I've been indulging quite a bit recently in wintry-themed books, or books that have just seemed 'right' on cold, rainy days. However, it was only this morning, as I was wrenching open the lid of my frozen-shut red bin to clean the litter-box (the joys of cats), that I thought "yup; winter is here". I promptly wished I could just curl up with a good book and a cuppa; It seemed much more appealing that braving the frosty morning.
Frozen rubbish bins and back-to-bed-brains aside, wintry books or stories set in cold places somehow just seem better when read or listened to in winter. The quality of the story is no different, of course, but I've been finding it just makes it that much easier to really dive into a story, and get really immersed.
That's why, for the chilly month of June, I'll focus a little bit on some cool (pun not entirely intended) reads that'll make you want to stay warm inside.
As it's getting colder, there is nothing better than curling up somewhere nice and warm with a good book. I've been finding books about winter, or set in cold places are particularly enjoyable when it's wintry outside. Here we have a selection of eBooks, which can be changed into Large Print, as well as physical LP and audiobooks. This is a selection of some of the wintry reads I've enjoyed over the last few months, plus a few extras that sound interesting.
A beautiful book that was nominated for a Nebula Award, Spinning Silver is a perfect winter read. Loosely inspired by the story of Rumpelstiltskin, the story primarily follows Miryem, a moneylender's daughter who has gotten a reputation for turning silver to gold. This attracts the attention of the Staryk, who are white-walker-like elves who are winter personified. This beautiful and thrilling fairy-tale retelling is a perfect winter read.
Inspired by true events, Burial Rites is set in Iceland, 1829, where Agnes Magnúsdóttir is awaiting her execution. She is charged with double-homicide and arson, and is staying with Jón Jónsson and his family while awaiting her sentence. A heart-wrenching page-turner that takes a very human approach to the story of the last woman put to death in Iceland.
Winter is coming! It's not a winter reads list without Game of Thrones. In the wake of the TV Series ending, if you haven't read the books yet, it's a great way to get through the GoT withdrawals.
In a world where books are met with fear and stigma, Emmett Farmer is torn from his father's farm to become a binder's apprentice. Only this is not normal book binding; here people have their memories and secrets bound into books, to be stored away forever or sold by unscrupulous binders. All goes relatively smoothly until Emmett meets Lucian Darnay, a young aristocrat who comes to Emmett's teacher for a binding, and then discovers a book in his teacher's storehouse with his own name on it. A fantastic piece of romantic historical-fantasy that pulls you into it. This is a gripping book that makes a great read on a cold day.
Another fairy-tale retelling by acclaimed author Gregory Maguire (author of Wicked: the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West). Hiddensee is a prequel to The Nutcracker Prince, telling more of Drosselmeier's story, and how the nutcracker came to be.
An amazing piece of gothic mystery! Superbly written, well fleshed-out characters, and a suspense driven plot with a compelling mystery, Wakenhyrst is a page-turner and a treat for fans of historical gothic mysteries. Set in Edwardian Suffolk in a manor house on the fens, this gothic-mystery follows Maud, a young girl whose controlling father becomes obsessed with demons. Is it just his imagination, or is an evil spirit really after them?
eBooks: They're also Large Print
Now if any of you have read any of my previous Little Blog of Large Print posts, you'll notice a few more eBooks in the list than usual. That's because, as many large print readers are so painfully aware, so many great and popular books don't come in a large print format.
Not ideal, given how everyone will need to read a book with large print at some point in their lives. However, all is not lost. The library has a huge range of these popular, small print books as eBooks as well. The great thing here, is that most eBook platforms support a different font size preference.
OverDrive (a.k.a. Libby) is where you'll find the majority of our eBooks, so it's really handy to know how to make the font bigger on your device. This has instructions that cover all your bases, whether you're on you eReader, Apple, Android, or PC. Not to mention, if all else fails, you can pop into any library to get some help from one of our friendly librarians, or pop in to a Technology help drop-in session. This way, you can enjoy a much wider variety of large print books, whether a hard copy exists or not.
Note: OverDrive also has an option for enabling dyslexic font (where there is wider spacing between letters). This makes it much much easier for those with dyslexia as well as vision problems to read.
Having trouble getting started with OverDrive? Find some helpful instructions here.