I first got the idea for my novel, Light Boxes, in 2003 when I was living in Buffalo, NY, as a college student. Looking back, I think I was seriously depressed, spending most of the day in bed wrapped in a large green blanket. My roommate at the time didn't think I was depressed, but that it was a case of "February." Winter in Buffalo is cold, dark, and it snows constantly. You kind of give up in February. So my roommate and I began saying "Fuck February" and soon a kind of higher-being, a character, grew out of it. Four years later I would come back to this idea and begin writing Light Boxes—a book about a town that fights a war against the month of February.
Here are five other books to read during the worst month of the year, to aid your fight against the winter: