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I’ve been cleaning and purging my bookshelves recently (stemming from my milestones and rethinking post) and I was coming across a great number of books on my shelves that had winter in their titles, or had a wintery theme on their covers, or were situated sometime during the winter season. I thought it would be a good idea to collect those books and read through them as much as possible over the upcoming winter months. It also helps build my “reading from my own shelves” list(s).

There are quite a few! Wow.

(Please note: clicking on the covers will bring you to their Goodreads’ description.)


I’ve been trying to get to Doctor Zhivago for years! It’s the perfect winter-time, nestled by the fire kind of read! The same can be said for Sashenka, another epic Russian saga.


There are these three with their wintery scenes on the cover that would be perfect for this seasonal reading. I specifically bought this copy of Ann Patchett’s The Magician’s Assistant because of its fantastic cover. Doesn’t that cover make you want to curl up next to the fire and jump right into the book?


The Siege Winter and the Ruined Abbey caught my eye and are available from the library. I do like reading mysteries in the winter — there’s just something about mysteries, in particular a good series, that calls to me in the winter months – so Ruined Abbey by Anne Emery sounds great. It’s said to be a kind of a prequel to her series (Collins-Burke series) too, so I’m fine with starting at what’s listed as #8 in the series. This year will be marvelous as well because Louise Penny is having a late November release for her latest in the Gamache series (usually she’s releasing them in August) and will definitely fill my mystery series need. Since there won’t be one from Elizabeth George (she’s usually one I’m tucking into by the fire during these months, but it’ll be at least another year or two before a new Lynley is due??) Kingdom of the Blind will be a much anticipated, has already been said to be one of her best, and it comes with a nice wintery cover doesn’t it?!


When I was looking through Goodreads to find the covers for the books I own, I found I’ve already read quite a few of books with winter in the title! Clearly it’s an attraction:

  • The Winter People, Jennifer McMahon
  • A Week in Winter, Maeve Binchy
  • In the Midst of Winter, Isabel Allende
  • The Winter Witch, Paula Brackston
  • The Winter Palace, Eva Stachniak
  • All the Winters After, Sere Prince Halverson
  • One Night in Winter, Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Winter Sisters, Robin Oliveira
  • Minds of Winter, Ed O’Loughlin


Are you a seasonal reader? Do you read books situated in specific seasons during that season? What do you think my chances of reading all of these books listed above will be? 🙂 🙂  With our delivery of firewood due to be dropped off over the weekend, the temps continuing to drop, and the cozy reading socks on the ready, it’s going to be a great time to start reading from this (giant) stack!

Happy Reading!