During the holiday season, there is nothing better than snuggling up with a hot beverage and a good book. With winter break swiftly approaching, the time has come to compile a winter book list. Here are three books that will transport you into wintry tales and get you into the holiday spirit.
The Bear and the Nightingale, by; Katherine Arden
This list kicks off with a fantasy novel. The Bear and the Nightingale is everything you could ever want out of a wintry story. It is set in a village in the Russian wilderness where it is always cold and snowy. This book blends folklore and fantasy and tells the story of Vasilisa, a gifted young girl who can communicate with the spirits of her nurse’s stories. At her birth, Vasilisa’s mother prophesied that she would have an important purpose. Vasya will soon have to use her gifts against an evil that lurks nearby in the forest. This novel is the first of the Winter Night Trilogy and is Katherine Arden’s debut novel. Arden beautifully crafts complex characters that will take you on an adventure and keep you reading till the end.
Murder on the Orient Express, by: Agatha Christie
From fantasy to mystery, the next novel on the list is Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. The movie adaptation of this book recently came out, but nothing compares to Christie’s writing. She effortlessly builds suspense as clues are uncovered. The book portrays the tension between characters perfectly. This story follows the quirky detective Hercule Poirot. On his way from Istanbul to London for a case, a snowdrift stops his train and a murder takes place. Poirot ends up having to solve the murder while remaining on board with a number of interesting characters, any of whom could be the murderer. Christie’s writing is witty and descriptive. Her character of Poirot is unusually endearing. This is one you will have to read more than once if you want to catch all of Christie’s subtleties amongst an array of red herrings. Something about a mystery novel in the wintertime seems so perfect, especially one set against a snowy landscape. Murder on the Orient Express is one of Christie’s most popular novels, and it will capture your attention from the very beginning.
Wuthering Heights, by: Emily Bronte
The last wintry read for this holiday season is a classic: Wuthering Heights. While this tale by Emily Bronte may not be a happy one, its characters mirror the season with their cold and dark nature. The story opens in the winter of 1801 with a man who is renting a nearby manor from the mysterious proprietor, Heathcliff. It then flashes back as a housekeeper recounts to the man the story of Heathcliff and his home, Wuthering Heights. This book is full of passion, betrayal, revenge and an intricate interweaving of characters. The character of Heathcliff is brooding and angsty. It is the perfect read for those grey winter days. Although you might be left with mixed feelings about the characters, this book is worth reading for the drama. So while it is too cold to spend time outside, grab a hot beverage and a blanket and go on an adventure from home with these three perfect novels for the winter season.