Top 10 Winter Reads
Winter is my favourite season. Bright snowy days, long dark nights: perfect for a cup of tea and a good book. Here are my favourite books to get you through these chilly months.
I LOVE a good horror story. And what better time than Halloween to curl up somewhere cosy and scare yourself silly? Here’s the ten creepiest books I’ve ever read:
I’ve been reading some truly wonderful books this summer. July was spent with circus mermaids, ghost-hunters, war orphans, millionaire madmen, and all the books of our childhoods. These were my favourites:
On Thursdays, I invite my favourite writers to share the inspirations behind their work. Here’s one from the ever-lovely Cassandra Parkin.
Once, a brother and sister lived with their mother and father. The sister was older than the brother and she had long hair that he loved to twirl his fingers in, and for a long time she was taller than him (and even when he finally overtook her, in his head she was still always in charge).
One day, someone asked the little brother, What do you want to do when you grow up? And he replied, I’m going to live in a little house by the ocean. Just one room for me and my big sister, and we’ll wake up every morning and look out at the beach and just be all by ourselves.
But you have to have a job, the person told him. (It doesn’t matter who the person was. Every story has some people in it who are unimportant. But just so they don’t feel bad, let’s say this person was a lady called Elinor, and she had a big house and servants and seventeen cats, and she always wore a turban in the afternoons and liked to take naps on a beautiful gold brocade chaise-longue.)
I’ll write books, said the little brother.
And what about your big sister?
April was mostly spent travelling around events and festivals for the launch of my first novel The Gracekeepers, which was great fun! The downside is that I barely saw my family (my fiancee Annie and our gorgeous lurcher Rosie); the upside is that all those hours spent on trains meant plenty of reading time. I’ve combined both things to have Rosie help me share my top three books for the month:
- Under My Skin, James Dawson – A modern, subtly queer update on Point Horror. I raced through this in a day as I couldn’t put it down.
- So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson – A highly readable and scary exploration of public shaming in the age of social media. As well as being fascinating, this made me examine my own behaviour.
- The Spinning Heart, Donal Ryan – A novel in stories, each narrated by a different character in a small Irish town. It’s incredible how Ryan crams so much beauty and heartbreak into such a small book.
What were your favourite April reads? Share in the comments below, or on GoodReads.