It's my turn today for the Virtual Advent Tour hosted by Kelly and Marg! This has come to feel like a tradition for me now and it's yet another example of how this little thing called book blogging that I started doing seven years ago has really become a huge part of my life now. Not just a part of my life, but a part of me. This year has seen it's ups and downs and has seen me slip away from my blog a LOT compared to past years, but that's something that I hope changes in 2014. Despite all of that, I can go a month without blogging and I still feel just as connected as ever with all of you guys. It's events like these that bring me back to all kinds of memories associated with blogging and make me all warm and fuzzy :) But enough sappy stuff, lets get on with this post!
I knew right away what I wanted to write about this year. Books! I've written about that in past Advent Tour posts, but this year I thought I'd focus on the existential crisis that I go through every December....what the hell am I going to read for Christmas this year???? I know....ridiculous for someone who has a TBR pile the size of mine. You would think I'd never have to worry about what I'm going to read. The problem is, December is the one month out of the year that I like to read exclusively one theme with no exceptions at all and that is Christmas books. Or at the very least, winter-y books.
Every year I'm sure that I've read all of the good books already. Surely there is nothing else out there and there is no way that I'll find a whole months worth of Christmas books! I can just hope that John Green will release a Christmas book or maybe Neil Gaiman will or perhaps another Truman Capote Christmas gem will be found and released! P.S., if you haven't read Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory, go read it NOW! It never fails though that I DO find books that seem just perfect for the season. So I thought I'd share with you my December TBR pile for this year and how I picked each book.
1. A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens - Yes, I know I should be ashamed of myself for never having read this one. In my defense, I'm generally terrified of classics. However, I do love Charles Dickens. He's an exception to the rule AND I have this gorgeous Penguin clothbound edition of the book, so I figured that now is definitely the time to finally read this one!!
2. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins - Now I know that a lot of you are going "huh??" BUT! Remember, I said winter books too and Heather and Andi are hosting a readalong of The Woman in White for Wilkie in Winter...and even though it doesn't technically start until January, I may start this one at the end of December because it's a bit of a chunkster and I know how I am with those :p
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith - One night while on twitter, I QUICKLY learned from both Jason and Heather that this is a book that I absolutely have to read. It was another case of "classics terrify me." But I'm assured that it's a wonderful book and was told that this is a great time of year to read it too! So I shall :)
4. A Mark Twain Christmas by Carlo Devito - I stumbled upon this one while browsing at Barnes and Noble and it looks really fantastic! It collects letters from Mark Twain from three different Christmases and I can't wait to devour this one and savor it at the same time :)
5. Comfort & Joy by India Knight - I stumbled upon this one while shopping at bookcloseouts.com :p I don't even know all that much about it, but it sounded cute and it was $1.99 :p Can't beat that!
6. Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis - I've only been meaning to read this one for forever! I think that this is the book that I'm most excited about this year. I've heard nothing but great things about this one and I have a feeling that I'll be singing it's praises by the end of the year!
7. Another Night Before Christmas by Carol Ann Duffy - This is a lovely little book that Ana gave to me for Christmas one year and I still haven't read it yet. I think I may actually sit by my fireplace and read it right after finishing this post :) Books from friends are always the most special!
What are you reading for the holidays this year? Anything I should add to my list? I'm always looking for fantastic new Christmas reads!