′Tis the season to cozy up by the fireplace with a great book! With crisp, frosty settings, each of these stories is sure to enthrall and entertain readers. Which will you choose to read first on a long winter’s night?
5 Books Featuring Winter Weather And Holidays
1. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
In this dazzling, heart-wrenching love story, Helprin’s vivid language transports readers to New York City in the throes of a ruthless winter storm. When orphan and master-mechanic Peter Lake attempts to rob a mansion on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, he discovers that the house is not empty; the young daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love affair that is sure to warm your heart.
2. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
This story is just as chilling as the mountain air in which it is set; fans of this book insist that it is one to be read during the winter. The story revolves around a group of students at a small, elite college in Vermont who are studying Ancient Greek literature. When a murder is committed within their exclusive circle, questions unanswered are brought to light. Right away, readers know who was murdered and how—and every page brings you a step closer to discovering why.
3. Tinkers by Paul Harding
Tinkers is a reflective, melancholy story told in heartbreakingly beautiful prose. As narrator George Washington Crosby lies on his deathbed, he recalls his life: from boyhood to the present day. Readers will find themselves transported to the backwoods of Maine amid the frigid New England air as Crosby revisits his memories of growing up.
4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Christmas story that everyone knows and loves—even if they haven’t read it. This classic Dickens tale clearly delivers the message that Christmas is meant to be a time of love and goodwill. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly, cold man who feels no kindness toward anyone. But on Christmas Eve, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future bring him face-to-face with the bitter fruits of his own insensitivity…the emptiness of his life…and his own mortality. Seeing the error of his ways, Scrooge begs for redemption and promises to change for the better.
5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women follows the lives of four girls growing up in poverty with their mother in New England while their father is away serving in the Civil War. The book begins with the girls discussing how dreadful it is to be poor—especially around the holidays, when the weight of poverty is measured by the lack of gifts. Needless to say, these girls have a lot to learn—about Christmas and about life. This character-driven novel will have you coming back time and time again to revisit Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March.
QUESTION: What’s your favorite winter or holiday book?