An Essential Stormy Weather Reading List

In case you haven’t heard, a massive storm is slated to sock the Northeast over the next two days as Hurricane Sandy, combined with a wintery cold weather system (that’s why it’s earned the seasonally-appropriate nickname “Frankenstorm”) threatens to slam into us. If you live anywhere on the East Coast or thereabouts, we imagine you’ll be wanting to stay inside for the foreseeable future, so we’ve put together an essential stormy weather reading list to get you in the hurricane mood and keep you busy while the weather rages. The lights might go out, but books don’t run out of batteries. Just don’t forget the candles.

The Tempest, William Shakespeare

Probably our favorite stormy weather read: the magician who conjures up a vengeful storm, the shipwrecked prince, the lonely daughter, the airy spirit and the monster. Oh, Prospero. “I have be-dimm’d/ The noontide sun, call’d forth the mutinous winds,/ And ‘twixt the green sea and the azur’d vault/ Set roaring war.”