11. Settle in with a book

21 ways to beat the winter blahs


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Just get a soaker? Stuck for an hour on the Queen car as it crept down the snow-clogged street? Reading can take you to better places.

Funny books are a great way to get out of your February funk. Take A Fraction Of The Whole (Random House), the debut novel by Steve Toltz, about a young man who starts travelling the world after his father dies.

Or sink into Ibi Kaslik’s The Angel Riots (Penguin), due in March, and get an inside peek at Canada’s indie music scene, something the Broken Social Scene cohort knows all about. Look for thinly veiled fictional references to Stars, BSS, Arcade Fire and more.

For something a little different – but still funny – check out Everything I Learned From Knitting (HarperCollins) by best-selling knitting author and humorist Stephanie Pearl McPhee. It’s not as homespun as it sounds it’s got more of a stitch-and-bitch vibe.

Nothing warms you up like calories. get some the healthy way with The Complete Whole Grains Cookbook, by Judith Finlayson (Robert Rose), featuring over a dozen grains in fab recipes for breakfast through dessert.

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