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?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books With A Snowy Setting (brrrr!)

snowy10Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week.

This week’s theme is Top Ten Favorite Books With X Setting. I always enjoy the topics that are a bit open-ended like this — it’s so much fun to see the creative ideas that bloggers come up with! I myself was feeling a bit less than creative… but for whatever weird reason, sitting here in the middle of summer, I started thinking about snow… and cold… and ice… and Antarctica. So for no very good reason, my theme this week is snowy settings — books that either take place entirely in a snowy or bitterly cold place, or have very memorable scenes that take place someplace full of snow and ice.

(A note about me: I HATE being cold. So this is a weird choice for me. Still. Here we go.)

The Snow ChildA Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)The Silent LandThe Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)The Shining (The Shining, #1)The Long Winter (Little House, #6)Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)Midwives The Snowy Day

1) The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey: This magical story of a childless couple who may (or may not) have made a snow child that comes to life is full of bone-chilling descriptions of life on an Alaskan homestead.

2) A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin: The Wall! A giant wall made of ice! Need I say more?

3) The Silent Land by Graham JoyceHonestly, one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read, set in and around a ski resort in the Pyrenees during an avalanche. Snow everywhere!

4)The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman: I just love the armored bears (hurray for Iorek Byrnison!) and the gloom and mystery of the Far North.

5) The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis: The White Witch has condemned Narnia to a never-ending winter. Snow, snow, everywhere! It actually looks lovely, but all the talking animals seem to want spring to arrive.

6) The Shining by Stephen King: A family spending the winter snowed in at a creepy mountainside hotel? Now there’s a recipe for a relaxing vacation!

7) The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder: Those blizzards scared the heck out of me at a young age.

8) Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer: An intense world-wide winter brought on by global natural disaster. Let this be a lesson to all of us: Keep canned food on hand at all times.

9) Midwives by Chris Bohjalian: Or, the perils of a home birth in the middle of winter in Vermont. Just saying.

10) The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats: A perfect picture of all the ways a kid can have fun on a day full of snow. Because I really should end this list on a cheery note, don’t you think?

I thought I’d have a hard time coming up with ten — but as it turns out, I could have kept going! So I’ll give “honorable mention” to a few more books set in the ice or snow, best read with a warm quilt and a cup of hot chocolate:

  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (for the Antarctica scenes)
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  • Ice Bound by Dr. Jerri Nielsen
  • Mrs. Mike by Benedict & Nancy Freedman
  • Odd & The Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
  • The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin
  • The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

See, I don’t compulsively include the same books every week! Look, I made it through a whole top 10 list without mentioning Harry Potter, The Sparrow, or Outlander… oops.

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