Winter in Iowa can be tough, but I fondly remember the excitement of snow days as a child when our teachers would pop popcorn, serve dill pickles, and spend much of the day reading to us. When I was in high school, in the evenings with bad weather, my friends gathered in someone's home to play cards until the 10 o'clock news came on and then we'd watch to see if the chyron said, "Wakefield Public Schools-Closed." If it appeared, we'd play cards all night long. Now I see winter as a chance to binge-watch missed television series and catch up on some reading. Need some recommendations? I've shared some good ones below.