Welcome to week three of "Hiber-Nation," a new series of posts featuring home accessories and other odds-and-ends that will help make housebound-in-the-winter life a bit more enjoyable. And not be the bearer of bad news or anything but it’s shaping up to be a season that will find many folks loafing around the house for extended periods of time with some forecasters are predicting that this January could be the coldest that the U.S. has experienced in 25 years while in the U.K., the month of December was the coldest in 100 years. Super.

Did you spend most of the summer out on the porch, sipping iced tea and devouring the best summer reads of 2010? Well, continue the trend of being well-informed this winter by cozying up next to your fireplace, energy-efficient space heater, or captive pet with a green home-themed tome or two.

Below you'll find eight must-reads released in 2010 that serve as excellent snowed-in distractions. These picks cover a wide range of green home topics ranging gardening, lighting, air conditioning, architecture, kooky crafting, and the Kennedys (but of course). And if you're on for prowl for additional don't-want-to-leave-the-house reads, become a fan of MNN on Facebook by February 21 to win a min eco-library!

Small Eco-Houses: Living Green in Style — Cristina Paredes Benitez, Alex Sanchez Vidiella (Universe)

Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home — Sheri Koones (Abrams)

Green Lighting (Tab Green Guru Guides) — Brian Clark Howard, Seith Leitman, William Brinsky (McGraw-Hil)

Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World — Stan Cox (The New Press)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Hiber-Nation: Winter reads
Too frightful to go outside and nothing good on TV? Spend a lazy, housebound winter weekend with a stack of green home-themed books.