The Sunday Salon (Oct. 30): Fall/winter comfort reads

The Sunday Salon.com For the last four days or so I’ve been bellybutton-deep in trying to get my new laptop to work the way I want it to, so I haven’t really been thinking all that much about books. Now that I’ve got it mostly sorted out (I hope), I can finally switch my brain back to “book mode.” Yay!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about reading goals, and books to read during the winter holidays, and how there’s only two months left in the year and then it’s 2012. I always get a bit crazed during the run up to the new year, not only because I start feeling insecure about my reading numbers for the year but also because I’ve got a lot of new ideas for the blog that I want to put into action in January.

Also my blogoversary is in 11 days, and I still have no idea what I want to do.

Anyway! When I’m stresses I like to read comforting books, and that, plus something Alison said to me on Twitter earlier, has made me think of how I like to read certain books during the fall/winter. I mean, it’s not that I don’t read them during the other seasons, but there’s just something about autumn as it’s going into winter that makes reading these kinds of books way more fun than they’d be at other times. Don’t you think?

Here’s some of my favorite Fall/Winter Comfort Reads:

  • Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. The first time I read this was during Thanksgiving Break in college, and it’s now forever stuck as a Fall Book in my mind.
  • Any murder mystery, but especially Golden Age murder mysteries. Agatha Christie has some good Christmas-y murder stories, for example.
  • Ghost stories, even if they scare the crap out of me. Psychological horror is good, too; I’m thinking mainly of my collection of HP Lovecraft stories here, which is basically both of those things plus some gothic added in.
  • Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake. Okay, so technically I haven’t read this one yet (though I’ve seen the miniseries), but it just feels like a fall/winter book to me, don’t you think?
  • Any Virginia Woolf book. My favorites are Orlando and To the Lighthouse, though they’re all really good, even the ones I don’t particularly adore.
  • The Once and Future King series by TH Lawrence. I think this is…four books, right?
  • Likewise, The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper. Even the ones set in the summer are fall/winter-y books (in a good way). The truest winter-y book, though, is The Dark is Rising. It’s set during Christmastime!
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I still need to read the last two or three books. I may have packed them already, though.

Do you have any particular books you like to read in the fall/winter months?

Weekly Book Stats

Books read this week:
130. Murder at the Vicarage – Agatha Christie [rating: 4] e
131. Agatha Christie: An Autobiography – Agatha Christie [rating: 4.5]
132. Boxer, Beetle – Ned Beauman [rating: 4] R
133. Fiction Ruined My Family – Jeanne Darst [rating: 4.5]
134. The Dollhouse Murders – Betty Ren Wright [rating: 2]
135. Offshore – Penelope Fitzgerald [rating: TBD]

Books reviewed this week:
119. Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination – Helen Fielding [rating: 4]
120. The Fashion in Shrouds – Margery Allingham [rating: 2]
122. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding [rating: 3.5] *
123. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason – Helen Fielding [rating: 3]

Books acquired this week:
None. 🙁

Currently reading:
I started reading Murder in the Making last night, and I’m so glad I read Agatha Christie’s memoirs before I started. Not that I think you HAVE to have read them before reading this book, only that it makes me feel really clever to read about how certain notebooks were found at insert address here and I remember the story of how she bought the house at that address, etc.

10 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon (Oct. 30): Fall/winter comfort reads”

  1. I don’t think I’ve made any fall/winter reading traditions, although I should try to. I mean unless we’re counting Christmas reads, in which case there are lots. I think I maybe am not a seasonal reader unless forced to be — by which I mean, every summer my brain registers a serious jones for the Harry Potter series. But that’s just cause I had to reread them in summertimes when a new one was coming out. JK Rowling trained me like Pavlov’s dogs. :p

    1. Haha, yeah, I feel the need to reread HP books in the summer, too, even though I haven’t actually read one for a really long time.

  2. I reread Neil Gaiman’s STARDUST every November or December (depending on my whim, and assuming one can say “every” when one has only done it twice). I don’t know if it’s particularly wintery all by its lonesome, but I once reread it right before I went to see Mr Gaiman speak (and sign), and that was in the winter, so it’s now become one of my winter books.

    I also strongly associate R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt books with fall and winter. I initially read them during the first few weeks of junior high–ie, in early fall–and five years ago I reread them all during a winter storm in Victoria, BC. A few of them take place on the tundra and in other wintery locales, so it fits. (Also, I’m totally craving them right now. Trashy fantasy: I needs it.)

    1. Fairy tale books go really well with winter! They make me think of families reading stories together around a blazing fire when it’s super cold out.

  3. I can’t think of any books that I like to read in fall/winter. I do associate The Hunger Games trilogy with winter though. They’re dark but mostly because I devoured them over Christmas break last year.

    I agree with Jenny. HP=Summer. There was a good 5 year stretch where I reread the series every summer.

  4. I don’t have particular types of books that I read in any other season, but once the weather starts to get colder, I find myself hankering after Victorian novels for whatever reason. They always strike me as winter authors, somehow.

  5. Right around Thanksgiving I always want to reread Harry Potter, even though I never do (finals, dontcha know). I’ve also been having this hankering to reread New Moon lately, which is really odd.

    1. Ugh, finals. I’m so glad I’m away from the school environment now! I’m much less stressed out about things, haha. 😀

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