owlmoose: top five books for a rainy day.
I love the cozy feeling of reading on a rainy day -- preferably with a cat on my lap and a cup of tea at hand. Because I'm a fast reader and a frequent re-reader, it's easier to name five types of books I like on a rainy day than to choose a mere five titles.
- A good ghost story, perhaps by Barbara Michaels (Ammie Come Home, The Sea King's Daughter, The Crying Child, Houses of Stone) or Peter Straub (Ghost Story, The Throat). Shorter classic ghost stories by Edith Wharton, M.R. James, or a Benson brother are also welcome.
- An old favorite mystery novel. Almost any Dorothy L. Sayers is good. So are the classic P.D. James novels from the 1970s or early 1980s. I've come to love Dick Francis, too, although the recent ones by his son have sadly fallen off the former high standard. I'm hoping Nicola Upson's novels will join them; they feature Josephine Tey as a character, and they're well-written, lyrical, and emotionally generous. Last year I read all the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache novels, but I doubt that they will make the cut. I enjoyed them, but they don't feel as rereadable to me, I'm not sure why.
- Something by Georgette Heyer. My favorites are Venetia, The Talisman Ring, and The Foundling, but almost any of her books will do it for me -- except the ones, like Arabella and April Lady, where there's a lot of financial stress.
- Terry Pratchett. The Discworld novels are not uniformly good, but there are so many superb ones, and I love them so much that I could get through a whole rainy season just on Pratchett.
- Unexpected nonfiction: Nigel Slater on food, Judith Flanders on Victorian houses or Victorian murders, John Keegan's The Face of Battle, Priscilla Robertson's An Experience of Women. Or something new and fresh from the library.
mamagotcha: Top five music albums? (Not songs or artists, but entire albums.)
This one changes a lot. These have all been in heavy rotation recently.
- Janis Ian, God and the FBI
- Billy Strayhorn, Lush Life
- The Modern Jazz Quarter, Blues on Bach
- Richard Shindell, South of Delia
- Indigo Girls, Retrospective
I'll answer both your questions, because my ways to relax may be the most conventional thing about me.
- Pet a cat
- Have a cup of tea
- Listen to music
- Take a walk
I don't know if roasted vegetables would count.
- Oatmeal bread
- Any kind of pie
- Rye bread
- Cheese bread
rightkindofme: What are your top 5 favorite dishes that other people cook for you?
- My mother's oatmeal raisin cookies
- Winter panzarella with butternut squash by wild_irises and pokershaman
- Grilled cheese sandwich as made by </a></b></a>pokershaman or </a></b></a>gramina
- Mrs. Korszen's farmer cheese pierogies
- My family's homemade ice cream
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