The holiday season, though festive and fun, is a time best experienced indoors. The good news is that dreary weather is the best reading weather! No matter what holidays you celebrate this time of year, no one can deny the comfort of keeping warm and cozy with a good book. Here are five books perfect for winter and the holidays.
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
An absolute classic, A Christmas Carol follows the greedy Ebenezer Scrooge while he undergoes a personality makeover. This novella has become a holiday staple, espousing the sweetest Christmas themes such as charity, community, and positive change. Read the full story (with annotations) free on Owl Eyes!
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
It can put a cold, dreary day in perspective to revisit this classic series that takes place in Narnia, a land doomed to an eternity of winter. Cuddle up near the fireplace and follow the Pevensie siblings as they roam through this magical, snowy land.
Snow-Bound, by John Greenleaf Whittier
Whittier’s nostalgic poetic masterpiece is set on a cold December day in New England. When a storm hits, a family gathers together for warmth and reflection. Soon, many other community members gather with the family. This poem emphasizes the importance of communal and family gatherings to fight the gloom of winter.
The Winter’s Tale, William Shakespeare
Though the plot of this play doesn’t have a whole lot to do with winter, it is the perfect tale to read on a dreary winter day. One of Shakespeare’s tragic comedies, this play has a perfect balance of the sad and the light-hearted. Plus, you can read the full play free on Owl Eyes.
A Baxter Family Christmas, by Karen Kingsbury
This New York Times bestseller is a heartwarming read about families coping with loss, change, and second chances. A perfect Christmas transformative story!
What’s your favorite holiday book? Comment below!
Great list. But no Nantucket Christmas? 🙂
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