Winter Reads to Kick Off 2019

Winter Reads to Kick Off 2019

Posted on January 7, 2019 - 10:09am

My reading habits can be affected by a number of factors, including current events, personal interests, the local community, and suggestions by friends and library patrons. One of the biggest factors, however, is the environment outside! I love to read seasonally--beach reads in the summer, spooky books in the fall, and snowy, magical books in the winter. Take a look at some of the winter books on my TBR (to-be-read) pile for the first months of 2019!


  • Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield.  A dark tale about a small village by the River Thames in 1870 where the sudden appearance--and apparent resurrection--of a young girl on a cold winter's night changes the lives of the residents.
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. A childless couple in 1920s Alaska discovers a child from the wilderness and raises her as their own. Their lives change once they find the truth about the child.
  • Snow by Orhan Pamuk: If you're in the mood for a densely detailed book, look no further. It's the story of a formerly exiled Turkish poet who returns to his village during a historic blizzard and finds that girls of the town are killing themselves rather than removing their headscarves.
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Vasya grows up in medieval Russia with the ability to understand myth and spirits that abound in her village. 
  • Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner. Two sisters living in a village between Ukraine and Moldova discover a secret magical heritage in this story inspired by Jewish mythology.
  • The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon. This thriller is set in a small Vermont town has seen its share of mysterious deaths. When a diary from the early 1900s is discovered, it offers clues as to what began the string of deaths.

All of these titles are available in a variety of formats throughout the Metro Library Network.

Shanel Slater, Library Teen and Information Specialist