Book Review – Wintering by Katherine May

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wintering by Katherine May

I picked up Wintering at the very right time in my life. Not only is it majorly winter here in Winnipeg (-20 degrees and snow), but I am also dealing with my own, personal winter. Katherine May tells anecdotes from her own winters, and how they did ever resonate with me. Just reading stories about someone who also struggles with winters, metaphorical and real, and is learning to embrace it, really validated what I am going through also. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a little help through their winters.

A few things I really liked about this book:

I loved how it was presented as short little stories, either of parts of May’s life, or of stories and information that May has interpreted and incorporated into her life. As the reader, I could find something in each story, or there would be one particular story that touched me and that I can go back to in times of need.

I loved May’s descriptions of physical winter, in her home in England, in Iceland, in the Arctic. In addition, I loved how she felt so awed and energized by the cold and the winter sights. It reminds me that I need to embrace these aspects of winter now that I myself am living in a very cold place.

I really don’t have anything negative to say about this book. It was a wonderful memoir. It felt like a warm hug and a hot cup of tea. It is a true comfort.

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