Winter Reading List 2022

December is here! I know this is a bit redundant, but boy this year feels like it has flown by. 

As I was jotting down ideas for what I should read this holiday season, I noticed that most of them are horror novels. Huh, I wonder if that is something I should be worried about.  

Aside for the ones mentioned, I also plan on rereading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, To Be Taught, if Fortunate by Becky Chambers and a couple of Agatha Christie novels. My mum and I are planning on reading the first couple of The Chronicles of Narnia this year.

With all that being said, onto the seasons readings!

The Gingerbread Men by Joanna Corrance

I’ve talked about this before, but I like to buy from indie writers and small publishers. One of my favourites is Haunt Publishing. So when I found out that they are releasing a Christmas horror story, I just had to have it.

The Gingerbread Men by Joanna Corrance is a highland version of The Shining with some Celtic fairy tales thrown in for good measure. 

Eric abandons his soon-to-be wife and old life as he follows a mysterious woman to her hotel in the highlands. The hotel in question is staffed with men, all of whom have skeletons in their closets. At night they share ghost stories with their boss after a long day of domestic chores. They are not encouraged to question why they can’t leave or why this hotel is only occupied by them. Eric can’t help but dig deeper to answer his curiosity, something he might come to regret. 

I have high hopes for this novel! 

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

You might know this 1898 horror novella better by one of its film adaptations, The Innocents. The 60s version terrified me when I was younger. Now that I am really into horror, I thought I might try the original novella out. 

Plus, the story takes place on Christmas Eve. Bonus! 

A young governess is hired to take care of two young orphans. There seems to be something lurking in the shadows of the grand house, something malicious stalking her two young wards. Is it something from the other side, or something different but equally evil? 

Hell House by Richard Matheson

Who doesn’t love a good haunted house story? Well, perhaps the characters who are doomed by it as soon as they cross the threshold. 

“Isn’t it just another so-called haunted house?”

“I’m afraid it isn’t. It’s the Mount Everest of haunted houses.”

If you were offered a substantial paycheck to stay at a haunted house for science, would you? Four strangers take up the challenge but it might just be the worst decision they will ever make. One they might not survive long enough to regret. 

The Fairy Lights: The ghost of Christmas that never was (Belfast Ghosts) by Leilanie Stewart

I mentioned The Blue Man, also by Leilanie Stewart in my Reading Recap ramble. 

Well, this is the next in the series. 

Some old family homes have stories. Aisling’s new home, once owned by her grandfather, is said to be haunted by a spirit called Jimbo. As the festive season approaches, he starts manipulating the lights to communicate with her. She teams up with a local physic and mates with her History course to uncover the hidden past. 

What are you going to read this holiday season? Please let me know!

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