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Books Set in Antarctica and the Arctic

We are so excited to kick off the year’s Book Voyage Reading Challenge! Or if you found this post just looking for an Antarctica book or Arctic fiction, we hope you’ll love the book recommendations.

Three tilted book covers in shades of teal, middle reading How the Penguins Saved Veronica

Of all the regions on our planned armchair travel journey, this is likely the one you’ve read the least about. Grab a comfy blanket and a hot drink, then join us to read one of the best books set in Antarctica or the Arctic Circle.

What Kind of Books Are Included On This List?

For the challenge, we’ve compiled a great list of reading options. Our curated recommendations strike a good balance between male and female perspectives, and between serious and light-hearted examinations of the coldest places on Earth. From Arctic novels and fiction books set in Antarctica to non-fiction accounts and memoirs, these books each paint vivid images of life at extremes. You’re also always welcome to choose your own book.

The Best Books Set in Arctic & Antarctic



You are welcome to choose any book that you’d like to read for the challenge, but we hope that this list of books has given you a good starting point.

Members of our email list and Facebook group, Read with the Book Girls can log ratings for their monthly challenge reads. The logs provide us with data for the “BGG Reader Ratings” that are added to descriptions for future years. We’d love you to contribute your rating after you’ve finished your read this month.

Join the Book Voyage Reading Challenge

Photo of the book voyage reading challenge printable with text about how to join the challenge. Clicking the image takes you to the reading challenge home page with text instructions.

Can you send me a printable list with the book titles but not descriptions?

This was a big request last year that we weren’t able to add to our plates in 2022. New for 2023, readers who support Book Girls Guide through our Buy Me a Coffee membership site will receive special monthly printable journal pages as a thank you bonus. The voluntary members (we call them our BFFs) help cover the cost of running the challenges so we can keep them free for everyone.

We’re so excited to be able to offer this fun perk this year!

The new pages will be pre-filled with every book title for the month, and include space for you to mark your interest level, make notes about whether you’ve requested the book from the library (or any other notes you’d like), and then fill in your rating. We’ll also include blank lines in case you have other books on your TBR (to be read) list that meet the prompt.

That said, you’ll always find the most updated version of our recommendations with descriptions each month at no cost on our website. We do update the list and descriptions regularly based on reader feedback. But, we know some of you wanted to print the list to take to the library or bookstore, and we hope this helps.

/book voy



Angela & Melissa

The Book Girls are best friends who jointly read over 200 books per year. We started Book Girls' Guide in 2019 to help others de-stress and find joy through the power of a great book. We do in-depth research on thousands of novels and non-fiction titles each year to provide curated book lists covering a variety of genres.

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