Merry Christmas! I can't believe we're only ten days away... Where did the first eleven months of this year go?
Since it's the beginning of Winter/mid-December/almost-Christmas, I decided to compile a few book recommendations for you all. These include classics that I enjoy re-reading this time of year, as well as a few stand-alone novels or series I've read and enjoyed in 2017.
Without further ado, let's get into it.
I. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit- Even though many people consider this book a classic, I feel that it's still unknown by the vast majority of humanity. This is unfortunate, because Tuck Everlasting is a book that gives you an intriguing storyline, real and lovable characters, and a lot of deep ideas to think about. It's a fairly short book, so it's perfect for a day when you don't have much to do except stay inside (and warm) and read.
II. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott- Okay, let's all admit that Little Women is one of the most Christmas-y stories ever (even though it isn't all technically Christmas-themed). Louisa May Alcott's characters are always spectacularly portrayed, but the March sisters are undeniably her most adored characters. If you've never read Little Women, this time of year is the perfect time to start; and if you have previously read it, there's no time like the present for a re-read.
(While we're on this topic, I was recently involved in starting up a literary community called Ravenquill Press. One of the things we're doing is a book club, and the current book happens to be Little Women. If you enjoy classic literature, poetry, and writing, definitely check out Ravenquill Press... the awesomeness is just getting started!)
III. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Particularly The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)- I really don't need to explain this one... I mean, come on. Narnia is an excellent series to read any time of the year, but The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is especially lovely during the Winter (in my personal opinion). Also, if you've never read all seven Chronicles of Narnia... please, please do yourself a huge favor and delve into them. It is well worth it, I assure you.
I. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr- I've ranted about this book before, but once again... if you have not read All The Light We Cannot See, you must read All The Light We Cannot See. The book makes you think and it makes you feel; it makes you relate to humans in completely different circumstances and lives and centuries. I felt really happy when I finished this book; alternately, I was really sad because I genuinely enjoyed every single page of the story and I didn't want it to end. I'm going to be re-reading that one of these days.
II. The Gifting Trilogy by K.E. Ganshert- This is a YA trilogy, but I'd recommend it to adults who are fans of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure, etc.... Even though the book is about teenagers and their lives, it veers away from a lot of aggravating cliches that are popping up rather often in the YA genre as of late. The book's theme deals with the supernatural a lot, and some of the action gets pretty intense (in a good way). I'm currently at the beginning of book #3, and I've enjoyed all three books immensely so far.
...And that's all for today. I hope you enjoy these reading suggestions; if you have any books or series that you've been enjoying lately, please comment below and tell me about them! What's your favorite book to read during the holiday season?
Thanks for reading!
Have a great day,