My Favourite Wintertime Reads - Guest Post | Blogmas Day 15


Today's Blogmas post is an article by Hannah from A Cup of Wonderland

I don’t quite know about anyone else, but for me I often find that during Wintertime this is when I discover the books, which mean the most to me. This often means that they are mostly entirely non-Christmassy books, and if Christmas is involved then it’s not a major theme. I suppose this is mainly because during Winter, I find that I have more time to snuggle under a blanket with a good cuppa tea and truly be able to dive into worlds unknown. Which is why in this post I will be talking about some of my favourite Wintertime reads which are mostly unrelated to Christmas - though are still brilliant books to try this season!

1)    Talking As Fast As I Can By Lauren Graham.
Over the past two years, I have developed such love and appreciation for Gilmore Girls! This show is fast paced and fantastic and quite often features Christmas and Lorelai’s uncanny ability to smell an incoming fall of snow! When Lauren Graham released her autobiography last year, it meant my commutes to and from work around Christmas were brightened up a lot! You really understand how Graham was perfect to play Lorelai and it’s lovely to hear about her time on the show.

2)    13 Little Blue Envelopes By Maureen Johnson
A book which has no mention of Christmas but has a beautiful tale. We follow Ginny who suddenly receives a bundle of little blue envelopes from her Aunt, who passed away. They lead her across an ocean and on an epic adventure around Europe. I read this one many winters ago but I still remember it vividly while Mum was putting up the Christmas tree.
           
3)    The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
I think this is a book which is so well known by all, it barely needs an introduction. Set during the second world war, we follow a young girl named Liesel as she undertakes the role of The Book Thief. This is perhaps one of my favourite novels of all time and I read it in a single winter night, I remember I just finished work and got home around 11 o’clock that night. It wasn’t the best shift but I knew the next day I’d get to decorate a Gingerbread house and put up the tree, when I picked this up for a little read. Next thing I knew it was almost 4am and I’d reached the last page!

4)    The Time Traveller’s Wife By Audrey Niffenegger
Another well known novel but one which I hold very dear to my heart. I read this shortly after Christmas during a day when the power was out and there wasn’t much to do. I picked it finally from my shelf, I always seem to feel books call you to read them at a certain time and this was it for me. By the time I finished, my Dad was putting the log fire on and the power had returned but I’d fallen in love with the story and writing.

5)    Harry Potter By J.K. Rowling
How can I have a list of Wintertime reads without including the most important of all! I love being able to read one of my many copies of Harry Potter or listen to Stephen Fry’s narration in the winter. Especially when ITV have a Harry Potter season so each Saturday you can get snuggled with a blanket and tea while entering the magical world.


Thank you Liv for having me on your blog to write about my favourite Wintertime reads. Although none of these are really Christmassy to read, they are perfect for the season because of when I read them and their meaning to me. If you want to find some more of my writing you can find me at www.acupofwonderland.wordpress.com
 and on my twitter: @cupofwonderland.

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