It is almost unfathomable to me that we are out of power again. Weren’t we just recovering from the back-to-back nor’easters of March? Yikes! And while I am still out of power, I consider myself and my family to be fortunate; just a few houses from mine, and all over Westchester and Putnam counties, there are trees and wires down on roads, on cars, on homes and businesses. Indeed, we are lucky. 

So I don’t feel it appropriate, or even possible, to write a lighthearted out-and-about Diversions this week. Instead, what is one of the universal activities to engage in when “powerless?” Reading! Especially this time around when we are not freezing and the daylight lasts much longer. So here are my top 10 picks for good reads while you are stuck inside without the constant distraction of life in the fast lane.  

Please don’t judge me by the books I read by my daughter’s wind-up flashlight; we all do what we can to distract ourselves after a storm! I do guarantee that these books will do that and several will leave you with a lot to think about. If your power didn’t go out, they all make good beach reads! Enjoy!

1) “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
2) “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance
3) “Every Note Played” by Lisa Genova
4) “The Siege: A Novel” by Arturo Perez-Reverte
5) “Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After” by Heather Harpham
6) “My Life in France” by Julia Child
7) “The Lives of the Constitution: Ten Exceptional Minds That Shaped America’s Supreme Law” by Joseph Tartakovsky
8) “Force of Nature: A Novel” by Jane Harper
9) “The Hellfire Club” by Jake Tapper
10) “The Stolen Marriage: A Novel” by Diane Chamberlain