Winter Reading

Summer reading is a time-honoured tradition - major newspapers and bookstores prescribe the season’s hits, and all of a sudden every second person on the train is reading the same book, or awaiting it in their Christmas stocking.

Surely, though, winter is prime time to get some reading done. It allows you to leave the house... without actually leaving the house! You can’t spend a lot of time outside on these shorter days, but you can read late into the night regardless of how cold, windy or rainy it is outside. In fact - the colder, windier and rainier the better! …luckily for Melburnians.

So find a nook, pick a book, and get around some of our winter reading tips.

Setting up

The trend of ‘hygge’ (after the Danish word loosely translating as ‘cosiness’) has us all experts in making our space as comforting and welcoming as possible. Think blankets, soft lighting, thick socks and a warm drink. Maybe that space is at home for you, or maybe it’s somewhere in your neighbourhood: a nice cafe or the local library (BYO onesie!). Wherever you find your hygge, take a good book along.

The Art of Hygge


Old and new

Winter can be a great time to re-read a favourite book - often your favourites will offer up something new each time you read them, and making this a winter tradition is a kind of cosiness in itself. This time of year is also a great opportunity to catch up on classics - many of these are available as eBooks or audiobooks, too, so you don’t even need to leave your nook to get them!

If you’re someone who feels the pressure to keep up with all the best new things being published, winter provides a fantastic time to catch up on the newbies from the first six months before the exciting new releases of the second half of the year.

Normal People

Mrs. Everything

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

At home and away

Winter is also the time of hibernation, which makes it perfect for self-reflection.

Some of our recent favourites include:

The Gift of A Happy Mother

Braving the Wilderness

Happy Never After

Connect with others 

Or perhaps you’re more inclined to connect with those around you. Winter can be a great time to cook up a feast or look at the #WinterReadingStack hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to find your people. YPRL's Instagram is a great place to chat about books!

Winter is a great time to find community: you might also like to check out our free Winter Wellness events program or join a book club.

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