We here in Northwest Ohio are in a blizzard warning. So not only is it snowing a lot, but the wind is blowing at about 25 MPH. Consequently, there is no snow at all on my car, but when I opened my front door an hour ago, there was 2 inches of snow at my doorstep. Downside to living in a garden apartment, I suppose…

The weather was forecasted to be so awful, that even the university cancelled classes–not that it was that big of a deal to me, since I only had one class today–but with 12 inches expected by 8 AM tomorrow, I am really hoping classes are cancelled again tomorrow so I don’t have to schlep up to school in a foot of snow.

The media reaction has been comical. One station began their 5 PM broadcast at 4 PM, and another station will begin their 11 PM broadcast at 10 PM. Plus, I find it hilarious that the nice reporters are pleading with the public to stay inside, yet the news directors are sending these nice reporters all over the city for live feeds. Like I can’t look out my window and understand the situation is serious.

One of my favorite things to do on snowy days is read. And while I can’t read anything I WANT to read right now (too many school things to read!), after a request from my friend Kristin, I’m posting the best snow day books right here.

1. Anything by Laurie Notaro. She’s hilarious. My favorite is “The Idiot Girl’s Action-Adventure Club.”
2. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Kind of fluffy, but well-written stories.
3. Angels and Demons. Especially if you have a full day to devote to it, you might just finish it before bedtime…
4. Persuasion. My favorite Jane Austen. Sigh…it’s so good.
5. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman. Interesting commentary on culture.
6. Everything Bad Is Good For You by Stephen Johnson. Another popular culture-ish book. Very convincing argument for how tv and movies are making us smarter.
7. Anything by Anne LaMott. Her abstract approach to spirituality reminds me that faith is not something to scoff at.
8. Anything by Nick Hornby. He writes characters you can’t help but love.
9. Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell. This series of short essays is, in my opinion, Vowell’s best work.
10. Anything by David Sedaris. Because if you are snowed in and start to go a little crazy, reading Sedaris will make you feel not-so-alone in the crazy department.

And just because a friend from school told me I needed to read this one, and because it is one of my brother’s favorites: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. If I had a copy, I’d have read it today.

2 thoughts on “BLIZZARD!!!

  1. YEA!! Thanks! I’ve started reading a book called “hoot”… so far so good… written a little like “flipped” (which I loved… you suggested that one too). I’ve read #2 and #3 of your snow day books… enjoyed them A LOT! I’ll have to check out the others too.Good luck with the snow. I’ll be joining the snow Friday morning in NYC… it’ll be mid-50’s in Utah. I’m dumb I know for leaving our little heat wave. :o)

  2. i didn’t care so much for hoot – but it was okay – just a bit long feeling and preachy i think.anyway, i love this list – thanks julie! good luck in all the snow you crazy ladies!

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