#FF : Favourite Winter Setting

feature-and-followAfter coming across Feature & Follow Friday on Closet Geek Book Group earlier today, I couldn’t resit heading over to check out the link and what others had to say.  Then, as I wasn’t sure what to post today, I decided I had to in; it looks fun and ’tis the season after all…

The question that caught my eye was…

What is your favourite book set in a winter world?

The first thing that popped into my mind?

317500The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, one of my favourite books from childhood (in fact the whole series but given the theme, this had to be the one I chose) and one I’ve read way more than once.

I remember reading it and loving the idea of being able to escape the real world and enter one where I could be someone else, someone brave and clever and world-saving.  The escapism sums up why I still love reading books.

I also remember really liking the white witch, which I know I shouldn’t but she was pretty compelling and oh so evil.  Of all the characters, she’s the one I have an image of that I can never shake and that no TV show or film has ever managed to match.

The only downside – all that winter but no Christmas!

As an adult, I don’t read fantasy books or books set in other worlds very often but every now and again one catches my eye and imagination.

T15932273he Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is one of those and has the perfect winter setting, remote Alaska in the 1920s and the perfect character in Faina, a girl who seems to have been made from ice and snow and who changes the life of a lonely, childless couple.

The setting was beautiful, the language gorgeous, and the story one I hadn’t read before, drawing me in and not letting me go until the end – when I may have shed a tear or two (but don’t tell anyone).

For a woman who mainly reads about murder, it is one of those books that was a welcome change but it is also one that has never left me and I often find myself recommending to others.

And there they are my favourite winter settings in book form.  What are your?


  1. Narnia is one of my favorite winter series too.

    My FF post.

    1. I don’t think you can beat it. It’s the perfect season to be thinking of winter scenes too.

  2. I have watched Narnia but not read it so it didn’t even pop into my head, I actually had a hard time with this question.

    1. I think it was one of those books we read at school and it gets you at that age, the adventure of it. It would have been hard otherwise as I haven’t heard of most of the books people mentioned.

  3. The Snow Child is beautifully written and I loved her descriptions of Alaska. Great choice. New bloglovin’ follower.

    1. I agree. A book I’ve never forgotten. Thanks for visiting and following and apologies for my late reply.

  4. These both sound wonderful! I can’t believe I’ve never read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. The Snow Child is one I’ve noticed, too, so it is time! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I haven’t seen that cover of The Snow Child. That’s beautiful. I like it better than the American cover.

    1. It is isn’t it? Sums up the dream like quality of the book. Thanks for visiting and apologies for the delayed reply, have a good week.

  6. Ahhh I love The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe! What a great choice, and I love that you chose a vintage cover. I still have to read The Snow Child and I’m hoping January will finally be the time.
    Thank you for visiting my FF post 🙂
    +New E-mail follower.

    1. It seemed like a popular one too. The cover is one I remember from my childhood. I am a child of the 70s and swear this is the one I inherited from a slightly older cousin.

  7. I love Narnia, such a great pick! So imaginative and I like talking animals, Father Christmas, all of that. 🙂

    1. It is a universal favourite I think. Who can resist a talking lion?

  8. see Narnia a lot this week! Woohoo!

    New Twitter follower!

    1. I’m thinking great minds think alike? Thanks for the follow.

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  10. Ohh great picks I’ve been dying to read the snow child I heard many great things about that book. New follower on fb and twitter. Here is my #FFF from last week.

    1. It really is worth reading. A haunting book is how I seem to be describing it to people but I can’t think of another word.

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