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Snowed in (sort of)

Okay, so I didn't have to go anywhere yesterday, which is good because we got about 5 inches of snow followed by some sleet and freezing rain, which, as I lay in bed hear it clink against the window glass, I referred to as "God's personal throwing daggers."

Fortunately, I don't have to go anywhere today either. The snow is up to 8 or 9 inches now, with the layer of ice in there somewhere. In Louisville, my road is among the last to get cleared, but I'm optimistic it will be much better tomorrow so I can take of a few errands before leaving for the holidays. I could get out if I had to, and I live close enough to walk somewhere, if need be, for essentials.

But I do have many of the real essentials - coffee, tea, my sweetie, and lots and lots of books. Thanks to my semester finally ending and more time on my hands, I have sunk even further into books. I still love games and movies and such other distractions, but all I really want to do is read. And the more I read, the more I want to read.

The more I read, too, the more enamored I become with British authors. Of course, there has always been Shakespeare and Orwell for me. The majority of books I've been reading or find myself wanting to read are by the British. I'm currently reading Douglas Adams, long on the to-read list; I finished Life, the Universe and Everything last night amidst the clicks of ice against my walls. I started The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett this morning for something quick, light and entertaining that I will likely finish before I leave Christmas morning. One of my resolutions for 2005, I think, shall be to read much more Pratchett.

Not long ago, I read The Scar by China Mieville, which I loved. cc_wolff borrowed my copy and suspects he'll finish it after the holidays. What he has read so far, he said, was "very British." I'm bringing his first novel, King Rat, with me to read on the plane.

It's short, though, so I'm also taking the fourth Harry Potter with me on the plane home. I'm embarrassed to say that I have gotten to 4 or 5 yet (I seem to be keeping pace with the films). But I've thoroughly enjoyed them. And 6 is due in July.

A long list of British authors in my future is a good feeling. In regards to reading generally, I am reading two thin books about the joys of reading with similar titles, So Many Books by Gabriel Zaid, something of a long essay about the importance and value of reading in an age of explosive information growth and publishing, and So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson, a short memoir about what the author reads in one year and it intersects with events in her regular life. They are both like throws tossed over yourself on a cold winter night; they don't provide so much heat as they do the sense of comfort and warmth.

I've rambled enough for now; it's time to go read some more . . .


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Dec. 23rd, 2004 07:38 pm (UTC)
Read American Gods by Neil Gaiman if you haven't read it yet!
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