Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Cosy Winter Reads

TTT-BLCTop 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:

Cozy/Wintry Reads

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – What could be better than getting trapped in the snow on the most glamorous in history… except there is a murderer on board!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Cosy Winter Reads

  1. We share a couple of books this week and tbh there are a couple on your list that I originally intended to add to mine but then forgot – The Secret Garden for example.
    Love your list.
    Lynn 😀

  2. Unfortunately you chose two that I don’t care for very much – Tale of Two Cities is one I can never finish………Little Women I remember reading as a child and enjoying the character of Joe hugely. I wanted to be like her. But when I had to read it as an adult for a literature course I found it so preachy…..

    1. Karen, I am very sad to hear you didn’t get on with Little Women as an adult. Sadly I didn’t read it as a child, but when I got round to it as an adult, I thought it was utterly charming. However as A Tale of Two Cities isn’t on my list that is only one book you don’t care for much. I don’t think one out of ten isn’t bad at all. 😀

  3. Great choices. The first three books on your list are some of my favourite winter reads too. Wildfire at Midnight is one of the few Mary Stewart novels I still haven’t read, but I’m looking forward to it!

                1. I enjoyed Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Shirley, and earlier this year I loved Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. While I still have Anne’s Agnes Grey, and Charlotte’s The Professor and Villette to read. They are all on my Classics Club list.

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