Six Books to Curl Up With When It’s Wintry Outside

When the wind is howling and snowflakes are pricking the windowpane, settle in with a delicious book.

When the wind is howling outside and snowflakes are pricking the windowpane, do what I do: settle in with a delicious book. Now, you could read any work of fiction, but when it’s freezing outside, I like to get in my reading chair, place a steaming cup of tea beside me, pull a wooly afghan up over my shoulders and begin reading something that takes place in an equally chilly setting. Somehow, reading about a character’s trek over the frozen tundra makes me feel even cozier and glad to be out of the elements. Here are six of our favorite cold-weather novels.


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About Abbe Wright

Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Editor of Read It Forward. As a kid, she used to get in trouble at summer camp for using a flashlight to read inside her sleeping bag after lights out, but these days, she lives in Brooklyn, where nobody minds if she stays up late reading. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.

  • Michaela Devine

    Seasonal reading has become SUCH a thing for me the older I get, so I love this!

  • Techeditor

    I loved The Quality of Silence.

    While THE QUALITY OF SILENCE isn’t quite as superior a story as was SISTER, Rosamund Lupton’s first book, which won awards and was highly praised all over the world, I would still agree that she rivals Tana French. SILENCE made me cold, high praise considering that cold is not only the setting of the story but, also, the motivator the characters in this story work with and around, determinicng everything they do. I, too, was cold; I felt like I was there because of Lupton’s convincing and powerful descriptions.

    A mother and 10-year-old deaf daughter from England have come to Alaska to join their husband/father, who is in northern Alaska creating a wildlife film. But authorities there have determined that he died in a fire. Not believing this, mother and daughter, by EXTRA extraordinary means, travel to find and save him. The farther they get, the colder they (and I) got. Cold is the great driver, even more so than the suspicious blue headlights following them from a distance.

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