Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.
This week’s topic is a holiday/seasonal freebie! Unfortunately, I haven’t come across 10 books with a Chanukah theme. I’ve found two, and one was basically just a Christmas book with a ton of unflattering Jewish tropes and a Hanukkah themed … title. So I’ve decided to go with a topic that I could find 10 books for: WINTER THEMED BOOKS! This is perfect, since I love the winter.
- The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi — this highly anticipated book takes place in Russia during winter. The ice palace sounded so incredible, and I totally wanted to be there!
- A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas — I know a lot of people didn’t love this little novella, but I liked it. Everyone in Velaris is kind of getting their lives back to normal during the winter solstice, and I think it was a nice little end to the first set of books.
- The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black — this is one of those series that I loved, but you knew there was going to be something about the snow just based on the cover. And there was that one scene in the snow which I can’t tell you about because … spoilers. But if you’ve read this, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t read it, you really should!
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo — okay, so I happen to absolutely adore this book, and I’m definitely due for a reread at some point in the near future, but there’s definitely a wintry theme for a good part of the story. Like the ENTIRE HEIST ASPECT? Brrrrr!
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden — this book, and the whole series in fact, makes me feel cold and totally embodies the spirit of winter. Set in old-timey Russia in the dead of winter, there’s deep snows, freezing temperatures, and the frost king. Is there anything else that says “winter” better than this?
- Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel — taking place in an ACTUAL ice age, do I really need to say more?
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater — this one is set in winter, in Minnesota. While I haven’t been in Minnesota for a winter, I’ve got friends who live there, and I can tell how cold it is. The descriptions make me want to wrap myself in a cozy blanket and make a hot cup of tea.
- A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin — with a motto like “Winter is Coming,” and a setting with deep snows where the dead walk, how could this one not make the list?
- A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon — we may think winter is cold, but imagine winter during the 1700s! This book made me realize how much we take for granted, and made me count my blessings that I can just turn up the heat on a cold night, and don’t have to chop wood and start an actual fire.
What are some winter themed books that you love?
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