The other day, as I walked across campus through the brisk morning air, I realized how very much I enjoy winter.
I love to bundle up on frigid days and snuggle beneath the covers during long, frozen nights. I have great childhood memories of snow forts and snowball fights, of sledding and ice-skating, of hot chocolate and angels in the snow. Somehow the innocent joy of those moments always returns when I get the first whiff of winter from those northern winds.
Now instead of snow forts and snowball fights, one of my greatest winter pleasures is reading. This holiday season, I will not be curling up next to the fireplace to read my books. Instead, much of my reading will probably happen during a 15-hour flight to visit my brother and his family. What I don’t read in flight might be read on a beach in Thailand, or in my brother’s apartment in Hong Kong – But there only if my 4- and 8-year old nieces allow me to read while I’m visiting. I’m sure they’ll have other plans in mind – which hopefully will involve reading a few of their books to them!
For this holiday season, I’ve collected four titles so far. I am avidly seeking more, so if you have any suggestions, I’d be delighted to hear them. In the mean time, here’s my line-up:
Seeking Carolina by Terri-Lynne DeFino. Long a fan of Terri-Lynne, I pre-ordered her latest novel and have had my copy since it was released back in October. But alas, this semester has been sheer madness, and I still haven’t finished my modest autumn list (The Red Queen by Phillipa Gregory and The Lost Son by Tessa Gratton). As soon as I do, Seeking Carolina is up next. I’m not sure how I’ll take to romance at the moment, seeing as my own recent heartaches have me a little more bitter than sweet, but who knows? Maybe a good romance is just what I need.
The Child by Keith F. Goodnight. I’ve got a very interesting story behind this one. It turns out Keith and I worked in the same lab together way back when, at Rice University, while he was a grad student and I a lowly undergrad. Years later, through independent journeys, we’ve both ended up writing and publishing speculative fiction. I’m very excited about reading his science fiction novel, which comes to me highly recommended. It looks like it’s going to be a great psychological thriller.
Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay. I won’t make it to mainland China on this trip, but I’ll be pretty darn close. Probably closer than I will ever be again. What better time to start an epic novel about the Tang Dynasty by one of my all-time favorite authors? I just know that reading Under Heaven is going to make this one of the best Christmas holidays ever.
The Famine of Men by Richard H. Kessin. Recommended to me by a good friend, this is another science fiction tale written by a scientist. And get this – it’s about a deadly virus that affects men, and therefore can only be studied by women scientists. How cool is that? Like Goodnight’s The Child, this promises to be a great thriller.
So, that’s my list. From distant past to speculative future, I’d say I’m set for a great journey of imagination.
I only wish classes were over, so I could start NOW!
How about you? What’s on your fireside list for this season? Inquiring minds want to know…