Winter is here.
Well, if you are using the meteorological calendar, it starts on the 22nd of December if we are using the astronomical season but that’s beside the point.
The nights are growing longer, the air is becoming bitterly cold and frost is starting to coat the ground. I am hardly winter’s biggest fan, but I have to admit that few simple joys compare to curling up with a nice cup of tea while wrapped warmly in blankets reading while the winter winds rage outside.
With that being said, here is my reading list for the winter months.
Portrait of a Murderer: A Christmas Crime Story by Anne Meredith
I got this book last Christmas but never got around to reading it. So this year it’s on the very top of my list.
Every year Adrian Gray holds a Christmas Celebration with his family. Seems all well and good except his six grown children hate him and may even wish him dead. Come Christmas Day, their holiday wish was granted.
Who did their old man in, and will they strike again?
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Slone
The Great Recession has hit and like so many others Clay Jannon has to roll with the punches. In doing so he ends up working at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. At first it seems like a regular old bookstore but of course, there is something else going on.
You know what they say, never judge a book by its cover.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
A while ago I posted on r/suggestmeabook looking for books that contain the kind of adventures found in D&D. Two, in particular, were suggested with glowing reviews. The Final Empire and Kings of the Wyld.
Kelsier is a Mistborn, meaning he can use magic. He finds another of his kind, Vin and trains her in the art of magic. It is up to the pair of them to defeat The Lord Ruler.
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
Clay Cooper and his band of Mercenaries were the best of the best of Heartwyld.
However, this story doesn’t take place during their prime but years after when they have all grown distant and old.
Cooper is approached by an old band-mate wanting to get the band back together to save his daughter Rose.
Let’s hope these old dogs haven’t forgotten their old tricks.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
We all have our favourite bookshops, at mine, I found out one of the employees is also a D&D player. They were such a sweetheart and gave me a list of books to try, one of which is The Lies of Locke Lamora.
If being an orphan wasn’t hard enough, try being an orphan on the island city of Camorr.
Young Locke Lamora is a thief and a liar, but its either steal and survive or get enslaved. He and his team, The Gentleman Bastards make fools fear them. Even powerful men believe and fear them.
But another enemy is lurking in the shadows, and Locke must put everything he cares about on the line to protect them.
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
It would make sense to read a story set on a frozen planet at this time of year, so I am going to!
Genly Ai’s mission is to observe the inhabitants of Gethen. A race of androgynous folk who can be either male or female during their sexual cycle. Despite the freezing location, Genly starts to warm up to Gethenians and even finds love.
What are you going to read this winter season? Let me know!