Top Ten Tuesday: Cold & snowy books for cold & snowy days

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Holiday Reads — books we love to read during the holiday season. I don’t particularly read holiday-themed books, but I do love a good wintry feel. Since I’ve already done a TTT about winter settings, I thought I’d go with books with winter elements in the title — anything to do with snow or being cold. Brrrrrrr.

1. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon – Yes, any excuse to include an Outlander book!

2. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – I didn’t love everything about this trilogy, but the first book in particular was so haunting and powerful.

3. Snowblind by Christopher Golden (review) – Yikes, horror in the snow! Pretty terrifying.

4. The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire (review) – I love me some Toby Daye. The entire series is excellent, and this was a particularly good one.

5. Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (review) – I love the Mercy Thompson books too. Mercy is such an awesome hero.

6. A Fine and Bitter Snow by Dana Stabenow – The Kate Shugak series is one of my favorites… and a new book is coming in January!

7. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham – The Fables series is amazing. I think I need a reread.

8. Snow Glass Apples by Neil Gaiman (review) – This story has always been a favorite, and the new illustrated version is gorgeous.

9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (because it’s about SIMON SNOW!!) (review) – All sorts of yes for Simon and Baz.

10. In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl (review) – A lovely historical novel that I read with my book group.

What are your favorite winter books?

Please share your thoughts, and if you wrote a TTT post, please share your link!

25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Cold & snowy books for cold & snowy days

  1. Great list! One of these days I really need to give the Mercy Thompson books a try, and I’m looking forward to picking up Wayward Son after I enjoyed Carry On – I’m just waiting for the kindle edition to be a bit more affordable!

    • Ooh, good, I’ll look for your review. I loved the illustrations so much — I feel like I want to blow them up to huge size and study the details. 🙂

    • That’s a tough question! So many of these are parts of beloved ongoing series. But I think I’d have to say that Snow Glass Apples is my favorite of these — it’s unique and gorgeous and perfect in so many ways.

    • It’s originally a short story (I read it years ago in one of Neil Gaiman’s collections (maybe Smoke & Mirrors?), but this illustrated edition makes it even better.

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