When it’s cold outside, there is nothing nicer than snuggling up on the sofa with a blanket, a mug of hot chocolate and a good book. If you’re stuck for what to read, here are some books I think are perfect for the winter season.
This is a wonderfully-crafted tale of a girl who is kind-hearted, caring and perceptive, and her desire to help those who matter to her. It is comforting and heart-warming, and you are enveloped by the world as Mila (the protagonist) sees it by the sensitive tone of the first-person narrative. I think this book is one you can read time and time again, as the emotive and imaginative style is captivating.
Many people will have seen the 2011 film ‘Hugo’, with its fascinating 3D clockwork effects and vibrant characters, but the book is just as enthralling. Partly told in words and partly in intricately detailed pictures, this charming story is inventive, inspiring and brilliant for people of any age. It is also quite a quick and easy read, and would be great to read with a younger child (about 5-8 years old) because it is their creativity and enthusiasm that really brings it to life – I know that from experience.
3) A Winter Book by Tove Jansson
(Recommendation & review from my mum 🙂 )
This is an enchanting series of short stories by an author better known for her children’s writing with The Moomins. Here she writes beautifully and descriptively about lives, loneliness, our connection with others and the natural world in its harsh winter state. She deals with strong characters coming to terms with ageing, relationships between the young and old and the creatures living around us, cleverly capturing aspects of the human condition.
4) The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton
Great for families to read together or for children aged 7-12, this is a thrilling adventure story themed around the magic of alchemy. It is also about the importance of family and the basic principle of good vs evil, which I know doesn’t sound very original but the story is a perfect blend of charming and mysterious. Also, it is perfect for this time of year because, as the title suggests, it features the ‘inventor of snow’ who is attempting to sell his creation to the world. I genuinely loved this book.
This is an exciting and magic-filled adventure that – in another stage of development – was nominated to be the NaNoWriMo 2014 competition winner. It explores the different types of friends and enemies, and how those relationships change when people are in difficult situations – some of the characters will really surprise you! It also experiments with the definition of bravery, but it isn’t a typical boring courage-is-doing-what-you’re-scared-of type novel. I would recommend this story for teenagers. However, you need something with internet access to read this because it is found on a writing website. Here’s the link for the story: http://www.movellas.com/story/201212121918265476-in-need-of-an-adventure .
So, those were a few books that I think are really worth a read this winter, with an additional suggestion from my mum that I will be trying! If you have any recommendations, leave a comment on this post.
Maisie, Young Volunteer, Jubilee Library