Winter Solstice

Make the most out of the shortest day of the year. Where we’re lacking in sunlight, there’s an abundance of great winter-themed reads at your library.

Whether you’re staying in by choice or are snowed in by a storm, these books can keep you company on long, cold days. From fantasy to horror, historical fiction to romance, check out these 10 titles themed around this year’s Winter Solstice on 12/21.

For a solstice full of forbidden magic…

Black Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse
High fantasy, historical fiction, magical realism

For a trip to a planet known as “Winter”…

The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
Science fiction, feminist fiction

For a trip back in time to 1888 and a dangerous storm…

The Children’s Blizzard – Melanie Benjamin
Historical fiction, based on true events, saga

For inspiration on surviving cold times…

Wintering – Katherine May (818.603 MAY)
Health and wellness, autobiography, memoir

For a holiday spent in a mansion by the sea…

A Week in Winter – Maeve Binchy
Literary fiction, domestic fiction

For a snowed-in mystery where everyone’s a suspect…

One by One – Ruth Ware
Thriller, psychological suspense

For a starry night…

Written in the Stars – Alexandria Bellefleur
Romance, holiday fiction, LGBTQIA+

For a snowstorm in New York…

In the Midst of Winter – Isabel Allende
Literary fiction, saga, translated work

For a life off-the-grid in Alaska…

The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah
Historical fiction, survival, family fiction

For an adventure to the Arctic Circle…

The Terror – Dan Simmons
Thriller, horror, historical fiction, nautical fiction

Click on any book cover to access the title in our catalog. Many are available both in physical copy at the library and digitally through the Indiana Digital Library and can be checked out with your HCTPL card.