9 Classics That Deliver Deep Winter Vibes

Earlier this week, I took a selfie with my copy of the frosty fiction we're reading together this month inside Pretty Literate's Monthly Book Club. It was a tshirt kind of day. The sun was shining. The sky was unbelievably blue. It was in the mid-50s. The photo could easily be mistaken for Spring or Summer because in North Texas, the weather doesn't usually behave like it should, and so we seek winter in more creative places...

...like inside the pages of really great books.

If you're winter isn't wintering and you're Jonesing to experience chilly winter vibes, here are 9 Classics That Deliver Deep Winter Vibes

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

The entire novel is set in the icy, snow-covered backdrop of cold, bleak, dark winter in New England, a perfect read for a cozy night in snuggled under a pile of soft, thick blankets. (Check out this edition paired with the perfect novel treasure made for this book box here.)

Midwinter Murder: Fireside Tales from the Queen of Mystery by Agatha Christie

This new collection of winter-themed mysteries (some featuring Poirot and others Miss Marple) is a great compilation of shorts begging to be read beside a crackling fire, no? 

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

“It is winter in Narnia,” said Mr. Tumnus, “and has been for ever so long….always winter, but never Christmas.” If you haven't yet experienced Lewis' fantasy published in 1950, make this classic your winter must-read this winter. You'll thank yourself.


Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Considered one of the greatest novels ever written, Anna Karenina is set against the backdrop of Russian high society in the late 19th Century. If you're fond of fur in winter (faux or otherwise), this classic is the perfect excuse to bundle up in one to read. 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This gem of a little classic engenders family, hospitality, community, friendship, love, and so much more. Little Women imbues all the warmth of winter (and even throws in a little ice skating, snowfall, and fireside chats for good measure).

The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo

A classic by an author often referred to as the Agatha Christie of Japan, The Honjin Murders is set in a rural Japanese village during the deep of winter. If you're looking for winter vibes that will send a chill down your spine, check out Yokomizo's 1946 classic.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

What do you get when you take an old, dilapidated English castle, a family experiencing financial woes, and delightfully sweet characters on the brink of adulthood? A charming tale that will make you shiver with delight as assuredly as the winter wind rattles the old windows and seeps in through the walls.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

If you've seen the BBC miniseries starring Richard Armitage, you owe it to yourself to read the sweeping novel it was based upon originally published in 1855. (Who could ever forget the snowy background, flurries a'swirl, when Mr. Thornton murmured, "Look back. Look back at me" as Margaret's carriage departs? I'm swooning just remembering it.)

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

This 1959 classic is a great example of non-fiction that reads like fiction. Solid storytelling can turn true-to-life adventures into unforgettable tales like Lansing did with this sea-faring survival story set in the South Pole. Brrr!

What Do You Think?

Have you read any of these 9 Classics That Deliver Deep Winter Vibes? What did you think of them? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Which titles would you add to the list? Help keep this list growing by adding your favorites in the comments.

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  • I have read several of those wintry classics; one of my very favorite books of all time is Endurance. This is the most gripping, exciting, excruciating telling of Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica there is and there are a few. It is hard to believe what the men on this expedition did and the tremendous, unimaginable hardships they endured! I very highly recommend this book by Lansing- plenty of shivers inside, weather related and otherwise!

    Lynda A.

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