As the winter chill sets in for many of us across the UK (and beyond), we think there’s nothing cosier than curling up with a good book. Whether you’re seeking heartwarming tales, thought-provoking poetry, or a captivating children’s adventure, our 2023 winter reading list offers a diverse selection to suit every literary taste. Take a look and see if anything tickled your fancy.
The Winter Garden Mystery – Carola Dunn
Kick off your winter reading with a classic murder mystery set against the backdrop of a charming English village. In Carola Dunn’s The Winter Garden Mystery, readers follow amateur sleuth Daisy Dalrymple as she unravels a murder mystery amid the wintry beauty of an old English manor. With engaging characters and a gripping plot, this book is perfect for those who love a good whodunit.
The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett
For a more contemporary exploration of identity, family, and societal expectations, delve into Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half. This thought-provoking novel weaves a tale of twin sisters navigating racial complexities and personal choices. With a rich narrative and powerful themes, Bennett’s work is both timely and deeply impactful.
Short Story Anthology
Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries – Martin Edwards (Editor)
Embrace the festive spirit with Silent Nights, a collection of Christmas mysteries edited by Martin Edwards. This anthology brings together classic crime stories set during the holiday season, providing a perfect blend of suspense and seasonal cheer. Each tale is a carefully crafted whodunit that will keep you guessing until the last page.
A Dog’s Perfect Christmas – W. Bruce Cameron
For animal lovers, A Dog’s Perfect Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron is a heartwarming tale that captures the unconditional love between humans and their furry friends. As Buddy the dog narrates his Christmas adventures, readers are treated to a delightful story that celebrates the joy and companionship that pets bring into our lives.
Young Adult Fiction
Love in Winter Wonderland – Abiola Bello
Step into the world of young love with Abiola Bello’s Love in Winter Wonderland. This YA Christmas love story unfolds in a London Black-owned bookshop, blending elements of romance, family, and community. Trey and Ariel’s journey is not only heartwarming but also addresses themes of gentrification and the power of collective action.
The Weights We Carry – C.D. Seventeen
Explore the evocative power of poetry with The Weights We Carry by C.D. Seventeen. This collection of poems is a personal journey of self-redemption, reflecting on the author’s experiences of growing up in a restrictive environment. The verses touch on themes of freedom, bravery, and the transformative nature of art.
Have You Seen the New Forest Unicorn? – Carole Smith
Finally, for the young readers, Carole Smith’s Have You Seen the New Forest Unicorn? offers a magical adventure with Drummer, Merlin, Peewee, Riley, Juliet, and Willow—the New Forest Ponies. This enchanting children’s book takes little ones on a quest to spot the mythical Unicorn, exploring the beauty of the New Forest along the way.