At Booking Through Thursday, this is the question of the week:
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?
It’s totally true that I want only to stay inside, curled up in front of a fireplace (which I ain’t got), drinking coffee and reading books all day long. Also, eating chocolate. And pizza. Yes, pizza also sounds good.
Anyway, for the reading part of things, the first author that comes to mind is Sue Miller. I like reading Sue Miller books in the winter. They’re darn absorbing, and filled with a certain angst, but also with a certain sensibility that appreciates the good things in life. Such as reading in front of a fireplace while eating pizza. A book like The Senator’s Wife, which still haunts me.
Also, since I’m, in theory, spending the whole darn day reading, I’ll also throw in a cozy mystery that takes place in a yarn or craft shop–maybe something by Monica Ferris or Maggie Sefton.
And, just to mix things up, something nonfiction that’s part of whatever nonfiction reading obsession I’m experiencing at the time. For today, I’d pick an astronaut book. But it would have to be about pre-1970s astronauts, because they’re the ones I think are the most interesting. Once we hit the ’70s, I switch to the Watergate obsession (1974-).
But that’s a story for another day.