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winternights-image2We previously looked at the books that can keep you warm through the long winter. Ok so maybe the only way you are going to be truly warm reading books is if you are burning them, of which we would definitely not recommend. The best way to read a good book is to stack some wood in the fireplace and get it blazing. The ideal light to read a book is by firelight, maybe that is why the popular Amazon e-reader is called the Fire. Your fireplace should be at the back of your mind when reading your books, not the nagging feeling that comes with not knowing the last time it was cleaned.

At Chimney Care Plus, we are the Frederick area’s finest chimney cleaning and repair service. We want to make sure that your chimney is in the best shape for the more frequent use that winter brings and, in this area, the cold can last for months. We provide a comprehensive chimney cleaning service that will remove all of the built up creosote and soot. These substances can create blockages and issues in your chimney, including chimney fires. So make sure that you can relax with your book without worry. Need a good book? Well we have even more ideas for winter reading.

  1. winternights-image1Fahrenheit 451° by Ray Bradbury: Can you really talk about fire and books without mentioning the classic tale of book burning and governmental control. A great read with a good message.
  2. Dawn by Octavia E. Butler: A slightly strange story of an alien race, helping humans get back on their feet following a massive series of wars. The interesting thing about this series if book is the way Butler creates a very believable world in which these strange creatures live. If you like science fiction then you need to explore the Butler’s world.
  3. The Stand by Stephen King: Now King may be an obvious choice for any list of good books but The Stand is by far one of the best books ever written. A story that melds the elements of survival and an epic road trip with, a fight between good and evil, it doesn’t get much more awesome than that!
  4. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair: A truly awful story of the working conditions in meatpacking plants of the early 20th century. You can almost smell the rancid blood and despair in the streets of Chicago by the way Sinclair describes the situation. The book itself is really well done but, overall a major bummer.
  5. The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: The original inspiration for the movie “Apocalypse Now”, The Heart of Darkness is the story of the exploitation of Africa and the effects of colonialism at the end of the 19th century. Fantastic story and a quick read on a winter night.

These books are guaranteed to get you through the winter without ever turning on the TV. Simply throw a log on the fire and crack that book — you will not regret it. As always, you can count on us if you need chimney cleaning services. We provide service throughout Western Maryland, including Frederick, Mt. Airy, Hagerstown, Myersville, and the surrounding areas. Join us next time, when we will look at the best wood for your fireplace.