Before the Internet we lived in dark times in Australia. We knew there was a land out there called America, because our favourite tv shows were from there, although our television execs were very stingy about which ones they felt like showing us.
There was no Twitter, or Facebook or TMZ to tell us what our favourite celebrities were up to. We had to buy Smash Hits, TV Hits, Girlfriend or Dolly and scour the pages for evidence that Edward Furlong was indeed dating Soleil Moon Frye and crushing our hopes of being with him forever.
We were vaguely aware the northern hemisphere seasons were back to front to ours, but it didn’t really affect our every day life because the only time we were really exposed to this was when we watched the Christmas specials of our favourite shows. Watching all the characters prepare for their snowy white Christmases kind of lost its impact when you knew the episode had aired two years earlier in America and was being shown to us in April or some other random month. The only positive thing about having no internet were no spoilers, so we didn’t know what was going to happen in that epic 90210 Christmas episode where Donna and David kissed and Steve Sanders got on a bus to find his real mum.
But then the Internet came and everything changed and the world became this magical place where we don’t have to wait for the good shows to come to us and celebrities reply to us on Twitter and we actually know what’s going on in the world. Now, there’s no escaping it’s summer in America (and the rest of the NH) because my Instagram and Pinterest feeds are blowing up with tanned feet, icy drinks, salad recipes, ice cream cones, short shorts and summer reading lists. Meanwhile, I’m snuggled in my ugg boots and trackies feeling like I’ll never be warm again.
I had found myself being quite jealous of the summer reading lists. For some reason nothing sounds so carefree as taking a book outside to the beach or into a hammock and hanging out in the sunshine reading. But then I snapped out of my jealousy. Because in theory outside summer reading sounds great – but in reality it’s hazardous with sand, ants, dust, flies, and wind to contend with. Not to mention sunburn. In winter you can avoid all that by simply just staying in bed. Plump, cushy pillows, soft blankets, and an ant-free snack in reach. Doesn’t that sound better? I think it sounds amaze.
So my fellow Southern Hemispherians. Here’s my winter reads wishlist that’s worth staying in bed for. (They’re not all new books. Just books I want to read.)
1. Along For The Ride – Sarah Dessen
Auden’s an uptight girl with no friends and a superiority complex. In the summer before college she stays with her father and his new wife in a small town where she meets girls, boys and finds out a bit about herself. Sarah Dessen does YA coming of age so well – in someone else’s hands her books could be a bit trite and forumlaic, but she layers her characters and slowly reveals back stories to create a compelling read. I’m halfway through this one and enjoying where Auden is at so far.
2. We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
In a horrifying throwback to the dark days, according to Allen & Unwin this isn’t being published/made available in Australia until August 2014, while Americans have had their hands on it since May. Catch up book industry! I want my books ASAP! With buzz like “haunting” “sophisticated” and “blisteringly smart” this one is firmly on my reading list.
3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) – Mindy Kaling
Another book I’ve been unable to find on my local store’s shelves. Funny, relatable, smart, Mindy has found success without looking like Paris Hilton and I kinda like that about her. So I want to read about it. I also like to laugh out loud when I read, so here’s hoping IEHOWM(AOC) delivers, when I finally get my hands on a copy.
4. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
So I have the first 45 pages of this as a sample on my iPad. I think I read 38 pages and then forgot about it. Doesn’t really seem like I should have this on my list of “must reads” this winter does it? But there’s going to be a movie, and I want to see it because: Ben Affleck, so I’ll stick to my rule of reading the book before the movie and suck it up and finish this one.
5. The Haunting of Lily Frost – Nova Weetman
6. If I Stay – Gayle Forman
7. Harry Potter – JK Rowling
I love re-reading my favourites. Disaster struck recently when I went to pull out all my Harry books for my semi-regular re-read and found I was missing the first two. DISASTER! Where are they? Lucky I was able to borrow them and am now happily halfway through The Chamber of Secrets. But that doesn’t solve the problem of where my books are…
What are you reading this winter/summer?
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