Happy Top Ten Tuesday everyone! I wasn’t originally going to post today, as I didn’t have a post ready, but it’s been so long I participated in Top Ten Tuesday I thought… better late than never!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and you can find all past and future prompts on her blog! This week the prompt is: a holiday freebie!.cold
Sometimes, authors are really good at describing surroundings. So much so, that I start to feel whatever is going on in the story. That’s why for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday Post, I’ll list some books that at some point, made me feel all chilly!
A Game of Thrones
By George R.R. Martin
Actually this whole series made me feel cold. Did I ever tell you all I hate the cold? Not sure why I chose to fall in love with Winter sport… Anyway, especially the scenes behind the Wall just completely chilled me. It’s great when authors can portray a scene so well that you start to feel part of it, but this was for sure a miserable kind of cold.
Kingdom of Ash
By Sarah J. Maas
If I remember correctly, this book starts off with scenes of battle and campgrounds. I also remember that everything was wet, muddy, and cold. It made me appreciate that I live in the 21st century, and that I will likely never experience something like that except through the pages of a book. Thankfully, there were also parts in this book that were not cold.
S. Jae Jones
With a title like that you’d expect to encounter a lot of wintery scenes. And you’d be correct! This book also largely takes place underground, in the kingdom of the Goblin King. I didn’t entirely enjoy the story, but the wintery scenes did make me feel cold a couple of times!
The Silvered Serpents
By Roshani Chokshi
In case you didn’t know yet, this book takes place in Russia. Specifically, Siberia, which is known to be very cold in the Winter. Even better: there is a gigantic ice palace. If you’re not cold just by reading that, then I don’t know… you probably just never feel cold. As a side note, I absolutely loved this book, so take a chance on this series if you can!
The 7.5 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
This book didn’t really make me feel cold because the scenes were wintery, but because the weather was just overall described as gray and dreary. If there’s something I hate even more than cold, it’s cold rain. Plus, the main characters find himself outside quite a few times. The day always starts sunny, but by the time it’s noon the sky is completely overcast. Brrr.
House of Salt and Sorrows
By Erin A. Craig
Here’s another one with weather descriptions that would chill you to the bone. House of Salt and Sorrows takes place close to the sea, and if you’re thinking of white beaches and palm trees I’m going to have to disappoint you. This is all loud winds and cold rain. This book has the added bonus that it’ll chill you because it’s creepy.
The Creeping Shadow
This is the fourth book in this awesome middle grade series, and it’s all about ghosts. In more than one book you can read that ghosts negatively affect temperature, but this one for sure takes the cake for me. The main characters accidentally end up in the spirit world, and those scenes made me feel so cold! Remind me to not die, so that I won’t have to be a ghost stuck in that kind of cold forever.
By Naomi Novik
Okay, so I never actually finished this book, whoops. But, I did get about halfway through and remember feeling cold literally the entire time. The main character sorta gets kidnapped by a literal ice king. I think I’d like to finish this book one day, but at this point I’d have to start over from the beginning and for now I’m not in the mood for that.
Shadow and Bone
It’s pretty obvious that this world is based on Russia. So… cold in the Winter. I remember some scenes from when Alina had not yet discovered her Grisha powers, and she was sent to the Fold. It made me feel so cold. I think that anything battle related makes me feel cold, to be honest. It just happens so often that the battles I read about take place in miserable weather circumstances!
By Elly Blake
Title gives it away again, this book involves a lot of coldness. In Frostblood, the main character actually has the power to command fire, which is forbidden. Everyone else is ruled by frost. I really enjoyed the first two books of this series, and it certainly doesn’t remain cold forever. I still have to read the final book, though… Maybe I can still finish it before the year ends!