This week’s Top Ten is all about what I’m pulling off the shelves to cosy up with this winter, and there are so many options. I tend to get a kind of seasonal mood for reading around this time of year, and you know what that means.
Dark fantasy, wicked mythical creatures, blood on the snow.
Why, what did you think I meant?
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
Let’s start with my Christmas/seasonal re-reads! This one is at the top of the pile, every year. I like to read this on Christmas Eve, when all my work is done and there’s nothing left to do but curl up in my pajamas with a good cup of tea, and creep myself out/laugh myself silly.
The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
This classic is a newer discovery for me, but it’s already on the must-read list for those cold, dark December nights… Less of a laugh, but the haunting mythical elements and Cooper’s way with her prose have stayed with me. I’ll definitely revisit this one.
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
I promised myself that as soon as I’ve finished reading and reviewing the final season of Tremontaine, I’ll reread the original Riverside novels, starting with the one that caused all this fangirl trouble in the first place. My former blog, and therefore my review of this, is no more, but it deserves its place here at Dear Geek Place too so there may be a “Book, Revisited” sort of review here at some point!
Darkspell by Katharine Kerr
I was persuaded by imyril earlier this year to give the Deverry series a try, and pretty quickly fell in love with the story of Nevyn, Rhodry and Jill. So before December is done I want to go back there! We’re going to read book two together like we did with Daggerspell, so stay tuned for all of my thoughts on this one…
Welcome to Bordertown by Holly Black & Ellen Kushner (Eds.)
Moving on to the ‘Unread’ shelves now! This shared-world urban fantasy anthology has been on said shelf for goodness knows how long. I keep dipping my toes in but I always get distracted by something else before I get very far, which I don’t feel is very fair. So this winter, I am putting my foot down and I’m going to read the whole thing. Finally.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Another one that’s been on the list, patiently waiting, for a while. I have no excuses; it’s got everything that usually pushes my buttons. Wicked faerie creatures and political intrigue and lots of potential bloodshed? I’m here for it.
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
I’ve been getting the very good word (and some enthusiastic flailing) about this one from imyril while she reads it, and so it’s definitely on the Read Now-ish pile. Murderous sirens, yo. Murderous. Sirens.
The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker
This hardcover has been taunting me from its shelf for too long. TOO LONG. Why I haven’t read it yet, I honestly couldn’t tell you. But no more waiting! Well, not much more anyway. Soon! I promise! I want old-timey New York and mythical creatures!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I’ve been talking to friends for a while about making this the next group read, and breaking it down for weekly reviews because I miss teasing the heck out of myself, and this sounds like it could be meaty enough to deserve it (it’s the first in a trilogy). So I guess we’ll find out soon enough!
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
There was never any question that I’d buy this sequel novel after reading and loving Vicious as much as I did. I’m only surprised it’s taken this long for me to get around to it! But, get around to it I shall. I want more Victor in my life.
So! That’s my Winter TBR top ten. How’s yours looking? Share your picks in the comments, and let me know what you’re reading! Who knows, I might find new curiosities to explore…