BTT: Winter Reading

btt2The 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?

Atlanta winters tend to be mild, but we still get our share of cold, grey days like today. I am too whimsical of a reader to be affected much by something like the weather in my actual habits, but I admit that mentally I tend to gravitate toward works with heavier subject matter or darker atmospheres. Last February I read Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell, and for me it was the perfect book for curling up and escaping the winter doldrums. I loved the magic, the dark story, the idea of London, the cold country houses with roaring fires. Everything fit. This winter I am again reading books set in England, both fiction and non-fiction: The Children’s Book, A Great and Terrible Beauty, and Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870. I am hoping to get to The Moonstone before the trees bloom and the days get long as well, because something about a Victorian mystery just seems to lend itself to a dark, rainy day.

How about you: do you like a dark, Gothic tale or a suspenseful mystery on a cold day, or do you gravitate toward books with a light atmosphere that take you somewhere warm and sunny? Happy Thursday!

Note: I welcome all BTT participants and your comments, if you have something interesting to offer in response to this post. Please do not leave a generic comment simply so you can post your own link. All participant links can be found at the Booking Through Thursday site. Thanks!

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11 comments

  1. My only requirement is that the book is plot-driven. You are the first person who recommends Jonathan Strange, I will have to check that out! 🙂

  2. I can see Dr. S & Mr. N being a great snowy day read. I can’t remember in what weather I read it, but I read Byatt’s latest this summer. It’s a denser read but a wonderful world to get wrapped up in! For your London reads, have you checked out The Meaning of Night? That’s a good one!

  3. I remember trying to read Jonathan Strange when it first came it. It’s incredibly impressive, imaginative and original but I soon got distracted and haven’t had a chance to return.

    I recently tried reading The Children’s Book but it was too slow and too difficult to get into. I’ll try Possession first, I think, since that’s waiting in my TBR.

    Also- love your little note about leaving *actual* comments. I’m a little tired of meme comments which are just one lined generic answers with a link to their blogs.

  4. Bookeywookey, I just looked up The Meaning of Night, and I am adding it to my TBR immediately. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Mae, I hope you can pick up Jonathan Strange again soon…the ending really brings everything together in such an imaginative way. I am enjoying The Children’s Book, but I admit I am a bit hindered because I keep stopping to look things up. As much as I enjoy that, it does distract me a bit. I am happy to hear I am not the only one who is tired of the link spam! I am so tired of “Great answer! Here is mine…” or “Interesting choice…” when I’ve listed three or four books. I try only to comment on other people’s blogs when I have something to say. I don’t think of commenting as advertising, but I guess some people do.

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