12 Best Book Series That Are Great for Long Winter Nights

With the long winter looming ahead of us, and the fleeting days of summer fast receding into memory, it’s time to start preparing for what we’re going to be doing on the days where it’s just too cold to leave the house. Sure, you can binge-watch the latest Netflix series — or you can dig into a really interesting book series that’s a proven classic.

The book series that we’re bringing you today are all tried-and-true favorites, and some have been enjoyed by generations of readers. Here are some of the best book series that are perfect to curl up with on a long winter’s night.

1. A Song of Ice and Fire

Also known as the Game of Thrones series, A Song of Ice and Fire is the full name of the magnum opus of fantasy author George R.R. Martin. The story, as most people know from watching the HBO show, follows a group of characters in Westeros, a kingdom continually beset with conflict. The TV series starts out as a faithful reproduction of the books, but it does eventually veer off course, especially because the book series isn’t finished yet.

Martin is expected to write two more books, which will round out the series at seven volumes. These books are long, but because each chapter is told from a different character’s perspective, manages to keep readers engaged throughout.

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2. No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Written by Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is a 19-part series that focuses on Mma Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s foremost lady detective. Like most detective series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency focuses as much on the quirks of each client as it does on their mysteries that need solving.


The first book, which was written in 1998, is where the series gets its name. Since then, Smith has steadily written a book every year and has helped to adapt his work into radio plays, and a TV series that premiered on both BBC and HBO in 2008.

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3. Millenium

Stieg Larsson’s novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo made a huge splash when it was translated into English and released in North America in 2004. The book was the first in a then-trilogy of books dubbed the Millennium series and followed journalist Mikael Blomkvist and secretive hacker Lisbeth Salander as they investigated a mysterious family secret on a seemingly-idyllic island.

Although Larsson died of a heart attack before any of the books were released, there have been two more volumes added to the series since his death. Larsson’s publisher commissioned journalist David Lagercrantz to continue the series, and The Girl in the Spider’s Web was published in 2015, with The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye following in 2017.

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