Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s theme is holiday reads, and while I’m sure I could dig you up some Speculative Fiction that happens during holidays (NOS4A2 anyone?) I personally don’t have that many that I know of on my list. With a two hour delay this morning, and the first real snow of the season falling over New England, I went for books with a winter setting instead.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman – This is a favorite from my childhood, and is probably overdue for a re-read. But I swear the landscape and setting are so well written, you feel the cold when reading.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – This is a Russian fairytale retelling, set in a remote Russian village far in the north, often described as atmospheric by the group I read it with
Early Riser by Jasper Fforde – This is a kooky tale about humans who hibernate and a weird urban myth call the Gronk. There were a few parts that made me chuckle, if you Fforde’s humor is your thing.
The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky – This was one of my favorite books of the year – and it definitely fits the winter them, being set in Canada, as far north as the Arctic Circle.
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie – While this book is less about the wintry setting than others, most of it definitely takes place in the freezing cold! Enough to set my teeth a chattering.
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin – When I was doing my research for this post, this book popped up repeatedly. And since the planet’s name is actually Winter, it would be silly to leave it out.
Cyber Storm by Matthew Mather – A techno-thriller in which a freak blizzard buries New York in snow and cuts them off from the rest of the world. Described as a techno-thriller, I am curious to find out how the blizzard plays into it.
Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton – A researcher and astronomer in the Arctic is seemingly abandoned when his radio communication falls silent. Meanwhile a team of astronauts still in space wonder if they will ever get home after their communications fall silent. This one seems to have mixed reviews on GoodReads- what do you all think?
Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice – An #ownvoices book set in the Yukon on an Anishinaabe reservation. When the grid crashes, panic sets in as supplies run low, and survivors begin trickling in from nearby communities.
The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson – This book is set in the Canadian Yukon after the fall of mankind due to nuclear war and disease. Other readers have described the setting as “almost a character itself” which is something I love!
I’ll tell you what I was looking for and couldn’t find- post-apocalyptic, Earth is in eternal winter, book about the survivors. You know, like The Road, with more people. Does anyone have anything like that? Which books made your Top Ten Tuesday?