I went to the bookstore for the first time in ages yesterday (okay, three weeks – but it feels like forever), and while the December releases weren’t in-store yet, nothing quite beats browsing shelves full of new books. I ended up buying Kalayna Price‘s “Grave Witch”, which came to my attention a couple of months back.
I had seen Ms Price’s book featured on quite a few blogs then, and while I usually end up hitting the “Mark as Read” button when I see the same book featured on every other blog, the sheer number of blog posts wore me down and I actually read the blurb. Which intrigued me enough to read the first few pages when I saw the book on the New Releases shelves, which in turn was enough to have me bringing it to the till.
Apart from that, a couple of excellent links I came across:
At this time of year – as the sky goes dark by 4.30 pm in Wales, where we live, and the cold wraps around us, chilling to the bone – what we really want more than anything else are stories that make us laugh and feel good about the world.
So we thought we’d gather some, and share them with with you, as our December Lights Project.
Every December Lights Project story is sure to have a happy ending. As we reached out to other authors to join our project, we asked for stories that were light-hearted and upbeat, stories that could fill us with warmth no matter how cold the weather. (Or cool us down, for those living in Australia or New Zealand!)
I’ve read the first, Sarah Prineas‘s “Jane: A Story of Manners, Magic, and Romance” (the title was enough to win me over!) and have bookmarked the page to read the rest when I have some spare time.
And John Scalzi has put up a post on his massively popular Whatever blog for authors to offer suggestions for your holiday book list (or just books for yourself!). I’ve been reading the thread, and several have caught my eye…