Last week, one look out the window made me decide not to set foot outside all day if possible. No, it wasn’t pouring, but grey and foggy and slightly wet. The kind of weather which always makes me think of bodies being thrown into the Thames in Victorian London. So I stacked some pillows, got out the quilt, made a pot of tea and curled up with Julia Franck’s Die Mittagsfrau (The Blind Side of the Heart). Only the cosy reading mood didn’t set in, even though I had carefully prepared. So what was wrong? I was reading the wrong book! Now, Die Mittagsfrau is really interesting so far and I was enjoying it the day before, but it isn’t the type of book to curl up with on a cold, foggy day. So I put the book down and dug out one of my mother’s Maigret books and tried the whole curled-up -with-a-book thing again, and it was perfect!
That me think about seasonal reading, specifically fall/winter reading. I know it’s only just fall, but more often than not this means grey and wet days and long dark evenings. Seasonal reading is really only made up of two seasons for me, and with yesterday’s experience I think I’ll begin making a pile for my winter reading. The RIP challenge is in full swing, so I think I’m not too early with my books-to-curl-up-with post. As regular readers know, mystery is my go-to-genre and I don’t really need a special occasion to indulge, but winter is perfect for reading mysteries, and in my case cosy ones. These are some mysteries that go on my winter reading pile:
These are some cosy classics so you can expect me to go on a mystery binge soon. Apart from cosy mysteries, the colder season also calls for gothic reads and classics, and preferably classic gothic stories 🙂 And don’t these editions just make you want to grab a pile of them? Some titles I really want to curl up with:
I haven’t read any Gaskell yet, and Iris suggested starting with North and South. But this great penguin edition makes me want to read Lois the Witch instead. I guess I’m easily distracted 🙂 As for DuMaurier, apart from Rebecca and a couple of short stories I haven’t read anything by her but I’m guessing it’ll fit with my seasonal reading. Let me know of I’m better off with another of her novels though! I loved The Woman in White and We have Always Lived in the Castle so more by Collins and Jackson is obligatory . I’m also trying to work up the nerve to start Bleak House. It seems like a perfect way to spend long evenings but I don’t have the best record where Dickens is concerned.
This is just a list of what books I’m craving at the moment, now that I’ve put it together I might get sick of those and start reading something completely different. Sometimes making a list is more the end of a particular reading mood than the start of it in my case.
What about you? What books do you crave this season?