I wish I wasn’t creating this post in March, but a nor’easter is in full swing outside of my window, so here we are. Although my reading habits on a snow day are similar to those on a rainy day, there are some differences, so without further ado, here is my Guide to Snow Day Reading.
Choose a couple of large books
In comparison to a rainy day, my mind doesn’t wander as much during a snow day. If there is enough snow to warrant a snow day (declared by a workplace or myself), it means all I can primarily see outside my window is a white wall of flakes; this allows me to be more focused [for whatever reason], so it’s best if I have a couple (three at the most) of books nearby to read. I don’t need magazines or multiple tomes because my mind is relatively at ease.
Prepare a hot beverage (and maybe pour a glass of water)
I’m coziest during a snowstorm if I have a hot beverage. Coffee, tea (I’ve become quite an admirer of tea lately), hot cocoa…etc. If it’s on hand, I may add some peppermint Schnapps to the latter.
Snuggle into bed
My bed is my preferred furnishing to lounge in during a snowstorm. The windowsill that I’ve been sitting in lately (my apartment has very deep windowsills so I prop a cushion on it and sit comfortably) is too drafty during a winter storm, and an easy chair or couch just doesn’t feel as right. If you have never spread out your books and self on your bed during a winter storm, I HIGHLY recommend doing so.
Grab all the pillows in the world,
and throws/extra blankets if they’re not already on the bed
I usually keep two throw blankets on my bed, but I will gather more than my usual pillows because although focused on my reading, I tend to get restless. Thus, my reading positions change frequently, and I need enough pillows to cater to that behavior.
Put your shovel, boots, and outerwear on standby
Unfortunately with heavy snowfall comes the inevitable chore of shoveling. I wish I still lived with my parents so I could have them do it for me* but alas, I do not, and have to trudge out into the cold wonderland with the rest of the poor saps in my apartment building to shovel out our cars.
Relax, Replenish, Recharge
I wrote this step in my Rainy Day Reading Guide, and the same principles apply to a snowy day: The first is the easiest, the second will come with thirst or hunger (light snacks recommended), and the third is important not to neglect. Get up, do some stretches, crunches, pushups, jumping jacks; get your body moving – you won’t feel as sluggish than if you don’t utilize this last R, and your mind will work more clearly when you return to your reading.
With all of these things in mind, you will be able to thoroughly enjoy your bookish snow day (even if it comes in March or later). What makes your snow day reading successful? Leave a comment below!
*or at least pretend to sleep as long as possible until 1. my mom wakes me up to come help, or 2. the sound of my dad using the snow blower forces me to walk to the bottom of the stairs and meet my mom who is about to come and wake me up.