Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Wintery Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Wintery Reads.

I’m not sure if I can say why I picked the books I did this week, why I’d class them as ‘Wintery Reads’ over any other book. Personally though when it starts getting darker earlier and colder every day all I want is to curl up with a book that’s more magical than deadly; so be prepared to see plenty of magical realism, fairytale retellings, and childhood nostalgia on my list this week.

Top Ten Tuesday #128

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

As well as being my all time, ultimate favourite standalone this is my quintessential wintery read. The Night Circus was the first book I thought of for this list when I saw this week’s theme and I’d love to try and re-read it in December, maybe it’ll be a book I pick up on Christmas day.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

For me it doesn’t get much more nostalgia-y than the Harry Potter series. I can’t really put my finger on what makes this a wintery read for me, but I’d love to explore Hogwarts during the Christmas period, not to mention attend one of the feasts they have.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

It should be obvious what makes The Bear and the Nightingale a wintery read, but despite the fact that it follows Vasilisa’s story through the harsh Russian winters it’s the magical aspects that I first thoughts of; the spirits and demons only Vasilisa can see, and the old folk tales woven into the story.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Again I can’t really put my finger on what makes this a wintery read for me. It fits the theme of a book which is more magical than deadly, something I love to dive into in the winter months, and there’s something about Laini Taylor’s writing that makes me believe in magic again.

My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins (Editor)

I’m not normally a fan of anthology collections – they tend to be very hit or miss for me – but My True Love Gave to Me ended up being a favourite of mine. There aren’t many books I’ve found set solely in the Christmas period, but this is one and for me it’s a must-read for the season.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

When it comes to fairytale inspired stories Naomi Novik is one of the best authors, and Spinning Silver is an incredible read. Set in an endless Winter brought forth by the Staryk King this book has the same magical feel The Bear and the Nightingale did, which meant it was a must for my list.

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Granted Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series isn’t as nostalgic for me as the Harry Potter books are, but again it was a must for this list for me. The original trilogy broke my heart, and reading The Book of Dust brought back so much love for those books.

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

I had to include one of Leigh Bardugo’s books on my list this week. I’m not sure what it is about fairytales but they’re my ultimate wintery read, and The Language of Thorns has plenty of stories reminiscent of those written by the Grimm Bothers; full of magic but with some deadly twists.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Granted I put the book on my list this week (because the theme is ‘Wintery Reads’) but I feel like the movie would work just as well ( movie which I am watching as I write this post). Stardust is a favourite of mine, and like with The Night Circus I want to try and re-read it in December.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

I wouldn’t say this is my favourite fairytale retelling, but Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite fairytales and there’s something about the way Hunted was written that brought back to mind the original classic fairytale. Either way I’m excited for Meagan Spooner’s next solo release.

So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what your wintery reads are. Did any of the ones that made my list make yours, if not what book would you say is your quintessential wintery read that you’d recommend I pick up ASAP?

47 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Wintery Reads

  1. Ah yes I love magical realism, retellings and nostalgia at this time of the year- they just have such a cosy feeling 🙂 Night circus is so great for this! And HP is perfect for this time of year as well- especially cos of the way Rowling describes Christmas at Hogwarts. And Bear and the nightingale is such a good winter read. And I love how you described Taylor’s writing 🙂 And I’m currently reading language of thorns- it’s so perfect for winter!
    Love this list! 🙂 ❤

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    1. There’s something about winter which just makes me really nostalgic. I think I just want warm memories to combat the cold weather! 😀
      Those two just feel like classic Christmas reads for me, and I actually have The Girl in the Tower on my winter TBR list. Not quite The Bear and the Nightingale but close enough to count!
      Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤️

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  2. Harry Potter is VERY WINTRY!!!!!!! i feel like so many people reread the series in November/December, && it’s perfectly wholesome and nostalgic ❤ ❤ also I agree w Spinning Silver, I actually picked it up at a book store and curled up at said book store and read the first three chapters,,,,,&&&& IT WAS SO MAGICAL! but I never bought it or borrowed it, so as of now i'm a failure slkdjflskjdf

    + I can completely see The Night Circus being a good winter read!! the circus is so warm and magical, and during the cold holiday season it's so nice to read brilliant settings. you can just imagine going inside a toasty circus tent w warm tea and watching the magical performance, i'm so prepared c: c: c:

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    1. Yeah whenever I re-read Harry Potter it’s normally in the winter months. When it’s dark outside really early it just strikes me as the perfect time. 🙂
      Oh Spinning Silver is a great read. It’s a favourite of mine from this year and Noami Novik is a favourite author of mine. Magical is a great way to describe it and if you’re going to read it this is the perfect season to do so.
      I can so imagine all that. I will hopefully be re-reading The Night Circus before this year is over and I can’t wait to get back into that world again. 😀 ❤️

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  3. The cold, dark winter months definitely make me want to curl up to haha. The Night Circus is definitely a book that I want to reread during the winter time (maybe this year!?) You’ve just reminded me that I would have to read The Bear and the Nightingale one of these days too 🙂
    Great post!!! ❤

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    1. I am definitely going to try and get around to The Night Circus this year! It’s just one of those books that’s perfect for the run-up to Christmas in my mind. 🙂
      It’s an amazing read, I’m sure you’ll love it when you do get around to it.
      Thanks Sophie. ❤

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  4. What a great list of wintery reads! 😍❄️ I LOVE My True Love Gave To Me so much, I try to reread it every year as it’s so very festive and just makes me feel so good 💕 I have Hunted right there on my shelf waiting for me to read it, I might really get to it this December 😍

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    1. Thanks so much Caro. My True Love Gave to Me was actually my Christmas read of 2016 but I think why not re-read it this year? It’s definitely the perfect book for the season. 😀
      Oh Hunted is good, it’s got that classic fairytale feel in the way it’s written, I hope you manage to get to it soon. 🙂 ❤

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  5. I always have a hard time defining what winter reads really mean, but I really love your definition for it all SO much and you have such great picks here! I can see the winter feels of Spinning Silver for sure. And La Belle Sauvage, yes! His Dark Materials series as a whole always have such a nostalgia for me, I love these books so much ❤

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    1. Yeah a lot of the time it’s just part of the feeling the books give me. Personally a wintery read for me is either a story which brings back nostalgic memories, or a story full of fairytale-like magic. 🙂
      Thanks so much Marie, when I think back to my childhood Philip Pullman is always one of the first authors who comes to mind, I have so many memories associated with his books and even today I still love them. 🙂 ❤️

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    1. Thanks so much. 🙂 Yeah this list could easily just be favourite reads of mine because most of these are my top ‘comfort’ reads I’ll always find myself going back to. I hope you enjoy Stardust and Hunted, and all the others still on your TBR list too. 🙂 ❤️


  6. Being in Australia I can’t really relate to having a true winter reading experience (even if it was winter because I feel like you definitely need snow to make the atmosphere complete 😂) but if I did have that then Harry Potter would definitely 100% be a book I read.

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    1. Ha, yeah but trust me the snow gets very old very fast. Every year people say we’re in for the coldest winter on record and every year I pray they’re wrong. 🙂 Seems Harry Potter is a must for everyone, guess that makes it a perfect winter read (and one I should try and get around to). 😀


  7. I love this! such a cute idea! I think most of mine would go back to classics or children’s books if I did this. I often go back and read The Polar Express or a Christmas Carol this time of year for a bit of cozy nostalgia.

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    1. Thanks, and yeah I don’t read many classics but normally when I think of winter I think back to my childhood and that’s why a lot of fairytale retelling ended up on my list this week. I guess for me winter is just full of nostalgia so I want the same in the books I read. 😀

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  8. If you’ve read *Something Wicked This Way Comes* would you compare it to *The Night Circus*? I’m curious, since the first is one of my favorites, and I mean to read *Circus* at some point.

    Good write up!

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    1. I haven’t read Something Wicked This Way Comes (that I can remember at least, there are books on my TBR list from years and years ago that I’ve since forgotten picking up) but I’ll always recommend The Night Circus. If you’ve got it on your TBR list or it’s caught your eye than definitely pick it up. 🙂
      Thanks. 🙂 ❤️

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  9. I love your list! Hunted, The Bear and the Nightingale and Language of Thorns are all so wonderful. I love reading fairytales in the wintertime too. And DoSaB does start with Karou walking though Prague in the snow, so I think it’s pretty wintery ❤️❄️

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    1. Thanks so much. 🙂 Yep, nothing like nostalgic fairytale retellings to help you forget the cold and dark weather outside right?!
      Oh it does, it’s been a while since I read the series so I can’t remember all the finer points too well. I think there’s something about Laini Taylor’s writing that makes it perfect for the winter months. 🙂 ❤️


  10. Great list Beth! 😀 I agree 100% with you, Harry Potter is definitely a winter read! 😀

    I don’t know what it is about retellings, or fairy tales in general, but they have this cozy feel to them that makes them perfect for winter!

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  11. I can definitely see why a lot of these you considered wintery reads. I’ve always wanted to read Stardust. I love the movie but haven’t tackled the book. I’ve heard they’re very, very different though.
    The Night Circus is gorgeous. Completely understand why it’s your fave standalone. The writing is beautiful.
    I’ve been tossing up whether or not I should read Spinning Silver. I liked Uprooted but didn’t love it so I’m torn. 😕
    Harry Potter = ❤️
    Great picks and post, Beth! 😁

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    1. Yeah there are some books that just fit the overall winter season, and a few of them there’s no reason than just the general feel. 🙂
      The book is different to the movie yeah. I actually saw the film before picking up the book which overall I think helped me enjoy it more (I always try and read the book first but there are always a few exceptions)
      I’d recommend Spinning Silver, its a similar style to Uprooted when it comes to the writing and pacing but it has some brilliant kick-ass female characters so it’s worth reading for that alone I think.
      Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤️

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      1. I always try to read the books for things first too but sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. 😊 I’m glad the movie enhanced your enjoyment of it though. Hopefully it does for me too.
        Hm, maybe I’ll have to give Spinning Silver a go. Kick ass female characters are always worth reading a book for. 😁

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      2. Yeah I think I’ve been lucky that the two times I’ve seen the film first (Stardust and The Princess Bride) I’ve ended up loving the book just as much afterwards.
        We need more kick ass females in books, but in the meantime Spinning Silver is a great one to start off with. 🙂


  12. Ahhh so many great books I see! I totally agree with you on Hunted, The Night Circus and Language of Thorns, and I would love to re-read it this winter (at least one of them).

    I have Spinning Silver on my TBR, so I think maybe after seeing this post I’ll pick it up😊.

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    1. They’re all amazing in my opinion. 😀 And yes here’s hoping we both manage to get at least one of them read (though I feel like I’ll be lucky to get one re-read at all!)
      Spinning Silver is a wonderful story, and honestly the perfect book to pick up now it’s winter. 🙂

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