Wintry Reads | #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about cozy/wintry reads. These are all books I loved, and think are perfect to read in winter. During winter, I tend to curl up with a big book I can really lose myself in. If that’s you as well, these books would be perfect for you!

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence
I love to read fantasy, especially in winter. I started this series in the beginning of 2018, and fell in love with it. It follows Nona who is taken to the Convent of Sweet Mercy to train and become a Sister. She has her heart set on being a Red Sister – a Sister of battle. Basically, it’s assassins, nuns, female friendships, and watching them grow up. The majority of the characters in this series are female.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
I feel like this book is a wintry read for multiple reasons. First of all, it is set in New England and partly in winter which makes for a wonderfully fitting atmosphere. Second, this book requires you take your time to read it. Usually, I’m a quite fast reader. With The Secret History, I had to learn to read slowly and take my time with it. Which is perfect because it gets dark so early you might as well curl up and dedicate a few hours of your evening to this novel.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Maybe I associate this book with winter because I read it in December? Anyway, this is a historical fiction novel set during WWII, and it follows the lives of two French sisters. I don’t know why I feel like winter is a perfect time to read historical fiction or heartbreaking reads, but there you go. This is definitely one of them.

Warbreaker (Warbreaker #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Like I said before, winter is the perfect time for long fantasy books (in my opinion). Obviously, I couldn’t make this list without putting a Brandon Sanderson novel on it. Warbreaker is one of my favorites, and it gets mentioned far less than the Stormlight Archive series or the Mistborn novels.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch
Another fantasy novel that will require quite a bit of your time. When I first started this series, it took me a while to get into it. Once I did, however, I flew through the rest of the book – and series. The perfect book for a cozy weekend inside!

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
I chose this book for the same reasons as some of the previous books. It’s a fantasy novel you can truly lose yourself in, provide you give it enough time and attention. Middle Earth is the first place I think of when choosing a fictional world to escape to! However, Tolkien’s books can be quite slow to read because he uses a lot of descriptions and incredibly long sentences. Once again, the perfect book for a night in front of the fireplace.

Running With Lions by Julian Winters
A much lighter read than the ones I’ve recommended so far! This is an adorable story about Sebastian who goes back to summer training camp and sees his childhood friend, Emir, again. His feelings might not be entirely those of a friend. It’s wholesome, cute, wonderful and will make you feel so happy.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers
I have no idea why this feels like the perfect winter read to me, but it does. It’ll warm your heart in these cold, heartless times? Yeah, let’s go with that. It’s one of my favorite science fiction books so far, and the characters are top notch.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Another WWII book! Read this if you want to cry. Then watch the movie and cry some more.

This Mortal Coil (The Mortal Coil #1) by Emily Suvada
This book is perfect for winter because after reading it, you’ll want to retreat to a cabin in the middle of nowhere and avoid human contact for the rest of your life. It’s about a virus that breaks out in North America, and causes you to eat other humans until the virus makes you blow up. The moment it blows up, it infects everyone who breathes it in. The scary part is that the virus was probably created by humans (by accident) after tweaking genes too much. It’s scarily realistic.


These 10 books are perfect for long winter nights in front of the fireplace. Have you read any of these books? Which books would you recommend as wintry reads?

18 thoughts on “Wintry Reads | #TopTenTuesday

  1. Yes to the Long Way. So perfect to lose yourself in. As is Locke Lamora. I really need to read Red Sister in 2019 (I say this with every book right now though *hides* )

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  2. Ahhh The Lies of Locke Lamora is so good!!! And I’ve been meaning to read Red Sister and Warbreaker for ages, I struggled to get into Mistborn and can’t figure out why?? So maybe starting with another Brandon Sanderson would be the way to go for me. Completely agree with winter being The Time for long fantasy reads:))

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  3. The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of the best books I’ve read in the past couple of years, I love that series! Funny enough, I’m currently read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and totally agree with you, it makes you feel all warm and cozy and hopeful.

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  4. Great list! I’m planning to read Red Sister and The Lies of Locke Lamora over the winter months, so I’m glad to see them here. I agree that winter is the perfect time for a chunky fantasy read. 🙂 I totally agree about The Book Thief and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – they’re both perfect for this time of year!

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