Monday, 25 November 2013

Winter vibes


































It's been a long time since I've done an image inspiration post but I've been getting so excited about winter and Christmas that I just HAD to. So this isn't totally irrelevant, here are a few of my favourite winter-based books...

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver: A young man is trapped alone in a desolate Arctic bay in the depths of permanent night. Incredibly suspenseful and chilling.
When Nights Were Cold by Susanna Jones: Four young women in Victorian England form an Antarctic exploration society in this twisted, unpredictable story about friendships and ambition gone wrong.
The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse: An atmospheric, intriguing and beautifully illustrated ghost story set during a blizzard in the Pyrenees, 1928.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey: Based on a folk tale, this magical, mysterious story is set in the Alaskan wilderness, where a childless couple create a snow girl who appears to come to life.
Archangel by Robert Harris: With the bleak landscapes of 1990s Russia as a backdrop, this is a gripping thriller filled with great, larger-than-life characters and historical detail.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent: Based on a true story, that of the last woman to be executed in Iceland circa 1830, this is an evocative and very readable slow-burning mystery.

When the nights start drawing in, I have a real weakness for stories set in the depth of winter, or within a desolate, icy landscape. Ghost stories are also an absolute must - I love them all year round, but they are particularly effective when it's dark and stormy outside. What are your favourite wintery books?

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3 comments:

  1. I've never read any of these, they sound like perfect wintery selections :)

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  2. Dickens Christmas carol, and Henry James the turn of the screw are great Xmas books :)

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  3. I LOVED Archangel, Dark Matter and The Snow Child. Burial Rites is on my To-Read-Soon list as someone else recently recommended it, too. Winter is the best, and the photos are perfect.

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