Books to Hunker Down With This Winter
In the cold months of January and February, it’s the perfect time to start a long read. Today I thought I’d share a list of books to hunker down with this winter. Grab a blanket, cup of hot chocolate – or your beverage of choice – and pick up one of these tomes to pass the cold winter nights with.
Books to Bunker Down With This Winter
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
First up, is the classic tome. The book that everyone I have spoken to who has read it tells me it has made them cry. The West End production is coming in April 2023, and I really want to read it before it shows. But I’ve said I’ll try and read it for years now… maybe 2023 will be the year?
A bit of a controversial recommendation, but hear me out. We have to read books that are problematic so that we learn from them. This story, aside from its problematic handling of race, is a product of its time. The characters are world-famous and unforgettable. Scarlet O’Hara is an icon, even a problematic one, and the fiery relationship between Scarlett and Rhett Butler is still worth reading. I read this book when I was sixteen years old, and I would recommend it.
If you love historical fiction then you’ll love any Phillipa Gregory. I recommend The White Queen as this is the starting point in the Cousins War series by Phillipa. Following the Yorks and the Lancasters during the Battle of the Roses. This book series, in particular this book, includes elements of magical realism as well historical facts. Very warming, and very gripping.
Another historical fiction, as I do think winter is the perfect time to read a decent historical read. Cecily, much like The White Queen focuses on a woman during the precursor to the Battle of the Roses. Cecily is the mother of Edward IV, aka The White Queen’s husband. Cecily was an incredible woman in her own right, who survived her children and various coups, battles, assassinations and more.
If you read The Great Believers, be sure to have tissues nearby. This split narrative story focuses on a man during the AIDs crisis in the US, in the 1980s, and his female friend and her daughter in 2015. The back-and-forth narrations are very cleverly done, showing the realities of the AIDs crisis without giving plot spoilers, and I promise the latter half of the book will have you gripped to the page. I wept.
If you’re after a decent classic to wile away the hours in winter, then read David Copperfield. This tome of a read is so heartwarming and full to the brim with memorable and mesmerising characters. I highly recommend the audiobook, narrated by Richard Armitage. Or, if you want to watch an adaptation, the TV film with Daniel Radcliffe and Maggie Smith.
And finally, a romance. Elizabeth Gaskell wrote amazing novels during the Industrial Revolution, using the revolution as her inspiration. North and South is her masterpiece. A touching romance about a Southern preacher’s daughter and a Northern factory owner. Beautiful, sensual and highly educational at the same time.
What books are you going to hunker down with this winter? Let me know in the comments below.