I might be (sunny-ish) Orlando, Florida for the weekend, but I know everyone back home is looking forward to a solid 2+ feet of snow (over half a meter for the rest of you). Barring our flight being cancelled– a real possibility– we’ll be home on Sunday, just in time for the tail end of the storm.
Here are some book recommendations for those of you who are looking for something energetic to get snowed in with. If you’d like more recommendations, here’s a Goodreads list for you:
1Q84, by Haruki Murakami: This book is big enough that you’ll have something to do during the entirety of your snow-cation. Murakami ensures that you’re never bored, and you’re always thinking.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson: I haven’t finished this whole series yet, so I can’t recommend it all, but just this book alone had enough going on to keep me enticed. I’d recommend the original movies, as well, although I’ve heard the remake wasn’t too shabby.
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn: If you haven’t read this yet, what are you waiting for? Watch the movie after your done, and then you’ll really have a fun snow day.
House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer: This is a YA pick, but it really could be read by anyone. I read this years ago, back when I was in middle school, and it stuck with me ever since. The action keeps going in this book, about a young boy cloned to be an organ donor for a rich man. It’s also massive, which is a major plus for a lengthy snow-cation.
The Crossfire Series, by Sylvia Day: This might be the first time I’ve given you romance lovers something to read on my blog! The Crossfire Series is what Fifty Shades of Grey could have been with a little more work. Sylvia Day is a romantic novel powerhouse, and while this is all I’ve read by her, I’m confident enough in her skills to recommend anything she writes.
Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling: This one is a no-brainer. Something high energy, with an epic plot, and movies you can watch in between? Harry Potter is the obvious pick. Pick up your favorite ones for a re-read, or start fresh if you’ve never read them before.
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote: Nothing keeps me comfortably in my home quite like a good murder mystery. Whether I’m watching it on Forensic Files, or reading it in a book, I’m always excited. After you’re done with this, watch the film Capote, with Philip Seymour Hoffman. He’s amazing, and really finds a way to represent some of Capote’s eccentricities.
What are some of your best snow day reads? This is a pretty cursory list, because I’m 5 minutes away from leaving for day two of Universal Studios. Feel free to keep recommending in the comments, especially if you have anything to add by writers of color!