Ahhhhh…December. That time of year when we all reflect on what the past year has held for us in-between running around to end-of-year concerts, and holiday get-togethers, and the like. With all the hustle bustle it can be hard to carve out time to read. And when you do, you want to lose yourself completely in a wintery landscape — it’s chill contrasting just enough with the coziness you feel all tucked up to make you all the cozier. Here are my picks for a snug December:
The Abominable by Dan Simmons
You had me at Dan Simmons; his books are each so different. In The Abominable, he brings us back to a frozen world; this time it’s Everest. Lady Bromley lost her son to Everest in 1924. She finances three hikers’ attempt to get to the summit. The hikers are being pursued as they climb. But by what?
Road Ends by Mary Lawson
If Simmons snowy landscapes are too ominous, Lawson’s might suit. Her winter takes us to Northern Ontario in the early 1900s, where the Cartwright family struggles to reconcile responsibilities and desires.
In recent years it has become difficult to face the harshness of December without the brutality of a Scandanavian mystery. This year, I urge you to set your sights on Copenhagen where a murdered university professor’s autopsy results are perplexing to say the least.