Winter Reading List


We have a bit of snow on the ground now, and the nip in the air that told us it was Fall further plunged down to a chill that announces the coming of an even more frigid temperatures. With all the tv ads about the holidays reminding us that it’s just around the corner, it made me think that once again, another year is coming to a close, and I have a few books that I feel an urgent need to read before the year is out.

(Okay, I wanted to read everything in my TBR, but hey. That’s really impossible.)

I’ve never been one to make goals. Primarily because I don’t have the discipline to stick to anything. These books on my list are the ones that every time I see them on my shelves, I feel the irresistible urge to forget which book I’m on at the moment and damn the consequences.

So as soon as possible, these books are the ones I’m going to prioritize.

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Sweet Tooth is a story about an MI5 operative who fell in love with the person she’s trying to spy on. This will be my first McEwan, but hopefully not the last. I just think it has an interesting plot point, and it will be my first read that features a spy.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

This trilogy just put out its last instalment, which I thought is great since I don’t have to wait for another book to come out. I’m sure this needs no introduction since most of you have probably read this one already.

When the World was Flat by Ingrid Jonach

This book doesn’t look very well received based on the ratings in Goodreads, but I’m curious about the story. It’s supposedly Sci-Fi based on Einstein’s theories, so hopefully, I won’t be bogged down with all the pseudo-intellectual stuff.

 Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

A woman having an affair with EAP, became EAP’s wife’s confidante. The plot thickens.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

I’ve been curious about this novel since I saw it at the bookstore. I’ve just put off reading it for numerous reasons. Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to finish this one before the year is out.

Anyway, that’s my winter reading list.

Are you making one?

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  • Yay for awesome looking books 😀 I hope you will get to read them all Joy. <3 I.. had issues with The Darkest Minds 🙁 but I will read it again sometime, as I own all the three books, hih (A) Happy reading sweetie. <3

  • You have a great reading list! I’ve seen Sweet Tooth around before, but I never realized that it involved spies. I think I may give that one a try eventually 🙂 (I usually love spy novels.) I also haven’t yet read The Darkest Minds trilogy, but it sounds like a good idea to read them back to back. I really like binge-reading series when I have the time. I’ll definitely be keep in an eye out for your reviews on these 🙂

    • Thanks, Montana. I started Sweet Tooth this afternoon, and I have to say it’s been engrossing so far. I’ll keep you posted, for sure. 🙂

  • There is no winter in the Philippines, unfortunately (or maybe that’s a good thing because I think I’ll die when it gets below 10 C. My “winter list” is actually a “Christmas list” so it includes Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and a few fluffy Christmas romance books.

    • I miss Christmas in the Philippines. :/ Especially the Simbang Gabi.

      Dash and Lily was such a cute book! I hope you’ll enjoy. 🙂

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    They are some interesting reads… all new to me. Hope you enjoy them!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • I have so many books I want to read in December! I want to read Worth the Risk by Claudia Connor. I meant to tweet you yesterday to tell you it’s up on Netgalley. Also I’d like to read the Arcadia Bell series by Jenn Bennett. Visions in Silver and Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I’ve only heard of The Darkest Minds in your list and I hope you get some stellar reads done, Joy! 🙂

    • Eeeeep! It’s up?! OMG. I need to read that, stat. Thanks for the heads up, Rachel. <3

  • Oh that”s nice, many interesting books there, I’m curious to learn more about them.

    • It is an interesting bunch. I figure I might as well dust them off. 🙂

  • I don’t know if I should make a winter reading list, I make a list for each week but thats about as far ahead as I get. And yay The Darkest Minds! I’m looking forward to your thoughts on that, and same with Z.

    Buffalo got around 20 inches of snow, but we barely got hit. It was still super cold though. I was surprised my car started at all.

    • That is so weird, isn’t it? I’ve never heard of a snow storm originating from a lake. I watched the time lapse video on the weather channel last night. It’s fascinating to see that wall of snow descend upon the city.

  • I haven’t read the Darkest Minds books so I totally need to, I think I have the first one. I’ll have to check, but I want to read Throne of Glass First lol. I hope you make it thru your priority list!

    • Ack. I should’ve prioritized that series as well. Everyone’s been pushing that series at me!

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    I’m terrible at making goals and sticking to them when it comes to my TBR too 😉 The Darkest Minds was pretty good, I liked it. I never went on to read the other books but that is my own laziness. Hope you enjoy these!

    • Thanks, Alise. I’m not the most disciplined reader either, that’s I kept it to five. Lol.

  • When the World Was Flat And We Were In Love is such a strange, strange book. It’s certainly not for everyone, but I liked it a lot and Ann Aguirre loved it to bits, which means there’s hope for you too, I suppose. Either way, happy reading!

    • Thanks, Maja! I picked up this book before I read your review! I’m really curious about its oddity, to be honest. I hope I’ll like it. 🙂

  • Like Kelly up there, I’m an Aussie too and we’re usually sweating our asses off Christmas day. So I’m looking out for fun, fluffy summer reads to immerse myself with over the Christmas break. I absolutely loved The Darkest Minds series, it’s one of the few that gets better with each book. Can’t wait to see what you think of it Joy, awesome reading list <3 Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you! I’m the weirdo who likes to read christmas themed books in the summer. Lol!

  • The Darkest Minds!! I got the second and third book last week, now I just need to get the first one to actually start reading the series lol~ I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your review 😀

    • Thanks, Eileen. I hope so, too. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed this series!

  • For me, lists are made to be broken. It’s hard for me to stick to something, since my reading mood is constantly changing. I do have a read-before-end-of-the-year list mostly consisting of other people’s best books of 2014, just to make sure my own list is as informed as it can be. 🙂

    • Oh I hear ya. Especially for a girl who does not know the meaning of “self-control” lol.

  • Great list of books! I have so many that when I see a review or them on Goodreads or whatever, I want to pick them up and read them and sadly never do.

    • There’s just so many books out there, that it’s impossible to keep up. I hope you’ll get to them someday. 🙂

  • A winter TBR list is a great idea. I’ve been trying to prioritize and select books I’d like to read before the end of the year but the list I made is 40 books long, so not at at all helpful or realistic. Time to whittle it down to 5.

    I’m looking forward to your thoughts on The Darkest Minds.

    • Thanks, Jaime. I’ve thought about listing my entire TBR, but decided I’ve lost marbles. Lol. I’m looking forward to see what the hoopla is all about with that series. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • What is Bracken’s novel like? I’ve been debating it for a while now…

    • I’m not sure, to be honest. The love everyone has for this series had me curious. I’ll let you know how I make out. 🙂

  • carolesrandomlife

    We have snow on the ground here too. I hate it – I am not ready for winter! I don’t have a winter reading list but I usually get more time to read in the winter (less time spent driving kids around) so I am looking forward to catching up my backlog of ARCs.

    • Lucky for me, I don’t have much of those. Otherwise, I’ll be in an even bigger trouble!

      Thanks for stopping by, Carole.

  • I think I will continue reading ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. You know, winter is coming! xD
    And I was thinking of reading something christmasy in December, like re-reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ – but then again, I also think I’m gonna go watch all the amazing christmas specials in TV shows, like Doctor Who and Community 😀

    – Love, Felicia
    ( )

    • Oh boy. That’s a daunting series! I’ll probably endeavour to read those when I retire from working. Lol.

  • Unfortunately for us here down under, Christmas holidays means disgusting, sweltering summer. *Cries eternally because I’ll never have a white Christmas* But I’m just going to imagine it’s winter in my air-conditioned room and also snuggle up to The Darkest Minds because I’ve yet to read it! Love the list Joy, hopefully you’ll stick with your goal 😀

    • Funny thing is, my family tend to spend the holidays somewhere warm (Florida bound this Christmas). It is kind of weird for us to be spending the week in the warmth, but we like to take a break from the cold. We tend to get -40 C during the winter here.

      Thanks for stopping by, Kelly. 🙂