The best part of being well prepared for a storm is having a book and a lantern or candle (a flashlight will also do, although the effect is not quite as romantic) because a rainy night is the best time to enjoy a whale of a tale. My Mom keeps old fashioned oil lamps in the house for when the power goes out and they are the best light source to read by.
Even if you don’t lose power, turning out the lights and curling up with a nautical novel by Stevenson or Melville is a cozy way to weather the storm. Fall through the pages and settle for the night in a New England port inn with a pipe and a bowl of clam chowder, the wind and rain outside will just add to the ambiance as you travel the seven seas with Captain Ahab on a mad quest for the Great White Whale or face Long John Silver in search of buried treasure.
Samantha’s suggested maritime literature:
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum
Nightbirds on Nantucket by Joan Aiken