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Best Winter Sport Ever

Updated on October 12, 2013

Reading - Preferably Curled Up On the Couch with a Cup of Hot Cocoa and a Bowl of Popcorn to Go with It

Choosing reading as the sport you will pursue this winter has much to recommend it. Many winter sports can be dangerous (skiing), violent (ice hocky), uncomfortable (cross country biking during the rain), or just downright monotonous (imagine staring at a dog's behind for eight days running - if you'll pardon the pun - as do participants in the Iditarod dog sled race.)

In contrast, reading as a winter sport offers many rewards, not the least of which (as my dear mother always says) is that no one has ever hurt themselves while lying on the couch turning the pages of a book. Well, I suppose she may not be quite up to date on that. I imagine that one might theoretically get eyestrain from one of the poorer quality new ebook readers, or perhaps drop one and get cut on the shards if the screen broke, but by and large, reading is considerably safer than, say, ice skating or tobogganing. (As you can see, I don't come from a very athletic family. I had to google "Winter Sports" to even find some to mention for the sake of comparison.) But, my assignment was to write about winter sports, so in this day and age of equal opportunity, I decided not to let my disadvantaged background stop me, and (as we are often admonished to do) just to write about what I know - which is reading.

What Equipment Will You Need to Pursue this Sport?

You won't need any expensive equipment if you take up reading as your winter sport (though of course you can spend a small fortune collecting books if you wish). High tech options such as the Kindle may cost a bit more. (Nothing on ice hockey gear though.)

But I would say that you need at least the following equipment (most of which you probably already own) in order to fully enjoy your new winter sport:

Optional Equipment: A Kindle or Two

Having an eReader such as the Kindle will make it possible for you to pursue your chosen winter sport without having to go out into the cold and wet at all, even to restock up on your sports supplies. You can buy books directly on the Kindle and if you live in the US, you have the option of borrowing books on your Kindle from more than 11,000 libraries through the Kindle Library Lending feature. Amazon also offers a selection of free books for the Kindle. (There, you see, another advantage of choosing reading as your winter sport. You haven't seen anyone handing out free ice skates or toboggans lately, have you?)

Serious readers should stick with one of the basic or paper white models, as they are easier on the eyes.

Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 5th)
Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 5th)

If you are going to be using your Kindle to read just before bedtime, this is a good choice. You should avoid back lite devices for bedtime reading, as studies show that they can disrupt your sleep by disturbing your circadian rhythms.

 
Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 32 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 32 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)

The newest Kindle with the works. This is a full fledged tablet that lets you play music and watch videos, as well as read books. But the screen is not as easy on the eyes if you are going to be using it for prolonged periods of reading.

 

So What Do I like to Read During the Winter?

Well, as you might imagine from my lensmaster name, one of my favorite things to do during the winter is re-read the Harry Potter books. They are full of cheery winter scenes such as Harry and Ron toasting marshmallows by the fire in the Gryffindor common room, images of the great hall decked out with mistletoe and fairy lights, and wonderful winter fare such as roast beef and Yorkshire puddding.

Harry Potter Winter fare
Harry Potter Winter fare

Roast beef, buttered peas, mashed potato and Yorkshire pudding used under Creative Commons from Gene Hunt

Even when reading the more unpleasant winter scenes, such as when Oliver Wood insists that Harry and the team have to practice in the driving rain, or when Harry had to dive into an icy pool to retrieve a horcrux, one can enjoy the contrast with ones in one's own (hopefully) warm and dry surroundings while reading about Harry's misery (yet another confirmation that the best winter sport is, indeed, reading)

And if one gets tired of rereading the Harry Potter books, there are always works about the series to read.

Some of My Other Favorite Good Reads

Stieg Larson's best selling trilogy is good winter fare, being set in snowy Sweden with its short days. A compelling crime story, and a tale of how the past damage suffered by one of the protagonists, Lisbeth, is alleviated by her contact with the sheer humanity of the other protagonists, investigative journalist Blomkvist and his long time lover, Berger.

Mystery

A well written mystery, full of secrets and ghosts, set in a mansion deep the wintry English moors, that will keep you guessing til the end. By a book lover, about book lovers, for book lovers.

Historical Fiction

Somehow drafty old castles always remind me of winter. This award winning historical novel and its sequel, are set the time of Henry the VIII. A fascinating portrayal of Cromwell, Henry, Sir Thomas More, Ann and Mary Boyeln, and the English court in the early 16th century. If you like historical novels, don't miss this one.

In Conclusion

I hope I've managed to persuade you that choosing reading as your sport this winter will provide you with an alternative that is safer, cheaper, more entertaining and more educational than batting some silly ball around a court in horrible weather.

If, however, you insist on pursuing a winter sport which offers more exercise than, say, getting up now and then to make popcorn, allow me to recommend Quidditch. It's a great sport for us bookish types, and I say, if you're going for silly, you might as well go all out. In case you think Quidditch is only for college kids, you should know that there are community teams with members as old as 55, who have even played in the Quidditch World Cup. I'll be writing about them soon.

(There, I've finally managed to sneak in a plug for Quidditch.)

MTV Quidditch Promo to Get You Started - Starring Emerson and Middlebury Quidditch Teams

There's Even a Quidditch World Cup - Just Like in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Quidditch World Cup
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      AllThingsPotter 4 years ago

      @sybil watson: You're welcome. When I first picked it up I thought it started out kind of slow, but it is so well crafted that it almost had to start out that way, as she keeps gradually building up layers of suspense right up to the end, where it turns out (in retrospect) that almost nothing you perceived as simple and straightforward in the beginning really was.

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      On your recommendation I requested The Thirteenth Tale from the library and devoured it! Diane Setterfield is such an incredible writer - thank you so much for telling us about her.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Reading is an all-year-round sport!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Best lens ever! Yes! This is my favorite sport year round. And I love roast beef with yorkshire pudding. Great job!

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      AllThingsPotter 4 years ago

      @CampingmanNW: Thanks!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      Excellent idea! Great lens by the way

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      artmarks 4 years ago

      I love it! :) I love reading books and when it's cold outside there is nothing better as sitting in warm room reading your favorite book.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      we're both at level 50-wow

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      MarkusFrauchiger 4 years ago

      Really cool lens! Not exactly what I thought it would be about, but funny to read! ;-)

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      abouthealthtips 4 years ago

      What a great lens. Not what I thought when I first looked at the title. Now, I'm getting hungry.

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      Melanie Wilcox 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I think it's awesome!!! ehehe - This is a great lens. :) I was originally on a quest here with the quest going after something "chilly." I'm not much into feeling cold, but I figured, what the heck, let's stay positive and check out a winter sport. Your lens was the first thing I clicked on! ehehe teeheeee - just confirmed how much I really don't like Winter (outside that is)

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      tisdiz 4 years ago

      What an excellent lens!! Bravo!! Yours is my first experience here (just joined) and trying to figure out how it works and wether I know anything at all, much less anything to write about. Thanks for a wonderful intro to the world of Squidoo.

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      kayla_harris 4 years ago

      Reading is really the best "sport" in winter!

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      kayla_harris 4 years ago

      Reading is really the best "sport" in winter!

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      spids lm 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Nice lens and great reading suggestions.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So creative! Since reading is my favorite "sport" too, I don't know why I didn't think of this! I also love the titles you've posted here.

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I prefer to only read at night time as winter here where I am is generally the best time of year for outdoor activity. It is cooler, but still nice and sunny most days so being inside is a waste of the day. Congrats on LOTD! :-)

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Now why didn't I think of that? LOL! I love this lens as I'm a bookworm myself! ^_^

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      Love reading so I'm with you! Congrats on this lens getting LOTD!

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      Liz Samuelson 4 years ago from South Florida

      Wow! That is a really cool lens. I totally was not expecting reading as a winter sport. Very imaginative and fun lens. lizsam

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      karen-stephens 4 years ago

      That video is hillarious! As a non HP reader, who knew of Q! I think I will take up both reading HP and dreaming of playing Q! A blessings.. xxo

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Hahaha, this is very clever! I have done something like this. Without ever having done any winter sports except a little walking, snowman building, and tobogganing, I wrote half a book about it (the other half being dedicated to summer athletics, which I also haven't done, lol) and - even better - had 4 members of our National bobsleigh team buy copies! So I really appreciate y.our lens! Excellent work! And extremely witty!! Well done!

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      kaospolos1993 4 years ago

      i think i'ts better we make an winter doll from snow. lol

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      AllThingsPotter 4 years ago

      @bushaex: Er, yes. In fact, my community already has one. (They're a non-profit organization though.) I'm going there tomorrow to borrow some new 'sports supplies'.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What if winter is not too cold

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      fotolady49 lm 4 years ago

      Well - there's no law that says you can't participate in a winter sport vicariously....LOL! Cute lens and Congrats on LOTD!

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      I need the outdoors during daylight, but as the darkness takes over, out comes the book. My daughter is reading non-stop, do you remember those ighschool days where you'd read for a whole day with your feet on the wall? I sure do!

      This is a fun lens - congrats on the LotD!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      On the computer reading everyday. Should get outside more often though.

      Congratulations of LOTD.

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      journey103 4 years ago from USA

      I am totally with you on this one. I think reading is the perfect winter sport. What a great lens and congrats on LOTD!!!

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      Kay 4 years ago

      Love the humor! This was fun. Happy to New Year to you!

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      steveironpump 4 years ago

      Haha, great lens. After a few skiing crashes, I might just stay inside this winter ;)

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      Donallphin 4 years ago

      What a fun lens! Unfortunately, I enjoy the outdoors so much I would have a tough choice to make -- fishing through the ice or reading a good book. Now that I think about it, it may not be much of a choice after all. Thanks!

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      RestlessKnights 4 years ago

      Best sport ever.

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      pinoyrecipe 4 years ago

      congrats for the LOTD.

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      PenguinGirl111 4 years ago

      Ha ha... this lens made me giggle :-)

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      carocwn 4 years ago

      Great lens. Congratulations.

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Congrats on LOTD! Blessings**

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      Rowangaia 4 years ago

      I love the sport and the lens. :)

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      You mean there are other winter sports besides reading?

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      LifeSculptor 4 years ago

      A warm sofa and a good book - sounds like heaven to me!

      Mind you, that Quidditch looks like real fun!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm good with reading as a winter sport. Definitely works for me. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      nicey 4 years ago

      I prefer and enjoying reading.However,I practise moderation in all things.

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      nicey 4 years ago

      I prefer and enjoying reading.However,I practise moderation in all things.

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      ghostJago 4 years ago

      brilliant! great lens :)

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      BackyardChickenK 4 years ago

      Great lens and congrats on LOTD! Now this is a "sport" I can get behind ;)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      This was so fun. Love all the Harry Potter books.

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      A new business idea: reading gyms! SquidAngel blessings.

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      Carol 4 years ago from Arkansas

      It is my favorite anytime sport! Congrats on lens of the day. Very enjoyable and entertaining read.

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      Carol 4 years ago from Arkansas

      It is my favorite anytime sport! Congrats on lens of the day. Very enjoyable and entertaining read.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a creative and clever approach to writing about a winter sport!

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      This is a wonderful winter sport..love your writing style! I have had a Kindle Fire HD for a couple of months, and had an older tablet before, so have hundreds of books saved for future reading...am working on 3 different ones depending upon the mood right now. I wonder if I'll live to read all the free and not-free books on my kindle.....hmmm Congrats on your LOTD:-)

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Love reading as a winter sport! :-) I would excell ! Congratulations on getting LOTD!

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      Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      That was a good idea to note.. I've added this to my 2013 YEar of the book series lens

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      I am in wholehearted agreement! My favorite sport, period, is reading. I have "traveled" places in books without leaving my home, and "heard" conversations my ears shall never hear, and "seen" things that my eyes shall never behold - all between the pages of a book.

      Congratulations, my dear, and if you will excuse me, I have to get back to my book!

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      sjenkins7 4 years ago

      LOVE the Roast beef, buttered peas, mashed potato and Yorkshire pudding used under Creative Commons from Gene Hunt OH MY! :)

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      aquarian_insight 4 years ago

      Reading is the best winter sport! I thoroughly enjoyed your lens and I agree with your suggestions. Congratulations on LotD *blessed*

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Congratulation! you deserve it.

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      Wonderful idea for a winter sport! I particularly enjoyed your reading selections. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I love reading, it my number one sport any time of the year. I read at least 20 to 25 books every month. I am able to do that because I do love audio books, I can read one cook, clean, wash dishes, read in the car on the bus. I just love to read. Great lens, blessed and added to my lens...Squid Angel flinnie,

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      Loretta 4 years ago from United States

      Reading is certainly my favorite winter sport ~ In the colder months of the year I average 5 or 6 books per month. (In the warmer months it's usually 3 or 4 per month)

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      shahed4u2 4 years ago

      Good idea!!

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      Neil Spencer 4 years ago from uk

      Very good lens and very well put together :-)

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      ikeephouse 4 years ago

      Reading is a sport you never grow to old to play.

      Congrats on LOTD.

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      Molly Stevens 4 years ago

      Reading is an any season sport for me! I love to read a good book!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Yes, I'm Olympic gold material!!! :)

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      wuilyl lm 4 years ago

      congrats on LOTD! Very interesting and informative lens, I personally love this winter sport!

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      Aquamarine18 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Very well deserved. This is a great lens and very true too. I also love to read in winter, curled up comfortably by the fire.

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      lillygordon 4 years ago

      This is a great idea for a winter sport, especially having hot coco and cookies by your side.

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Great creative lens. I'll check out your mystery writer... I'm not familiar with her work. And the Hilary Mantel books are wonderful winter reading... just finished Bring Up the Bodies last week. Congratulations on your LOTD.

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      congratulations on yr LOTD

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      I think reading as a winter sport is the best idea ever! I love to read! Congratulations on LotD!!

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      James1978 4 years ago

      Well done. You fully deserve LOTD.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Oh, I absolutely agree! Reading is the best sport in any weather, I think. Congratulations on your soul-warming Lens of the Day!

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      Congrats on your LOTD. Very clever and gets a round of applause. Hooray for reading! Happy New Year! Make it a reading day!

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. I can see were someone would like to read during the winter....as for me I like creating art in the winter and sitting outside in the summer to read...but then that just me.

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      VisFeminea 4 years ago

      my favorite

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      Definately like reading as a winter sport. Very cute lens!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      At last, I can justify my reading addiction by calling it a sport. Thanks for helping all the couch potatoes out there and for promoting reading. This retired librarian applauds your effort.

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      clkbm 4 years ago

      Great lens. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I wholeheartedly agree that reading is the ultimate winter sport. Even if I didn't feel this way, reading would have to be my winter sport at the moment (since I have cracked ribs that make anything but reading feel like I have the entire Quidditch team sitting on my chest). Loved that video, by the way. Fantastic lens. Very pleased to see this LotD honor. Looking forward to your next award-winning take on winter sports. Perhaps the recliner Olympics? Hey, a person can get a lot of exercise cranking that footrest into place. ;-)

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      AllThingsPotter 4 years ago

      @aka-rms: Thanks so much! I feel truly honored (not to mention amazed) to have a lens selected for LOTD.

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      Marja79 4 years ago

      I have to disagree big time, reading is not the best, never, only second best ;) Great lens anyways!

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      Robin S 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations, this lens was selected as Lens of the Day today. Read all about it here: http://hq.squidoo.com/lotd/lens-of-the-day-best-wi...

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      I'm in agreement with MissMerFaery - great all year! Congrats on LotD! :) Here are some SquidAngel blessings to top it off!

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      Curling up with a good book on a snowy day is a wonderful sport! :)

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Reading is the best! My problem is putting the book down long enough to do other tasks :>) Blessed

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Nice work! I enjoyed reading this lens and reading I'd my favorite winter sport too.

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      TeacherSerenia 4 years ago

      OH that was a FANTASTIC HOOK - to get me reading - wondering what the heck a book (I recognize the intro image as a book cover) has to do with Winter Sports!! Very well done indeed!!! No wonder you won LOTD. Congratulations!!!

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      Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Nice lens to read, no wonder you won LOTD :-)

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      Missmerfaery444 4 years ago

      Definitely my favourite sport, all year round! ;) Congrats on LOTD!

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      This is far better than going out in sub -20C to play hockey or whatever ewlse your sport may be I just walked the dogs and it is -12C with wind chill to -22C and that is enough cold for me for the day!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      Love it!

      Great take on a great topic.

      Congratulations on getting lens of the day.

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      Madonaa 4 years ago

      Well an awesome lens I surely want the tale of thirteen.

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      I never perceived reading as a sport. Such a creative idea!

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      saviopereira 4 years ago

      Congrats on being LOTD.Keep posting

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      It's my favourite thing to do. A very innovative lens. Kids love Harry Potter. In fact I have witnessed them turned on to reading by Harry!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Great read. Congrats on LOTD.

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      AllThingsPotter 4 years ago

      Oh wow! I'm still in shock. I was so amazed when I saw the notification that I got 1000 points on my dashboard that I was about to notify Squidoo that they had a LOD bug, until I decided to check the homepage first. Thank you all for the nice comments!

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      kcsantos 4 years ago

      Congrats on LoTD! I love the winter books.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Congratulations for the LOTD!