Top Ten Tuesday – winter 2018 TBR


It’s TTT time! As usual, if you’re curious about this, Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl hosts these weekly challenges (so, see her blog for more info).

I am having a bit of trouble with deciding what a winter TBR should be. Should I be reading books that are best enjoyed in the winter? Is this simply my upcoming reading list for the next few months that officially fall into the winter season? What makes a book a winter read? What type of winter reader am I? The cozy kind? The spooky one? Should I attempt some tomes or focus on short reads? I think I need to take a deep breath!

First, I am going to start with the books I want to/need to finish before the end of the year. I have basically fulfilled all my goals of 2018 except for the Popsugar reading challenge where I have two outstanding categories.

  1. A book set in the decade you were born in 
  2. A book read by a stranger in public

I am about 65 % through Magician: Apprentice which fits category 2 and I have several options for category 1: Let The Right One In, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and Tell the Wolves I’m Home. I will see which mood strikes for this. Any suggestions?

Second, I also have a few books I’d like to get to soon. I have one ARC overdue (Salt) and one due on 1/1/19 (Even If I Fall). I saved One Day in December to be my Christmas Eve read. Fingers crossed I get to it.

Third, I am not going to repeat the books I have on my list for my last two readathons of 2018. I will be traveling for Christmas and I just don’t want to decide ahead of time what I’ll read. My desire to mood read is strongest on vacations! There will be a separate post to come detailing those books that were read for the readathons.


So, for today’s TTT, I think I will just talk about my 


These are organized by mood. I have basically two winter modes. I want to be scared and feel trapped/ creepily snowed-in or I want to swoon and get my heart aflutter. They are of course not mutually exclusive but I tried to categorize my list into one or the other group. It also just so happens that I own all these books, which works great toward my goal to read 25 books from my shelf in 2019.


For the spooky or suspenseful mood:



  • The Stand. If you follow my blog you will have seen The Stand mentioned multiple times over the last few months. I really wanted to read it this year but just didn’t get to it. It definitely will be a priority for 2019.
  • The Haunting of Hill House. I watched the Netflix series and loved it. While I realize the series was only loosely based on the book, I still want to read it while the show is fresh in my mind. Plus it’s a horror classic and I already should’ve read it.
  • The Hannibal Lecter series. I’ve had those books on my shelf for way too long. The Silence of the Lambs is my all-time favorite movie, and I can’t fathom, that I haven’t read the book.
  • The Drawing of the Three. I have been neglecting The Dark Tower series for much too long. I need to pick it back up.
  • Dream Country. I tend to reserve The Sandman graphic novels for Dewey’s readathons but I didn’t get to this one in October and I am dying to read on.


For the magical and swoony mood:



  • The Winter of the Witch. The Winternight series is so darn good. I loved book two and I cannot wait to get this one in the mail. It is pre-ordered and will be devoured as soon as it arrives.
  • Winter in Paradise. This is gonna be a fluff read I think. But I kinda love those on a cozy Sunday afternoon. Plus, winter in warm weather will be a nice change.
  • The Stranger in The Woods. The account of a thief terrorizing rural Maine probably falls more into the creepy category, but since it takes place in Maine, and I love Maine, there will be a lot of swooning anyway.
  • HP and the Half-Blood Prince. I am basically rereading the Harry Potter series at any given time. Book #6 is up, and it just so happens to be my favorite. I am really looking forward to reading this again.
  • Neverwhere. My very first and still all-time favorite Neil Gaiman book. A while ago I bought a signed copy, and I think it’s time that I read that one.


What is your winter TBR? Leave it in the comments or link to your post. I am looking forward to adding more books to my list 😉


4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – winter 2018 TBR”

  1. Looks like you have some great reading ahead of you. I keep on hearing good things about the Stand, it’s a huge book though which puts me off a bit, ill be interested to know what you think of it. I may be due a reread of the Sandman Graphic novels sometime, maybe this year, and it’s been years since I read Neverwhere.


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