Long, dark mornings and evenings during the winter can be the best excuse to curl up in bed with a good book. Make yourself a nice, warm mug of coffee or hot chocolate, wrap yourself in your warmest blanket and snuggle up with one of Rowanvale Books’ winter recommendations.
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
After the film’s success last year, many of us were reminded of the classic we read as children. If you were swept up in the usual business of Christmas festivities last year and didn’t have the chance to pick up a copy of the book after your trip to the cinema, this year is surely your chance. With multiple Christmassy and snowy scenes throughout, the book is a sure-fire feel-good trip down memory lane. No better way to spend the festive period, if you ask us!
The Best Kind of Beautiful, Frances Whiting
If you fancy getting swept away in a romantic novel you can’t put down, then Frances Whiting’s The Best Kind of Beautiful is the book for you this winter. With a storyline very fitting for our current uncertain times, Whiting writes in a manner that really allows you to get to know the characters and fully immerse yourself in their lives. Perfect for those days where you don’t really want to see anyone, but still don’t want to feel completely alone.
The Ruins of War, Julian Armstrong
One of Rowanvale Books’ own, Julian Armstrong’s compelling fantasy winter mystery will leave you struggling to think about anything else. The cover art alone is enough to transport you straight to the heart of a dark, snow-covered forest. A real page turner, Ruins of War is ideal for those rainy or snowy days where all you want is to curl up with a book you’ll never want to stop reading.
A Whole Life, Robert Seethaler
Robert Seethaler writes poetically about a life of isolation high up in the Alps. Despite only being a short book, you’ll find yourself with a real attachment to protagonist Andreas Egger as Seethaler elegantly discloses private moments from the character’s life, both past and present. A Whole Life can be easily read in a single sitting as--like with most books on this list--you’ll find yourself so wrapped up in the story that you won’t want to do anything else.
The Harry Potter Series, J. K. Rowling
Christmas and winter is often a time for familiar comforts, and there’s nothing more comforting for so many of us than the Harry Potter chronicles. With almost every book and film containing Christmas or snowy scenes, there’s no wonder so many people see them as December classics! They’re a great option for book and movie marathons alone, or for cosy nights in with friends and family.