|View from my desk, February 7, 2012|
As I write this on Tuesday morning, it is snowing AGAIN. Last week, we had a record snowstorm that started on Thursday afternoon and kept going until Saturday mid-morning. The more I experience winter weather, the more I realize that I wouldn't miss it one bit if I never had to submit to this winter wonderland ever again. Many people here in Colorado actually seem to like the winter and bemoan a lack of snow when it impedes their many winter sports. I do not count myself as one of those people. Rather, I feel more like Dr. Seuss as I say:
No, I don't like snow and ice,
I'm as fond of them as I am of lice.
I also detest the brutal cold,
It's quite miserable, if truth be told.
When the temp gets in single digits,
It gives me shivering fits.
I long for the warmth of the sun,
And look forward to enjoying that fun.
So I don't enjoy ice and snow.
It makes me want to say a great big no, no, no!
|Terrace, February 4, 2012|
|Table on Terrace, February 4, 2012|
One thing that has always been there for me - through rain, sleet, snow, etc. - is reading. It's one of the great joys of my life, and it keeps me going even in the worst weather. What's wonderful about it is that you don't really need anything except a book (or, in my current case, an e-reader). I've had a good run of contemporary fiction recently and thought some of you readers might enjoy a list of the books that I've enjoyed. So happy winter and here's the list.
Caleb's Crossing Geraldine Brooks
State of Wonder Ann Patchett
The Family Fang Kevin Wilson
Imperfect Birds Anne Lamott
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs
Dreams of Joy Lisa See
The Marriage Plot Jeffrey Eugenides
You Deserve Nothing Alexander Maksik
We the Animals Justin Torres
The Postmistress Sarah Blake
The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
The Leftovers Tom Perrotta
The Way the Crow Flies Ann-Marie MacDonald
A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan
The Invisible Bridge Julie Orringer