Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This book, Little Women, has an incredibly special place in my heart, for many reasons. The first is that my edition, shown here, was bought for me by my father David, for my 12th birthday many years ago, in which he wrote me a deeply loving message, which I still read when I am feeling … Continue reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Unburied by Charles Palliser

Charles Palliser is my favorite author after Umberto Eco, writing as he does in the most lucid, erudite, intellectual and bawdy style that sucks you into the vivid, dirty, and virulent world of Victorian, post-Industrial England. His settings are the traditional British country house or vicarage, manor or townhouse, and his Dickensian-named characters show off the … Continue reading The Unburied by Charles Palliser

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Photography by me. Merry Christmas! Happy Hannukah! Happy Kwanzaa! Blessed Ramadan! Happy Holidays! Seasons Greetings! Happy Festivus! I hope everyone has had a happy and blessed holiday with their families, friends, loved ones, pets, and anyone else beloved. So today's post is probably not a surprise. But, it's Christmas. I HAD to do honor to … Continue reading How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Thanks to TB for the photography. For some reason, the Harry Potter books always evoke Christmas and the winter holidays, no matter what time of year I read them in or what time of year is represented in the books. I suppose it's because these books, ostensibly for kids, are also a wonderful read for … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

Thanks to AL for the photography. Being a sucker for fairy tales, The Snow Queen is a particular favorite. I remember reading it as a little girl and being fascinated by the oh-so-foreign Northern European world of Gerda and Kay, the two children in this tale, though I'd forgotten there are several small backstories that … Continue reading The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

The Farolitos of Christmas by Rudolfo Anaya

Thanks to TB for the photography. Welcome to December, and a month of holiday-themed books and food! Those who know me know my great and abiding love for the books of Rudolfo Anaya. He's called the Godfather of Chicano literature for a reason, and it's his novel Bless Me, Ultima, that catapulted him and our … Continue reading The Farolitos of Christmas by Rudolfo Anaya