Christmas Break TBR

I am so excited for Christmas break! This coming week is finals for me so hopefully I will be back at home by Saturday. I am hoping to get a lot of reading done over the three week break that I have. This is a picture of the books I am planning to take home and read over break. Hopefully I will be able to get to most of them. It is a bit of a random stack of books but I just wanted to take a little bit of everything to read.

My TBR pile

My TBR pile

Yes, I am going to begin reading the Song of Ice and Fire Series. I have the first book at home so I am hoping to begin that very soon. I am not sure that I will be able to read all the way through to the third one but I thought I should bring them all just in case.

The books are:
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
A Storm of Swords and a Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
Abigail’s Story by Ann Burton
The Mystery of Mary by Grace Livingstone Hill
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Skizzer by Angela J. Kiesling
While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin
Lorien Lost by Michael King

I actually dove in a little early to this list and read Tuck Everlasting this weekend. I thought it was a really sweet little book. At 140 pages, I flew through it. I may or may not be picking some more out of this list in the next few days before finals are over.

What are you going to be reading the next few weeks? Let me know in the comments. Do you know anything about any of these books? Have you read them? What did you think?

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Top 5 Christmas Reads

I just wanted to share with you all a list of some of my favorite Christmas books. These would all make great gifts for a reader or even just another book to read during this beautiful holiday season.

1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I am actually just reading this book as I write this. I had never thought of this book as a Christmas or holiday read but it actually fits quite nicely. For me, the world of Middle Earth is a cozy place. Even amidst the orcs, goblins and trolls I find sweet comfort. There is something about reading an adventure book from the safety and coziness of my bed that just makes me happy. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for adventure this time of year.

2. Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle
I am not usually a big fan of contemporary fiction but this book hit the spot for me. It just completely captures all the fun and excitement of Christmas. Plus it is written in three short stories which made it a quick and delightful read. Pick up some hot cocoa and this book and your set!

3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
This is a sort of an obvious read because it takes place in Narnia which is under the spell of a White Witch making it winter all the time. This book just fits so well with the feeling of winter. C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors and I just love his writing. This is one of my favorites in the Chronicles of Narnia series and is another sort of adventurous book that I love to read from the warmth of my own home.

4. The Lowlands of Scotland Series by Liz Curtis Higgs
This series has four books in it and is a historical fiction set in….you guessed it!….Scotland. This is a picture of the first book, Thorn in My Heart. This series was amazing. I read it all very quickly because it is full of romance and adventure and family drama. This book completely transported me to another time and place and would make a great read over the holidays. Just remember to pick up a box of tissues along with this series.

5. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I read this book last year, just after Christmas. It was actually my first ever Neil Gaiman book and I absolutely loved it! This is another book filled with adventure and a sweet love story. This is another really fast and enjoyable read.

I hope that this post gave you some ideas for some good reading for the upcoming holiday weeks.
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Book Review: Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle

Let it Snow, the book that got me ready for Christmas.
Synopsis: A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a glittering, romantic holiday haven. Three of today’s bestselling YA authors whip up a recipe for holiday romance, in this trio of hilarious interconnected tales of love.

So, I read this a few weeks back in November but am just now getting around to posting the review. I know that is a bit early to be reading Christmas books but I saw this book at my library and figured it was close enough. I thought that this book was really sweet. I am a huge fan of anything Christmas but I don’t often get around to reading a whole lot of Christmas books.

I actually really enjoyed this book. It consists of three short stories that all interrelate and have to do with holiday goodness. I did not enjoy An Abundance of Katherines by John Green which I read a while back but did find his story in Let It Snow to be funny and enjoyable. As I said before, I am a sucker for Christmas so I was bound to like at least that part of the book.

I loved the fact that all of the stories intertwined in some way yet it was not always obvious which way the story was going to go next. Most of the characters in this book were fun and lovable with only a couple of people who were not my favorite. This book would be perfect to read on a cold December evening curled up in bed with a hot beverage and a bunch of blankets. If you like Christmas stories, I totally recommend that you check this one out.

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