Tis the season for these sort of stories


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Holiday Reads

I’ve gone for wintery reads, classics, murder mystery, fairy tale retellings and a bit of gothic haunting.  Here are my suggestions:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – a tale of redemption for the holiday season and surprisingly, given that Dickens isn’t particularly well known for his briefness a quick and fast paced story. I love this book and have read it a good few times.


The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – a murder mystery that takes part up in a remote and expensive retreat in the Scottish Highlands where the main party become snow bound on New Year’s Eve.  Tempers fray and, well, it wouldn’t be a murder mystery without a dead body and a whole bunch of suspects.

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Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood – gothic and haunting.  A Christmas story with mistletoe and a malevolent ghost.


The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – a beautiful story of a lonely couple who long for a child. Set in Alaska this is breathtakingly atmospheric, a fairy tale retelling that is a perfect seasonal read.


The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross – a retelling of Beauty and the Beast – no shortage of these retellings and I simply can’t resist, but this is a retelling with a difference – it brings to us the Beast’s perspective. I really enjoyed this and the cold wintry feel of parts of the story make it a great holiday read.


The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis I don’t need to explain this one do I?  The story of a young girl who climbs into a wardrobe and finds a land where winter never ends, a cruel witch – and Mr Tumnus.


White Fang by Jack London – This is the story of a wild animal, part dog/part wolf, based in Canada during the Gold Rush period.  Harsh living, freezing temperatures and a dog trying to survive.


Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett – one of the Tiffany Aching books.  I love this character and this is a perfect seasonal read.


The Act of Roger Murgatroyd, Gilbert Adair – ‘Boxing Day circa 1935. A snowed-in manor on the very edge of Dartmoor. A Christmas house-party. And overhead, in the attic, the dead body of Raymond Gentry’.  Written in Agatha Christie/whodunnit style this really is a seasonal mystery


I’ve left the tenth spot free for your suggestions please?


24 Responses to “Tis the season for these sort of stories”

  1. Emer @alittlehazebookblog

    I really want to read the snow child and the beasts heart, fab TTT :))))

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I hope you get a chance to pick them up – both very good reads.
      Lynn 😀

  2. sjhigbee

    What a wonderful TTT, this week, Lynn:)). I LOVED The Snow Child in particular and The Beast’s Heart looks really good, too. As for suitably seasonal reads – the only one I can come up with is Doomsday by Connie Willis, but while seasonal and the most fabulous book – it is also harrowing…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Connie Willis is an author that I’m very keen to pick up – I have one of her books and hopefully Christmas will be the time.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Ooo… which one do you have? She is good at her worst and absolutely outstanding at her best…

      • @lynnsbooks

        I have the Doomsday Book and I’m dying to read it.
        Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        It is a fabulous book – one of my all-time favourite reads. But I’m not going to lie – it is grim in places… Though there is also some humour in there, too.

      • @lynnsbooks

        I like a bit of grim sometimes.
        Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Oh good! Because it is stunningly good…

  3. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    So I’ve actually read some of this list – yay for me. The Hunting Party is a great thriller to read this time of year. I totally forgot to add it and No Exit to my list. I also adored The Beast’s Heart. It was so much better than I anticipated when I first went into it. Great list!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks. Yeah,The Hunting Party was great and I can’t wait to read LF’s next book – which also sounds great. She almost gives me an Agatha Christie vibe – but more modern.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    This is the second list I’ve seen with Mistletoe on it. I must check it out!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s definitely appropriate for this time of year. Creepy, gothic, malevolent ghosts and a farmhouse with a dark past.
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Oh, White Fang! That brings back some good, old memories! 🤗

  6. Greg

    I love a good murder mystery, and wintery reads in general, around this time of year. The Hunting PArty sounds perfect! And The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe- yes!!!

    • @lynnsbooks

      The Hunting Party was very good – and great for this time of year.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Been seeing Mistletoe on a few lists today, definitely on my radar for the season!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s definitely a great read for this time of year.
      Lynn 😀

  8. jessicabookworm

    A Christmas Carol and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe are perfect reads for the holidays, and while I haven’t read any of the others they sound great too. 🙂

  9. waytoofantasy

    Great list! Glad to see The Beast’s Heart on there, that one definitely makes me think of winter.

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