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?
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!
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