When we think of December reads, we often think of the fluffy holiday novel. They’re grab & go, and you can read them in about a day because they all pretty much have the same story line to a degree. But what if you’re looking for something chilly with a little more substance?
Here are a few handpicked reads for the upcoming winter months:
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah – Although it might be argued that Kristin Hannah recently grew to literary fame with her two most recent novels, The Great Alone and The Nightingale, her older novels are spectacular. Curling up with this read during the winter months is fitting because of the title, but also because of the story line. In Winter Garden, you will meet Meredith and Nina Whitson, two sisters who are quite different. When their father falls ill, their mother, often cold and standoffish, offers them little comfort. The sister’s find themselves making a promise to retell a Russian fairy tale they used to love to hear as children. This then begins to unravel a story of family relationships, of the past, and of a historical setting during the Cold War which may give the sister’s insight into the life of their mother.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – While not primarily set in winter, fantasy fiction fans will devour this novel. When you crack open the hefty pages of The Mists of Avalon, you will be transported into the world of the legend of King Arthur, but told from the perspective of Arthur’s sister Morgana Le Fey (Morgaine in the novel). Something about the chilly months just makes it the perfect time to visit a mythical world.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware – You may have recently read The Woman in Cabin 10, but have you read Ware’s earlier novel in a Dark, Dark Wood? Claire hasn’t spoken to her one friend in years. So it’s surprising when she gets an invitation for a weekend away at an old friend’s house in the woods. For some reason, Claire decides to go and wakes up 48 hours later in a hospital bed knowing that someone is dead. Here’s some advice: If someone you haven’t spoken to in years asks you to go in the woods, you probably shouldn’t. What you should do is stop by the library and pick up this read.
So stop on by the library and pick up one of these reads to cozy up with, and don’t forget to let us know what you’re reading this winter!
-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian