Attic rooms have always been an intriguing setting in literature. What better place is there for a small child to hide from an evil step-father and find a magic portal to another world or to lock-up embarrassing and crazy aunts? Since these draughty spaces tend to be freezing in the winter and broiling hot in the summer, the attic is also a handy place for housing the servants and poor relations.
My bedroom is upstairs in the attic of our old-timer house. In the winter, it does indeed get bloody cold. But we manage because we really pile on the coverings for our bed. We have six blankets, including a down duvet. It also helps to wear fluffy socks to bed. Another great discovery is the ultra-fantastic-auto-shut-off heating pad. Every night, just before my bedtime, I tuck my heating pad into the sheets and turn it on. Heavenly warmth!
Reading in bed used to pose another problem. While I could keep the rest myself warm under the multiple covers, my hands and forearms turned to ice while holding my book. I solved this problem by wearing leg-warmers. On my arms, that is. I got some cozy striped ones from the dollar store. These things are not sexy but they do help!
Here are some book suggestions that feature attic bed/rooms:
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The House of Reckoning by John Saul
Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews
What's Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies
For the young at heart:
Jesse's Star by Ellen Schwartz
The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret in the Old Attic a Nancy Drew Mystery by Carolyn Keen
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone By JK Rowling
(there's all kinds of rooms in the Potter books, such as closets, attics, chambers, towers, etc.)