|Even Santa needs a break!|
Normally I'm not a fan of wet weather, particularly when said weather is also cold. There is a reason why I live in sunny Southern California, where we all put on our parkas and scarves as soon as the temperature drops below 65.
However, at this point in the holiday season, I'm sort of looking forward to a shut-in, lazy sort of day, where "the weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful." December, in particular, is hectic. I'm at the end of my semester, so I'm right in the middle of that last burst of grading. My eldest has finals this week. And there is still plenty of shopping, wrapping and baking, parties to attend, visiting, volunteering. It's easy to feel like I'm caught in a whirlwind of color and noise this time of year, with barely any time to pause and reflect. Never mind time to engage in one of my favorite leisure activities: reading.
Winter storms force us to pause and take a much needed break. To reflect. To relax. To curl up on the couch with a thick blanket, shut out the outside world, and read. Right now, I'm looking forward to finishing Terri-Lynne DeFino's richly woven A Time Never Lived, the incredible sequel to her first novel, Finder. Next I'm going to resume reading either Tamora Pierce's Bloodhound or the ARC of Under the Never Sky, a forthcoming YA dystopian novel by Veronica Rossi. Those are at the top of the towering pile of juicy fiction goodness stacking up next to my bed, but if those don't strike my fancy, I may pull out something else. Whatever I choose, it will most likely be fantasy of some sort, either epic or dystopian. It will provide me with a much-needed escape from the crazy day-to-day, for just long enough to recharge my batteries for the days to come.
As 2011 speeds toward its inevitable conclusion, I challenge you, gentle reader, to pause. Pick a day. Maybe it's a bad weather day, or a bad hair day, or even just an hour or two carved out between tasks on your to-do list. Buy, beg, borrow, or steal the time if you must. Forget about all of the musts and have-tos for just a little while, curl up in front of that fireplace, and lose yourself in a good book. You'll be so glad you did.
So-- rain or no rain, what are you going to read next?
~ Kim Vandervort