Or any other extreme weather that can be used as an excuse for curling up with candles, coffee and a really good book.
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It’s been snowing something peculiar here in England, and of course we were unable to cope. Schools closed, the bread and milk shelves cleared, and people slipping up on their way to and from somewhere. It’s been unusual weather for March in the UK – and I live in the South so they really can’t deal with it. My solution to snow is to look at it through a window, and decide to read. I pull on jumpers and fluffy socks, have a cup of coffee (or baileys depending on the time), candles on, my blankets and pillows piled up – it’s amazing. As this is probably the last snow day we (England) will have, I figured this was the last chance I would have to put together a list for snow days!
I don’t like reading things about snow when it’s snowing. I know the obvious books are The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, Northern Lights, The Snow Child ect, but the last time it snowed I had Moana on my laptop, with snow flurrying a meter away outside my window, rather than Frozen. No, when it snows I like to take a crack at my ever expanding TBR list. I tried to narrow down the five books I’d recommend for snow days, but in reality, it had to become the five types of book read on snow days, because I simply couldn’t choose five.
Books to Read on Snow Days
The Old Favourite Romance Novel
I’ve found that romance novels are considered somewhat of a guilty pleasure. I think they’re hilarious and I love them for their predictable storylines, predictable heros and predictable heroines. My personal favourites are Thanks for the Memories and If You Could See Me Now by Cecilia Ahern, and The Perfect Proposal, the Wedding Planner and Going Dutch for Katie Ffjorde. They’re safe, easy reads that you can just get on with as the world freezes outside your window. Bonus points if both love interests are the same sex (but if not, Imagine Me and You is a suitable film alternative).
That Classic You’ve Been Meaning To Get Around To
I am guilty of having rather a few ‘classics’ on my shelf that I keep putting off in favour of easier, quicker reads with less time investment. But on bad weather days, I might find myself inclined to cracking open Moll Flanders or any of Margaret Atwood’s chunkier books like The Blind Assassin, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace (all of which are currently staring at me accusingly from my TBR shelf every time I select a YA novel). I have a lot of the heftier classics on my kindle, for reading on long journeys where I can’t get distracted by shiny things as easily – I’ve been reading The Three Musketeers for so long, I’ve almost forgotten what happened at the beginning. I should probably re-read that. I prefer them on my kindle because A, weight, and B, I don’t know how much I’ve read so I can’t feel disheartened by how much is left.
The Short Book to Pass the Time Till Tea
Short books are great, they are whole worlds and stories you can devour quickly, while the chicken is in the oven (or, in my case, the Gluten Free Microwavable Meal being cooked in the oven because we don’t have a microwave). I like poetry for filling the time in, because you can read one poem, and then put the book down until you next have five minutes and there doesn’t need to be a plot to follow. I really want to read milk and honey by Rupi Kaur, and I really want to read Amanda Lovelace’s the princess saves herself in this one ahead of the witch doesn’t burn in this one coming out later this year.
The Fantasy Series You’ve Been Meaning to Re-Read (even though you’ve plenty of new(ish) books on your shelf)
Personally, there are about eight series I’ve been meaning to re-read. I’ve been thinking of doing a Harry Potter re-read and commentary for a while now, but I have so much else to read, and does anyone really want to see my rambling thoughts on a series everyone knows so well? I also really want to re-read a few series I read as a late teens, see if they’re still as good – I mean, poison studies was a huge hit with grown up (ish) me. So, I want to re-read The Wind Singer series, I’m curious about re-reading the Great and Terrible Beauty Series by Libba Bray, I really want to re-read A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Basically I have so much I want to re-read that I haven’t re-read any of them because my TBR keeps blinking at me accusingly whenever I contemplate one of these series.
The Books of Fairytales
If you hadn’t already worked out, I am an absolute sucker for reimagined and dark fairytales. I. Love. Them. Bonus points if there isn’t a happily ever after with hetero romance, but just surviving is the happy ending. I absolutely recommend Christina Henry for that – be warned, her Alice series is just disturbed – I couldn’t put it down even though I was disgusted the whole time. It was intense. Lost Boy is the Captain Hook origin story and it’s really good too! I am currently reading (like, I’m on page 502, this book is never ending) Cress, third book in the Lunar Chronicles where Cinderella is a cyborg in a future Earth that is teetering on the edge of war with the moon. It’s very, very YA, but it’s good and it’s easy to read – even if Cress is about three times longer than Cinder or Scarlett. Fairytale re-imaginings are fun any time, but on snow days, there is almost this extra little kick, like everything is a little more magical because you’re ‘stranded’ at home with the world(or at least your bit of it) covered. I love it.
What do you like to read on snow days? Any preferences or is it just a case of taking the book at the top of the TBR pile and just attempting to beat the pile before it swallows you hole?