B L O G M A S D A Y 2
Inspired by Browsing Bookshelves’s post, I wanted to share some of the holday-ish themed books and other artifacts I am looking forward to possibly reading/listening to this season.
First one is actually from her own list that peaked my interest:
From the author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith looks like a funny and funny read. It is a retelling of the Three Wise Men, but these men are THIEVES. It is more dark humor, so I am not going into this expecting warm fuzzies and joy, but it is always nice to balance all those happy hopeful books.
I read somewhere that this is like Bridget Jones meets the holiday! As I quickly glanced through reviews it sounds like this is supposed to be super funny, which is definitely a bonus. Plus, I am pretty sure I have never read any holiday themed books that weren’t children books, so if I decide to read this one first I think this would be a nice transition where it’s not overly corny, but still has a holiday feel.
The Vanishing Season
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
This sounds more like a creepy haunting wintery January book rather than a twinkle light hot chocolate December read. The summary struck me as one of those books where you get lost in, because you just NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. Plus, it is set during winter!
This is a collection of letters written by Tolkien sent to his children by Father Christmas. From the summaries it sounds like he went ALL OUT describing the North Pole and its various happenings, and I would love to see the life he has breathed into familiar stories.
This is a CD and I am currently listening to it as I type this up! I am very picky with my recreational holiday listening music, and usually prefer alternative rock takes on songs or covers by specific bands I like. This has plenty of artists I like, featuring: The Civil Wars, The Punch Brothers, The Head and the Heart, and FUN. So far I am liking it because it’s a good mix of traditional and non-traditional songs. It definitely shakes things up.
The Way of Shadows
By Brent Weeks
Okay, I realize this probably sticks out like a sour thumb. But, the reason why I ended up including this is 1- because I started the first chapter already a couple days ago and I want to keep reading it and 2- I don’t know why, but to me winter is the time I really crave getting lost in an elaborate fantasy world. This is one I’ve heard so many good things about, and can’t wait to let myself fall into it!
This one is another outlier, as I am not sure how much it has to do with Christmas or other holidays. It is a bit of a stretch for me too in my personal reading tastes lately, but I wanted to find something with a more romantic emphasis. You have to have a little bit of romance in your holiday season! This also seems to have a more thilling/ghosty element, which fits in with the days getting darker faster.
And finally, this beauty. I am so so so so so so so pumped to finally read this! I am next on the hold list, and can’t wait. I love the mix of authors, I love Stephanie Perkins, and I just absolutely adore that cover. EEK!
I am normally not one to read to the season, so I am kind of interested to see how reading some holiday themed books actually impacts how I relate to the current season. I am hoping it will inspire more live in the moment feelings. It’ll be like an experiment!
Happy reading everyone!