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So I've been thinking about snow. Not because we have some today, it's actually a mild, breezy, pleasant day, but partly because it's due to get a lot colder by the weekend and the forecast is for 'wintery showers'. Of course, that could mean anything in this country, ranging from nothing at all, to half a dozen snow flakes, to this, from our winter of 2005:

Somehow or other I'm not expecting that this weekend.

Anyway, the other reason for me thinking about snow is that the book I'm reading now, Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve, and the book I read before it, Dead Cold by Louise Penny, are both books that have snowy settings. The former is set in the Arctic of the future and the latter in Quebec in winter. And they made me realise just how much I love reading books with winter-wonderland settings. So that, of course, started a book hunt around the house. Does anyone else love doing this or is it just me?

Here's what I came up with:

Hmm. I don't know why but I would have expected more. So I tried to think of more, but other than the wonderful first chapters of The Wind in the Willows, nothing much came to mind. Although one of Ellis Peters's Brother Cadfael books, The Virgin in the Ice, has a very cold winter setting too, if memory serves, and is my favourite of the twenty or so books.

I did find a list of sorts here and that does provide a few interesting alternatives but nowhere else could I find a recommended list of 'snowy' books - not even on Amazon's listmania.

So I was wondering... do any of you have any favourite books that have snow settings? Or even just 'wintery' settings - I'm not that fussed - just really in the mood for sitting indoors by the fire and reading about winter.


We too have 'wintry showers' forecast - as you say that could mean anything.

Hmmm. *Ponders* Sadly off hand, no I can't think of anything 'snowy' book-wise, there must be some, surely?

Keep warm and dry and safe.
Bit colder here today but no snow as yet. Sunday possibly but, realistically, it looks like we might miss it down here.

Yes, there are plenty of snowy books, I had a few suggestions here and on my Blogspot book blog so I'll be making a proper list and posting about it over the weekend.

You too.

Edited at 2008-11-21 02:33 pm (UTC)
We woke to a smattering of snow and it's been falling on and off all day - in fact it's not covering the steps and patio as well as the grass.

Oh, good. I'm glad you have found plenty.

Thank you. I was meant to go for a blood test today but snow + crutches = not good, so I cancelled and re-scheduled.
I'm waiting desperately to see if the promised snow arrives, but it was so mild today - I was wandering around in shirtsleeves half the time... *sighs*

Love your search for snowy books! Is Philip Pullman's "Northern Lights" too obvious to count? Um... "Call of the Wild" by Jack London must have had snow? "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"? Oh - my favourite winter-set book: "The Dark is Rising" by Susan Cooper! And I wonder if The Giant Under the Snow actually has snow? I've not read that one, but it sounds fab!

You're right, this is way too much fun... *g*
You're over in the east aren't you? It looks like you're more likely to get the snow than us, judging by the forecast last night.

No, Pullman's not too obvious to count - I just forgot him. And the rest, except for The Dark is Rising which I have on my tbr pile and didn't realise was a winter book.

I've had some really good suggestions so will be making a list and posting it soon.
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett.

Yep, forgot that one... and Hogfather? I can't remember whether that had snow or not but assume it *must* have...
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Yep, that one's in the photo. It belonged to my eldest so is pretty ancient.
There's always the first chapter of Little Women--lots of winter in that one!

Probably more than I'm not stopping to think of right now, because lunch is ready, but there is the Pullman book, The Golden Compass--with polar bears!

It's going down in the 20s here tonight--your kind of weather! :)
It's so long since I read Little Women that I forgot that, Verlinda. Will add it to the list.

Enjoy your cold weather!