My Winter in Books

Winter sees me lying motionless for hours at a time, reading. When the weather turns cold and it starts to snow every week, all I want to do is make hot chocolate and cuddle up and read. This January saw a lot of re-reads for me: I re-read Twilight to great effect and experienced emotional upheaval, and right now I’m re-reading one of my favorite books ever, The Crimson Petal and the White. Still, I have a huge stack of new books I got for Christmas still languishing on my shelves, so here’s what I’m eager to read this winter, accompanied by a very large mug of something delicious:



This rather strange book was conceived by JJ Abrams and written by Doug Dorst. It contains a sequential story as well as handwritten margin notes written by the readers of the novel. It’s somewhat labyrinthine and definitely a mystery, and not just because I have no idea how to start reading it. I seriously can’t wait. The book itself is a wonderful object, made to look and feel like a library book much graffitied upon and containing loose pages and pictures and notes. It’s going to be an adventure.

And Then There Were None

I’m a total sissy when it comes to scary movies and books, but I’ve always wanted to read the original novel ever since I saw Ten Little Indians when I was just a kid. I anticipate having to stick the book in the freezer if I get too afraid. It’s also my first Agatha Christie novel.

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

I’m so so excited to finally read this. These are the original fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, before they edited them six times to suit a younger audience. This is the first English translation ever of the gory, gruesome, gross Grimm stories in their original form! I have the last edition in English, and I can’t wait to compare the stories. #dork.

Reading anything special this winter?

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  • Like you, I’ve never read Agatha Christie, but I’m hearing so many great reports about And Then There Were None that I have vowed to read it at some point this year! Look forward to hearing what you think.

    • I think it may be next on my list; so excited to get into it!

  • Mel

    I love to read so I have to check out some of these

  • I am sure that you will enjoy reading “And Then There Were None’.

  • I’m so jealous you have the Jack Zipes translation of the Brothers Grimm!

  • lisa h

    Just read your article on hello giggles. I waited until I was almost 28! It wasn’t time for me. I used to joke and say I was evening out the average for the kids who do it in high school 😉 kudos to you for speaking out on your decision; I’d had people question me on why I waited and it was upsetting at times too. I’m sure this will reach other ladies that feel empowered that she wasn’t/isn’t the only one (like me)!