Winter novels part 2

Told you I’d be back! Here are five more of my favourite books to read in the dreary months:

6) A New York Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-York-Winters-Tale/dp/1447247558/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1478267582&sr=8-3&keywords=a+new+york+winters+tale

Yes, you guessed it, snow snow and more snow. There’s a flying horse in it as well.

7) Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inkheart-Trilogy-Cornelia-Funke/dp/1908435119/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478267735&sr=1-1&keywords=inkheart

OK, so not very wintry seeing as most of the book takes place in Italy, but the beginning scene where Dustfinger is waiting out in the night-time rain staring at the house is Hallowe’en-ish.

8) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Witch-Wardrobe-Chronicles-Narnia-HarperCollinsChildrensBooks/dp/B00SLUAKTC/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478267919&sr=1-7&keywords=the+lion+the+witch+and+the+wardrobe+book

For the snow again, obviously, and the faun under the lamppost, and the White Witch. Also Aslan. I read the Narnia series when I was a child, and still have those books…hiding in my wardrobe.

9) Angels, Arguments, and a Furry Merry Christmas by Karen McCombie.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Angels-Arguments-Furry-Merry-Christmas/dp/043994287X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478268131&sr=1-2&keywords=angels%2C+arguments+and+a+furry+merry+Christmas

A touch of humour. I love the voice these books are told in and I love the family in them. Who wouldn’t want to visit their favourite family at this time of year?

10) Viking! By Kevin Crossley-Holland.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Viking-Myths-Monsters-Kevin-Crossley-Holland/dp/184255283X/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478268274&sr=1-5&keywords=Viking%21+Kevin+crossley+holland

And finally this one. (This list is not in order of preference, just random.) More Norse myths. Yep, can’t read too many of those.

That’s all of ’em. I can only apologise for the long jargon-filled links, but not being very techie I don’t know how else to put them in. Perhaps I will go back and tidy up after myself when I work out how. But first I have to hunt around inside my wardrobe…

Winter novels

I thought I’d compile a list of my favourite books to read in winter. Living in a relatively sheltered area of England, I don’t get to see much snow, but I see a lot of rain and glaring white-ish grey skies that, while also giving me headaches, makes the old seasonal blues a frequent thing. So, I turn to novels containing winters as they SHOULD be.

1) Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Northern-Lights-His-Dark-Materials/dp/1407130226/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478112386&sr=8-1&keywords=Northern+lights

Talking polar bears, witches, a journey to the Arctic. An alethiometer-wielding child in a place where every human has an animal familiar. Love it.

2) North Child by Edith Pattou

https://www.amazon.co.uk/North-Child-Edith-Pattou/dp/1409540545/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478112726&sr=8-1&keywords=North+child

And another sentient polar bear. I seem to have a thing for polar bears. This is a really strange retelling of an old fairy tale, with weird troll people and amnesia-inducing hot chocolate thrown in, which would be great if it existed in real life because then nobody would have to get drunk.

3) The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Rising-Vintage-Childrens-Classics/dp/0099583089/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1478112986&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Dark+is+Rising

I got into the entire series this book is part of after reading my mother’s copy of “Silver on the Tree” when I had glandular fever. The way the evil forces are equated with the twelve nights of Christmas gives one a warm fuzzy feeling.

4) The Weirdstone of Brisingamen.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weirdstone-Brisingamen-Tale-Alderley/dp/B00CJV0P6C/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478113348&sr=1-2-fkmr0&keywords=The+Wyrdstone+of+Brisingamen

OK, so it’s not very wintry, but it contains ravens and tunnels and goblins, all part of an atmosphere that you equate with autumn at least. (No, we do not get goblins in winter where I live. But hey, the weirdstone was once owned by Freya of the Norse gods, which I equate with all things snowy.)

5) Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frost-Giants-World-Book-Gaiman/dp/B00E31YRGK/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478113599&sr=1-2&keywords=odd+and+the+frost+giants

Talking of Norse gods, here they are again in the service of a boy with a lame leg and an unusually persistent smile. One for the kids, but I’ve never let stuff like age limits get in my way.

 

part 2 coming up soon. All of you stay warm.

Snowdog

Snowdog like Lola

Well, I live in a country where it doesn’t snow often. Didn’t use to, anyway. But this year it did, and having already made a man, then a woman, I decided to make…a dog. As with everything I make with snow, it looks creepy (according to my mother) but that isn’t exactly the intended effect. My next-door neighbour is convinced that it was an Egyptian statue I was creating and now probably thinks I’m into Alternative Religion. It’s meant to be a White German Shepherd. Can you tell?

Snowdog 2

Something to make you laugh

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(N.B: this is not an actual advertisement. But then I suppose you guessed that anyway…)