Winters here in Portland are a good time to hunker down for a good read (and usually some dark beer and rich comfort food). In January I crashed my husband's trip to LaLaLand for the Modern Languages Association conference and felt like the proverbial kid in the candy store. Books everywhere. Books galore. Books, like manna from Heaven. And I found a reissue of Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle with a new introduction by Jonathon Lethem. The novella is worth spending a weekend getting lost in the strange lives of the Blackwood sisters. In fact, the character of Merricat Blackwood is a chilling character to get to know. If you don't think you know who Shirley Jackson is, then read The Lottery (this link takes you right to the short story so get to reading). You probably read this story back in high school but if you didn't, please find your English teacher to complain about the gaping hole in your education.
Take advantage of the dark winter skies and get a little gothic. Dark beer not required but is encouraged.