Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Rainy day reading

I always find it fascinating just how much power the weather has over us and our moods, from the colors we dress in to our level of perkiness/happiness. I've never been someone who gets depressed in gloomy weather, in fact, I actually love it, but the weather plays a significant role in what kind of music soothes my soul that day and what genre I feel like reading. It's because of this that I tend to read more than one book at a time; I need choices to match my mood, and sometimes the weather.

Today was a grey, gloomy, rainy day, which I absolutely loved. Not only do we really need the moisture here in Colorado, but I liked the excuse for a little mental and emotional down time. Gorgeous, sunny days typically hype me up, make me want to be outside and put me in the mood to read chick lit. Rainy days, on the other hand, make me feel quieter and calmer, and make me want to read more generalized or historical fiction; books that require a little more focus than chick lit.

Thanks to today's weather I finally started reading The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, and I am hooked! I love books that grab me right from the start, and this one had my name written all over it with history, a little potential romance and a Scottish castle:

"History has all but forgotten...

In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her..."

I just hope the story continues to keep hold of me right up to the end.

What are you all reading these days?
Does the weather affect your genre choices like it does me?


  1. Typically the weather does affect my reading genre! There's something fun about laying in the sun with a good chick lit book. Currently, I'm reading The Help!


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