Get Comfy and Cozy With a Little Help From the Library!
It's December. And for us New Englanders, we all know what that means: the sun sets before most of us get out of work, it's cold, and the threat of snow is increased. Whether winter is your thing or not (and personally, it's not my thing), here at the Library we are always ready to help you find something to keep you busy and entertained.
I don't know what it is, but every December I tend to have this urge to get comfy and cozy. I find myself reading books more, sometimes with a winter or holiday setting, other times not. I tend to go for soups or comfort food for my meals. I also pick up crafting with full force. Do you feel this way, too? No. Just me? Well, let me help you get into the spirit of being comfy and cozy for the winter months with some of the items I found on the shelves.
If you're looking to get into cozy, then look no further than the ultimate guide on the practice. Did you know in Britain, "cosy" (as the Brits spell it) is a way of life -- similar to Feng shui or the Kondo method. Laura Weir's tiny but mighty book Cosy: The British Art of Comfort is loaded with information on how you can bring a little coziness into your every day life. She also argues that being cozy isn't just for the winter months. You can be cozy all year-long. Find this book in Adult Nonfiction 646.7 WEIR
Soups, for me, are almost synonymous with colder weather. Many of them are jam-packed with nutritious ingredients and flavor. They also tend to last a day or two (or three!) after the initial cooking which helps make future dinners even easier. Plus, the soup usually tastes better too. If you're tired of the same soups you've always been making, then maybe The Ultimate Soup Cookbook can sparked some inspiration! You can find this book in Adult Nonfiction 641.813 ULTIMATE.
Do the winter months have you feeling crafty? Did you pick up a new pandemic hobby? No! Why not try knitting? Once you get the basics down you can make anything from a scarf, to hats and mittens, a blanket or even a cardigan. Knitting can be used to make intricate, colorful, and fun designs that everyone will love. Plus, you'll be proud of yourself for making your first project. Get Started Knitting by DK is a great starting point for the beginner. You can find it in Adult Nonfiction 746.43 JOHNS. If you already know how to crochet, then the winter months is a perfect time to work your way through 100 Crochet Projects (Adult Nonfiction 746.43 LEINHAUSER). With dozens of patterns to choose from, you won't have to look for for inspiration to strike.
Sometimes you just want to curl up with a good book. A cup of tea by your side, a blanket draped warmly over you lap. Maybe snow is falling outside, blanketing Easton with a fresh layer of white. If you are looking for a winter-themed read, but don't have a title in mind, let us help you.
Time and Again by Jack Finney tells the story of a time-traveling man who has to deal with falling in love with someone from another time. For historical fiction readers, they will appreciate the attention to detail of old New York. The snowy backdrop makes it a perfect read for this time of the year. This book can be found in Adult Fiction under FIC FINNEY, JACK.
Ever dream of going to Ireland in the middle of winter? Well, this next book may be able to fulfill that desire. The late author Maeve Binchy's A Week in Winter revolves around an inn on coastal Ireland. The chapters each tell the story of a different guest and slowly interweaves them to the climax of the story. Though set in the wintertime, this book will surely help you stay warm on the inside with this heartwarming tale. FIC BINCHY, MAEVE
Are mysteries more your style? Then look no further than a cozy mystery. Some of the cozy mystery series we have even have winter-themed books. For example, Cleo Coyle's Holiday Grind finds the owner of the Village Blend coffee shop in the middle of another mysterious death. Get ready for eggnog lattes and gingerbread biscotti because this story will surely get you in the holiday spirit. This book can be found under MYS COYLE, CLEO. (If you're looking for more holiday-themed books, both fiction and non fiction, check out the display behind our Giving Tree.)
Finally, a winter romance is perfect for those who want to really embrace the comfy and cozy mindset. Every Dog Has His Day by Jenn McKinlay is the last of three Bluff Point novels. But this is the one set in winter, and you don't need to read the others to appreciate this story. Two unlikely people end up falling in love thanks to the events that bring them together. Plus this story has a dog, so how bad could it be? Find this book on the shelf under FIC MCKINLAY, JENN Bluff Point #3.
Are you planning to read any of these books? Do you think these will help you settle into the rhythms of winter? We sure do! Let us know if you read any of them, we love to hear from out patrons!