Booklovers Podcast: Snowy Books

Booklovers Podcast: Snowy Books

This episode of the Booklovers Podcast, we’re discussing books with a wintery theme. Stories that make you glad to be inside with the warm drink of your choice. So join us as Andrea, Amy and I chat about our snowy suggestions.

Snowy Mysteries

podcast snowSnowblind by Ragnar Jonasson. When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theater, Ari, a young policeman on his first assignment,  is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life. Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness–blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose. Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a debut mystery.

 

podcast snowGirl in Snow by Danya Kukafka. When fifteen-year-old Lucinda Hayes is found dead in her sleepy Colorado suburb, the secret lives of three people connected to her are revealed: the social outcast who loved her from afar, the jaded girl who despised her, and the policeman investigatingher death.

Snowy Books for Kids

podcast snowySnowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

 

 

podcast snowWinter Woes by Marty Kelley. Rhyming lament of a young worrywart who wants to go outside and play in the snow but fears what could happen if he does, from slipping on steps to freezing his brain.

 

Snowy Book for Teens

girls made ofGirls made of snow and glass by Melissa Bashardoust. When I read a description that called this book Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, I knew I had to read it. Because – fairytales! Obvious callouts to Snow White but also some lesser known fairytales like Donkeyskin.

16 year old Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious. He cut out her heart and replaced it with one made of glass. Mina has a plan. Win the king’s heart, become queen and finally learn how to love. The catch in this plan is that she’ll have to be a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother because her father ordered a magician to create her out of snow in the dead queen’s image. Lynet would rather be like her stepmother, Mina.

She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do–and who to be–to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all. Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything–unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.

Snowy Romance

podcast snowyOne Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis. It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.

Snowy Extras

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. A childless couple working a farm in the brutal landscape of 1920 Alaska discover a little girl living in the wilderness, with a red fox as a companion, and begin to love the strange, almost-supernatural child as their own.

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