The Book Corner: My favourite wintery reads

It’s no secret that I’m a massive bookworm. Put simply you can’t beat curling up on the sofa and losing yourself in a good book. That couldn’t be truer in the winter when it’s dark by 4pm and the weather is dreadful, you have a legitimate reason not to leave the house, in fact it’s almost compulsory to wrap yourself in a blanket, make a hot drink and while away the afternoon by reading a good book. I’m not that fussy when it comes to books, I’ll read most things but there are certain books that I’m more drawn to when it’s dark outside.

Persuasion. This is my favourite Austen book and probably my favourite classic. Most certainly a must read in Winter.

The Ladybird Classics series. I’ve got an (almost) full set of these Ladybird Classics that are one of my favourite series of books, not least because they remind me of my childhood (Whilst the covers have been updated the story remain the same text as those little books we all remember fondly from childhood) and I love reading one or two on a Sunday afternoon. Some of them are quite short that it doesn’t take long and knowing a story so well already means you can savour the words without having to take days to read the book.

The Chronicles of Narnia. Clearly The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a festive read – with all that snow and frost, but the rest of the series also needs to be read at Christmas too. If you ask me anyway. I haven’t read these books for years so I’m now reading back through them all again and really enjoying it. Next on the list is The Silver Chair, which hopefully I’ll start over the holidays.

Harry Potter. Any book in the Harry Potter series is perfect for an afternoon snuggled on the sofa. After all when all you want to do is treat yourself it needs to be with old friends and a world that’s almost more familiar than your own. Also throw in a book containing a castle, tapestry’s, candle light, homemade jumpers and a festive feast and you know you’ve found the perfect book for winter.

Little Women. This book was one I read loads at Christmas time growing up and then the film came along and firmly cemented it as a Christmas story. After all Christmas is all about family, which is the main message of this book.

Which books are your must-reads in the darkest depths of Winter?