November is usually such a disagreeable month as if the year had suddenly found out she was growing old and could do nothing but weep and fret over it. – Anne Shirley
This delightful quote by L.M. Montgomery’s endearing Anne Shirley quite accurately describes an Alberta November.
Cranky, blustery, not quite winter and yet no longer fall, it can be very disagreeable indeed.
However, here at Airdrie Public Library (APL), we like to view November as the prelude to great adventures in literacy.
You have, of course, heard of the beach read, the summer read, the vacation read, but have you ever heard of the snow read?
Snow reads tend to be longer, more complicated works of fiction that readers chose to carry them through the cold short days and frosty long nights of the winter season.
The speedy reads of summer, meant to dull the boredom of travel or fill in the occasional lull in warm weather frivolity, quickly disappoint those wanting to avoid looking out the window.
Curling up under a warm blanket is the perfect time to tackle some of those longer reads, and if you’re up for it, APL has some suggestions.
There is, of course, Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, or The Children by David Halberstam, or 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, all lengthy reads that require a lot of time and mental energy.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, or Stephen King’s The Shining are also great choices.
You are, however, not limited to a single book with a lot of pages and a dense plot, the Harry Potter series, all 8 volumes, is a good snow read, and so is The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin and the Legacy of Orisha trilogy by Tomi Adeyemi.
Of course, there are many more snow reads to chose from, so stop by and browse our collection or search online at www.airdriepubliclibrary.ca.