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Ten Books to Warm up your Winter

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When the country is swept with snow and blizzards and penguins refuse to venture out, we know it is time to curl up with a good book by the fire.

Here are 10 books to consider putting on your winter reading list!

The Winter Palace, Eva Stachniak (History, romantic)

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Barbara, a destitute chambermaid to the Empress Elizabeth, has embarked on a treacherous journey of sneaking and spying through keyholes in the Grand Russian Court. Beautifully written, the historic novel interweaves power, sex and conspiracy accompanying young Katherine the Great on her way to the throne.

Leaving Time, Jodi Picoult( Thriller)

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Jenna has not given up the hope to find her mother, who disappeared mysteriously in the middle of the night ten years ago. In her desperate attempt to uncover the truth, Jenna seeks help from a private investigator and a psychic for missing people. A true page-turner, the gripping novel will hook you up for days.

At the Mountains of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft (Adventure)

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Published in 1931, this supernatural horror novel is one of its kind. Seemingly safe expedition to Antarctic, turns into a battle for survival for the team from Miskatonic University. Adventurers make chilling discoveries and encounter with menace as they enter the City of the Old Ones. All devotees of horror genre will enjoy this mind-twisting tale.

Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater

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Having been rescued by a yellow-eyed wolf, Grace develops a fascination for the creature that lurks in the woods every winter. But when the she meets her ‘wolf ‘ in his human form, she struggles to come to terms with a risk/possibility of losing each other forever. The novel focuses on the fight of young lovers for their chance for happiness where passion, violence and action go hand in hand.

Nights of Villjamur, Mark Charan Newton

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Newton presents a compilation of the stories ranging from romance and jealousy to violence and political intrigue. The rising panic resides in the ancient city of Villjamur. Threatened by the coming ice age and disease, the council resorts to mass murder of the refugees camping outside the gates. The power game and search for immortality become two main goals for divided society.

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales, Jacob Grimm Wilhelm Grimm

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From Cinderella to Hansel and Gretel, the collection of fairy tales have earned its world-wide reputation, inspiring countless live-action, animation and stage adaptations. Through magical adventures, Grimms’ stories have instilled moral values in/for many generations. An all-age crowd pleaser, the book has an ability to transport any adult back to their childhood.

The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins

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Based on a real-life case of abduction, Collins’ story became sensational when it was first published. Told in the form of diaries and letters, When Walter Hartright meets a mysterious woman dressed in white, little does he know that his life is about to take a turn for the worst. A classic thriller full of passion, hate and lies will keep you in suspense to the very end.

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

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Selfish miser Ebeneezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts at Christmas Eve, teaching time lessons of kindness, generosity and charity. The personal transformation of the main character has touched millions of hearts. Humorous and poignant, this well-written classic novel remains/ is deeply engrained in a part of the Christmas reading tradition.

Winter’s Tale, William Shakespeare

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Shakespeare’s play focuses on middle-aged Leontes, who, being consumed with jealousy, wrongly accuses his wife of adultery. The consequences of his actions are tragic, bringing loss, grief, family conflict and exile. The reconciliation between Hermione and Leontes is considered one of the most moving final scenes ever created by Shakespeare.

Master and Man, Leo Tolstoy

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One of the leading Russian writers in the 19th century, Leo Tolstoy left a literary legacy which was later admired by Flaubert, Virginia Woolf and James Joyce. Master and Man tells a story of two men who are traveling on a business trip. While the landowner is dreaming of hoping to securing/making a lucrative deal, his worker takes each day as it comes. The tragic ending of the story raises the important philosophic issues of the value of human life and the insignificance of financial prosperity.

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