Best Books on the North

I like to theme my reading around the seasons as far as I can, and what better thing to post in the run-up to Christmas than a list of best books set in the wintry north?  The first five are books which I have very much enjoyed and would highly recommend, and the last five are those which are high on my wishlist.

1. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen ***** (Various parts of Scandinavia)
2. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey ***** (Alaska)
3. Naive. Super by Erlend Loe ***** (Norway)
4. The Winter Book by Tove Jansson ***** (Finland)
5. The Siege by Helen Dunmore **** (Russia)

6. The Red Scarf by Kate Furnivall (Siberia)
7. With the Lapps in the High Mountains: A Woman Among the Sami, 1907-1908 by Emilie Demant Hatt (Northern Sweden)
8. Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy (Siberia)
9. Victoria by Knut Hamsun (Norway)
10. The Crow-Girl: The Children of Crow Cove by Bodil Bredsdorff (Denmark)

Which are your favourite books set in the north?


Literary Playlist: ‘A Winter Book’ by Tove Jansson

With the first of December comes another of my literary playlists, this time for one of my most beloved winter books, which I will undoubtedly be reading again soon.

‘A Winter Book’ by Tove Jansson

1. Winter’s Coming – The Narrative
2. Good Arms vs. Bad Arms – Frightened Rabbit3. If Winter Ends – Bright Eyes
4. Set Down Your Glass – Snow Patrol
5. I Woke Up Near the Sea – Lydia
6. The Winter Song – Eisley
7. The Ice is Getting Thinner – Death Cab for Cutie
8. Come Winter – Daphne Loves Derby
9. Winter Winds – Mumford & Sons
10. The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice
11. Snowed Under – Keane
12. Juno – Tokyo Police Club
13. Angels in the Snow – Sam Duckworth
14. Yellow Light – Of Monsters and Men
15. You Are a Poem – Wise Children