Words of a Hibernator

Usually I do wake up to my alarm and get up right away.

But this morning I didn’t.  It was such a wintery morning.  The cold wind was blowing, the hard rain was tapping at the windows.  And I was lying encompassed by my warm, cozy bed.  So cozy.  I thought of telling mother that I was going into hibernation for the winter – after all, it is November.  I thought of saying goodbye on here, and going to sleep till Spring, wrapped in my coziness.

It made me think of G.K. Chesterton.  But then, everything makes me think of him.

“Life would be an altogether supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling with.”

Well, there I am a step ahead of Chesterton, for I sleep in my writer’s garret, and the ceiling is less than twelve inches from my head.

And yes, once as I was doing a very deep back bend, I came up abruptly and slammed my face into said ceiling.

But that’s not what I was going to blog about.  I was lying in bed, singing songs to myself, thinking about hibernation.  I am going into hibernation – in a way.  I will venture out for my daily walk in the cold, I might go to the store.  But for the most part you will find me curled up on the couch reading a good book.

Because that’s what winter’s for.  I really sincerely wish not to get wrapped up in school.  Or if I do, to let school become my friend rather than the enemy I must overcome.  I adore winter, because now I realize what it’s for: it’s for building snowmen, it’s for the privilege of hot chocolate, it’s for being gathered around the fire, laughing, telling stories, reading stories… being together.  Winter is for hibernation.  So what books are you going to read this winter?

Here’s mine (so far):

Mein Kampf – Adolf Hitler (nice little fireside read, don’t you think?)

A History of the Twentieth Century – Martin Gilbert

The Napoleon of Notting Hill – G.K. Chesterton

Bel Canto – Ann Patchett

Seven Men Who Rule The World From The Grave – David Breese

Amusing Ourselves To Death – Neil Postman

The Great Gatsby – Scott Fitzgerald

Middlemarch – George Eliot

How Should We Then Live? – Francis Schaeffer


Do you have any suggestions of good books that could be read during the winter?  I love suggestions – and usually follow through with them. :)  What do your lists look like – or what are things that you want to accomplish in the cold, white months ahead?

6 thoughts on “Words of a Hibernator

  1. Quite an ambitious reading list. Neil Postman should be an interesting read :)

    The Screwtape Letters is good ( I’m sure you’ve read it before)
    King Solomon’s Mines is good as well

  2. This was the exact reason I decided I liked autumn, gray days, and winter! I love nothing better than to curl up with a book, or my writing laptop, or perhaps a good movie, and of course a cup of hot drink (be it tea, coffee, hot chocolate or wassail), and spend hours pleasantly occupied!
    My suggestion:
    The Auralia’s Colors Series-I’ll lend them to you once I get them

  3. I was randomly reading blogs and happened upon yours and then the request for suggestions of books to read. I highly recommend “The Revelation of Arès”.

  4. Hi, you don’t know me, nor I you, but I was your blog off of a friends blog, and thought I’d drop a few suggestions ;-)
    “Ester Ried”, by Isabella Alden, a Pansy book (the best!)
    “Tip Lewis and his Lamp”, another Pansy book
    “Stepping Heavenward”, by Elisabeth Prentiss
    “Behind the Ranges”, a biography of J. O. Fraser (very good!)
    “Absolute Surrender” and “Abide in Me”, by Andrew Murray
    “The Last Sin-eater”, by Francene Rivers (excellent! but the movie makes the book more understandable – sounds creepy and dark, but it’s really not!)

    ~ Rose

    • Dear Rose,

      Thank you for commenting! That sounds like a wonderful list of books – I’ll definitely be looking into them. I’ve heard of The Last Sin-Eater, but have never read it… so now that someone else has recommended it I’m thinking that I will :)

      God Bless,

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