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The Best Books for Cold Winter Nights

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By Katie Ormsby

As the winter chill sets in, there’s nothing like curling up with a good book. A captivating story can transport us to different worlds, offering adventure from the warmth of our homes. We’ve curated a selection of books for cold winter nights. From classic literature to modern thrillers, each tale is a companion for the frosty season — whether you’re looking for a spine-tingling mystery, heartwarming journey, or sweeping romance. Start a search today to find great fireside reads.

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The Shining by Stephen King

“The Shining” is a masterpiece of horror, ideal for long, dark nights. Set at the isolated Overlook Hotel, it tells the story of Jack Torrance and his family. As winter’s grip tightens, the hotel’s sinister secrets emerge, ensnaring the Torrances in a terrifying ordeal. The book’s chilling atmosphere mirrors the cold outside, making it a fitting read by the fireplace.1

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

“Little Women” is a timeless classic, radiating warmth and familial love. It follows Jo March and her sisters through joys and hardships, capturing the importance of home and togetherness. The novel’s cozy scenes, some set at Christmastime, make it an ideal read for those seeking comfort and nostalgia during the cold months.2

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

“The Secret History” weaves an intricate tale of mystery and intrigue. Set at a New England college, it explores the dark aspects of an eccentric group of students. The story’s snowy, academic setting and its themes of isolation and obsession make it a compelling read for introspective winter nights by the fire.3

Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights

This collection in the British Library’s “Tales of the Weird” series offers a unique blend of winter-themed stories. These tales, from celebrated authors like Daphne du Maurier and lesser-known writers lost to time, offer a wintery yet not overly Christmassy feel. They’re perfect for those who enjoy a touch of the supernatural during the winter solstice.4

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

“The Night Circus” is a magical tale of a circus that appears only at night. Its enchanting narrative is ideal for winter nights. After all, what better time of the year is there to read “The Night Circus” than during the longest nights? The vivid descriptions of the circus create a mesmerizing world that captivates and warms the reader, even on the coldest nights.5

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

“Doctor Zhivago” is a powerful narrative set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution. In the midst of turbulent changes, the iconic romance between Yuri and Lara unfolds. The novel’s exploration of love, loss, and the human spirit is intensified by the harsh Russian winter. Its detailed portrayal of a snowy landscape makes it an immersive read for winter evenings.6

One By One by Ruth Ware

“One By One” is a wintery homage to Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” Set at a ski lodge, it combines mystery with a snowy setting. The suspenseful plot, unfolding during a blizzard, parallels the isolation and intensity of a winter storm, making it a gripping read for stormy nights — perfect for evenings bundled up in front of the fire.7

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

“Frankenstein” is a groundbreaking work of science fiction and horror. Its themes of creation and destruction unfold in a bleak, wintry landscape. The novel’s somber mood and icy settings resonate with the starkness of winter, offering a thought-provoking experience for readers seeking depth and introspection during the chilly winter months.8

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

“Anna Karenina” is a tale of passion and tragedy set in the Russian aristocracy. The novel’s exploration of complex relationships and societal pressures is amplified by the relentless Russian winter. Its vivid descriptions of the snowy landscape make it a compelling read for those seeking a classic tale during the winter months.9

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

“Murder on the Orient Express” is an iconic murder mystery featuring the detective Hercule Poirot. Set on a train stranded by snowfall, the novel’s suspenseful plot is perfect for a winter evening. The confined, snow-bound setting creates a tense atmosphere, making it an ideal book to accompany the sound of a crackling fire.10

Cold Nights and Warm Reads

As the snow falls and the nights grow longer, let these stories be your sanctuary. Each one offers something special for cold winter nights. Whether it’s the thrill of a mystery or the warmth of a classic tale, they promise to make your winter reading experience memorable and enjoyable.

Katie Ormsby



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