Saturday, 2 January 2010

Top 10 Girlie books for a Winter's Night

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I'm not a big fan of January, if I must be honest. It's dark and cold and the novelty of that has long warn off. Summer seems so far away, it feels like all that can be done is to go into hibernation until then. At this point I always go to my bookshelves for comfort, and there's nothing like a good girly book to curl up with a hot mug of something yummy and run away in to.

These are my New Year's reading. A lot are old favourites, with a few new reads thrown in too!

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger - this is a new one from my Aunt for Christmas, and I can't wait to start it! Cold Mountain by Charles Fraizer - a present from a friend years ago which I was surprised to find I loved. Even the title suggests you should be reading by the fireside in a log cabin out looking over a beautiful snowy mountain. The Cranford Chronicles by Elizabeth Gaskell - I first read this on a plane heading back from sunny San Fransisco to rainy London, and it helped warm me up a bit!  

The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke - a beautiful collection of fantasy stories perfect for bedtime reading. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster - this will always get me dreaming of Italy again, such a beautiful love story. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith - this is up there on my top books ever list. It's such a perfect story of first love set in a fantastically funny eccentric family in a crumbling castle.  

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice - My Grandma sent me this at University one year, and it was a great pick me up when I got back from lectures late. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - it's been so long since I read this I can barely remember what happens but I think everyone should have read it at least once. Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott - "'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents.' grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.' Even the first line is enough to get me cheered up. It's schmatzy and cheesy and my copy is so creased from rereading you can barely read the spine, it is definitely one of those books which shaped my childhood.

What are your go-to books when you need cheering up? What are you going to be reading for the first time in 2010?

10 comments:

Helen said...

I'm currently reading the life of pi. I love susanna clarke though.

Leia said...

How shameful is it that, from your list, I've only read Little Women?! Ever since starting university, I've barely had time to read. It feels like every time I sink my teeth into a book, I get too busy to finish it! I can't wait till summer, I have a whole stack of books waiting to be read. And an even longer to-buy list :)

Shopgirl said...

I've only read two of the books on this list - Cranford (loved!) and I capture the Castle (loved loved LOVED!!!). I might have to give the others a go!! :) xx

daisychain said...

I've read over half of these, but the rest I am checking out asap. I am such a bookworm, especially in the winter...nothing better than a blanket, a mug of tea, and a book!

polkadotstripes said...

My favourite books are To kill a mocking bird and the little prince

Sherin said...

Little Women is an amazing book! It definitely deserves to be on this list. Another one that I love is 'Madame Bovary'. Its a girly book, but is also slightly dark, but definitely worth a read.

Rachel said...

I agree with all of them, especially The Ladies Of Grace..., except for Gatsby. But I suppose thats because I have a great dislike for Daisy Buchanan...

Harriet said...

Helen - Haven't read the Life of Pi, but my mum has it so I'll have to give it a go in 2010.

Polkadotstipres - I lvoe both of those books, such great choices!

Sherin - Madame Bovary was fantastic, I loved it! It was gonig to go on my list except I couldn't find my copy, it's in a box somewhere!

Rachel - I can totally understand not liking Daisy Buchanan, sometimes I can dislike characters and it puts me off the book so much I can't like it at all, but other times I quite enjoy reading about horrible, mean, selfish characters - it must be some sort of pathos I think!

PinkBow said...

oh i love your list. and i love this picture, there is something very romantic i think about a pile of books.

SDiB said...

Ah was linked to this post (attracted by the picture of a stack of books, as always) - we have such similar reading tastes, we wrote about The Lost Art not long ago and The Great Gatsby is Rhi's currently pre-bedtime read.

Fab, going to look at some of the other's we've not read yet.

R&L xx