The official start of winter is right around the corner, so get to the bookstore or library and pick up some of these ahead of time so you can curl up with some hot chocolate and never leave the house again!!
I don’t know about you, but when winter rolls around I get in the mood to read huge, heavy books. Maybe it just goes right along with the heavy sweaters and socks of the season, but something about this time of year is like a perpetual rainy day! Less daylight equals more reading time, right? Whether you’re planning to pick up one of the hefty Russian novels (like me!) or a cozy mystery, take advantage of that extra time and try to find something that’s higher than your typical page count. Think something a little meatier than a breezy summer read. I’ve gathered just a brief list of ideas below to help get you started.
Long Books for Winter
- War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
- Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, Herman Melville
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
- Middlemarch, George Eliot
- Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
- The Stand, Stephen King
- The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
- The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
- Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
- American Gods, Neil Gaiman
If you’re looking for something extra long, maybe a series is the direction you should go. This is the time that series start to jump off the shelves and into my hands. The winter seems long (and here in Minnesota IT IS) and mixed with the proximity to the new year it’s the perfect time to begin a new series or revisit an old one.
I always am drawn to old favorites like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings around this time of year in particular, but there are others like The Chronicles of Narnia or A Song of Ice and Fire that seem absolutely fabulous for curling up with in the winter, too. If there’s a series you’ve been meaning to get to, maybe now is the time to pick up the first installment! If you need a place to start, I’ve got a few suggestions for you below.
Book Series for Winter
- Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
- The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
- A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin
- An Ember in the Ashes Series, Sabaa Tahir
- Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
- His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
- The Little House Collection, Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales, The Brothers Grimm
- The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Well this should be enough to get you started, if not get you through to spring. Dig in wherever you like! Let me know if you pick any of these up or if you have any of your own suggestions to add to a winter reading list!