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3 Christmas Books to Read This Advent

With Christmas right around the corner. Here are 3 book recommendations to read this Advent season.

#1 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 

“Marley’s Ghost”, original illustration by John Leech from the 1843 edition

Before someone scream that this book is too cliche and predictable. I would beg to differ.

It may be overdone in our culture. I’ve written about how many movies, TV series, podcast ect., have been produced on this classic novel. However, it’s always a shock to me when I hear someone say they’ve never read the original source material.

Is this book overrated?

Yes and no.

Yes, because it is being overproduced in every form of cultural media available. At the same time…

No, because it’s a period piece that’s short, witty, and a genuinely good story of metania. So, this Advent season instead of consuming any modern adaptation, go straight to the source material.

It’s the shortest and most approachable Dickens novel.

According to publication the Guardian:  

“A Christmas Carol was Dickens’s most powerful influence on the cult of Christmas because the very experience of reading it concentrated time. The whole book might take two hours or rather less to read. A one-reading experience lends the narrative an intensity that is the special property of a novella.”

#2 The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries Edited by Otto Penzler

 

Is it cheating to list a book I haven’t read? Absolutely. This is on my current reading list for this Advent. I’ll be updating this blog post soon with more a more detailed review. However, I didn’t feel I could possibly keep this gem off my list. I’ve only just recently heard of this book and it inspired me to put together this blog post. As I mentioned, I’ll update this portion of my post soon.

Why? For 3 Reasons:

  • Iconic Authors
  • Cozy, Christmas/ Seasonal Reading
  • Vintage Cover

The authors included in this book are: Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sara Paretsky, Peter Lovesey, Ellis Peters, O. Henry, Ellery Queen, Isaac Asimov, and many more.

#3 When Christmas Comes (Cameron Winter Mysteries Book 1 of 3) by Andrew Klavan

 

This was my Christmas reading last year. There are three books in the mystery series. I’m conflicted if I should call this a cozy.

Why cozy? It takes place in the winter. In the first few chapters it read like a Hallmark movie – that’s how I imagined the scenes in my mind.

Why definitely not a cozy?

After the first initial chapters it gradually becomes a thriller. Perhaps, it’s the way I was interpreting the story. I was at first expecting a cozy seasonal winter mystery and I was in a shock when it turned out differently. I am planning to revisit it and write out a better review. There are also two more books in the series. I’ll definitely be exploring those two books as well.

I enjoyed this book. Even if it did subvert my expectations.

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5 Short Novels to Read in 2024

With the new year right around the corner, many people like myself have reading resolutions. We want to read more books next year along with other productivity goals. This is a good thing. It’s one aspect of our culture I think does more good than harm.

Some people may be put off by previous personal shortcomings and feel a sense of dread or disappointment. If this is you, relax.

Half the battle to better self improvement is recognizing which areas of our lives could be better and what we need to do about it.

I can’t help you with your fitness resolutions or your daily routine. However, I am happy to help you read more books in 2024. 

Here is a list of 5 short novels to get your new year started on the right track:

#1 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

According to Reading Length:

“The average reader will spend 2 hours and 54 minutes reading this book at 250 WPM (words per minute).”

 

#2 The Call of the Wild by Jack London

“The average reader will spend 3 hours and 12 minutes reading this book at 250 WPM (words per minute).”- Reading Length

 

#3 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

 

“The average reader will spend 1 hour and 47 minutes reading this book at 250 WPM (words per minute).” – Reading Length 

#4 Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

“The average reader will spend 3 hours and 36 minutes reading this book at 250 WPM (words per minute).” – Reading Length

 

#5 The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

 

This is one of my top five favorite books that I’ve ever read. I picked it up at a used bookstore. I marvelled at it’s short length. I was just coming out of a reading stump. I felt unable to read do to some personal developments in my life. I remember reading this book in a single sitting.

Furthermore, it not only destroyed my reading stump but also helped me to love good literature again. I’ll definitely be revisiting this novel in a review post later on. This single book was the main reason for this listicle in the first place.

It was my experience that a short book helped me find joy in reading again. The accomplishment of completing a book helps send positive feedback to one’s mind and a cycle of good habits begin.

According to Reading Length, “The average reader will spend 2 hours and 8 minutes reading this book at 250 WPM (words per minute).”

 

 

 

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Welcome to Anita’s Booklist

Hello and Welcome to Anita’s Booklist, I’m Anita but you can call me Ana.

I love reading. I also love making lists of books I aspire to read. I love to keep a commonplace book. If you’re not familiar with commonplace books in short they’re journals for readers.

There are many great sources online that better explain commonplace books but that’s my bite-sized explanation.

I enjoy reading spiritual books and classic literature. I took many English courses at my university and left with a love of the great classics; but no English degree. I’ve been asked many time why don’t I go back to complete my degree if I’m so passionate about literature.

A short, reason why is because it’s too expensive and I have no real application for the degree. I admire people who have it. Those especially who have professions sharing their love of literature. However, for me, this blog is perfect. I don’t need a degree for running my blog and sharing my love of books with you.

At this time, I’m a stay at home/ homeschool mom, and a freelance writer. Aside from my love of reading I also love to share my love of writing with the internet.

Aside from that, I’m a wife to a blogger/podcaster and senior software developer. We’re high school sweethearts and he’s my best friend.

My hobbies include photography, playing music, and volunteering at my church. Well, that’s enough about me.

Thank you for stopping by.

~ Blessings, Ana