Snow Day Reading

0002_1 Wednesday, and Susan Sarah here….

We had a few flurries yesterday—actually a series of “snowbursts,” where it snows like crazy for about ten minutes, blizzard-style, barely covering the grass, and then clears up. I sat in my office watching this beautiful storm, and wishing for real snow. It’s in my DNA, this love of snow, I guess—I grew up in northern Upstate NY, so a winter without snow (as too often happens in Maryland) just doesn’t seem right to me.

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The weensiest bit of snow here yesterday….

So I started musing about what I would do if I was truly snowed in…and the answer came to me: read. Read, read, read. I’d wallow in books and stories, and plow through that TBR pile in my bedroom (and stacked elsewhere in my house) like a Bobcat plowing through snow.

All this yearning, of course, is bubbling up in me because in reality, I can’t lounge around reading yet: I’m still in the deadline throes…getting closer, but still in that long, dark Deadline Tunnel, hardhat firmly on my head, light switched on…there’s a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel—the merest translucent sunlight beam ahead…

But I digress. Where was I – oh yeah – that irresistible, deep yearning to dive into the sheer treat—and really the necessary indulgence — of reading. The urge grows the longer I stay away from it, since I have to deprive myself of good reads when I’m heavily into a writing phase. I can’t read fiction when I’m writing it, certainly not anything similar to what I’m writing, though sometimes I can read way outside my own genre. By the end of a hard day’s writing, my brain has had enough wordswordswordswords anyway. A little tv, a little music, a little knitting, something like that is okay, and helps the brain recuperate for the next day’s onslaught of words, but it’s nearly impossible for me to cozy down with a good book when I’m in late stage writing until the manuscript is done.

0002 But if I =could= be peacefully snowed in, ahh, that would be wonderful — with the writing done and the house neat, the kids off at college, and nothing else immediate to be done, I’d curl up with a soft afghan and the dog (if there’s an afghan on a sofa with a warm person under it, the dog will be there, trust me)…what would I read?

This is similar to the Desert Island question — if you were stranded, what books would you want to have with you?  The usual answers might include the classics we’ve read and loved and want a chance to read again. My Snow Day list includes books that I’ve been saving to savor, and yearning to read.

Here are a few that I’m looking forward to reading – some are new, some have been in the stack for a while, some have dust on them but I’ll get to them…but first I have to finish my manuscript – and then, best scenario, a quiet few days to read them!

First, of course, are all the wonderful new Wench books! See the sidebar to the right…there are two or three there that I haven’t read, though I’m happy to say I’m almost caught up w/ the Wenches. 

As for my TBR pile, I’d need a pretty big snowstorm to get through all of them, but I’d love the time and opportunity to start working my way through this stack….

The Water Devil, Judith Merkle Riley (finally, the sequel! We’ve waited for years!)
Innocent Traitor, A Novel of Lady Jane Grey, Alison Weir (I have an ARC of this and can’t wait to find time for it)
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield (this looks truly fascinating)
Avalon, Anya Seton (gorgeous reissue, and a book that I’d love to read again)
Forever Amber, Kathleen Winsor (I cannot resist a beautiful reissue w/ gorgeous cover)
The Thorne Maze, Karen Harper (I love historical mysteries, and I want to catch up on this wonderful Elizabethan series)
See Delphi and Die, Lindsey Davis (Marcus Didius Falco! I adore this series. I have two more Falco books to read before this one, but at the moment my husband has them in his stack…)
Marrying Mozart, Stephanie Cowell (stunning cover, and looks like a fabulous story)

Readingw Your turn! If you were snowed in -– or if you’ve had enough of snow and ice, and want to be somewhere warm, what new or current books would you take with you to that warm, sunny, isolated island…or to your favorite warm, cozy reading nook?

I’m looking for more suggestions after I plow through my own list….

~Susan Sarah

32 thoughts on “Snow Day Reading”

  1. I was snowed in several times when I lived on the cusp of Newark, NJ. I was on the third floor of the apartment building with at least two huge windows in every room, so it was bright during the day. Too bright to settle in to read. I quilted and watched movies like Ken Burns’ “The Civil War”, crying into my fabric. I would make a big pot of soup and homemade yeast bread. At nighttime, I would curl up with a book, usually a romance or mystery.
    If I were snowed in now I’d probably do much the same thing. I’d get caught up on my Wench reading (just started Angel Rogue), delve into a Georgette Heyer, and then read a Michael Connelly or Greg Ilies or one of the 30 other mysteries in my TBR pile. I go through phases, where I read mostly romances or mostly mysteries or mostly fantasy or mostly non-fiction, sometimes for months at a time. But I always cycle back through the others again, eventually.
    I won’t get snowed in, though. I live in *Alabama* now. (Sniff)

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  2. I was snowed in several times when I lived on the cusp of Newark, NJ. I was on the third floor of the apartment building with at least two huge windows in every room, so it was bright during the day. Too bright to settle in to read. I quilted and watched movies like Ken Burns’ “The Civil War”, crying into my fabric. I would make a big pot of soup and homemade yeast bread. At nighttime, I would curl up with a book, usually a romance or mystery.
    If I were snowed in now I’d probably do much the same thing. I’d get caught up on my Wench reading (just started Angel Rogue), delve into a Georgette Heyer, and then read a Michael Connelly or Greg Ilies or one of the 30 other mysteries in my TBR pile. I go through phases, where I read mostly romances or mostly mysteries or mostly fantasy or mostly non-fiction, sometimes for months at a time. But I always cycle back through the others again, eventually.
    I won’t get snowed in, though. I live in *Alabama* now. (Sniff)

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  3. I was snowed in several times when I lived on the cusp of Newark, NJ. I was on the third floor of the apartment building with at least two huge windows in every room, so it was bright during the day. Too bright to settle in to read. I quilted and watched movies like Ken Burns’ “The Civil War”, crying into my fabric. I would make a big pot of soup and homemade yeast bread. At nighttime, I would curl up with a book, usually a romance or mystery.
    If I were snowed in now I’d probably do much the same thing. I’d get caught up on my Wench reading (just started Angel Rogue), delve into a Georgette Heyer, and then read a Michael Connelly or Greg Ilies or one of the 30 other mysteries in my TBR pile. I go through phases, where I read mostly romances or mostly mysteries or mostly fantasy or mostly non-fiction, sometimes for months at a time. But I always cycle back through the others again, eventually.
    I won’t get snowed in, though. I live in *Alabama* now. (Sniff)

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  4. I was snowed in several times when I lived on the cusp of Newark, NJ. I was on the third floor of the apartment building with at least two huge windows in every room, so it was bright during the day. Too bright to settle in to read. I quilted and watched movies like Ken Burns’ “The Civil War”, crying into my fabric. I would make a big pot of soup and homemade yeast bread. At nighttime, I would curl up with a book, usually a romance or mystery.
    If I were snowed in now I’d probably do much the same thing. I’d get caught up on my Wench reading (just started Angel Rogue), delve into a Georgette Heyer, and then read a Michael Connelly or Greg Ilies or one of the 30 other mysteries in my TBR pile. I go through phases, where I read mostly romances or mostly mysteries or mostly fantasy or mostly non-fiction, sometimes for months at a time. But I always cycle back through the others again, eventually.
    I won’t get snowed in, though. I live in *Alabama* now. (Sniff)

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  5. I just picked up THE WATER DEVIL from the library this week, and I’m really looking forward to getting a chance to sit down with it. For my snow day I’d also take MJP’s LADY OF FORTUNE now that I know it’s being re-released, and THE REST FALLS AWAY, by Colleen Gleason, since I’m hankering for something with a bit of a Buffy vibe.
    For my nonfiction-loving history geek side, there’s a Thermopylae book on my library hold list I’m looking forward to, because my latest topic to geek out over is the Greco-Persian Wars. (And yes, I know about the 300 movie, though I’m not sure it’s going to hit the sweet spot of telling the story the way *I* thinkit ought to be told…)
    I’ve had my fill of snow days for the year, though. We’ve gotten more snow and ice this winter than in my previous 7 years in Seattle combined.

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  6. I just picked up THE WATER DEVIL from the library this week, and I’m really looking forward to getting a chance to sit down with it. For my snow day I’d also take MJP’s LADY OF FORTUNE now that I know it’s being re-released, and THE REST FALLS AWAY, by Colleen Gleason, since I’m hankering for something with a bit of a Buffy vibe.
    For my nonfiction-loving history geek side, there’s a Thermopylae book on my library hold list I’m looking forward to, because my latest topic to geek out over is the Greco-Persian Wars. (And yes, I know about the 300 movie, though I’m not sure it’s going to hit the sweet spot of telling the story the way *I* thinkit ought to be told…)
    I’ve had my fill of snow days for the year, though. We’ve gotten more snow and ice this winter than in my previous 7 years in Seattle combined.

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  7. I just picked up THE WATER DEVIL from the library this week, and I’m really looking forward to getting a chance to sit down with it. For my snow day I’d also take MJP’s LADY OF FORTUNE now that I know it’s being re-released, and THE REST FALLS AWAY, by Colleen Gleason, since I’m hankering for something with a bit of a Buffy vibe.
    For my nonfiction-loving history geek side, there’s a Thermopylae book on my library hold list I’m looking forward to, because my latest topic to geek out over is the Greco-Persian Wars. (And yes, I know about the 300 movie, though I’m not sure it’s going to hit the sweet spot of telling the story the way *I* thinkit ought to be told…)
    I’ve had my fill of snow days for the year, though. We’ve gotten more snow and ice this winter than in my previous 7 years in Seattle combined.

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  8. I just picked up THE WATER DEVIL from the library this week, and I’m really looking forward to getting a chance to sit down with it. For my snow day I’d also take MJP’s LADY OF FORTUNE now that I know it’s being re-released, and THE REST FALLS AWAY, by Colleen Gleason, since I’m hankering for something with a bit of a Buffy vibe.
    For my nonfiction-loving history geek side, there’s a Thermopylae book on my library hold list I’m looking forward to, because my latest topic to geek out over is the Greco-Persian Wars. (And yes, I know about the 300 movie, though I’m not sure it’s going to hit the sweet spot of telling the story the way *I* thinkit ought to be told…)
    I’ve had my fill of snow days for the year, though. We’ve gotten more snow and ice this winter than in my previous 7 years in Seattle combined.

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  9. In a perfect world, if I were snowed in I would love the luxury of reading all the Wench books that are still on my teetering TBR pile.
    Then I would like to read the time-honored classics in literature that so many of you were *required* to read in school, but that somehow my own school missed. (Tsk, tsk!)

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  10. In a perfect world, if I were snowed in I would love the luxury of reading all the Wench books that are still on my teetering TBR pile.
    Then I would like to read the time-honored classics in literature that so many of you were *required* to read in school, but that somehow my own school missed. (Tsk, tsk!)

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  11. In a perfect world, if I were snowed in I would love the luxury of reading all the Wench books that are still on my teetering TBR pile.
    Then I would like to read the time-honored classics in literature that so many of you were *required* to read in school, but that somehow my own school missed. (Tsk, tsk!)

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  12. In a perfect world, if I were snowed in I would love the luxury of reading all the Wench books that are still on my teetering TBR pile.
    Then I would like to read the time-honored classics in literature that so many of you were *required* to read in school, but that somehow my own school missed. (Tsk, tsk!)

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  13. Alas, I don’t have any Wenches on my immediate TBR pile, but I just finished the Pink Carnation books, just loved them. . . now I’m rereading Suddenly You by LIsa Kleypas, then probably will hit the nerds with My Nerdy Valentine by Vicki Lewis Thompson, and then I’m not entirely sure because I usually rearrange my immediate to TBR pile frequently. LOL (I call it the immediate TBR because it’s the small pile I know I want to hit as I’m reading now. But I don’t always read them in the order I put them. LOL) Then I have the bigger TBR pile to the side of me, and a smaller one sort of to my right. Heck, I just have books all around, and I’m happy with that. 🙂
    Lois

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  14. Alas, I don’t have any Wenches on my immediate TBR pile, but I just finished the Pink Carnation books, just loved them. . . now I’m rereading Suddenly You by LIsa Kleypas, then probably will hit the nerds with My Nerdy Valentine by Vicki Lewis Thompson, and then I’m not entirely sure because I usually rearrange my immediate to TBR pile frequently. LOL (I call it the immediate TBR because it’s the small pile I know I want to hit as I’m reading now. But I don’t always read them in the order I put them. LOL) Then I have the bigger TBR pile to the side of me, and a smaller one sort of to my right. Heck, I just have books all around, and I’m happy with that. 🙂
    Lois

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  15. Alas, I don’t have any Wenches on my immediate TBR pile, but I just finished the Pink Carnation books, just loved them. . . now I’m rereading Suddenly You by LIsa Kleypas, then probably will hit the nerds with My Nerdy Valentine by Vicki Lewis Thompson, and then I’m not entirely sure because I usually rearrange my immediate to TBR pile frequently. LOL (I call it the immediate TBR because it’s the small pile I know I want to hit as I’m reading now. But I don’t always read them in the order I put them. LOL) Then I have the bigger TBR pile to the side of me, and a smaller one sort of to my right. Heck, I just have books all around, and I’m happy with that. 🙂
    Lois

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  16. Alas, I don’t have any Wenches on my immediate TBR pile, but I just finished the Pink Carnation books, just loved them. . . now I’m rereading Suddenly You by LIsa Kleypas, then probably will hit the nerds with My Nerdy Valentine by Vicki Lewis Thompson, and then I’m not entirely sure because I usually rearrange my immediate to TBR pile frequently. LOL (I call it the immediate TBR because it’s the small pile I know I want to hit as I’m reading now. But I don’t always read them in the order I put them. LOL) Then I have the bigger TBR pile to the side of me, and a smaller one sort of to my right. Heck, I just have books all around, and I’m happy with that. 🙂
    Lois

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  17. I just finished revisions, thus I have So many books to read.
    So of course, I bought more.
    Presently reading Rupert Everett’s memoirs, (very clever) then will go for Norman Mailer’s Hitler book – and then attack my TBR pile.
    But first, I have to assemble the new reading lamp I got for the lliving room.
    Pray to the gods of electricity, please.

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  18. I just finished revisions, thus I have So many books to read.
    So of course, I bought more.
    Presently reading Rupert Everett’s memoirs, (very clever) then will go for Norman Mailer’s Hitler book – and then attack my TBR pile.
    But first, I have to assemble the new reading lamp I got for the lliving room.
    Pray to the gods of electricity, please.

    Reply
  19. I just finished revisions, thus I have So many books to read.
    So of course, I bought more.
    Presently reading Rupert Everett’s memoirs, (very clever) then will go for Norman Mailer’s Hitler book – and then attack my TBR pile.
    But first, I have to assemble the new reading lamp I got for the lliving room.
    Pray to the gods of electricity, please.

    Reply
  20. I just finished revisions, thus I have So many books to read.
    So of course, I bought more.
    Presently reading Rupert Everett’s memoirs, (very clever) then will go for Norman Mailer’s Hitler book – and then attack my TBR pile.
    But first, I have to assemble the new reading lamp I got for the lliving room.
    Pray to the gods of electricity, please.

    Reply
  21. I barely made a dent in my TBR piles during my writing break, so there’s a stack of Snow Day books there, including Christopher Moore’s LAMB, Georgette Heyer’s SYLVESTER, Lindsey Davis’s SHADOWS IN BRONZE (not there yet but on its way from the UK–I started in the middle and am way behind Susan/Sarah in catching up), Laurie R. King’s THE GAME…and one of these days I’m going to read, finally, Tobias Smollett’s HUMPHREY CLINKER.

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  22. I barely made a dent in my TBR piles during my writing break, so there’s a stack of Snow Day books there, including Christopher Moore’s LAMB, Georgette Heyer’s SYLVESTER, Lindsey Davis’s SHADOWS IN BRONZE (not there yet but on its way from the UK–I started in the middle and am way behind Susan/Sarah in catching up), Laurie R. King’s THE GAME…and one of these days I’m going to read, finally, Tobias Smollett’s HUMPHREY CLINKER.

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  23. I barely made a dent in my TBR piles during my writing break, so there’s a stack of Snow Day books there, including Christopher Moore’s LAMB, Georgette Heyer’s SYLVESTER, Lindsey Davis’s SHADOWS IN BRONZE (not there yet but on its way from the UK–I started in the middle and am way behind Susan/Sarah in catching up), Laurie R. King’s THE GAME…and one of these days I’m going to read, finally, Tobias Smollett’s HUMPHREY CLINKER.

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  24. I barely made a dent in my TBR piles during my writing break, so there’s a stack of Snow Day books there, including Christopher Moore’s LAMB, Georgette Heyer’s SYLVESTER, Lindsey Davis’s SHADOWS IN BRONZE (not there yet but on its way from the UK–I started in the middle and am way behind Susan/Sarah in catching up), Laurie R. King’s THE GAME…and one of these days I’m going to read, finally, Tobias Smollett’s HUMPHREY CLINKER.

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  25. It doesn’t take much snow or ice in my part of the country for us to be housebound. We have a winter advisory for tonight and tomorrow, and the grocery stores were packed all day. I have a stack of books ready in case I wake up in the morning to find that I can’t drive to school. Since I set a goal of reading more non-fiction and poetry in 2007, Wole Soyinka’s second memoir, You Must Set Forth at Dawn, and Suzanne Marr’s biography of Eudora Welty are in the stack, as is Andrew Hudgins 2003 collection of poems, Ecstatic in the Poison. So are Kathleen Eagle’s Ride a Painted Pony, Emilie Richards second “Ministry Is Murder” mystery, Let There Be Suspects, and Christina Dodd’s Tongue in Chic, which I just found today. And after reading Blythe’s glowing DIK review of Mary Jo’s Thunder and Roses, I am ready to reread the Fallen Angels books. As long as we don’t lose power, I am set for a lovely day. 🙂

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  26. It doesn’t take much snow or ice in my part of the country for us to be housebound. We have a winter advisory for tonight and tomorrow, and the grocery stores were packed all day. I have a stack of books ready in case I wake up in the morning to find that I can’t drive to school. Since I set a goal of reading more non-fiction and poetry in 2007, Wole Soyinka’s second memoir, You Must Set Forth at Dawn, and Suzanne Marr’s biography of Eudora Welty are in the stack, as is Andrew Hudgins 2003 collection of poems, Ecstatic in the Poison. So are Kathleen Eagle’s Ride a Painted Pony, Emilie Richards second “Ministry Is Murder” mystery, Let There Be Suspects, and Christina Dodd’s Tongue in Chic, which I just found today. And after reading Blythe’s glowing DIK review of Mary Jo’s Thunder and Roses, I am ready to reread the Fallen Angels books. As long as we don’t lose power, I am set for a lovely day. 🙂

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  27. It doesn’t take much snow or ice in my part of the country for us to be housebound. We have a winter advisory for tonight and tomorrow, and the grocery stores were packed all day. I have a stack of books ready in case I wake up in the morning to find that I can’t drive to school. Since I set a goal of reading more non-fiction and poetry in 2007, Wole Soyinka’s second memoir, You Must Set Forth at Dawn, and Suzanne Marr’s biography of Eudora Welty are in the stack, as is Andrew Hudgins 2003 collection of poems, Ecstatic in the Poison. So are Kathleen Eagle’s Ride a Painted Pony, Emilie Richards second “Ministry Is Murder” mystery, Let There Be Suspects, and Christina Dodd’s Tongue in Chic, which I just found today. And after reading Blythe’s glowing DIK review of Mary Jo’s Thunder and Roses, I am ready to reread the Fallen Angels books. As long as we don’t lose power, I am set for a lovely day. 🙂

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  28. It doesn’t take much snow or ice in my part of the country for us to be housebound. We have a winter advisory for tonight and tomorrow, and the grocery stores were packed all day. I have a stack of books ready in case I wake up in the morning to find that I can’t drive to school. Since I set a goal of reading more non-fiction and poetry in 2007, Wole Soyinka’s second memoir, You Must Set Forth at Dawn, and Suzanne Marr’s biography of Eudora Welty are in the stack, as is Andrew Hudgins 2003 collection of poems, Ecstatic in the Poison. So are Kathleen Eagle’s Ride a Painted Pony, Emilie Richards second “Ministry Is Murder” mystery, Let There Be Suspects, and Christina Dodd’s Tongue in Chic, which I just found today. And after reading Blythe’s glowing DIK review of Mary Jo’s Thunder and Roses, I am ready to reread the Fallen Angels books. As long as we don’t lose power, I am set for a lovely day. 🙂

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  29. Like Edith, all I’m reading now is copy-edits, and that is NOT FUN, no matter what the weather (and I can report that it is snowing this morning in Philadelphia; I wonder what this means for Punxatawny Phil, the prognosticating groundhog tomorrow?)
    But if I WERE reading for fun, I have these on the top of my TBR pile: Vic Gatrell’s City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth Century London; Deborah Davis’s Strapless, about the portrait of Madame X; and Antonia Fraser’s Love & Louis XIV.
    And, of course, a compilation of Zippy the Pinhead comics. *g*

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  30. Like Edith, all I’m reading now is copy-edits, and that is NOT FUN, no matter what the weather (and I can report that it is snowing this morning in Philadelphia; I wonder what this means for Punxatawny Phil, the prognosticating groundhog tomorrow?)
    But if I WERE reading for fun, I have these on the top of my TBR pile: Vic Gatrell’s City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth Century London; Deborah Davis’s Strapless, about the portrait of Madame X; and Antonia Fraser’s Love & Louis XIV.
    And, of course, a compilation of Zippy the Pinhead comics. *g*

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  31. Like Edith, all I’m reading now is copy-edits, and that is NOT FUN, no matter what the weather (and I can report that it is snowing this morning in Philadelphia; I wonder what this means for Punxatawny Phil, the prognosticating groundhog tomorrow?)
    But if I WERE reading for fun, I have these on the top of my TBR pile: Vic Gatrell’s City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth Century London; Deborah Davis’s Strapless, about the portrait of Madame X; and Antonia Fraser’s Love & Louis XIV.
    And, of course, a compilation of Zippy the Pinhead comics. *g*

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  32. Like Edith, all I’m reading now is copy-edits, and that is NOT FUN, no matter what the weather (and I can report that it is snowing this morning in Philadelphia; I wonder what this means for Punxatawny Phil, the prognosticating groundhog tomorrow?)
    But if I WERE reading for fun, I have these on the top of my TBR pile: Vic Gatrell’s City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth Century London; Deborah Davis’s Strapless, about the portrait of Madame X; and Antonia Fraser’s Love & Louis XIV.
    And, of course, a compilation of Zippy the Pinhead comics. *g*

    Reply

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