Approaching Winter by Floyd Skloot

Find in catalogSubdued and almost melancholy, this collection of poems feels more like a collection of short stories. Each one of Skloot’s poems opens up a bit of world, character, or memory; or leads us into a future unafraid, but wary. I quite enjoyed reading these poems, even though I’m not regularly a poetry reader. I also liked the fact that the poet was from Oregon. (And his name is pretty neat too!)

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Cruel Winter by Sheila Connolly

Find in catalogThe story line was interesting, but the dialog was way over done. During the heart of the story, about every 5 pages would repeat the information. It annoyed me to the point of not enjoying the book… and yet I finished it. Cold case murders are always hard to let go!

A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli

Find in textThis was an interesting read. Three soldiers cannot take one more day of shooting Jewish prisoners at the camp. So they opt for the only other task – going out into the frigid winter to find more Jews. They discover one, and end up taking their lunch in an abandoned Polish home. As they are cooking their cornmeal, emotions run amok. To add to the tension, a Polish man also joins them. I found it hard to read, as it is such a painful subject. However, I thought this a good perspective into the lives of the men who followed orders, or had to, and what it cost them.

The Winter in Anna by Reed Karaim

Find in catalog“The question is how the gentle, sustaining light leaks out of life.” The Winter in Anna is a quiet novel about how the pain one bears can color all aspects of life. It has been my favorite novel of the summer so far. A young man, without direction, finds his place in a small North Dakota town. He befriends an older woman, who has so much to teach him about life and its meaning. Like so many things in life, we don’t always see what is in front of us until we’ve gone far enough away to look back and not know how to return. Anna’s quiet pain and beauty captivate him, as well as the reader; you want to protect her from her past even as you want to race toward the future. I would love to read more from this author, even though I was brought to tears at the end.

The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels

Find in catalogThis is a melancholy love story about finding yourself through someone else. The language was eloquent, but at times lengthy. The author wove the characters together with the landscapes, portraying each one through the ebb and flow of the earth. It was an interesting novel, but one that lost interest for me about halfway through. I was not surprised by the ending, but not sure that I agreed with it. How we respond to loss says many things about the person we are.

Midwinterblood by Marc Sedgwick

Find in catalog“I will live seven times, and I will look for you in each one… I will look for you and love you in each one. Will you follow?” To feel that kind of love… sigh. This is a mystery wrapped around a love story, with the tragedy always hovering. I was captivated within the first story and eagerly read each one. They intertwine in intricate ways that are not always obvious, but leave you slightly unsettled.

Winter’s Child by Margaret Coel

Find in textThis was my first novel in the Wind River Mysteries, and while some of the background connections were unknown to me it did not hinder the story. A bereft Arapaho couple receives a blessing five weeks after losing their infant in childbirth – a baby girl is left on their doorstep. Five years later, when she’s about to enter school, the fact that she is white becomes an issue and her loving parents seek to adopt her legally so she can never be taken from her home and her people. In unraveling the mystery of where the little girl came from, people start dying. The mystery is bigger than anyone thought, reaches across state boundaries, and the boundaries of time. There are many sides to the same story, and where your sympathy falls may not always be easy to discern as right vs. wrong.

Miki Falls. 4, Winter by Mark Crilley

Find in catalogBook four of the Mikki Falls quartet is fast paced and unexpected. Their love story has come to the final chapter and the dangers have caught up with them. Young love is resilient, and Mikki has a plan! The artistry of this novel was well done, the facial expressions are believable.

A Winter’s Haunting by Dan Simmons

Find in catalogThis book took a few weird twists and turns, but it was done subtly. Events and characters are introduced as unremarkable, and only gradually show their darkness. Dale’s life has broken apart and he returns to his childhood home to take a break, recoup, and attempt to write a novel that will bring him back into the world. However, he’s in for a dark, cold winter. For while he’s returned home, home has been awaiting him!

Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons by Bill Watterson

Find in catalogWhile I love Calvin and Hobbes, I assumed this was a snowman compilation – which it is not. The more I look, I think there is not a book solely dedicated to the Snow Goons?! What a tragedy! However, this was a great collection of Calvin and Hobbes. I have loved reading this strip ever since I was young, as have many. Calvin has such a unique view of the world, and his parents have such a dry wit that cuts through and humors him at the same time. I hope that my daughter comes to enjoy these stories, even if she picks up a little wise crackin’. I hope my patience will endure…