I love to match my books to the season or weather. Anyone else do that too? Here are a wintery reads that I have loved and am currently loving. What do you recommend to bundle up with during the cold season?
1. White Fang by Jack London
A classic. I remember reading it for the first time in 5th grade and it has become one of those comfort rereads.
"One of Jack London’s most cherished stories, “White Fang” is a story of great wilderness adventure that will entertain and delight readers of all ages."
2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I recently read this and was thrilled to know there was a sequel coming out! Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors and Neverwhere did not disappoint. It was funny and clever and addicting.
"It is the story of Richard Mayhew, a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he discovers a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed. Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth. Neverwhere is home to Door, the mysterious girl Richard helped in the London Above. Here in Neverwhere, Door is a powerful noblewoman who has vowed to find the evil agent of her family’s slaughter and thwart the destruction of this strange underworld kingdom. If Richard is ever to return to his former life and home, he must join Lady Door’s quest to save her world—and may well die trying."
3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
One of my favorite series of ALL time. It's a supernatural love story but without the too-basic cliches that have become worn out in this genre.
"For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever."
4. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
This is a current TBR of mine. I plan to start it very soon! I have heard great things about it and I'm a sucker for anything with wolves (as has become apparent in this post alone since this is the third wolf-themed book 😂)
"Canada, 1867. A young murder suspect flees across the snowy wilderness. Tracking him is what passes for the law in this frontier land: trappers, sheriffs, traders and the suspect's own mother, desperate to clear his name. As the party pushes further from civilisation, hidden purposes and old obsessions are revealed. One is seeking long-lost daughters; another a fortune in stolen furs; yet another is chasing rumours of a lost Native American culture. But where survival depends on cooperation, their fragile truce cannot afford to be broken, nor their overriding purpose - to find justice for a murdered man - forgotten.
The Tenderness of Wolves is a must-read historical epic, weaving adventure, suspense and humour into an exhilarating thriller, a panoramic romance and ultimately, one of the books of the last ten years."
5. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
I have just started this and am already fully enthralled. It's been on my shelf unread for too long and I can't believe I am just now experiencing it 😱
"Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, a Confederate soldier named Inman decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge mountains to Ada, the woman he loves. His trek across the disintegrating South brings him into intimate and sometimes lethal converse with slaves and marauders, bounty hunters and witches, both helpful and malign. At the same time, the intrepid Ada is trying to revive her father’s derelict farm and learning to survive in a world where the old certainties have been swept away. As it interweaves their stories, Cold Mountain asserts itself as an authentic odyssey, hugely powerful, majestically lovely, and keenly moving."
I hope one or all of these books bring you adventure in the sometimes boring cold winter months! Leave any recommendations you have in the comments!