It’s officially December, which means, as far as I’m concerned, it’s officially winter! I’m going rogue this week with my Top Ten Tuesday, because I really enjoyed making my Fall TBR, and I think it helped me organize my reading for the last few months. I actually read eight out of ten books on my Fall TBR, and I decided I wanted to take today to make a winter list as well! Read on for the books on top of my list for winter.
Cress by Marissa Meyer
I was a late arrival to The Lunar Chronicles series, and now I can’t believe I ever waiting this long! I thought there was no way these books could live up to the hype, but they really did. I just finished Scarlet today, and I want to take a little bit of a break before I jump into the second half of the series.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
This is one of the books I’m most looking forward to in the incoming months. Ta-Nehisi Coates won the National Book Award for nonfiction last month for this book, which is an exploration of being black in America today. I can’t think of a book more relevant and important to read right now.
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
THIS BOOK IS 834 PAGES. This is one of the books I picked up at Powell’s earlier this month (post about that coming soon), and then I regretted it after lugging it around for the rest of the weekend. It’s a murder mystery set during the New Zealand gold rush, which I didn’t even know was a thing that happened. It also won the Man Booker Prize in 2013. I’m putting it on my list as a kind of challenge to myself so that I really force myself to at least attempt this mammoth novel.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a creepy-covered mystery! And this is one of those books that I’ve heard universally amazing things about. It’s the highest-rated book on my TBR (Cress is #2) and I am so excited to read it. I love historical fiction, and I love mysteries, so there’s so much to look forward to with this one.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
To be honest, I’ve never really gotten along with Charles Dickens. I read Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities in high school, and I didn’t particularly enjoy either of them, honestly. But I want to give him another try, and A Christmas Carol seems like a most seasonally appropriate way to do it. I was actually gonna read this last year, but I ran out of time and settled for watching the version with Scrooge McDuck and Mickey Mouse instead. Same thing right?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This is left over from my Fall TBR, and is still haunting me from my TBR shelf. I actually own two copies of it, and I still haven’t read it. But this is the season that I actually read it! Maybe!
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I know, I know, I can’t believe I haven’t read this one either! I was avoiding it for the same reason I didn’t read The Lunar Chronicles for a long time, because I was worried they would wouldn’t live up to the substantial hype. But The Lunar Chronicles have been such a fun ride, and I’m hoping the Throne of Glass series will be too!
The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
UGH what a GORGEOUS COVER. As in, distractingly beautiful every time I see it in a bookstore. I attempted to read another 1001 Arabian Nights-inspired novel this year (A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston), and DNFed it, but I have heard amazing things about this one! Very excited to check it out.
It Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Breakups in History by Jennifer Wright
Now for something completely different — a nonfiction book about historically disastrous relationships. I just got approved for this one on NetGalley. I’m a sucker for a good love (and breakup) story, and I figured it would be an educational and entertaining read this winter.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Slowly making my way through the Jane Austen canon! I found a beautiful version of this book for seven dollars at Powell’s, and I just couldn’t resist. This is her first novel, I think, and I honestly don’t know anything about it. Any thoughts??
So those are the top ten books on my Winter TBR! What books are you most excited to read this season?