Winter is the perfect season for reading. The weather gets colder, so you no longer have to justify your year-round desire to sit alone in your house under several metric tons of snuggly blankets, sipping on tea andreading wintry novels. But winter also brings with it one to two entire months of holiday madness: Christmas songs, Christmas movies, ugly Christmas sweater parties, and several shelf's worth of Christmas books. Sometimes you need a break from all the tinsel and the goodwill towards men. Here are few winter books that aren't about Christmas, for when you want to escape into a slightly more secular winter wonderland.
Not everybody celebrates Christmas, after all. And even the people who do celebrate Christmas can get sick of the crowded stores, the creepy stop motion reindeer, and the inescapable sounds of Mariah Carey. As the start of the Christmas season creeps ever closer to Halloween, it can be nice to sit down and read a book that doesn't button up neatly with a holiday feast and a man in red suit passing judgment on children's behavior. These books range from snowy romances to thrilling Yukon adventures, and I promise that none of the characters ever learn the true meaning of Christmas in any of them: