At the time of writing, England has just had its first snow this winter. After an unseasonably warm September and October, the temperature has plummeted and I can (finally) crack out the bobble hats and oversized jumpers, and I’m about two steps away from having ‘cosy’ tattooed on my forehead.
In the spirit of the cold weather – and the beginning of my favourite time of year – I thought I could share some books that I love snuggling up under a blanket with.
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Not only is this a gloriously chunky and heart-warming book that’s ideal for occupying you throughout the holidays, the book also begins with one of the most beautifully described Christmas mornings I’ve ever read. Although they were a poor family, each girl received a beautifully bound book under their pillow – and I honestly think that reading this as a child is what made me so grateful for everything we tend to take for granted of Christmas day.
The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking
Hygge (pronounced hoo-guh) is an untranslatable word from Danish, which roughly means cosiness and happiness. This books summarises how Danish day to day life revolves around this concept, and how it can be into your own in order to achieve greater general happiness. It even has a whole chapter dedicated to Danish Christmas, complete with mouth-watering recipes.
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – J K Rowling
The winter is almost always going to make me want to re-read the entire series, but particularly the first book brings back so many memories and is rich with nostalgia at this point – and Harry’s first Christmas at Hogwarts is still so magical to me at the age of 20 as it was at 7.
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Do I even need to explain? Not only (in my opinion) is this the easiest to read Dickens novel – mostly due to its length – but this is probably one of the most iconic Christmas stories in literature…other than the obvious.
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas – Agatha Christie
As always, Agatha Christie is on the top of her game with this novel that has its own seasonal twist. It’s an extremely original mystery where almost every single character has something to hid, and can also serve as a welcome break if you’ve had your fill of fluffiness from other seasonal stories. I always end up watching this adaptation around Christmas, too, which is also well worth a watch!
Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare
The ‘Twelfth Night’ was a day, 12 days after Christmas, where the lower class citizens would swap status with the elite as part of the seasonal celebrations in Tudor England. Although the play itself isn’t set at this time of year – or even in England – Twelfth Night completely embodies this swapping and foolishness at its core, and is a genuinely hilarious script full of idiotic characters and memorable lines, that I always come back to in winter.
What are some of your favourite wintery reads?