Writing the Seasons with Books: Winter

This year I decided to write the four seasons with books. Thus, at the beginning of each of the previous seasons (Spring, Summer and Autumn), I selected books from my shelves whose titles begin with the letters of the name of the season in question. The time has finally come to do the same for Winter!

When I had the idea for this sort of series, I didn’t expect that it would be so difficult to find on my shelves books with titles beginning with certain letters. In order not to pick Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier again, I had to cheat slightly this time, as I’ve done in past seasons for other reasons.


Winter by Ali Smith

Told from the perspectives of Sophia and Art, her son, this book, which is part of Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet, delves into how dissimilar world views can cause rifts between family members. Art was supposed to take his former partner, Charlotte, to spend Christmas at his mother’s house. As she left him, he decided to pay a young woman to go with him. Although the plot is not outstanding, the characters are compelling.


In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

In the fourth book in The Memoirs of Lady Trent fantasy series, readers continue to learn how Isabella became a famous dragon naturalist. It explores current themes, such as women’s rights, social classes and the ethics behind scientific methods.


Nutshell by Ian McEwan

This short novel by Ian McEwan has an unusual narrator – an intelligent and occasionally drunk foetus that unfolds a criminal scheme. It is a tale of lost love, brother jealousy and greed, which was inspired by Hamlet. Overall, the writing style is lyrical and theatrical.


Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

This is a spooky and unnerving graphic novel, which resembles a collection of short stories. I loved the contrast between dark and bright colours.


Emma by Jane Austen

The main character in this novel, Emma Woodhouse, is wealthy, pretty and enjoys being a matchmaker among her friends and neighbours. But, for her great surprise, people don’t always act as she expects.


(O) Regresso do Rei (The Return of the King) by JRR Tolkien

This is the last book in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which I read in Portuguese more than a decade ago. For the purpose of this post, let’s forget that the title really starts with ‘O’ (the Portuguese equivalent of ‘the’) and that Tolkien conceived the three books as just one volume. As you surely know, this is an epic high-fantasy book about the quest to destroy the One Ring.


Have you read any of these books? Tell me in the comments!


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