10 Best Books To Read Before Winter Ends | Cosy And Snowy Books
The setting of a book sets the mood and tone for the unravelling of the story. It is thus that atmospheric books add more depth, complexity and engagement to the book. They pull you in, making you experience not only the story but also the world the story inhabits. Here is a list of 10 best books to read before winter end.
10 Best Cosy, Snowy Books To Read Before Winter Ends:
- Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
- The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas
- Moominland Midwinter by Tove Janssen
- Blankets by Craig Thompson
- The Boy in the Snow by MJ McGrath
- Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
- Greenglass House by Kate Milford
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
- Bear Town by Fredrich Backman
- Peace Like A River by Leif Enger
Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
This quiet, lyrical piece follows a man as he journeys to the one of the coldest snowscapes in the world. Here, he finds his old lover, a geisha of extraordinary beauty. Complimenting his silent, broody nature with her elegant passion, this book unfolds its characters with the soft and sure slowness of snow falling.
The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas
This Norwegian classic is the heartwarming story of two friends, Siss and Unn, who find unexpected companionship during the course of a single night. But when Unn mysteriously disappears and gets lost in an Ice Palace created by the crevices and folds of a frozen waterfall, their idyllic world is shaken.
Moominland Midwinter by Tove Janssen
No list about winter books can ever be complete without a children’s classic. This one takes place in the magical setting of Moominvalley, and follows the humorous character, a Moomintroll. Moomintrolls are supposed to hibernate in the winter, but when this one fails to, he discovers a sunless and snowy world.
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Steeped in the snow of Wisconsin winters is this poignant tale of two brothers and their sibling rivalry and two beautiful romances that bud. Thompson is as expressive through his brushstroke as he is through his pen. Incorporating elements from his own story such as faith, love and its abandonment, Thomson crafts a masterpiece of delicacy and love.
The Boy in the Snow by MJ McGrath
This book, against the backdrop of the Scandinavian snow, follows Smilla Jaspersen as she attempts to solve a murder mystery. A six year old Greenlander falls off an apartment building, but Smilla knows it is not an accident. The mystery of his murder takes her back to the snow and ice she loves. And it takes us along with her, through scenic snowscapes.
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
This atmospheric mystery takes place in the desolate snowscapes of the Washington State Island. With poetry-esque prose, Guterson tells the story of a Japanese man on trial for the murder of a white fisherman. Through the story, the layers of personal narratives of the villagers emerge, and gradually the consciousness of the entire town unravels itself.
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
in this middle grade book, Milo is our 12-year-old protagonist. Looking forward to the majestic winters of his Greenglass House, because quietness is sure to reign, he receives a bit of a shock when many uninvited guests appear. But each brings with him or her, his or her own story, a story of connection with the house.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
In Alaska of the 1920s, the first snowfall of the winter makes a couple loosen their hold on their child for a split second. She goes out into the snow, but never returns. Grappling with enormous guilt, they discover that an eerie fairytale-like mirror phenomenon has occurred. Replete with snowy wildernesses and magical undertones, this story is perfect for winter.
Bear Town by Fredrich Backman
This book teleports readers into an idyllic winter amidst the mountains of Beartown, where a small and tight knit community live. The local ‘it’ thing here is ice hockey, which forms the crux of the story.
Peace Like A River by Leif Enger
This tragic romance in the heart of a Dakota winter revolves around family, community and outlaws. The narration, by an asthmatic 11 year old called Reuben, is wistful, lyrical and supremely evocative.