If there was ever a perfect season for reading, winter is it. The short days and cold nights all scream “stay in with a book” and it’s such a comforting, wonderful feeling! During the holidays when my tree is up, there’s nothing I love more than hunkering down with a really big book and sipping hot chocolate while I read. Here are a few books I’ve read recently that would all make excellent companions during the long, cold winter.
We’re heading into my favorite reading season: deep winter. Every January I try to read one huge 800+ page novel to enjoy winter by hunkering down with a difficult book. In the past I’ve read Les Miserables, The Crimson Petal and the White, and London. All excellent books! Here are some recent reads I’ve loved, just in case you want to be like me and hibernate until spring arrives.
It’s been a great year for books so far. I’ve had so much commute time to read my staggering to-be-read pile and it’s been such a relaxing way to start and end my days! Last year I drove to work, and attempted to get into the world of audiobooks, but obviously, they don’t hold a candle to real, paper books.
Here’s a short list of some of the more interesting books I read this summer and early fall. My favorite is the last one, Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin. Atwood has long been a favorite author of mine, and now that so many of her novels are being adapted into shows, the world gets to revisit what makes her such a relevant, powerful, and ultra-talented writer! Check out my mini-reviews:Read More »
Sit down, everyone, because I’m about to tell you about a book I think you’ll love. If you’re like me and enjoy historical fiction, Victorian England, long musings on the nature of war, family, coming of age, and other universal and important themes, then The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt will be your new favorite book, if you have about three weeks to spare.
Long ago, I made it my mission to read every Neil Gaiman book I could find. So when I saw the first trailer for the Starz adaptation of American Gods, I knew it was way past the time when I should have read the book. Luckily, I was able to read it through before beginning the show, and now, it’s a definite must read for everyone interested in Americana, fantasy, mythology, and just plain good literature.
Guys, I think I have a new favorite author, and I’m very late to the game. A while ago I was gifted a copy of Possession: A Romance, by A.S. Byatt, and strangely enough, I’d never heard of it even though there was a movie adaptation in the early 2000s and the book itself won the Booker Prize in 1990! This past month I finally read it, and it’s easily one the best books I’ve ever read.
Every once in a while, you come across a book that feels like a present. The Thorn and the Blossom was that for me. Published in 2012, this book was on my list for a while, but I always seemed to forget it existed. I remember wanting it when it first came out, then I completely forgot about it. A few weeks ago, I saw it on the bargain priced shelf at Barnes & Noble; it was only $5 and I threw it on top of my purchase pile and that was it. In March, we had a snow day from work, and I read this book in one sitting.
When I was about 12 or 13, I read a book called East that spurred an interest in Norse mythology and a love for the North. It was a retelling of the Norse fairy tale “East of the Sun and West of the Moon,” and contained gorgeous descriptions of Asgard, Bifrost, and tales of Thor and his hammer. I always had an interest in the subject, but never really read enough about it. That’s where Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology came in.
Like so many people, I will read anything Neil Gaiman writes, so I put Norse Mythology on my to-buy list immediately when I saw it was being released this year. And I’m very glad I did.
Hi all and happy Monday! Today I’m talking about one of my favorite books from when I was a teenager: East by Edith Pattou. This book is on my Top 10 Favorite Books list because it’s been so influential in my interests and in my life, and even though I first read it when I was about 12, this book definitely stands the test of time.
Hey all! Got a book recommendation today. If you are like me and love: New York, New York fiction, historical fiction, big-ass books, then this one is for you: New York by Edward Rutherfurd. This is the third book I’ve read by this author: the previous ones I’ve read are the ones he wrote about Paris (here) and London (here). With this book, the trifecta of the world’s greatest cities is complete!