The Best Books to Read when Winter Comes (part 1)

With the colder days are around the corners, it’s perfect time to break out the quilts and deck the halls, as well as cancel some plans and spend time reading some good books. No matter the genre, books for winter are often filled with mystery. The reason may be that the days are getting shorter while darkness seems to reign or may be due to the eerie quiet that snow brings. Spend your leisure time reading one of these chilly books to experience the sweeties of the season.

1. Disappearing Earth, written by Julia Phillips

For those who are looking for a thrilling novel with the literal chills of the tundra, Julia Phillips’s Disappearing Earth is the book of their choice. Disappearing Earth starts with two girls missing on the shoreline of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, followed by a gripping story of mystery and grief when neighbors, friends, and law enforcement grapple with their loss.

2. Gingerbread, written by Helen Oyeyemi

Gingerbread is a special holiday treat in many cultures. The novel with the same name written by Helen Oyeyemi explores the role of this treat in the folklore. This tells the mysterious and magical story of seemingly normal British schoolgirl Perdita Lee and her mother Harriet Lee, who make peculiar gingerbread and navigate the politics of wealth, jealousy, and ambition in modern London.

3. What Happens in Paradise, written by Elin Hilderbrand

What Happens in Paradise follows Irene Steele, who still reels from her husband’s death and the realization that he had been living a double life. She is back on the island of St. John in order to discover the truth about the man she believed that she knew for so many years. While this sounds a little dark, the novel’s background is set in the Caribbean during the festive and sunny winter months. Just don’t hold your breath for the romance, drama, and some holiday touches in this novel.