Winter Books for Adults to Curl Up With In 2023
As Winter approaches I thought I would share a list of winter books for adults to curl up with. These are the books I recommend you pick up in the evenings after work, or on quiet weekends, with a hot beverage of your choice and a blanket.
Winter Books for Adults to Curl Up With, in 2023
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
A childhood favourite, but a proper comfort read. The second book in the Chronicles of Narnia series is definitely the most well-known. Introducing the Pevensie children as they enter the magical world of Narnia through a wardrobe, where it’s always winter and never Christmas. It’s a beloved classic for a reason and well worth a re-read.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
If murder mysteries are more your vibe, then Murder on the Orient Express is the ultimate winter classic. Hercule Poirot is travelling on the famous train when a locked-door murder occurs and the train is caught in a snow drift. With only a few hours to solve the murder, it’s probably Poirot’s most famous, and surprising, case.
Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kaznir
Whilst you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, the cover of Midnight in Everwood certainly positively affected my decision to read it. This is a retelling of The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman. The first few chapters are particularly bewitching.
The Snow Queen by Hans Christan Andersen
Another classic winter story is The Snow Queen. This popular fairy tale is very dark – as all the originals often are – and I would say it borders on horror. A brother and sister are separated and the boy is kidnapped by the evil Snow Queen. It’s up to his sister to rescue him and break the Snow Queen’s spell over him.
The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale
This historical novel is utterly beautiful. Set in the period before the First World War, the story is set in a magical toyshop where a father and his two sons create toys that are completely magical. Papa Jack’s Emporium is only open during midwinter, but one winter the two sons rescue and take in a homeless girl, Cathy Wray, whom both of them fall in love with. Over the years the brother’s relationship becomes strained, with tragic consequences as the First World War begins. It’s a story of love, family and the magic of childhood.
We Met in December by Rosie Curtis
And finally, if you’re after a straightforward modern romance then I recommend We Met in December. Jess has just moved into a house-share in Notting Hill and on her first night she falls head over heels in love with her housemate Alex, but when Jess returns home from spending Christmas with her family she discovers Alex has fallen for their housemate Emma. Jess spends the next year trying to get over Alex, but it’s difficult when you live together – especially for Alex who thinks he’s falling for Jess. A will-they-won’t-they Christmas romance.
What winter books would you recommend to curl up with in 2032? Let me know in the comments below.