Mid-January, the official halfway point of winter and though it may not have been very cold until recently, it definitely hasn’t been the best weather. With that in mind, there is nothing I like better when I have a bit of spare time than to curl up with a nice book, a blanket and a lovely warm drink. I’ve picked 5 books that I would love to curl up with this winter (or any season really) and hopefully you’ll find a little bit of inspiration too, if you’re wondering what to read and delve into next.
How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran
This is the only book out of the lot that I have actually read so I know how brilliant it is. If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you will know how much of a fan of Caitlin Moran’s writing I am and so this book was an obvious choice for me. I devoured it within a week when it came out and it still remains one of my favourite reads to date. Lose yourself in the world of a teenager who makes questionable decisions and has some hilarious encounters. A great book to spend hours reading this winter or any winter really.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while now, ever since the BBC adaptation came out a couple of years ago. I’m sure I’ll get around to reading it at some point. But for me, and many others I think, Dickens conjures up images of winter throughout his stories and that is why his books are perfect winter reading. Also because they are usually quite long and getting stuck into a long novel on a cold winter’s night is just absolutely perfect.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
This is the book I plan on reading next because I’ve been wanting to read this so much for the last couple of months. I’m completely entrigued by the story that everyone seems to be completely obsessed with and as a thriller novel lover, there was no way I wasn’t going to read this. The movie of this book is set to be released later this year so if that is not the perfect excuse to read this over the next couple of months then I don’t know what is.
A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carre
I love Le Carre’s work and there was no way that I wasn’t going to stick one of his books on the list as they are the perfect ‘get your teeth stuck into’ novels. This one was released as a film over a year ago now and as much as I want to watch the film, I want to read the novel first. It’s Le Carre so I know it is going to be good, in my opinion all of his novels that I’ve read to date are. Getting drawn into the world of spies always seems like an absolutely wonderful thing in the cold nights of winter.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Another classic this time from one of the great female authors of our time, Jane Austen. I’ve read Pride and Prejudice and that is where my Austen reading stopped and I’m not sure why because I love the way that she writes. With that in mind, I plan to read more of her work this year and I think this book that has been sitting on my shelf for a year or so now is a very good place to start.
What books do you love curling up with in the winter months?