I don’t really read seasonally in the sense of reading dark-themed or scary books in the fall, books set in the northern hemisphere and about Christmas in the winter, hopeful books about romance and new beginnings in spring and books set on sandy beaches or about escape and self-discovery in summer. Sometimes I pick up a seasonally appropriate book, but I certainly don’t put off books I want to read because it’s the wrong time of year or feel that I can’t read a bright, sunny book in the dark depths of December. So the prompt this week isn’t super meaningful to me in the sense of being a winter theme. But I do have some books I would absolutely love to get through before the new year. I won’t, because life. So this is more a top of my current TBR list rather than books that are, for whatever reason, classed as “winter” reading. (Except for a couple, but they were just coincidence.)

I’m separating the books I want to read into a few groupings. The first is books I’ve heard about over and over on BookTube:


Tin Man – Sarah Winman
The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
The Beginning of the World In the Middle of the Night – Jen Campbell

Next I have a couple of books that I expect to be easier reads. Not necessarily in content (the first I think tackles mental health issues), but the writing style seems accessible and easy going:


Today Will Be Different – Maria Semple
The Impossible Fortress – Jason Rekulak

Next up are a few thrillers. I’ve been craving a fast-paced plot with some good suspense and mystery solving. Here are a few that are currently on my radar:


Restless – William Boyd
Bonfire – Krysten Ritter
Little Deaths – Emma Flint

And finally, two that do fit into the seasonal theme of this prompt. The first is the newest release from one of my favourite authors. The second is the follow-up to Ali Smith’s Man Booker-nominated book Autumn, which I read and enjoyed a couple of months ago. It isn’t a sequel, so I’m curious to see how it ties in and whether I enjoy it.


In the Midst of Winter – Isabel Allende
Winter – Ali Smith

So that’s it for my winter 2017 TBR! I doubt I’ll get to all of these this winter (let alone by the end of the year), but I’m excited about each of them and happy to have them waiting to be picked up whenever the mood strikes me.

What about you guys? Do you read seasonally? Which books are you most excited to get to before the end of the year? Do you have any recommendations of good, cosy books to check out over the holiday season?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week TTT has a different topic, and everyone who links up has to create a link of ten items that fit that topic. To see past and upcoming topics, go here.


  1. Lauren

    I don’t think I’ve ever even contemplated reading seasonally. Could have something to do with living in Northern California, where our seasons are less extreme in change than many other spots around the states/globe. Interesting thought, though.

    I’ve not heard of some of these that sound intriguing (Tin Man), have some on my list (Little Deaths) and have been hemming and hawing about others (the Semple; loved Bernadette with a passion, but have heard less than stellar things about this one, so I look forward to your thoughts!).

  2. Poinsettia

    I don’t really read books according to season either. I just read whatever sounds good to me at the moment. I haven’t read any on your list, but I think The Essex Serpent sounds interesting. I’m going to add it to my ever growing tbr list. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  3. Trish @ Between My Lines

    I don’t really read seasonally, I just pick up whatever book I’m in the mood for. That might include some Christmas books, or it could equally be a summer beach setting. Hope you enjoy your books. I have Little Deaths and Today Will Be Different on my TBR


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