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BTT – Snowy Reading

Well, today’s Booking through Thursday prompt is certainly timely. It asks:

The northern hemisphere, at least, is socked in by winter right now…..So, on a cold, wintry day, when you want nothing more than to curl up with a good book on the couch… what kind of reading do you want to do?

We have had more snow so far this year than I think we have had in the past three years combined! AND…they are predicting snow to start falling (again) this afternoon and continue through Saturday! Normally I am quite fond of snow days, but at this point if we have to miss another day of school due to weather, we will need to make them up, and I get very cranky when my free time is infringed upon. Hopefully the streets will be clear in the morning and we won’t have to concern ourselves with such thoughts.
I absolutely agree that there is nothing that I enjoy more than to curl up in my nook with a great book while the winter weather wreaks havoc outside my window. BUT….I must say that there is not one particular genre that I necessarily read at this time. It very much depends on my current mood.
In the past I have been prone to select books that require a bit more thinking – or perhaps slowing down – on days such as this because I don’t feel the pressure that I “should be doing” something else; I can guiltlessly read and not feel rushed. Books that focus on complex character relationships rather than fast paced plots would be more my style. Books that allow me to languish over beautifully written phrases are particularly warming on these brutally cold days. Novels that I have recently read that would fit this category include The Help, The Swan Thieves, and Alice I Have Been (review coming soon).

Today, however, I am in the mood to read more about writing: my latest passion/obsession. I discovered a lovely book that seems to meet me where I am in this writing journey: Turning Life into Fiction by Robin Hemley. Not only does the author discuss the fundamentals of relating real life in literary terms (it doesn’t have to be play-by-play description in the exact order in which it happened), but he gives concrete examples of taking a true event and brainstorming different ways to embellish and transform it into a fictional narrative. I NEED this. I need to be shown some concrete examples so that I can then learn to do it on my own. I am a very literal, visual learner!
So on this soon-to-be-snowy Thursday evening, after all lesson plans are completed, I plan to read more of this how-to book and perhaps dabble with a little true life transformation techniques myself.
How about you? Is there a particular style book you enjoy reading when the weather outside is frightful – or you are more likely to go out there and enjoy the winter sports associated with this time of year?

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