What To Read During Hurricane Sandy

By DNAinfo Staff on October 29, 2012 7:24pm

 Book Court is located at 163 Court Street in Cobble Hill.
Book Court is located at 163 Court Street in Cobble Hill.
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NEW YORK CITY — Hurricane Sandy has already caused power outages along the coast and will likely prompt more service interruptions.

So some are taking to the web with smart suggestions for electricity-free entertainment — Hurricane Sandy book lists. Even Gov. Andrew Cuomo got on board, telling New Yorkers to stay at home and "read a book" while riding out the storm.

Social media appears nearly as abuzz about storm-oriented reads as it was Sandy playlists.

The most common hashtags #sandyreads, #hurricanereads, #booksforthestorm, and #stormreads however, feature a wide variety of printed and electronic picks ranging from Joseph Conrad's "Lord Jim" to E.L. James' "50 Shades" series.

New Yorker and New Republic book critic Ruth Franklin tweeted a recomendation of "the new annotated Grimms fairy tales. For the kids & for me!"

@ragingbibliohol suggested Stefan Kiesbye's "Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone."

Book Court, located at 163 Court St. in Cobble Hill, has also been live tweeting descriptions of customers and their purchases "gust by gust."

"[G]irl with a horse and a trumpet on her tshirt. cloud atlas" @BookCourt noted around 11 a.m.

The earliest reported purchase: "signal & the noise by nate silver."

And Brooklyn-based young adult reader literary magazine One Teen Story,  tweeted "Start your Frankenstorm off right with Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer."

The mag also tweeted "If #frankenstorm sweeps you out to sea with a tiger companion, Life of Pi is a handy guidebook."

If you're more into intrigue, Mystery Readers Journal Editor @JanetRudolph linked to her list of mystery and crime-centric stories, including Carl Hiassan's "Stormy Weather" and Todd Downing's "Murder on the Tropic."

Looking for additional advice on the best bad weather books?

Flavorwire has also put together an "Essential Stormy Weather Reading List."

Topping that round up is William Shakespeare's "The Tempest." Among others, additional selections include L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz" and quite appropriately, Sebastian Junger's "The Perfect Storm," to which Sandy has been repeatedly compared. 

If you have any other ideas, tweet to @DNAinfo or post them on our Facebook page.

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