Snowbound! Winter Chills and Thrills

Desperate messages came flooding in, through the silent darkness of the winter nights. “Help! Snowed in at home! I need something to read!” So, adding to our recent list of Wintry reads, here are some gripping novels that revolve around winter storms.

  • The Quality of Silence, by Rosamund Lupton. An astrophysicist and her precocious hearing-disabled daughter head into a fierce storm to search the Alaska tundra for the girl’s missing father.
  • Whiteout, by Ken Follett. A missing canister containing a deadly virus forms the center of a storm that traps Stanley Oxenford, director of a medical research firm, and a violent trio of thugs in a remote house during a Christmas Eve blizzard.
  • Death Wore White, by Jim Kelly. In the midst of a line of cars stranded in a blizzard, a man is killed with a chisel andhis murderer escapes without leaving a trace.
  • Travelers Rest, by Keith Morris. When a freak snowstorm traps a family, the seek refuge in a grand, crumbling old hotel that holds some ghastly surprises in its strange, labyrinthine depths. A haunting update to Stephen King’s  The Shining.

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Winter Reads

There’s something about cold weather and dark nights that make me want to find a book full of snow and curl up on the couch. If you feel the same, check out one of these recent titles.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – In early 1900s Russia, young Vasya roams her father’s rural estate on the edge of the forest, communing with the spirits of her house and woods. When her father remarries, her devout stepmother Anna prohibits the family from practicing the rites that honor the household spirits. As the town priest supports Anna and the townfolk follow their lead, the helpful spirits weaken and the frost-king returns, with only Vasya capable of helping. Continue reading “Winter Reads”

Top 10 Winter Reads

~posted by Andrea G.

During the dark days of winter, few things are as classically cozy as curling up on the couch with a blanket and a good book. If you want to reinforce that winter-y feeling, try reading one of these 10 books that are snowy and cold.

winter reads 2015

Tales of Burning Love by Louise Erdrich – On their way back from the funeral of their ex-husband, four ex-wives are stuck in a car during a blizzard and decide to pass time by telling the stories of their lives. Continue reading “Top 10 Winter Reads”

Snowing While Sunny

~posted by Anne C.

You might not think it, but some of the more interesting and challenging questions that come to the Business, Science and Technology desk at the Central Library actually have to do with language. Vagaries in definition, etymology, slang and dialect can be tough to resolve authoritatively, but are also fascinating to explore. Continue reading “Snowing While Sunny”

Cold Weather Music, Part One

Click here to view 50 Words for Snow in the SPL catalog       Click here to view Shout: The Very Best of Tears for Fears in the SPL catalog       Click here to view Overgrown in the SPL catalog

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the boom-box is so delightful…

I’m sure everyone has noticed: It’s getting A LOT colder outside. It’s getting bleaker and bleaker out there, and we’re all of course just trying to stay warm and awake. And as the holiday season sashays its way through our lives once again, Christmas music is everywhere, promising us tidings of good cheer as our light at the end of this very Pacific Northwest tunnel. Continue reading “Cold Weather Music, Part One”