It's actually a tragedy how little time I find (or make) for reading nowadays. This fact alone makes me much more sad than probably any of the other issues I can pick out of my adult life at any given time, because I absolutely adore reading. I remember as a child curling up on the couch with a book, wiling away the hours with my favorite characters. Usually, it's during holiday travel when I get the most reading done - on the ride to the airport, at the airport, on the plane, and traveling back - but I always put forth a great effort to take time whenever I'm on vacation to sit on the comfiest couch, wrap my entire body in the nearest quilt, and snuggle up with a great book. Doesn't that just sound like heaven?
I'm a person who's partial to the classics, and to sticking with the same authors once I find a voice that I like, so if you're looking for the latest reads from the newest writers, these babies might not be your best bet. But, if you're someone who can read the same book - cover to cover - over and over again, then let's be friends (and just read in silence in the same room together - that's not weird, right?)! Winter is the ideal season for what I call "Snuggle-Up" reads. These books, novels, and plays are for when you want to go full-on burrito mode in the coziest blanket you can find, with an oversized sweater and toasty wool socks (duh).
Obviously, for me, reading is all about settling into that mood. And these Snuggle-Ups will ease your summer nostalgia and have your heart yearning for a fireplace-heated cabin in the woods stocked with a full library, Pendleton prints, and fresh snow coating the ground outside. Not that you would venture out into it or anything - you're too busy reading.
1. The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams
2. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
3. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
4. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
5. Light in August - William Faulkner
6. Ice - Anna Kavan
7. A Christmas Memory - Truman Capote
8. Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
9. The Winter's Tale - William Shakespeare
10. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
(Side note: If you have any others you'd like to add, leave them in the comment section, and we can make it a running list!)