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For this week's Weekly Geeks, share with us the books which call out to you during the cold, wintry months. Are there genres which appeal to you most? Why do you think you are drawn to these types of books during winter? Do you have some book recommendations for other readers who are looking for some escape from the blustery weather? Give us some of your favorites and tell us why you recommend them.

As "extra credit" why not share some photos of what the weather looks like outside your home...or where you curl up to read when 'the weather outside is frightening.'

Seasonal reading: what a great topic! Especially since it’s 18 degrees F here in southeastern Pennsylvania. I frequently gravitate towards chunksters in the winter; a great read towards this end is Sharon Kay Penman’s The Sunne in Splendour, or MM Kaye’s The Far Pavilions. I also recommend anything by Dorothy Whipple as a good winter read by the fire.

I also tend to go for books with a darker theme, such as The Meaning of Night, by Michael Cox, or its sequel, The Glass of Time. Then again, a great book for chasing away the winter blues is DE Stvenson’s Miss Buncle’s Book!

If you want weather-appropriate settings, Try Robert Goolrick’s A Reliable Wife (which I didn’t like, but I can see why some people might like it); or Wintering, by Kate Moses (a novel about Sylvia Plath). What are your top winter reads?
Update, 2:10 pm: it's snowing....


Erotic Horizon said…
Our reading taste are different but I agree with you.. I pick up heavy books in the winter..

I have a massive Juliet Marillier going through at the moment...

I am intrigue by the Michael Cox book - I am going to check it out.. It does say a lot about an author and his/her characters, when there are so many little flaws, but it still make a show stopper...

Thanks for the heads up..

I haven't read any of the books you've listed, but I do want to read soothing by Dorothy Whipple soon.

At the moment, I'm reading 2666 in a group, and other than that, have already read two 500+ pages book in the last month.... and a Woolf. So, I guess chunksters and heavier reading it is!
It's summer here - nearly 100F today - so I've been reading lots of books set in the snow to keep me cool. Big heavy chunksters are a bit of a pain to read in summer as I tend to get all sweaty with them resting on my lap.
Nicole said…
I've been meaning to read the Michael Cox book, thanks for mentioning it and reminding me. I'm also planning on 2666 in the near future. Something about longer books in winter always seems doable.

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Bookfool said…
I didn't like A Reliable Wife, either. I'm kind of confused as to how it became such a runaway hit. Is it the gorgeous paperback cover or just the placement? Or both? Of course, some people think it's romantic. On this point I disagree strongly.
Shar said…
Thanks for the recommendations. The Sylvia Plath book looks really interesting. I will have to check it out!
Laura said…
I'm in southeastern PA, too. Like you I go for chunksters and heavier stuff ... here's my post.
Chris said…
The Far Pavilions is such a great book.
Wendy said…
You're a lot like me re: reading chunksters in the cold months - I will have to check out your suggestions!

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