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Top Ten Tuesday | Wintry Reads

First of all, it’s Christmastime! I built my booktree today:

On to another Top Ten Tuesday post! Last week, I joined in on That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesday special, in which she gives a topic and bloggers make lists of book titles that fit the theme. 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Check out my first TTT post from last week here:

I’m going to try to put a thriller spin on this winter Top Ten Tuesday theme, since I assume the Hallmark-esque Christmas rom-coms are covered. We’ll see if I can get to ten winter thrillers! So light a fire, grab a mug of hot chocolate and a warm blanket, and settle in for ten cozy winter thrillers:

One by One by Ruth Ware

one by one ruth ware

The Christmas Killer Alex Pine

christmas killer august pine

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

snowman jo nesbo

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

unwanted guest shari lapena

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

hunting party lucy foley

Girls in the Snow by Stacy Green

girls in the snow stacy green

Twelve Days by Paul Williams

twelve days paul williams

No Exit by Taylor Adams

no exit taylor adams

Five Total Strangers
by Natalie D Richards

five total strangers natalie richards

The Girl in the Ice
by Robert Bryndza

girl in the ice robert bryndza

Have you read any of these? I’ve only read An Unwanted Guest, The Hunting Party, and One by One, but the rest are on my TBR. Which was your favorite?

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December 8, 2020 at 11:47 am

Winter settings are actually my favorite when it comes to mystery/thrillers. An oncoming snowstorm is just the thing to up the tension! I’ve read three of these – ONE BY ONE, NO EXIT, and FIVE TOTAL STRANGERS. Honestly, I didn’t love any of them, but if I had to choose it would be ONE BY ONE. NO EXIT was too violent for me and, while I liked the premise of FIVE TOTAL STRANGERS, the execution just lacked something for me. I need to read some of the others on your list!

Happy TTT!


December 8, 2020 at 2:27 pm

There’s a lot of great wintry thriller covers. I love these!

December 8, 2020 at 2:48 pm

I really must read the Lisa Filey… its been sitting on my book shelf for an age. And I enjoyed The Snowman a lot – have you read Blood on Snow series by Nesbø? They’re beautifully written!

    December 8, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    I enjoyed Lucy Foley’s one a lot…Have you read The Guest List? This one was even better. I actually haven’t read any other Job Nesbo, but I really should!

December 8, 2020 at 5:30 pm

I love a good thriller, especially one set in a wintry clime! There’s just something about them. I loved An Unwanted Guest, and No Exit as well. Five total strangers was pretty good too. The Girl in the Snow looks good, and I’ve been wanting to read the Hunting Party. Awesome picks!!

December 8, 2020 at 8:51 pm

Yes! As much as I love a good sappy holiday read, I’ve been looking for something a little darker for these winter months. These are perfect.

December 9, 2020 at 1:23 pm

I really enjoyed seeing your cozy thriller picks! I’m not one that usually reads this genre, so I appreciate some new ideas!

December 10, 2020 at 12:46 am

I’ve read a few of these – The Hunting Party, The Snowman and An Unwanted Guest – so will have to check out some of the others. I’ve never read anything by Ruth Ware yet so I like the idea of that one for a start.

    December 10, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Ruth Ware is great, but I wouldn’t start with One by One. Start with The Lying Game or The Death of Mrs. Westaway to get a better feel for her usual style…One by One was a little different from her others. Still a great read though 🙂

December 10, 2020 at 2:06 am

Brrrr, you have chosen some wonderful winter thrillers for this list, and some are new to me as well!

December 10, 2020 at 12:15 pm

I just love your book tree, Caroline! 🙂 And I love how you went with thrillers instead of the cutesy holiday covers.

December 10, 2020 at 5:33 pm

Aww, I love the bookmas tree and the little dog. Very cute. I don’t read a lot of thrillers, but I love winter, so I have read The Snowman.

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