This month I’m participating again in a blog hop organised by the wonderful Jo Linsdell and we’re discussing all things Christmas related to literature.
I luckily get to host the first day!
Anybody who has been following me for a while will recognise the book A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit. This is a book is a love poem about change and loss. It is elegant and poetic, and I just want to recommend it to everyone. It is the first non-fiction book I read which made me see how delightful the personal essay genre can be.
Don’t forget to tell me in the comments which book you think everyone should receive for Christmas this year.
“In her novel Regeneration, Pat Barker writes of a doctor who ‘knew only too well how often the early stages of change or cure may mimic deterioration. Cut a chrysalis open, and you will find a rotting caterpillar. What you will never find is that mythical creature, half caterpillar, half butterfly, a fit emblem of the human soul, for those whose cast of mind leads them to seek such emblems. No, the process of transformation consists almost entirely of decay.” ~ Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost.
So, which book do the other blog hop participants love so much they want everyone to find it under their Christmas tree this year?
The Killing Game by J.S. Carol. I loved this book. Definitely one of the best I’ve read this year, and one of my favourite thrillers to date.
About the book:
You have four hours to save your life. What would you do?
It was supposed to be just a routine lunch meeting for JJ Johnson. Meeting clients and swapping gossip. Until an armed gunman walks in, forcing her into a fight for her life.
But this is no random attack – the twisted individual knows everything about each of the wealthy diners. And soon, it becomes clear that he wants something more than money.
The terrifying stranger wants to play a game – but can JJ find a way to save the lives of those left around her? If she can’t, how far will she go to save herself?
Cursed Seed by Geralyn Wichers. Geralyn is one of my favourite authors ever, like up there with Stephen King and Anne Bishop and Patricia Briggs.
About the book:
A horrific workplace accident lands Jack in the hospital morgue – but not for long. Twenty-odd years later Jack should have been dead at least a dozen times and still has no idea why. But answers he finds aren’t what he expects, and aren’t coming from the places he expected to find them.
This is the first book in the Society of Immortals series, and I promise, it’s not about vampires.
Everybody NEEDS to read The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! Even if you don’t think you’re a fan of fairy tales… it also passes for very good cyberpunk sci-fi! Hands-down the best fairy-tale adaptations I have ever read!
Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey. Mercedes Lackey has been writing for so long and has so many books out in various worlds and genres, it’s hard not to find something you like, but I always recommend my own first love, Magic’s Pawn.
About the book:
Though Vanyel has been born with near-legendary abilities to work both Herald and Mage magic, he wasn’t no part in such things. Nor does he seek a warrior’s path, wishing instead to become a Bard.
Yet such talent as his, if left untrained, may prove a menace not only to Vanyel but to others as well. So he is sent to be fostered with his aunt, Savil, one of the fame Herald-Mages of Valdemar.
But, strong-willed and self-centered, Vanyel is a challenge which even Savil cannot master alone. For soon he will become the focus of frightening forces, lending his raw magic to a spell that unleashes terrifying wyr-hunters on the land.
And by the time Savil seeks the assistance of a Shin’a’in Adept, Vanyel’s wild talent may have already grown beyond anyone’s ability to contain, placing Vanyel, Savil, and Valdemar itself in desperate peril.
This is the first book in the Last Herald-Mage trilogy, and contains magic and mayhem galore. I promise it’s worth it.
I’d love to hear which book you’d choose!
The Bookish Christmas Blog Hop Schedule
11th December – What is a book cover which has a wonderfully Christmas feel to it? Hosted by Jo Linsdell.
12th December – What is a book you’d like to find in your Christmas stocking this year? Hosted by Leslie Conzatti.
13th December – Which fictional character would you’d like to spend Christmas with? Hosted by Casia Schreyer.
14th December – Which fictional character would you like to kiss under the mistletoe? Hosted by Laurie Lucking.
15th December – Which fictional creature would you replace Rudolph with so you could meet them on the roof? Hosted by Angela Guidolin.
16th December – Which 5 fictional character would you invite to your New Year’s Eve party? Hosted by Skye Hegyes.