For the first time in weeks the mercury has inched above the freezing mark, and the local meteorologist promises 50s by the end of the week. I won't hold my breath.
In the mean time, I am adding to my list of winter reads. Last summer Little Augury sent me two volumes of the Paris Review interviews. I remarked at the time that they were the perfect thing to save for cold winter days, curled up on the couch, cup of tea in hand (though I should point out that certain interviews may require something slightly more spirited). She agreed completely and said I should do a post on why we yearn to read certain things at certain times of the year. Like Anna Karenina (winter), Wuthering Heights (winter)...or any Agatha Christie (summer). Jane Austen can (and should) be read all year round. This is something I cannot explain, it's just a feeling. And you may not feel the same way, though I would venture to say you have an opinion!
So on that note, some additions to the winter list ~ two for the history books, and one for those who loved The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova's The Swan Thieves (released today).