Certain books just beg to be read on a cold rainy day with a warm cup of cocoa. Now that the weather is finally starting to feel like winter, it’s the perfect time to wrap up in a blanket and curl up with a good book. Here is a list of some of my favorite cold-weather reads
The romance of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is almost as icy cold as the English countryside in which the story takes place -chilling winds that seem to cry out in the night, barren moors that confuse and disorient characters and readers, and of course the chilling manors which house heartless and lonely inhabitants. Although it isn’t a very cheery read, Wuthering Heights is perfect for a cold and windy day.
This book may only be a year old, but it is a throwback to the classic gothic tales of the nineteenth century. When Irish nanny Maddie McGlade decides to reveal a long-kept secret about her former charge, her story unfolds into a haunting revelation of all the unspoken truths and forgotten lies of the family she served. This is a good read for fans of the popular Downtown Abbey series, and the Victorian manor in which the story takes place provides a fitting tale for a dark and stormy night.
To me, Little Women is the quintessential cozy read. It follows the March sisters growing up near Boston during the civil war. Although the time may be different, the growing pains of each girl are still easy to relate to: school, romance, family quarrels, and the difficulty of staying true to yourself amidst the demands of peer pressure and family expectations. This is my all-time favorite book and re-reading it has become one of my favorite fall traditions.
When a young history student discovers an ancient book that is somehow associated with the infamous Vlad Dracul, he sets out on a quest to discover the secrets of the mysterious legend. The real draw of The Historian is the amazing descriptions of decaying monasteries, castles hidden in the Bulgarian mountains, and aging, crumbling libraries. Reading this on a gloomy day only enhances the vivid descriptions and makes you feel like you have actually travelled to the mysterious regions of Eastern Europe.
When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy travel through the magic wardrobe into the world of Narnia, readers are transported to a winter wonderland. Throw in Mr. Tumnus the loveable faun, and all of the cuddly creatures who help the children fight against The White Witch, and you have a cozy classic that will continue to delight kids -and adults- for ages.