Reading for the Holidays

Merry Christmas, everyone!  Happy New Year, too!

It’s the season for reading – at least, it is for me.  This year I get to have the week between Christmas and New Year off, which means more time to read.  Of course, I’m not saying that I barely have time to read for the rest of the year – big reader that I am, I tend to find ways to sneak in at least a page or chapter of a book before something else comes to occupy my mind.  But rarely do I get considerably long stretches of time that allows me to finish a book in the span of a day.

Yes, I’m quite a champion reader.  And I’m very excited to read these seven books for the next seven days:

  1. Songs of Love and Death – Technically, I’ve already started reading this anthology of short stories last Tuesday, barely three days after my awesome officemate/jewelry designer extraordinaire Ida Avecilla gave me a copy for our Secret Santa.  But I absolutely plan to read it a second time over the next week, if only because it’s THAT GOOD.
  2. The Hogfather – Terry Pratchett’s classic holiday tale exploring magic, the true meaning of family (even if your grandfather happens to be the anthropomorphized incarnation of Death), and the power of belief is one of my favorite Christmas stories EVER.  While it has in fact been turned into a made-for-TV movie that’s much easier to digest, I feel the book is far more special.
  3. A Wallflower Christmas – The first time I read this Lisa Kleypas book (yes, I read romance novels; DON’T JUDGE ME), it was back in the summer here in the Philippines.  I thought it best to revisit this book, as well as its characters (most of whom were part of Kleypas’ awesome Wallflower series), around the same season this story was set.
  4. Natural Born Charmer – This isn’t strictly a holiday book, but I never claimed that I’m sticking to Christmas and New Year books during my vacation (case in point:  the first item on this list).  But it’s a great story about family, which is what I value most in this season. As far as I’m concerned, Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes some of the best family stories with her romances, and I think the family in this particular story is absolutely wonderful.
  5. Just Like Heaven – In keeping with my “family” theme, I’ve decided to read this Julia Quinn book for what must be the third time this year (when it came out).  Despite my undying affection for Quinn’s breakout series featuring the Bridgertons, I find myself more drawn to the Smythe-Smiths if only because Honoria Smythe-Smith loves her family and its traditions despite its annual massacre of Mozart.
  6. Good Omens – Just so I wouldn’t be accused of ignoring the New Year in this list, I’m planning to read a hilarious book detailing the events that lead up to the end of the world (because it’ll be 2012 next year, get it?).  This book is how Mr. Neil Gaiman got my family into reading Mr. Terry Pratchett.  We are absolutely thrilled that you worked together, sirs!  (I await the rumored sequel or any succeeding collaborative projects between the two of you).
  7. Fragile Things – Rounding my holiday reading list with another collection of short stories, I choose this particular Neil Gaiman work simply because of how it begins: with a contemplation of fragility in beauty, and (counter-intuitively) its immortality.  I can find no better time to immerse myself in the power of fragile things than the point where one year is dying and another year is being brought to life.

I may be able to finish all of them, as I had planned – or I might not, with all the family gatherings and bonding moments my mother probably has lined up.  But success or no, the point is that I will be reading the whole of next week AND it will be wonderful.

So, fellow readers…what are YOU reading over the holidays?

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3 thoughts on “Reading for the Holidays

  1. Awesome! I’m reading one of Pratchett’s books this year, too – The Color of Magic – and Good Omens definitely looks something I should check out.

    What am I reading over the holidays? I’m finishing up Max Brooks World War Z, which is a smartly written, thought-provoking, and very, very creative take on the whole “zombie apocalypse” scenario. 🙂 I’m also working through Douglas Wilson’s phenomenal book on writing, Wordsmithy. It’s a must-read, in my opinion.

    Next up are Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down and Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird.

    1. Good Omens is DEFINITELY worth your time (I just re-read it, so I might be biased). Might I recommend some of Pratchett’s newer work, like Thief of Time? I believe that is one of his most fascinating Discworld stories. To Kill a Mockingbird is also riveting, but then again, I probably believe that because I took up Literature as my major.

      Did I mention that I’m planning to read Think this year, after seeing your review? Of course, I’m planning to read Gladwell’s Blink and LeGault’s similarly-titled Think first, to get some context/thinky frame of mind. 🙂 I think I might read Wordsmithy too, if only because I’m vowing to read more nonfiction this year.

      Thanks for visiting!

      1. Awesome! You’ll love Think – it’s a fantastic book, and quite thought-provoking. I just finished Wordsmithy today, and must reiterate my previous praise: it’s a must-read. 🙂

        Thanks for the recommendation on Pratchett – I’ve heard the Discworld series gets more interesting as it goes along.

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