Ooh it's chilly out there, but the fire is roaring, you're curled with a mug of tea and all you want to do is snuggle up with a beautiful book.
Well, we have a great selection of wonderful wintry reads for you right here.
These are all perfect for hunkering down during the cold winter months but are great reads whatever the weather. They're just especially great against an icy cold vista.
Newly added to our wintry collection are two gorgeous wintry books, perfect for this collection.
The Winter Spirits - Ghostly Tales for Frosty Nights - is THE most intensely dark and deliciously eloquent gathering of work by some of our favourite authors. Featuring Bridget Collins, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Jess Kidd and Laura Purcell each story thrilled our ghostly-loving heart. These twelve tales range in plot and setting, from offering a menacing foreboding through to delivering sharp and concentrated hammer blows.
A Midwinter's Tail by Lili Hayward is also a perfect addition. With elements of folklore slipping nicely into a feel-good relationship tale, this really is a charming read. It sits as a novella, and focuses on an island village in need, a cat, and a young woman returning to memories of her childhood. It's a joyous read, full of Christmas spirit and the fantastical.
If you love a snowy read, then we just have to shout about these chilly beauties.
A hint of magic nudges reality in this striking tale about a woman who stops speaking when the snow begins to fall in The Snow Song by Sally Gardner. Deceptively simple, and simply lovely, this thoroughly modern yet ancient fairy tale both stings and enchants with its themes of superstition and prejudice.
Rich with romance, mystery and family drama, Elisabeth Gifford’s A Woman Made of Snow is a delicious treat for readers who like their historic fiction seasoned with haunting atmosphere.
If a spine-chilling, atmospheric, gothic thriller of a read set in the Norwegian wilderness sounds more like your thing, scroll below and find out more about The Nesting by C.J. Cooke.
If you like a magical tale, then check out Midnight in Everwood by M.A Kuzniar. Deliciously rich and dark, this reimagining of The Story of a Nutcracker by Alexandre Dumas is loaded with recognisable elements yet is as delightfully individual as can be.
Two final non-fiction recommendations, it just has to be The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare. Offering a deep and abiding connection with nature and our landscape around us, this winter journal really is the most poignant yet uplifting, and emotionally observant read. Starting on 16th October and travelling through winter into early Spring, with a gift for seeing what others may have missed, this is highly recommended.
And Dalvi: Six Years in the Arctic Tundra by Laura Galloway: this engaging, emotionally-charged memoir tells of an American woman’s courageous journey to self-discovery in the wilds of the Arctic tundra. It's an uplifting ode to doing something different.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your blanket and a mug of your favourite hot beverage and dive into one of these wintry beauties.