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My Winter Reading List

As Autumn comes to a close Winter begins to loom over. It feels only a few weeks since the year first begin yet here we are in our penultimate month of the year. And so begins my Winter reading. Here are a list of books that I really want to read this winter. I hope you can find some amazing winter reads from this list too.

Northern Lights By Philip Pullman

Twelve year old Lyra Belacqua lives unparented and halfwild among the scholars of Jordan College. One day her uncle, Lord Asriel, an experimental theologian and explorer, arrives with terrifying news from the North. Impelled at first by her own curiosity, but soon pursued by appalling dangers, Lyra is drawn into savage struggle among the armoured bears and the witch clans of the arctic, where a scientific research station is carrying out experiments too horrible to be spoke about. In order to survive at all, she must leave her childhood behind and venture where no one has gone before- beyond the Northern Lights.

Now this is a book that I previously started reading but then failed to finish, which I think was due to the fact I found the plot too confusing. However very recently there has been a television series adaption of the book on the BBC. I am really enjoying the programme on the TV so I thought that it would be a good idea if I read the book alongside the TV series. It definitely think it will help me to understand the story more. I’m so excited to read this book!

The Forest Of Wool And Steel By Natsu Miyashita

Tomura is startled by the hypnotic sound of a piano being tuned in his school. It seeps into his soul and transports him to the forests, dark and gleaming, that surround his beloved mountain village. From that moment, he is determined to discover more. Under the tutelage of three master piano-tuners – one humble, one cheery, one ill-tempered – Tomura embarks on his training, never straying too far from a single, unfathomable question: do I have what it takes? Set in small-town Japan, this warm and mystical story is for the lucky few who have found their calling – and for the rest of us who are still searching.

I bought this book a couple of weeks ago at a little seaside town bookshop. The shop was really gorgeous and I found this book. I thought it sounded so intriguing and quite different from something that I would usually read. I really want to begin exploring different genres of books so this was absolutely perfect and the cover is so gorgeous!

A Winter Promise By Christelle Dabos

Long ago, following a cataclysm called the Rupture, the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands, now known as arks. Over each, the spirit of an omnipotent and immortal ancestor abides. The inhabitants of these arks each possess a unique power. Ophelia must navigate this fantastic, disjointed, perilous world using her trademark tenacity and quiet strength.Plain-spoken, headstrong Ophelia cares little about appearances. Her ability to read the past of objects is unmatched in all of Anima and, what’s more, she possesses the ability to travel through mirrors, a skill passed down to her from previous generations.Her idyllic life is disrupted, however, when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, a taciturn and influential member of a distant clan. Ophelia must leave all she knows behind and follow her fiancé to Citaceleste, the capital of a cold, icy ark known as the Pole, where danger lurks around every corner and nobody can be trusted.There, in the presence of her inscrutable future husband, Ophelia slowly realizes that she is a pawn in a political game that will have far-reaching ramifications not only for her but for her entire world.

This book is the first in a series and sounds so amazing. I bought it so long ago and I have not yet had a chance to read it so I think that this winter will be a perfect opportunity to start it.

A Song For Seven By Tonke Dragt

A young boy is kept prisoner by his uncle. He cannot meet other children, or have any friends. He holds the key to a secret. Meanwhile, in a quiet village, Frans the schoolteacher invents stories of perilous deeds, shipwrecks, desert islands, and haunted castles to entertain his pupils. Then one stormy evening, a letter blows onto his doormat, summoning him to a meeting. Suddenly, Frans is on a real-life mission, one in which he will encounter magicians, secret passages, conspiracies, hidden treasure and a sealed parchment which predicts the future. He will learn the secret of the Seven Ways. He will find seven allies. And he will make a fearsome enemy. The adventure has begun…

Tonke Dragt is one of my absolute favourite authors as her writing is so beautiful and her stories are so unique. I have previously read a duology by her called A Letter For The King. I think her books are so amazing and different so I can’t wait to see what magic this book holds…

Solitaire By Alice Oseman

In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story .My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now. Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden. I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden. I really don’t.

Alice Oseman is one of my favourite newly discovered authors. Her books are so diverse and I’ve loved every single one of her books that I have read so far so when I saw her debut novel in Waterstones I knew I had to buy it! I cant wait to see what happens in this book!!!

Little Women By Louisa Alcott

Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there’s tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there’s Amy, the youngest and most precocious. Together they are the March sisters. Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures – including Laurie, the boy next door. And through sisterly squabbles, their happy times and sad ones too, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.

Little women is an absolute classic story that I have not yet read. I know it’s extremely popular and I’m really excited to read it. I bought this book at a really old second hand bookshop about a year ago and I just love the old feel to it. Old books are so magical! I can’t wait to read this classic book this winter!

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