Good evening bookworms!
Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘summer reads’, but I’m in the southern hemisphere where it’s FREEZING at the moment, so I’m going to flip this one (I also did ‘summer reads‘ 6 months ago when everyone else did ‘winter reads’). Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up!
I don’t know about you guys, but when it’s cold I love reading either about dragons and magical quests, spells and deception, adventure and … maybe a little stabbiness?! 😂 And despite that I’ve been in a fantasy funk for a while now, I’m still recommending 5 books to knock your socks off…
Now, normally I would say that The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is a November book. That’s literally when it’s set. But, it’s also a wintery book (because that’s when winter is in the northern hemisphere…), and I love to reread it snuggled in a blanket as a storm rages outside, with the wind howling against the doors and windows, and the rain smashing onto the roof. It’s got such epic winter vibes that I have to put it on this list. Seriously, just hand me a mug of cocoa and a November cake while I go dig this one out of a box…
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett is the 35th Discworld book, and the 3rd Tiffany Achiny novel. In Wintersmith Tiffany participates in a winter ritual she shouldn’t, and in doing so she catches the eye of the Wintersmith. Now there’s tributes to Tiffany everywhere (including mini Tiffany shaped snowflakes and bouquets of ice roses) and someone has to stop him before something terrible happens. The story is a little Persephone / Hades retelling in feeling, but with a very different ending. But all the winter setting makes it one of my faves.
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend is next on my list. I don’t even know what it is about this book that makes me think of winter. The book is set over the space of a year, and despite this, it never feels particularly summery until the very end. I guess all the talk of the scents of the smoking room (not what it sounds like) remind me of those picture perfect white Christmases and what not.
Hunted by Meagan Spooner is definitely another winter read! A Beauty and the Beast retelling with strong female empowerment in a heavy winter setting (seriously, it’s winter for years) and will break your heart to boot. I seriously love this one – it’s set in an ol-time version of Russia, completely with Russian based names, and it makes me kind of happy. And also cold.
Last, but certainly not least, is my absolute favourite werewolf series – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (Shiver, Linger, Forever) by Maggie Stiefvater. (Look, Stiefvater writes AMAZING wintery stories, ok?) The reason this is my fave werewolf series is because it’s got not much to do with full moons and instead focuses on science and weather changes as the reason for the change between wolf and man. Also, there’s a lot of love for books in here, and the sweetest character in Sam. AND look how cold and wintery the cover of Shiver is!!
Until next time, happy reading 😊📚
Sorry this one is late bookworms. I’ve been spending a lot of time packing and cleaning, and I can’t really see that letting up for a few weeks until we move!! I am counting down until mid June…
Also, when I usually write these posts I scan my bookshelves for inspiration, but I’m doing this one from memory as we packed up ALL of my books on the weekend. Except for the 6 I left out ‘in case’ I want to read them. Plus the 2 that I found in different handbags. And the 4 I found on the couch. Also my May Owlcrate that arrived yesterday. None of which I have read, because I’ve been reading ebooks on my kindle app… 😂🙈