Are there any two words more beloved by children than “snow day”? Try to recapture that magic with these evocative and wintery books in which snow plays a major role. From atmospheric love stories in the midst of winter to thrilling adventures in the mountains, these books are perfect reads on your next snow day.
8 Wintery Books We’re *Snow* Excited to Curl Up With On Frosty Days
The New York Times bestselling author of THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS weaves another moving and timeless tale of love and human connection. Three lives intertwine during an overwhelming snowstorm in New York City and discover remarkable truths about what it means to be resilient and openhearted in today’s complex world.
This classic masterpiece is an evocative, dreamy fantasy that transports you to Edwardian New York City. A sweeping example of magical realism, WINTER’S TALE follows a burglar who falls in love with a dying young woman and embarks on an extraordinary journey through time that will haunt you long after you finish it.
A vivid and fast-paced postapocalyptic novel that takes place in the Canadian Yukon, THE WOLVES OF WINTER follows a woman who must traverse the severe, frozen landscape when secrets of the past are revealed. Filled with suspense and fascinating characters, this is an adventure you won’t want to miss.
A post-apocalyptic debut novel in a tradition that includes The Hunger Games and Station Eleven, this vision of a possible future shows humanity pushed beyond its breaking point, the forging of vital bonds when everything is lost, and, most centrally, a heroic young woman who crosses a frozen landscape to find her destiny.
Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to surface, she’s forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter. Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world.
Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined.
“With elements of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and TV’s The Walking Dead, (Kirkus Reviews) The Wolves of Winter is both a heartbreaking, sympathetic portrait of a young woman searching for the answer to who she's meant to be and a frightening vision of a merciless new world in which desperation rules. It is enthralling, propulsive, and poignant.
The Stephen King classic that made us all afraid of obsessive fans, MISERY follows a bestselling author who, after a catastrophic car accident, is “rescued” by his biggest fan, Annie. But Annie isn’t about to let her favorite author out of her sight and soon, her dark, violent side becomes all too apparent. Terrifying, suspenseful, and unforgettable.
When novelist Paul Sheldon is in a terrible car crash on a wintry night, he is rescued by nurse Annie Wilkes, who just happens to be his biggest fan. But when his latest novel isn't to Wilkes's liking, Sheldon becomes prisoner to her violent temper. The novel is gripping and nightmarish and the 1990 film features Kathy Bates at her creepy, demented best.
In this charming and magical fairy tale for modern readers, a despairing couple on the Alaskan frontier are stunned when they wake up and discover a mysterious young girl on their front step. Where did she come from, and how was she able to survive the harsh wilderness? This is a gorgeously wrought novel that will make you believe in magic.
For fans of “Once Upon a Time”
If you’re over the age of 11 and still obsess over fairy tales, odds are you’re a loyal viewer of “Once Upon a Time.” In between episodes, you’ll love Eowyn Ivey’s retelling of a classic Russian fairy tale. During the season’s first snowfall, a childless couple builds a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone—and they glimpse a young girl running through the trees. As with all fairy tales, however, things aren’t always what they appear.
Private eye Cork O’Connor embarks on a dangerous search for a missing man in the Minnesota wilderness, days before his daughter’s wedding. But with a winter storm heading his way, his family grows frantic when Cork doesn’t return. Another moody and gripping mystery in the beloved Cork O’Connor series, this is a thrilling adventure you won’t be able to put down.
In the extraordinary new Cork O’Connor thriller from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author William Kent Krueger, the lives of hundreds of innocent people are at stake when Cork vanishes just days before his daughter’s wedding.
Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O’Connor has always considered it to be the cruelest of months. Yet, his daughter has chosen this dismal time of year in which to marry, and Cork is understandably uneasy.
His concern comes to a head when a man camping in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing. As the official search ends with no recovery in sight, Cork is asked by the man’s family to stay on the case. Although the wedding is fast approaching and the weather looks threatening, he accepts and returns to that vast wilderness.
As the sky darkens and the days pass, Cork’s family anxiously awaits his return. Finally certain that something has gone terribly wrong, they fly by floatplane to the lake where the missing man was last seen. Locating Cork’s campsite, they find no sign of him. They do find blood, however. A lot of it.
With an early winter storm on the horizon, it’s a race against time as Cork’s family struggles to uncover the mystery behind these disappearances. Little do they know, not only is Cork’s life on the line, but so are the lives of hundreds of others.
There is something magical about snow, and this expansive cultural history celebrates this beautiful act of nature. From how it affected human migration in prehistory to the rise in winter sports and much more, this is an in-depth and compulsively readable book that effortlessly combines science and art.
Brimming with interesting facts and surprising anecdotes, this scientific and cultural history opens our eyes to the wonders of one of nature’s most delicate, delightful, and deadly phenomena: SNOW! Perfect for fans of The Hidden Life of Trees and Rain.
Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.
Whittell also uncovers compelling mysteries of this miraculous substance, such as why avalanches happen, how snow saved a British prime minister’s life, where the legend of the yeti comes from, and the terrifying truth behind the opening ceremony of the 1960 winter Olympics.
Filled with in-depth research and whip-smart prose, Snow is an eye-opening and charming book that illuminates one of the most magnificent wonders of nature.
Whether you’re a horror or a historical fiction fan, THE TERROR is the ultimate, atmospheric read. Based on the tragic true story of an 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage, this novel explores what happens when men are pushed to the brink by nature, paranoia, and starvation—plus whatever mysterious creature is stalking them from the ice.
A chilling and suspenseful thriller, THE TERROR follows a group of men on an expedition to find the Northwest Passage. But fear, desperation, and a growing dread that there is something dangerous stalking them in the snow haunts them throughout. . . . Page Count: 784