I am not sure this is hard to get into, it may just be that I am intimidated by them. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is a book that I have had on my shelf forever and I really want to get into but I just haven’t been able to.
And yet I know there are many hardcore fans out there. Those tomes are just so weighty–not conducive to carrying around.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love Peppermint Mochas. When this time of year comes I saturate myself with as much peppermint flavor as possible.
I am honestly not sure I get a craving for specific books during the holiday season. My reads tend to be lighter and more fluffy because of baking and shopping, but one of the best Christmas themed books is one I read in high school called Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
Skipping Christmas details what happens when the Krank family decides to skip celebrating Christmas for a year. They don’t decorate, they don’t exchange gifts, they don’t go caroling, they just skip Christmas and instead decide to spend the money on a cruise.
It’s a heartwarming and hilarious story about the community and their reactions. It does leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling.
This could have worked for Peppermint Mocha too. In fact, its position so close to Peppermint Mocha is probably what made me think of this.
One of the stories I remember from childhood is this delightful Christmas book. Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh is about a dog named Olive who mishears the lyrics to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and thinks she’s a reindeer.
Being a good reindeer, she goes to the North Pole to report for Christmas Eve delivery duty, and Santa is confused but lets her come along. Adorableness ensues.
Most recently, I seem to be seeing a lot of The Good Girl by Mary Kubica at every turn. I am really curious about it and I want to read it, but because I have a towering collection of ARCs, I haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. I will soon.
I took a chance and I decided to get the audiobook of Delirium by Lauren Oliver. The story is narrated by Sarah Drew who gives this beautiful narration that perfectly captures Lena’s anticipation for The Cure and euphoria for Alex.
The first night I was so enthralled, both by Lauren Oliver’s writing and Sarah Drew’s performance that I stayed up until 3am and found excuses throughout the next day to list to bits of the audiobook.
Then as I neared the end, with about a third of the book to go, I found that I couldn’t stop listening. Drew is capable of both a relaxed and pensive scene one moment and then an adrenaline filled raid the next.
I couldn’t stop listening and was so looking forward to the second book that I immediately purchased Pandemonium.
Reflecting on the experience of listening, I am realizing that this book had a really fast paced and well thought out plot with a lot of detail given to creating a sense of place.
It is clear that Oliver knows the setting, just like Lena would and while reading about it may have made my head spin, listening to Drew’s voice as she read the words was the perfect compromise.
This independent publishing house puts out some great work. Not only do they have amazing contemporary literature, but I am also really enchanted by their Art of the Novella series.
This might be an unpopular opinion, but I really expected more from The Girls by Emma Cline. It was a very atmospheric and very well-written novel but I somehow expected more from the plot. I just did’t walk away loving it.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I say any good book will make me laugh and cry at least once. I cannot say enough about City of Thieves in this regard. It had me running through extremes with every single chapter.
David Benioff is working on Game of Thrones but I am sitting here and wondering why he has not yet produced another masterful work such as this. I loved Kolya and Lev so much that when the book ended I actually sat there stunned.
When I think about a book that is quietly beautiful, I think of Criminals by Margot Livesey. It’s a very quiet book about one moment in time and the repercussions. It’s about twenty years old but I think its still timely for the world today.
Any book with a good setting with inspire me to dream of far off places. There are a couple that come to mind.
The first is Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger because it introduced my to Highgate Cemetery in London.
I know, who goes traveling to see cemeteries, but Niffenegger made this one sound really interesting. Plus, if you can go to Paris to see Jim Morrison’s grave you can go to London and visit a historic cemetery run by volunteers. Come on.
The second book is Relativity by Antonia Hayes which is set in Australia and describes some of the most beautiful exotic plants and shrubbery that I have ever had the privilege to look at photos of. Oh, one day. I will get there.
My favorite classic, the one that I remember most clearly, is Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I love the richness of the magic and mythology that Jackson creates around the Blackwell Sisters and their haunted and mystical house.
It has such a heavy and terse book but it has such a beautiful portrait of family, ancestry, and loyalty.
There you have it coffee lovers! The coffee book tag is now complete! To keep the fun going I am going to tag a few people and then go grab a cup of coffee myself! (Or you know, something with caffeine.)
If I didn’t tag you, but you found your way here and you want to participate in this tag, then consider yourself tagged. If you come back and let me know you posted I will check out your answers too.