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Top 10 Tuesday 2nd June

on June 2, 2020

Hello and welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now lives with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. It features a different literary theme each week and this week we are talking about…..

Books That Give Winter Vibes!

I am in the Southern Hemisphere, so we welcomed winter yesterday, unfortunately. I’m not a winter person, I don’t like cold weather at all and I feel the cold a lot. A lot of people would probably feel our winter isn’t really that bad – and it isn’t really, I guess! It doesn’t snow where I live, rarely gets below 0 and usually only at night time, but it’s what you’re used to, isn’t it? And I grew up 1500km (about 1000 miles) north of here, where it’s quite tropical and the winters are much warmer. It’s taken me a long time to acclimatise but I still don’t like it.

I do like reading wintery books though! Some of my favourite settings are places like Antarctica and Alaska, places that are really different to me weather wise. I always feel like places where you get snowed in are such great settings for a book. So here are some books that I think give some winter vibes….some I’ve read, some I just got the vibes from the cover.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. This book’s cover gives me really strong winter vibes. The hotel in the title is a massive structure on a secluded island accessible only by boat somewhere in Vancouver. It seems like the sort of place where the winters would be long – very The Shining type of thing.

The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan. I read this recently as well and it’s very wintery! It revolves around the desire of a couple to winter in Norway on a secluded farm, where you can either get a boat across, be lifted in via chopper or reach it via snowmobile. Karen Swan’s books seem to have either winter vibes, like this one and be set somewhere snowy and isolated or they’re very summery and set in places like on a Greek island or in Rome in summer. They’re amazing for escape, no matter which one floats your boat.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. I’ve owned this book for so long and I haven’t read it yet! I’m not sure why, it’s set in Alaska – one of my favourite places. There are some truly stunning covers, this is the one I have and it definitely feels very wintery and I’m sure the story is as well!

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Probably the first book I ever read that gave off ‘winter vibes’. I remember reading this, watching the BBC {I think?} mini series when I was about 10 and being in awe of all the snow when Lucy first steps through into Narnia.

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. Set mostly in a castle atop a cliff in Scotland, this book has loads of winter vibes! Scotland has some brutal winters (actually, to be honest, their summers seem pretty brutal as well, to this Aussie. I keep reading about how the average high in some places in summer is about 16*C) and those rugged cliffs looking out to grey, savage seas probably have a winter vibe most of the year!

My Last Continent by Midge Raymond. I honestly don’t know anything about this book other than the fact that it’s set in Antarctica and revolves around two people who study penguins. But the cover is amazing. Looks like Aurora australis at it’s most beautiful. This has two of my favourite things – Antarctica and penguins, so I feel like it should go on my TBR asap.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s been a long time since I’ve read this…..*checks notes* 2010 actually! So almost 10 years. But when I saw this prompt, it was actually one of the first books that popped into my head, so the cover and it’s overall atmosphere has definitely stayed with me!

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer. I have been meaning to read this for a while now – ever since I watched a movie about a disastrous Everest climb, which Krakauer has also written a book about, called Into Thin Air. I looked him up then and discovered this book, about a man who hitchhiked to Alaska and then walked alone into the wilderness to start a new life.

Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan. I read this one a long time ago as well but it’s also a book that springs to mind when I think of winter. It’s a sweet story with a real NY winter vibe to it. Because I’m in Australia, Christmas for me is a summer thing – I’ve never known any other way. We are used to the beach, BBQs, salads, swimming etc as our Christmas thing but most of the Christmas books I read are set in the Northern Hemisphere, so are full of snow and eggnog.

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. I haven’t read this either but I’ve owned it for a number of years. It’s Russian, and basically anything Russian gives me winter vibes because when you think cold, Russia is one of the places that comes to mind.  So many Russian novels seem to be about suffering, whilst in the middle of one of the harshest climates in the world. It’s the sort of winter I don’t want to experience!

Got anything else you think I should read to add to my winter vibe feel, now that it is actually winter here? Let me know!



30 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 2nd June

  1. Cheryl Malandrinos says:

    Such pretty covers. I love that version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

  2. Aw! The Snow Child is so good! Just those covers create such a wintery vibe even in the heat of June in the UK! Thanks for sharing!

    My TTT is here

  3. Haha Russia is cold almost all year round! I’m with you, I don’t like cold. But I do like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Narnia–where it is always winter and never Christmas. I would like to read Shiver someday, but maybe I’ll wait until my winter. It seems a little chilly to read now.

    • I should re-read the whole Chronicles of Narnia series as an adult. I actually don’t think I ever got through the whole lot as a child.

      Definitely wait for winter for Shiver!

  4. Chiara says:

    No matter how many times I started Lion and the Witch and The Wardrobe I have never finished it. One day I will …
    Here’s mine

  5. Great choice of books. I have read quite a few of them. I think I would have found more winter books than summer but since I live in the Northern hemisphere, I went with that.

    My TTT.

  6. Marg says:

    Dash and Lily! That is the other book I was trying to remember for my list.

  7. I would have had a much easier time doing wintery books, most of what I read fits firmly into the Autumn/Winter vibe camp, summer was quite tricky for me to do! Having said that, the only one of these I’ve actually read is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, haha.
    My TTT:

  8. lydiaschoch says:

    I don’t like winter either. I hope this one passes quickly for you.

    My TTT .

    • Thank you! Being in Australia, they’re generally not too bad but in Aussie terms, our one is quite long – it can last until October. Hopefully this one is one of the shorter ones

  9. carhicks says:

    I definitely got a winter chill. Great covers all.

  10. D Hoisington says:

    I agree with you. I don’t like winter either. I am summer person. I have read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Great book. The Christmas Lights, I have to check out. It sounds like a wonderful book.
    Here is my TTT.

  11. Narnia! I’m from Canada and we have long, long winters here so I feel you!

  12. These are some beautiful covers! Happy reading! 🙂

    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  13. The Winter at the Sea book catches my eye every time I see it. It’s stunning, gorgeous, and gives off great winter vibes.

  14. Regine Karpel says:

    Love Doctor Zhivago.

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