Hello, blogosphere!!! Life has been so hectic & busy the last year or so and I’m really hoping to finally get back to this blog. Since July of 2018, I moved to a new city, started a new job, and had many many things happen this fall that precluded a planned return to blogging. I also had a wicked reading slump this fall (and played a lot of The Sims instead of reading). I’ve still been actively reading & did some great things this year (like became a Hugo voter!) and I’m so excited to come back and see all of you again!!! That being said, I’m returning with a seasonal tag a friend made over at her blog. Thank you, Sue, for the wonderful prompts & you can check out her blog here: Doddy About Books
Litha is the celebration of the summer solstice – the longest day and the shortest night.
The Fae like to come out and play with humans at this time of year. Share a book about the Fairy folk.
I read Rosemary & Rue by Seanan McGuire, the first book in the October “Toby” Daye series, this year when the series was nominated for the Hugos. Toby is a half fae, half human changeling who reluctantly gets pulled back into the world of the fae. I really enjoyed what I was able to read of the series this year, and I look forward to finishing the rest soon!
Bonfires are traditional at this time of year. Share a book that lit a fire under you.
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo was a great read. It was powerful and it’s an important book for every white person to read. I loved the tone she wrote in, and I’m also glad I own a copy so that I can keep returning to it when I need to. This book also launched a deeper foray into other literature as I keep trying to understand my privilege, own it, and do something positive with it (or in spite of it).
Getting back to nature is very important during this season. Share a book celebrating nature.
I listened to Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer on audio this year, and the author’s voice is so very soothing and her reflections on how indigenous wisdom about nature intersects with the science of botany was delightful to listen to. I feel like I’ll probably return to this one multiple times.
Song & Dance
What is a fire without some singing and dancing? A book that celebrates song and/or dance.
I really enjoy Alexis Daria’s series of romance novels about various cast members of a Dancing with the Stars-like show. This novella, which I read last year, is a holiday love story that was just super adorable. Really great for this time of year!
Yule is the celebration of the winter solstice. The shortest day and longest night.
Share a book about darkness; be it lack of light or the darkness of human nature.
Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson was intense from start to finish. It’s the story of Mary, put in juvenile detention at the age of 9 for killing a white baby she and her mother were babysitting. Whether she actually did it is an important part of the story, but the book also examines race, justice, and gender and Mary’s voice is unforgettable. I had a lot of feelings after finishing this one. CW for abuse, violence against children.
Bringing greenery inside is important at this time of year. Share a book with a plant name in the title or a strong plant theme.
Braiding Sweetgrass would have also worked well for this one, but I decided to share my other favorite nature book: The Nature Fix by Florence Williams. In this book, Williams travels the world to explore nature practices in different cultures and how these practices and being outside affect our brains and bodies for the better. It was a really enjoyable read!
Bringing light to the darkness is also important. Share a book that brought you light and cheer.
I have read a lot of middle grades this year (or more than usual), and I’ve really loved everything I’ve read from the Rick Riordan Presents imprint. They’re such a diverse group of books and I LOVE THEM. Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez was no exception. The book follows Sal, a budding magician with diabetes who can bring things from other universes into his own, as he starts at a performing arts school. He meets and befriends Gabi, and then the story just flows from there. I laughed out loud a lot & the representation in this almost our universe is outstanding (there is a poly family!) I really hope if you read this one, you enjoy it!
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo was a beautiful book to read. Emoni Santiago, a single high school age mom, is also a sensation in the kitchen. Cooking is where she finds her strength and this book follows her day to day life as she is offered the chance to take a culinary arts class and travel internationally to pursue her dreams. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
There you have it! This tag was so much fun to do & it gives you a chance to catch up on some of the things I’ve read this year. I really did miss blogging & I’m so excited to recommit (again…I know) and share what I’m reading with everyone!!! Have a wonderful holiday season! (and stay tuned for The End of the Year Book tag!)