Winter Reading

It’s dark now, when I come home from work.  The days and nights have gotten colder and I have to scrape frost off my car in the mornings before I can drive to the library.  Many people dread the onset of winter months.  I have found that, as I grow older, I enjoy this time of year.  The busy rush of filling leftover daylight with errands and tasks is gone until the spring.  Dark, cold evenings draw me into the comfort of curling up under a flannel quilt with a good book in my hands, and a cup of hot cider on the table beside me.  Now, maybe I’ll have a chance to delve into that pile of “to read” books that has been steadily growing!

I believe I’ll start out with To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I’ve read it before, but that was awhile back and I’d like to reacquaint myself with that wonderful story.  Plus it’s the title for this year’s Alamance Reads!  I’ll follow that with Mockingbird: a Portrait of Harper Lee and I am Scout (the young adult version) by Charles J. Shields.  The library is doing so many great programs centered around these two books that I want to be ready to talk about them intelligently!

So what else is in my “to read” pile?  I’d like to catch up on the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly.  They are set in Maine and are very dark, so they’d match right up with the winter months!  I still haven’t read Alice Hoffman’s The Red Garden or The Dovekeepers and they’ve been on my list for almost a year!  Archer Mayor has a new Joe Gunther book out (Paradise City) but I’d like to catch up on a few of his previous titles before I read this new one.  I just hate to read books from a series out of sequence!  Catching up on the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz is also on my list.  Anne Lamott has a new one out called Help, Thanks, Wow: Three Essential Survival Prayers that I can’t wait to read.  Margaret Maron, Patricia Cornwell, and J.D. Robb all have new books out or coming out very soon and I know I want to read them!  At least I’m caught up on all of their series.

Don’t these authors know they can’t keep coming out with new titles until I get caught up?  At this rate, my “to read” pile is never going to get any smaller!  Some crafter friends of mine have a saying.  As long as you have a pile of unfinished projects, you can’t die.  If that applies to “to read” piles of books, I should live forever!

November 16, 2012