The snowy days of winter provide the perfect time to cuddle up with a warm beverage, maybe by a fire, and read a book. Get whisked away in the wintery wonder and holiday cheer with these books set during winter and the holidays.
The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham
This tale of two brothers and their struggles and journeys in life and love begins when one believes he catches a glimpse of a celestial being. Buy a copy.
Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
This is one of many of Macomber’s installments featuring the angelic Mrs. Merkle (often pronounced Miracle by some characters) as she goes about saving a family’s Christmas. Buy a copy.
Festival of Deaths Jane Haddam
This not so festive festival features eight nights of murder set during Hanukkah. Buy a copy.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
A childless couple works to survive in 1920s Alaska. After they build a child out of snow and it vanishes overnight, they catch sight of a mysterious young girl in the woods. Buy a copy.
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
This is another less than cozy winter read. The Snowman follows investigator Harry Hole as he tries to unravel a chilling murder mystery. Buy a copy.
The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynne Anderson
Girls are vanishing in the small town where Maggie’s family has just moved. And a strange presence seems to be attached to Maggie who is trying to figure out her new life and her haunting new home. Buy a copy.
The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
The third installment of the Percy Jackson series sets itself around the time of Winter Solstice when important decisions will be made. It’s three books in, so a little catch up may be required, but this well-loved YA series is an engaging read. Buy a copy.
Winter by Adam Gopnik
Gopnik tells the story of winter in five parts: Romantic Winter, Radical Winter, Recuperative Winter, Recreational Winter, and Remembering Winter. Buy a copy.
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
This book is deep into Pratchett’s Discworld series (and third in the Tiffany Aching series), but features the perfect plot for anyone ready to shake off winter’s cold dreary days as Tiffany has to figure out how to end a prolonged winter. Buy a copy.
Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher
Set during the holiday season, this dramatic romance tells a story of loss and love in snowy Scotland. Buy a copy.
Winter Nights by Francis Ray, Shirley Hailstock, and Donna Hill
This trio of stories showcases three winter holidays: Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Years. Buy a copy.
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
Sedaris sets aside his real-life essays to tell some funny and fictional holiday stories full of his signature strange humor. Buy a copy.