We’ve been experiencing something of an Indian summer here in the UK. The last few weeks have been unseasonably hot and sunny. Instead of slowly fading into cooler, shorter days, this summer seems determined to go out in a blaze.
I’m happy to enjoy the extra sunshine, but it has caused a reordering of my To Be Read list. Because if I want to really immerse myself in a winter set story, I prefer it to be a little cold and dark in the real world.
That’s partly because it’s easier to imagine. Partly because I don’t want to waste a moment of precious sunshine thinking about cold, damp weather. And partly because a book is always more enjoyable when you’ve had time to look forward to it!
Once the nights start to draw in, it’s a different story. The longer evenings of winter are great for reading anything, but I find them particularly good for reading stories where the events happen in cold or snowy conditions.
Curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea, a blanket and a book is one of my few winter pleasures (along with watching the sunrise without having to get up early, and going for walks in the snow – as long as I’m wrapped up in fleece and waterproof clothing!).
I’m looking to forward to reading The Bear and the Nightingale. What do you like to read when the temperature drops?
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