Top 5 Books to Read by the Fire

Hi all! I’m back again with another Top 5 Wednesday. And this week’s topic is favourite winter or holiday reads. Now since in Australia it is Summer for the holidays I’m going to focus on books I like to read for winter.

Before we get onto the books I would like to mention that Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey. Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics.  Now onto my Top 5 winter reads. The books are listed in no particular order.


#5 Northern Lights ~ Phillip Pullman


I sure this is a must for most people during the winter. Not only does the books have the most perfect winter setting but it also as an amazing world and one of my favourite protagonists, Lyra. I so want my own little daemon! If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend you do and if you have, why not read it again?


#4 Lilith ~ George MacDonald


This is an amazing novel and one of the first fantasy books written. MacDonald inspired literary giants such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. This novel reminds me of a mix between an Edgar Allan Poe short story and Alice in Wonderland. It is a dense read and has more overt religious influence than Narnia but I recommend giving it a go.


#3 Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald ~ Therese Anne Fowler


It’s no secret that I love historical fiction or the 20s and here is a perfect mix of both. It follows the life and marriage of Zelda and her famous husband F. Scott Fitzgerald. No better way to spend a winter day then reading about Paris and New York in a fabulous era.


#2 Here Be Dragons ~ Sharon Kay Penman


This novel is the first in a trilogy about the last of the Welsh Princes. Penman has such a talent of bringing history to life. When you read this you become immersed in the beautiful country side of Wales and pulled into the court politics and delicate treaty between England and Wales in the 13th century. Simply beautiful, I highly recommend.


#1 Cross Stitch/Outlander ~ Diana Gabaldon


Another beautiful historical fiction, this time set in the beauty of the wild Scottish Highlands. This book has everything: romance, beautiful setting, time travel, political unrest, accents, action, near death and one the worst villains I’ve ever read – my skin crawled reading the scenes with Captain Frank Randell in it. I’m sure most of you have heard of this one, but if you haven’t read it I recommend that you pick it up. Don’t be intimidated by the size, while it is a chunky book you’ll fly through it.



That’s it for me today, comment down below and tell me your favourite wintery reads.

Until next time, happy reading!


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