Bookish Discussions

Winter TBR:

I don’t usually write TBR posts because a) I have too much university reading to do and b) I feel too pressured to actually read the books I say I want to read. But, as I mentioned in my Autumn TBR, I want to start reading seasonally. What’s the point of reading a book set in the snowy wilderness when it’s the middle of summer?

So, here’s a list of the books I want to read during the winter months:

Dickens at Christmas

This is a Vintage Classics edition of Charles Dickens’ Yuletide stories. Inside, you’ll find a collection of short, festive stories from the Pickwick Papers and Household Words as well as five Christmas books, including A Christmas Carol and The Cricket on the Hearth. This collection is the quintessential and traditional English Christmas that Charles Dickens is most famous for.

I’m super excited to start reading this in the run-up to Christmas. I’ll be starting it as soon as December hits, and I won’t be leaving this or my festive bubble until every single page is demolished. Most likely, I’ll be reading this alongside some university books, so I probably won’t get it finished until very close to Christmas, making it all the more better. I’ll definitely write up mini reviews on each individual story, so if you’d like to see what I make of them, make sure you add or follow me on Goodreads!

Purchase here.

The Bear and the Nightingale

Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale is the first instalment of The Winternight Trilogy. Set in the Russian wilderness, an elderly servant tells tales of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to an audience of children. But for the young and wild Vasilisa, these are more than just stories. “She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods”.

I have heard nothing but good things about this book, and I thought winter was the best time to start it considering the atmosphere of the story. I can just envision myself tucked up in fluffy blankets, with my candles flickering and the fire lit, reading this wonderful story based on folklore.

Purchase here.

Dracula

The new year marks a new university semester, and this year I’m studying a module titled ‘Vamps and Villains’. On the glorious reading list is Bram Stoker’s famous vampire novel, Dracula. I’m ashamed to say I have never read this novel in its entirety – I have only read the first chapter, which I compared to the opening of Twilight for my sixth form coursework.

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the narrative of this one, so I’ll save the summary. But I will refer to Wordsworth Classics for this lovely critical over-view: ‘in the ensuing battle of wits between the sinister Count Dracula and a determined group of adversaries, Bram Stoker created a masterpiece of the horror genre, probing deeply into questions of human identity and sanity, and illuminating dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire’.

Purchase here.

Winter: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons

Similar to the Autumn book I read during the fall, I want to read this wintery collection of poetry and prose. These books, edited by Melissa Harrison, celebrate and bring to life the changing seasons through a series of writings by honoured authors, including: Robert Macfarlane, James Joyce, Patrick Barkham and Anita Sethi, to name but a few.

I absolutely loved the Autumn edition of this book – it even inspired me to write my own piece on the season (click here you’d like to read it). Nature writing sparks such an overwhelming pleasure deep within my soul and I absolutely love winter, so I just know I’m going to love this on those dark, wintery nights.

Purchase here.


There you have it. These are the books I’m most looking forward to reading this winter season. Hopefully I will read them all, but if not, there is always next winter! What are you planning to read this season?

Thanks for reading, Lauren Xx

3 thoughts on “Winter TBR:

  1. Dracula has been on my TBR shelf for months, and I’ve continued to ignore it… maybe this season I’ll pick it up! I’m planning to read lots of ‘comfort books’ and old favourites this winter, to distract me from all the work I need to be doing 🙂

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