01 January 2012

Best of BFWP: The Blizzard Challenge

(Another blizzard is heading our way... on New Year's Day!!)

Breaking news: there seems to be a blizzard headed toward Northern Michigan and we think it is a perfect occasion for our first challenge that isn't on a Wednesday!
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Current Weather Radar of USA.

What do you think? What would you read if you knew you needed to stay home for at least 36 hours? What is the perfect book to read in a blizzard?


  1. The Sisters say it is a perfect time to read the Chronicles of Narnia... ALL of them!

    We are looking at our shelves and coming up with a list!

  2. oh, i wish we had your storm coming in. i DID go to the library and load up. lillie's finishing last hero (rick riordan), which i JUST LOVED. then she's on to the next 39 clues book (5/10)...for me, i am reading a WONDERFUL book, called _the hundred foot journey_ and it is all about food, and culture, and it is making me VERY happy and planning indian food for lunch and french food for dinner, tomorrow.

    glad you're safe and warm!

  3. Anonymous10:53 PM

    The Last Night at the Lobster by Stuart O'Nan.

    The story of one man's ordinary struggle with life as Manager during the very last shift at a Red Lobster, at a mall, in a blizzard.

  4. I've been reading the Isabel Dalhousie series by Alexander McCall Smith. I'm hoping to start the last book today!

    If I didn't have two lovely little ones to care for, I think I could read all six books in 36 hours!

  5. Love it! I totally agree with Zane, I could read for the entire 36 hours, I have a pile I have been waiting to read including:

    The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

    and The Art Student's War by Brad Leithauser --continuing reading fiction set in Detroit...

    36 hours of reading just sounds like heaven! And The Last Night at the Lobster sounds perfect, now if only we could run out and get it --but no driving today-- so I will add it to my list, that and Hero and The Hundred Foot Journey... so many books!!

    We will post a photo or two of the snow/blizzard on our Facebook Page check it out! And Happy Snow!

  6. While I came in as "Anonymous", it is me, Peter from Brilliant Books.

    We have The Last Night at the Lobster here in Suttons Bay. When it's not blizzarding, do come by and get a copy.


  7. I have spent the day alternating netflix movies and reading. The book is Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. A widowed Major in England falls in love with Mrs. Ali, a widowed store keeper of Pakistani descent. I warm book to read during a blizzard.

  8. A long day of naps, an eggy/toasty breakfast, cancellations-aplenty, a late afternoon shovel (drift-attack) of the general house perimeter & run to the grocery store for supplies (lucky us, we're very close!); + two movies (The Milagro Beanfield War & Gigantic--both quite beautiful). The only reading I did was online & a quick perusal of this week's Northern Express. Unfortunately, we did not take the blizzard warning as seriously as we should have! A do-over would have had me at the library & movie store on Friday as well as the grocery store too!! I have The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake on my list too & oh, so many others!! :) Happy Winter lovelies!

  9. No blizzard here in Detroit, but the "winter storm" shut us down and in for a Sunday, and closed schools for today - Monday. And I read GODRIC by Frederick Buechner. It's an amazing work of fiction about a real life 12th? century monk. I don't even know how to describe it. But it was a very good way to spend some time.

    I thought, however, that if I were preparing for a blizzard that would not leave me without power, I would spend a chunk of time in a marathon watch of "The West Wing".

  10. The Librarian6:07 PM

    Blizzard, schmizzard. So disappointed that we didn't (and I never have) see a real blizzard Little House on the Prairie style. Snow, yes, blizzard no.

    My reading choice for a real blizzard is a great series...the Ralph Moody Little Britches series. Also great for car rides...Mr. Moody just keeps flowing his stories from one to the other. During our so called blizzard I finished The Fields of Home book in the series. Excellent read when confronted with your own crabby elder that you must respect.

  11. I've got the next four in the Maisie Dobbs series to read, as well as a long Penny Vincenzi novel called The Best of Times ( a real potboiler!)

    Was just thumbing through Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Long Winter - very appropriate!

  12. From Granny Franny and 7yo Connor: Piggy and Gerald I am Going and Snow Dog Marley. When his mama was little, we used to start when the winter did and read all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books!

  13. Anela Oh8:21 PM

    i know this is a little late but it's still rather cold outside.... I love to read books about warm places and one of my all time favorites is Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins!

  14. That's a great time to reread something! I am currently rereading "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. I wanted to get it done before the movie comes out.

    Or, picking up that long awaited sequal could be good too!