Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year's there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love. (Summary from Goodreads) 

I'm going to admit to you right off the bat that I have never been a big fan of short stories. Being forced to read them since kindergarten all the way through college probably didn't help that, but really for me it was always about wanting more. I'm a big fan of series books with tons of character development, backstory, and cliffhangers. 

That being said, lately I've been a little burnt out on reading. It happens to the best of us. Especially with the busy holiday season, we all have lots on our minds and find it hard to settle into the alternate universe that a series provides. When that happens, this book showed me that short stories can be a perfect solution! You can still have character development, backstory, and even cliffhangers, but after a dozen pages or so, everything is wrapped up in a tidy bow. You can pick it up, read a story, finish the story, and put it down. It really gives you a feeling of accomplishment when your to-do list is never ending!

But wait, there's more! Not only did these short stories help me find my way back to my reading nook, but they were also pretty fantastic. From the the brilliant Rainbow Rowell with a tale of teenage unrequited love through New Years past and present in Midnights to Matt De La Pena's tale of a poor college kid cat-sitting and the cute girl that lives upstairs and has no hot water in Angels in the Snow; the east coast Jewish girl who meets a black boy at a small liberal arts college and realizes that not everything is as it seems (especially apparently apple pie with cheese which I am planning on trying soon!) in What the Hell have you done, Sophie Roth?; and Stephanie Perkin's adorable It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown where a girl falls in love with a voice and discovers that a lumberjack can also listen to NPR and that she needs to stop living in the past - this collection of stories will warm your heart and have you in the holiday spirit in no time! Which is good, since tomorrow is Christmas Eve! 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! :)

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