27 February 2013

Do You Read More When It is Cold, Snowy, and Gray?

The Four of Us live just miles from the 45th parallel in the Northern Hemisphere of this lovely Earth and this time of year it is mostly gray, bone-chilling cold, and very snowy. A time of year when we get very nervous if our pile of books-to-read is not stacked high. Just last week The Big Sister was blue, she had just finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and had post-perfect-book-dread: "will there ever be another book as good? Can I find a book to occupy my perfect book spoiled mind?" With a little quick thinking, a bit of research, and time at our book shelves we managed to replenish her stack: previously overlooked books by Madeleine L'Engle Arm of the Starfish Quartet, Many Waters, and Meet the Austins; to add to the mix, a little non-fiction, If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland; coupled with twenty minutes online at the library, reserving books --and her hunger was sated, for the moment.
Can you find The Sisters? Would you believe we've gotten almost three feet more snow since this photo was taken? Yes, it is very snowy here.

Recently, The Sisters found their stack of audio books dwindling --a calamity, for girls who's favorite past-time is disappearing in to their art room and listening there way through a biblio-epic journey. Usually the solution is simple: a trip to the library, but what if we're house-bound thanks to six inches of fresh snow? Thankfully, we have a subscription with www.audible.com. An investment in a new audio book is a small price to pay for the Cabin Fever cure. But how to decide what audio book to buy? The Sisters know --it has to be one you want to listen to over and over, and lately, that is Brian Jacques' Redwall series. The audio books are recorded with a full cast and music, with Brian Jacques himself, leading the story with a rich Scottish brogue. And the BEST part: there are 23 books in the series, perfect for the long, cold winter we seem to be in the middle of.

So, do you read more on cold and gray days? And if you do read more, go ahead an brag about how many books, we love to hear about what you are reading (or listening to)!


  1. I've read SO many books this winter. SO Many. I think of the winter time as my reading catch up time. There are at least 20 books next to my bed and just last week I read through 4 Young Adult titles, in addition to the other few I read --The Big Sister has asked me to read through a number of books to check their content, she remains a cautious reader, so I remain a speedy reader...

    Winter time could be changed to Readingtime for me. I am almost (ALMOST!) sad when the spring birds return, calling me out to my garden --I cannot possibly read as much when there are gardens and beaches calling to me, as well.

  2. Oh, yes! We read more in the winter --there is not as much snow here, but dreary to say the least. Books are our winter treat we over indulge in. Often we read at night and sometimes the kids actually ask to read rather than tv. It is heavenly.

  3. Also for me the winter is the best time to read books. I have also lots of books in my library, but the thing is that I always prefer to read books online because I usually spent almost 16 hours in front of my notebook due to finish my work. But reading books is the best time for me when I reading books entering in my bed cover after lighting my fireplace

  4. The Book Thief is fantastic! I have it saved on my shelf for when my 4 year old son is old enough to want to read it.

  5. Winter is a marvelous time to read warm & cozy with a cup of tea. My Book Club keeps me going with good books.

    How surprised I was when I realized that I was reading the same book as my granddaughter, The Big Sister. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a brilliantly written story about an incredibly difficult subject. Zusak’s very human portrayal of Death made it a young adult as well as an adult book. His imagery was stunning, his characters memorable…much admiration to you, Big Sister, for your sincere & good thoughts about the book.

    Finished the Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. An amazing story about strength during adversity. Actually heard the story via audio. I recommend this form as I heard a rendition of what the cellist, Vedran Smailović, actually played, Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor during the chapter changes … haunting story and musical arrangement.

    Am truly saddened though by the discord between Smailović and the book’s author, Galloway, agreeing with the cellist that he deserves some of the book’s royalties.