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia (A high school winter music festival at a haunted old hotel goes awry after one of the students goes missing - The Shining meets Agatha Christie.)
  • Light on Snow by Anita Shreve (A widower and his 12 year old daughter discover an abandoned baby in the woods.)
  • This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (Not necessarily a winter book, but the gathering of a family after the loss of their father feels reminiscent of The Big Chill and holiday gatherings.)
  • Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand (This is sort of a cheat, since I haven't read it yet - but it's on my list for this December, since I rather enjoyed The Matchmaker.)
And Goodreads has a trove of winter books, sorted by category.  Happy reading!


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