Happy new year!
Winter has finally decided to show its face around here in Oklahoma. With single digit temps (Fahrenheit), frost on the windows, and cozy blankets comes the perfect excuse to hibernate with a good book. So, grab your favorite mug filled with a hot drink, curl up in your reading nook, and let's embark on a short journey through the best books to read during winter, each accompanied by a fitting soundtrack.
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1. "The Bear and the Nightingale" by Katherine Arden
Book: Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Russian folklore as Vasilisa battles dark forces in a snowy wilderness.
Song: "Winter Winds" by Mumford & Sons
Why: Because nothing says winter like winds and mythical creatures.
2. "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis
Book: Whether you've read this once, or a thousand times, nothing beats the magic that C.S. Lewis penned. Join the Pevensie siblings in the magical land of Narnia as they confront the White Witch's icy reign.
Song: "Mr. Tumnus" by Harry Gregson-Williams (from the movie soundtrack)
Why: Because, let's face it, we all secretly want a faun friend (and this soundtrack *chefs kiss*)
3. "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern
Book: Step into the magical world of a mysterious circus that only appears at night. Prepare for enchanting wonders and a duel between two illusionists.
Song: "Dream" by Priscilla Ahn
Why: Because every good circus needs a dreamy soundtrack, and this one is no exception.
4. "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
Book: Join the March sisters in this classic tale of love, sisterhood, and personal growth, set against the backdrop of New England winters.
Song: "Winter Things" by Ariana Grande
Why: Because even in the 19th century, they knew how to appreciate winter things.
5. "The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey
Book: Set against the backdrop of an Alaskan winter, this novel weaves a poignant tale of a childless couple and a mysterious girl who appears in the snow.
Song: "Winter Song" by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
Why: Because sometimes a winter's tale needs a melancholic yet beautiful soundtrack.
6. "The Mark of the Lion" series by Francine Rivers
Book: Immerse yourself in ancient Rome with this gripping trilogy, featuring characters like gladiators, strong-willed women, and a dash of political intrigue. It's like "Gladiator" but with a more divine plot twist.
Song: "That's How You Change The World" by Newsboys
Why: Because it's the small, everyday actions that can truly change lives and the world.
And there you have it, a winter reading list that will transport you to realms of magic, adventure, and perhaps a cozy fireplace or two. Remember, the best books are those that not only warm your soul but also come with a soundtrack that turns the pages of your heart (IMHO). Happy reading, and may your winter (and 2024) be filled with the chills and wonder that only a good book and song can provide!
The beasts of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls. - Isaiah 43:20
Self-published author of the fantasy series, Tales of the Wovlen, Kathryn spends a great deal of time in the world of her imagination, having tea with fire breathing dragons, writing books on flying space ships, and practicing her mad scientist laugh with gusto. However, on occasion, she returns to this world just to play with her dog, blog about her fun, and coach people through writing self-doubt.
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