Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:
Imagine you are snuggled up in a blanket, with a fire crackling and a mug of your favourite hot beverage, as the snow falls outside. What book do you read? Well here are ten of my cosy, wintry reading recommendations:
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – On the lead up to Christmas there couldn’t be a better read then Dickens’ classic, ghostly tale of redemption; with all its festive trimmings of family gatherings, roast turkey, dancing, games and generosity of spirit.
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis – Join the Pevensie children through the wardrobe, as they try to save Narnia and its magical inhabitants from the wicked White Witch and her perpetual winter.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – I don’t think much can warm the heart or the cockles more than Alcott’s classic coming-of-age story about the four strong, independent March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy.
- Northern Lights by Philip Pullman – Wrap up and journey with the feisty, little Lyra to the Arctic, searching for her kidnapped friend, Roger and her imprisoned uncle, Lord Asriel. Be prepared for danger, daemons, witches and armoured bears!
- Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley – As the storms rage outside, why not escape to the elegant and isolated villa Il Piacere in Italy, for one of Kearsley’s wonderfully immersive and gripping mysteries.
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – With the world cold and dead around you, watch life bloom for the troubled orphan Mary as she discovers a long-forgotten garden at Misselthwaite Manor.
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – What could be better than getting trapped in the snow on the most glamorous train in history… except there is a murderer on board!
- Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart – Forget yourself for a little while in one of Stewart’s wonderfully romantic suspense novels, with a gripping murder mystery on the bleak but stunning Isle of Skye.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling – In my favourite of Harry’s magical adventures, we see him sneak down to the snow-covered town of Hogsmeade, in his invisibility cloak, for a warming butterbeer in The Three Broomsticks.
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – Finally, but not least, let the young, naive Catherine Moorland entertain you with her whimsical and wild imagination in Austen’s satirical Gothic novel.
Do you like my choices? What cosy, wintry reads would you recommend? Also, please share your link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.