Books, Reviews

Christmas reading

One thing I love about having time off over Xmas and Xmas presents is the opportunity to read lots of books! I love curling up in a cosy house and devouring a book as quickly as I can and obviously with mince pies in hand!

I just finished reading Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – a contemporary YA romance about a girl who loves dressing up and the inventor boy who lives next door set in San Fransico.

This was the second book by the author and I loved it – sweet, funny and romantic, you couldn’t help but fall for the characters and I poured over it until I got to the (thankfully, happy) ending. It can be really hard for a second book to live up to the first but Lola swept me off my feet!

I loved how the book celebrated individuality and how all the characters inspired each other to be who they were supposed to be. I like it when characters are quirky, when they’re not the traditional good looking boy and girl but have flaws like the rest of us do. Somehow the book reminded me of Glee even though there’s no singing or dancing in it, I loved the way it seemed to sparkle in the same way.

Let me know what you thought if you’ve read it!

 I actually have a love / hate relationship with books ending – I want to find out what happens but I’m sad when it’s all over. I can’t wait for Ms Perkins’ next book but luckily,I  already have some new books lined up to fill my new Lola void until then.

Here’s my to-read pile at the moment:

The new House of Night book by PC and Kristin Cast

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

Angel0logy by Danielle Trussoni

Swept off her feet by Hester Browne

Do you have any book recommendations for me to check out over Xmas?



24 thoughts on “Christmas reading”

  1. I heard that ‘Blood Magic’ is really good. I also think I’ve read an excerpt, but I can’t be sure. Anyway, give that one a go!

    P.S. I think the rest of the world has read the Hush, Hush saga, but if you haven’t, you MUST read it. It’s one of the best books I’ve read. Ever. I couldn’t put it down.

  2. I really really want to read Stephanie Perkins two books but I can’t afford anything right now and its not in my library (I’ve repeatedly checked for months, still not there).

    I’m reading “Sweetly” by Jackson Pearce now…kind of a YA version of Hansel and Gretel.

    I REALLY liked two books I read from Eileen Cook earlier this fall: Getting Revenge On Lauren Wood….and the other was was The Education of Haley Kendrick .
    I’d like to read the Vampire Academy series but can’t find them at my library.

    I read a lot of MG too, but not sure you’re into that!

    The Help was fantastic.
    Oh, and I just finished an interesting one by Lauren Myracle called “Shine”. Different than my usual fare, but good.

    I have a bunch…but I read so many that I’m forgetting to tell you a bunch! (I can talk about books for-ev-er).

  3. I am so behind in my reading. You could say its a Christmas wish of mine to find the elusive reading time. I have tons of books sitting on my shelves. I love stories and I hate that they end too. That is one reason I like fantasy books, they have 1000 pages per book and usually run about 13 books.

  4. I love snuggling up with a good book for Christmas too 🙂 I have a love/hate rlationship with the House of Night books. Which one have you got to read?
    Also thank you for the follow, I’m honored that someone with a blog as great as your is interested in my little old blog! I keep flicking back to your blog from one of the comments you left me to check out your posts, but I think I’m just going to follow it instead 🙂

    1. I’ve got Destined to read. I know what you mean, I’m sticking it out to the end though 🙂

      Ah bless you, your blog is great. I lost the link to it so when I found it again, I thought I’d better make sure I follow!

  5. How many House of Night books are there now? I read a few of them, but I think I’ve missed the last 2.

    I love catching up on my reading over the holidays! I just finished up my sign language class last week, and I immediately plunged into a book.

  6. I just finished reading a Meg Cabot book….all of hers are very light-hearted, romantic comedy kind of stories. I just read Boy Next Door, which is the second book of hers that I’ve read in which she tells a story not in the tradional way, but by having you read a series of emails between friends. Very cleverly done! (Her other book that uses only emails and text messages is Every Boy’s Got One–which is not really as dirty as it sounds, I promise!) Right now I’m *finally* reading through Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater after it’s been sitting on my shelf for almost a year. It’s a young adult Sci-Fi romance that is slightly reminiscent of Twilight, except it’s about werewolves instead of vampires. So far it’s been pretty interesting, but I can’t give it my full recommendation until I get to the end! 😀

    1. Ah I’ve read the full Shiver triology, I hope you enjoy it. The first book was the best one! I think I’ve only read an adult Meg Cabot book, I need to have a look at your suggestions thanks!

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