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Curl Up With a Book

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The northern hemisphere, at least, is socked in by winter right now… So, on a cold, wintry day, when you want nothing more than to curl up with a good book on the couch … what kind of reading do you want to do?

I’m very lucky that winter is mild here, despite the occasional dreary rainy days. Any given wintry day is like any Saturday. If I’m all cooped up at home, curling up on the couch with a book, it must be plot-driven, convoluted, suspenseful, or having a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter. Anything that is redolent of stream of consciousness, polemic, philosophical harangue, and assertion would not do (some of my favorite authors are expert in these forms). A classic would be a good choice to while away a dreary cold day. How about something that will mentally distract me from the cold weather, like Molokai by Alan Brennert? Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim would transfer readers to the beautiful Portifino in Italy. How about a literary mystery caked with layers of secrets like The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco? What about you?

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18 Responses

  1. If I am cooped up, I prefer a nice cozy mystery/thriller with lots of action and twists and turns. Ones that make my heart pound!

    • I heard this book called Devlin Diary by Christi Phillips, which fits into your category. I’m going to grab a copy myself and save that for a dreary weekend!

  2. Matt, plot-driven is a great way to put it. I agree that anything that makes you think too much does not work for an afternoon of reading. Classics are my go-to for long afternoons!

  3. I tend to read difficult novels in the summer. It’s so hot outside that I can get sick when I step out the door. I stay indoors most of the summer.

    I go out more in the winter and fall and spring and tend to read more fun books then.

  4. Great choices! I actually just watched the DVD of The Enchanted April movie! It really did make me feel warmer 🙂

  5. Mm, when it’s cold outside and I’m cuddled up inside, I like to read twisty Gothic sorts of books – those are the most fun when you can read them straight through, I always think.

  6. I’m the opposite. I prefer plot driven and exciting cliffhangers when the weather is warmer and it’s harder for me to concentrate on reading. I like spending the winters with books that make me think. It’s much easier to think in the cold than in the heat.

    • Great stories would be in season all year round. I also enjoy a meaty dramatic book when I’m flying long haul to keep me from being bored. 🙂

  7. I can see the appeal of each of your suggestions and am reminded that I need to make time for the Eco novel. I’ve been revisiting some favourite reads of younger years and with the snowing and blowing outside, Scott O’Dell’s Island of the Blue Dolphins was lovely for its contrast (sun, wind, water), but I’ve also just started my umpteenth re-read of Joan Aiken’s The Wolves of WIlloughby Chase (which is such a deliciously wintry read). Is there such a thing as bi-polar reading?

  8. The Name of the Rose would be a great one for a dreary, winter day!

  9. I agree- it’s gotta be a page-turner on a day like that- otherwise, I’m asleep in ten minutes flat!

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