2019 Christmas Reading Recommendations

Happy Christmas everyone! I hope your holiday season is going well. I have been looking for Holiday reading recommendations to share and new holiday reads for myself as well. Although I have read a few of these, several are new recommendations to me too from my amazing sister! So without further ado, Let’s look at the books!!

  1. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray. This is the second book in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy and I do recommend reading the first one first, this second book takes place during the Christmas season!
  2. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. This is a cute contemporary Christmas romance story and I very much enjoyed it. Dash and Lily are very cute and have an enjoyable adventure together. I would definitely recommend checking it out for a quick Christmas read!
  3. Hunted by Megan Spooner. This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling but when I initially read the novel, it gave me such winter vibes, I thought it would be a fun one to read around the Christmas season. I do plan on doing a Winter Reads list, so maybe it’s more appropriate to list there, but sometimes I enjoy a good Beauty and the Beast novel around Christmas.

Christmas Recommendations I haven’t read yet:

So as I said, some of these are new discoveries for myself this year. Although I cannot give an opinion on whether or not these books are any good myself. I will state if they were recommended to me or if they are ones I am just hoping to check out. You may even find that they were some of the same ones listed on my December TBR post:

  1. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie. This is a recommendation from my wonderful sister who loves Agatha Christie’s novels. I can’t give an opinion on it yet myself but I know she loves it and has excellent taste in classics.
  2. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie. Another recommendation from my lovely sister.
  3. What Light by Jay Asher. I have heard mixed things about this one. I hope it ends up being one that I enjoy but I am not sure. We will see.
  4. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins. I have heard some great things about this book and the stories it holds. Hopefully, I enjoy it when I get to it.

So hopefully I have some good recommendations for you here and for me as well. If and when I get a chance to check these out (the ones on my TBR for this year at least) I will hopefully get a chance to review them and let you know what my thoughts are.

If you have read any of these and found that you liked them or didn’t, let me know! I’d love to get your thoughts and opinions on these novels!

Merry Christmas everyone!!
~mk

 

 

2019 Fall Reading Recommendations

Hello, lovelies! I hope you are doing well! I have a question for you today, well a couple of questions actually.

orange pumpkin near white ceramic mug with seeds

How many of you fall on the Pumpkin Spice Everything bandwagon and how many of you fall on the apple cider bandwagon? How many are on both sides?

I often find myself specifically on the Pumpkin Spice bandwagon but when I think about it fall is more than just the drinks. I find that I am on the “cozy blanket, warm drink, and good book or ‘hygge’ bandwagon”. So with that said…what types of books do you enjoy reading in the fall? What helps to bring the hygge vibe? Well, I’m glad you asked. I’m going to list ten books/series that I think help to bring this fun season out in all it’s glory!

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. Now, of course, I think Harry Potter is great and can be read in any season, but there is something about reading Harry Potter during the back to school season. The magic, the mayhem, the fun, the friendships…everything about the series helps bring out the fall season. As someone who read most of the Harry Potter books as a teen or Adult (despite the fact that they came out when I was a kid, like most millennials) I find that I enjoy them now more than I think I would have back then. I doubt I would have had the proper appreciation for J.K. Rowling’s talent as much as I do now. So grab yourself a copy of Harry Potter, curl up with a blanket and some butterbeer, and get reading!
  2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. This book is one of the rare and I mean RARE books that I have been able to inhale in a single sitting. I could not put it down. Neil Gaiman has a way with words and storytelling that I find to be unparalleled. This is also a book that I feel you jump into without knowing much. It’s about a man who returns to his childhood home and looks back on his memories of a young girl he was friends with as a child. Don’t let the description fool you, this book has elements of fantasy that I cannot put into words. It’s worth the read!
  3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. If I had read any of the other books in the Shadowhunter series (which I am hoping to get started on soon) I would probably recommend them for fall, but since I have only read the Mortal Instruments, I recommend spending your Autumn season with Clary, Isabelle, Magnus, Jace, Simon, and Alec. When I first read the series, I loved it. As I grow older and change in my reading taste I love it a little less but, I just recently finished the final book in this series. I am so glad I did. I laughed, I cried. I missed the fun and banter of these characters. If you haven’t read the Mortal Instruments, I definitely think it’s worth checking out.
  4. Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. This is a Contemporary or Women’s Fiction genre. It’s the story of a young girl named Novalee Nation who is pregnant and ends up abandoned in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart. This story brings a number of interesting characters alongside Novalee who help raise her and her child. It’s an amazing story about love, family, the importance of friendship and growing up even during the tough times. I love this story so much, I’m due for a reread of it myself, and I definitely recommend it!
  5. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. This is another Adult Fiction novel. It has elements of Magical Realism to it and honestly, it’s amazing. There was a film that came out a few years ago, and it just doesn’t do the novel justice. The story of Henry and Clare as the try to manage their life together, including Henry’s Time Travel ability…there are amazing laughs, tears, mysterious moments, and hardship. It’s a beautiful story, one I would recommend for almost any season but definitely a good one to curl up with on a rainy fall afternoon. (Make sure you have tissues for the sad parts!)
  6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. This is a stand-alone YA Contemporary fiction novel. I haven’t read anything quite like it before. It’s about a water horse race that takes place in November. Puck and Sean are two of the riders in this race. Sometimes people die in this race. With Puck being the first girl to ever enter such a dangerous race, it’s an amazing story and definitely, a different type of YA read!
  7. The Colorado Kid by Stephen King. Have you ever seen the Television series called Haven? Although I would say this short book is totally different from it, it’s the basis for that TV series. The Colorado Kid poses an unsolved mystery to the reader. It is the first (and currently only) book I have read by Stephen King. It’s definitely a confusing short mystery but if you like unsolved mysteries, I’d definitely check it out!
  8. The Eon duology by Alison Goodman. I did not expect to enjoy this series as much as I did. Eon is the story of a young girl masquerading as a boy so that she can train to become a Dragoneye. It’s a great YA fantasy duology. It’s fast-paced, fun, and imaginative. Definitely worth checking out!
  9. The Martian by Andy Weir. Mark Watney is trapped on Mars. Watney is funny, inventive, intelligent, and totally trapped. With the help of NASA Watney will have to be more creative than he has ever been in order to find a way home. Definitely one of the funniest and smartest novels I’ve ever read.
  10. The Cruel Prince series by Holly Black. As a child, Jude was taken from the human realm to live in the world of faerie. Cardan seems to hate her as much as she hates him. Now Jude enters the politics of faerie and begins to play a dangerous game. With the final book about to be released, if you haven’t started this trilogy I would definitely jump on board. Fae stories are some of my all-time favorites, and I definitely suggest this series. Holly Black is amazing and I cannot begin to explain the dynamic between Jude and Cardan. Definitely, a great place to start!

So I hope that you enjoyed this post and that these recommendations are ones you will be interested in and check out. Let me know if you have some favorite fall reads or any recommendations for me!

~mk