Thursday, December 15, 2016

What I've Been Reading Lately: The Christmas Edition

We are what we read, or so I'd like to think. I enjoy looking at other people's reading lists, because I think it gives me insight into the person. Also because it gives me ideas for new titles to read!

We do a literary advent each year, where I wrap all our Christmas books and we open one each night until Christmas. Ripping off the paper and finding a book - even a book we have already read - is a thrill for both me and the kids. This year we included some new books, and they've all been winners.

Here's what I've been reading lately on my own and as part of the advent countdown:

Present Over Perfect, Shauna Niequist - This book is both a breath of fresh air and a kick in the pants. There's something here for you, no matter what life stage you're in. The chapters are super short and don't need to be read consecutively, so it's a breezy, but deep, read. Do yourself a favor and read this in 2016, your life will thank you.

Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance - I'd heard a lot about this book, especially post-election. It's an inside view into the complexity of life and poverty in Kentucky's Appalachia region and in an Ohio steel town. As Vance puts it: "So I didn't write this book because I've accomplished something extraordinary. I've achieved something quite ordinary, which doesn't happen to most kids who grow up like me." A fascinating and eye-opening read.

Christmas Day in the Morning, Pearl S. Buck - When I think of Pearl S. Buck, I think of books set in long ago and faraway China, not the farmlands of the good ol' USA, but that's the setting for this book. I hadn't read this book before (and don't even know how I came across it), but it's now a Christmas must-read for us. Make it one for you, too.

Christmas in the Barn, Margaret Wise Brown -  This was another familiar author but unknown book. (Brown is, of course, known for Good Night Moon). This book has charming illustrations and a beautiful cadence, making it an enjoyable great Christmas read for all ages.  It'll make our literary advent again next year.

Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy's Quick Lit: What I've Been Reading Lately. 


  1. What a fun idea to do a literary advent!!
    I read Present Over Perfect, or rather I listened to the audiobook narrated by Shauna, and liked it a lot!

    here are my Nov reads:

    1. It was a great read/listen, wasn't it!

  2. I loved Present Over Perfect, I read that in the past month too! Hoping I can find Christmas in the Barn in the next few days!