Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What to Read and What Not to for Blizzard #2 in Five Days

One's feelings about living through this historic snow will most likely be colored by one's reading material, especially when reading about events in similar weather. The Baltimore Bibliophile prefers to cultivate a feeling of warm coziness while being holed up for a week--not easy to do, especially with two young children, but a better goal than allowing cabin fever to take over. Hence, she recommends the first list and would prefer to steer clear of the latter.

What to read during a blizzard (or two):

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis: With religious inspiration to boot.
Another Marvelous Thing, Laurie Colwin: Laurie Colwin's books are always good for a happy ending. 
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains, Isabella Bird: A triumph of travel if not always a cheerful book.
"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," Robert Frost
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott: I've started and ended with books aimed at children, and several more occurred to me while writing. Do only children's books have comforting snow scenes? As an adult, does it just become all about shoveling?

What not to read this week:
"To Build A Fire," Jack London
Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
Winter's Tale, Mark Helprin
The Winter's Tale, William Shakespeare
King Richard III, William Shakespeare

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