read_warbler (read_warbler) wrote,

Snow themed books

What better time to list the snowy/winter books titles I collected a few weeks ago.

Some of these are wintery throughout, some just have a chapter or two and some I haven't read at all, so can't say.

1. The Tenderness of Wolves – Stef Penney (crime)
2. Dead Cold – Louise Penny (crime)
3. Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg (crime)
4. Ghosts in the Snow – Tamara Siler Jones (hist. crime/fantasy)
5. North Child – Edith Pattou (YA fantasy)
6. Predator’s Gold – Philip Reeve (YA fantasy – book 2 in series)
7. At the Back of the North Wind – George MacDonald (YA classic fantasy)
8. The Long Winter – Laura Ingalls Wilder (YA classic)
9. Northern Lights – Phillip Pullman (YA fantasy)
10. Call of the Wild – Jack London (classic)
11. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis (YA fantasy)
12. The Dark is Rising – Susan Cooper (YA fantasy)
13. Wintersmith – Terry Pratchett (fantasy)
14. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (YA classic)
15. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame (children’s classic)
16. The Sittaford Mystery – Agatha Christie (crime)
17. The Nine Tailors – Dorothy Sayers (crime)
18. Death and the Dancing Footman – Ngaio Marsh (crime)
19. Ordinary Wolves – Seth Kantner (novel)
20. Dr. Zhivago – Boris Pasternak (Russian Lit)
21. After the Fine Weather – Michael Gilbert (crime?)
22. The Snow Queen – Hans Christian Anderson (children’s classic)
23. Light on Snow – Anita Shreve (novel)
24. A Winter in the Hills – John Wain (novel)
25. Winter Holiday – Arthur Ransome (children’s classic)
26. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aiken (YA fantasy)
27. The Virgin in the Ice – Ellis Peters (hist. crime)
28. The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin (sci fi)
29. The Adventures of Captain Hatteras – Jules Verne (classic)
30. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (classic)
31. The Fifth Elephant – Terry Pratchett (fantasy)

I'm sure there must be a *lot* more. Looking at the list it does seem that two genres are well catered for - YA fantasy and crime. I'm sure there must be many more in other genres? And I'm racking my brains trying to think of the Georgette Heyer where the hero and heroine get stranded because of snow. Is it Sylvester? Or am I thinking of some other regency romance?

Anyway, thanks to all who contributed and anyone that can add to the list, please do.


A nice bookish day today. I went to Waterstones and was able to enjoy a half hour's browse among the new books. Not much to tempt me really, but I did buy this and also picked up my copy of this which you get free if you have a Waterstone's loyalty card, which I do. It's worth having the card just to get their free magazine, to be honest, as it really is very good, and one of the very few book magazines available in this country. Which always strikes me as a big shame.

More disappointingly I've just given up on a book. I really hate to do this but The Fade by Chris Wooding just wasn't doing it for me. It's hard to put my finger on why because I usually like this kind of sci fi novel. Partly, I think I'm not fond of the kind of female character some male authors write where she's clearly a man in women's clothes. Not much depth there at all to be honest, and the plot is dragging; 100 pages in and I'm still waiting for something to happen. It's a shame. I tend to get annoyed, not just by the wasted money, but also by the wasted reading days. I could have been reading something good!

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