Five Favorite Winter Reads from Last Winter

While looking back over last year’s favorite winter reads, I give you the illustrations from my top five, with the title linking to my review:

snow queen

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson

The Long Winter

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

A Meal in Winter

A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli

The Sorrow of angels

The Sorrow of Angels by Jon Kalman Stefansson


Did you read any of these? Do you have any you recommend for the Winter of 2015?

22 thoughts on “Five Favorite Winter Reads from Last Winter”

  1. That’s a lovely selection, Bellezza. Stefansson’s prose is so beautiful, almost poetic and lyrical in places, and I hope to read book three in the trilogy next year. A Meal in Winter would make a good play – I could see it working on the stage. The Snow Queen is perfect for this time of year.

    I’m thinking of reading a winter-themed book in the next few weeks, but it’ll need to be something from my shelves. I haven’t decided yet!


    1. I want to read the third in the triology, too! I hope I can find it easily; usually I have to special order it as no bookshop in the States has even heard of it. Or, that’s the way it feels.

      The Snow Queen is so much better than Frozen! Well, to be fair I haven’t seen Frozen. But, from what my class tells me I think Hans Christian Anderson trumps Disney in this particular arena. 🙂

      I’m looking forward to what see what you decide, and coming from your shelves? It’s bound to be something good!


    1. Oh Stu, I’m so glad you left me with a specific title! I’ll be sure to search for it on my kindle, nook, iPad, etc. hoping to access it. The title reminded me of two other favorite Winter reads of mine, although not from last winter. One is Snow by Orhan Pamuk, and the other is Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg. They were both fabulous, plus, one can’t forget the Russians!


  2. I didn’t read any of these, but just looking at those pictures makes me feel cold. They definitely look like winter reads 🙂 I would probably choose to read The Snow Queen out of that selection – sounds like it would be perfect for this time of year. As for me, I love to read The Nutcracker during the winter – its Christmas-y and fun.


    1. The pictures do have a chilling effect, do they not? And, not one of sitting cozily by the fire! No, these are more a sense of the brutality of Winter. I read the Nutcracker, the real classic version, to my class a few years ago and they liked it. It’s good to revisit that every other year or so.


    1. And, unintentionally, a harsh one! Winter is my favorite season, but not always when it’s so brutal. I don’t seem to have any pictures of a walk through a crystalline world of white powder; these pictures more resemble a blizzard!


  3. Are you referring to The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey? If so, I loved that book! Especially from a parent’s perspective. But, I agree, The Long Winter is one of the very best.


  4. I love this illustrations, especially the first and last ones. Soooo pretty!! I recently got The Snow Queen’s audiobook, because after all the Frozen hype and Once Upon A Time including The Snow Queen in their repertoire, I’m actually curious about the original story.


  5. I haven’t seen Frozen, but I can attest to the beauty of The Snow Queen from Hans Christian Anderson. Although, like all of his fairy tales, there is a touch of sadness as I recall. Amongst the beauty.


  6. Oh I’m off to read about these, as most of them I haven’t heard of. 🙂

    I loved Touch by Alexi Zenter as a winter book; if you haven’t read it yet, I think it would be your type of book too.


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