Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday of December which happens to be doubling up as my 4th post for Blogmas!
Today’s prompt is cosy/wintry reads – My take on this is to share ten books I’d happily curl up on the sofa with, under a nice warm blanket and with a mug of hot chocolate, or perhaps a cheeky glass of mulled wine! Some may be wintry but that’s not an intentional theme!
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Harry Potter – JK Rowling
You’re probably all sick of hearing me go on about Harry Potter but this will always be one of my go to books! Very little beats curling up with one of your childhood favourites to make you feel all warm inside.
Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
Sometimes nothing beats curling up with a good classic. I’ve really not read as many as I probably should have over the years but I have to say Pride & Prejudice is up there with my favourites.
The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S Lewis
The first time I read The Magician’s Nephew as a child I really didn’t get on with it, but I went back a few years later and while I’m still not the biggest fan of that first book I did enjoy the following books much more! The most famous book of the series is probably The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe where famously Narnia has been plunged into a permanent winter with no Christmas! Christmas is the only thing that gets me through a cold winter so there’s few things worse that I can imagine!
The Ant & Bea Mysteries – Rachel Ward
There are currently two books in the Ant & Bea Mysteries series, The Cost Of Living and Dead Stock. They’re both delightful cosy crime novels and I have no doubt in the years to come I’ll be curling up to re-read these and any future novels.
Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & Anthony Horowitz
There’s a reason the Sherlock Holmes stories are still popular over 100 years after they were first published, they’re an absolute joy to read, and I love to dip in and out of some of the short story collections on a dark winter’s night. I also enjoyed The House of Silk and Moriarty which are the two books by Anthony Horowitz the estate of Conan Doyle officially authorised. Should a third novel appear I’m sure that will make my Christmas wishlist and be a future winter read
The Book of The Year – The QI Elves
The researchers behind QI have had a weekly podcast for a few years, in 2017 they released their first Book of the Year, a book filled with strange facts and lesser known news stories from the year. They recently released the 2018 version, they also have an audiobook for each version. The audiobook is great fun to listen too, and perfect for dipping in and out of on a winter’s evening.
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
This is one of my favourite childhood classics, and I think winter is the perfect time to curl up with a favourite book from childhood. I also really loved A Little Princess so I’ll happy sip on a mug of hot chocolate while reading one of them.
The Night Before Christmas – Clement C. Moore
This was a yearly Christmas read from my childhood. The version pictured below is the copy my grandma had, it had lift the flap pictures and sliding pictures that changes when you moved a little tab. I would love to get my hands on a copy of this again.
Unconventional – Maggie Harcourt
Unconventional isn’t a winter read in the sense of it’s setting, however it’s a real feel good read so I think it will be perfect to re-read this winter to make me feel all fluffy and warm inside… Admittedly fluffy and warm isn’t something normally associated with me!
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Not going to lie, this one is totally cheating, it’s unlikely I’ll read the book but I’ll probably pop The Muppet’s Christmas Carol on. One of my favourite Christmas movies of my childhood and I still try and re-watch it most years.
So there are ten books I’d be happy to curl up with again this winter! Let me know yours in the comments!