Wintery book escapes

This time last year I couldn’t get enough of wintery landscapes in books. We were living in England where we’d had a magical snow-dusted December and part of January. You’d think that all that snow and hoarfrost would make a person want to escape to warmer climes in books, but for me it was just the opposite. I spent my favorite season snowed in in Iceland, Newfoundland, Maine and, this year, Russia.





Carrying on the tradition, I began reading City of Thieves while visiting family in Florida over MLK weekend. I’m sure it’s not normal to want to read about a war-torn and ice-encased Leningrad while sitting in sunny Florida. (Abnormal, though arguably the better way to experience it.) Even so, I find descriptions of cold landscapes infinitely more exotic than hot. A review to follow shortly.

How about you? Do you crave literary escapes to warmer settings in winter? And colder climates in summer? And just out of curiosity, what’s your favorite season?

A memory from that perfectly crisp, snowy week in December last year. 

(Top photo a still from the movie The Shipping News)

  1. I love reading under the sun! My favourite season is fall. I live in Toronto so Fall is when everything turns a bright shade of red :)

    • Erin said:

      I bet Fall in Toronto is gorgeous. I remember when I was studying in France, I was living with a bunch of Australians who had never seen the leaves turn colors in Fall. It was a delight to watch them experience the reds, oranges and golds for the first time.

  2. Anne said:

    brrrrrrr. . . . it must be that mystery viking blood in your veins! I prefer a Randy Wayne White novel situated somewhere in Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands.

  3. I don’t love winter (really, the only decent part about it is the hot water bottle I put under my covers before bed) but I do notice my reading habits shift a bit in winter. Something about the cold weather and all the time I spend indoors has me reading longer books and more history than I seem to in summer, when I devote myself to young and adult and mystery novels. Right now, though, I am loving the idea of reading some of the books you’ve featured here…something about the City of Thieves cover is sucking me in.

    • Erin said:

      Ellen – I hear you about reading habits changing with the seasons. Though it’s interesting you should say you read more history in winter and more fiction in summer; I tend to do the reverse! Who knows why? City of Thieves really is a gem of a book. Difficult to read at times considering its subject matter, but do you know, their are some brilliantly funny moments. Vibrant, comical characters and a story set at a clipped pace give the impression that Benioff is attempting to stamp out the cold of that time in history with his story-telling. Believe it or not – a great winter read.

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