Despite the cold and damp, there is a lot to be said for winter.
While in summer there are loads of great summer reads, beach books and novels written with sightseeing in mind, everyone seems to overlook one vital issue.
That winter is the best season for reading.
1. You need to get away from the weather - the rain, wind, hailstones, storms and ice. Reading is a great excuse to stay indoors.
2. It's more comfortable to read in the winter. Sit by the fire - your own controllable heat. Wear fluffy slippers, blankets and cardigans. Be cosy.
3. You can legitimately avoid shopping. The crowds, the shoving, the tramping around in the cold. Stay in and read instead without anyone interrupting you. You can shop online after all, once you've finished the chapter you're on.
4. Drink and dress without judgement. It's okay to have a couple of glasses of wine while you are at home reading. There's no going out today and certainly no driving. Or drink cocoa or soup. Wear your dressing gown. Or shout at the characters. You're in private.
5.The views are better. Sure, looking out over the sea is a good view. But is it better than looking out over pretty snowscapes or even that smug feeling of not going out in the blizzard or hailstorm? No, that smug thing again.
6. There is no activity better suited to staying indoors.
If you want to read about snow adventures or snowy places, try Books to Read if You are Snowbound or just about anything from Nordic Noir.