Happy (belated) Holidays

Merry belated Christmas! I hope everyone has had a good holiday eating food, spending time with family, going to church, or eating Chinese food and going to a movie – whatever your holiday traditions may be, I hope you enjoyed them!

I enjoyed some downtime this week around Christmas which was nice and I am spending this week in Long Island which is chilly but lovely.

I gave and got some good presents this year as well including earrings for my mom, a round of tennis for my dad, and a book about the filming of Downton Abbey (the new season starts on the 5th guys, that’s so soon!). Books usually make their way onto my Christmas gift this and this year I got a gift card to Bookhampton, the bookstore in East Hampton, which is one of my favorite bookstores that I visit on a regular basis. I’m excited to browse with it and see what I can find.

I have my eye on a few books that came out recently. One is The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton which won the Man Booker Prize earlier this year. I started reading it in Bookhampton over Thanksgiving and was really impressed with its language. Its a rather hefty book though and it has pretty thin pages, so I might not read it immediately after finishing all of The Lord of the Rings books. I might want to read something short first, like Mockingjay, which I am also planning on rereading. But maybe after that I will dive into The Luminaries. (And the fact that Eleanor Catton is 28 astounds me.)

The other book I kind of had my eye on looked interesting and unconventional – S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. J.J. Abrams is actually the “creator” of the book while Dorst is the author. All the copies I have seen of this book have been wrapped up which is frustrating when you want to find out more about it, but from what I can tell it is a book that Dorst wrote with notes from two different fictional readers that tell a parallel story to it, which seems like an interesting idea.

I was a huge fan of LOST in high school, also a J.J. Abrams creation, which is why this book caught my eye a few months ago. But I don’t think I could give a concise summary of everything that happened in LOST without rewatching the show at least two more times, and I have a feeling that S. could turn out the same way.

I took an English class in college called Contemporary American Literature. The title was rather standard but the class itself was not. It was also known as Quantum Lit and we discussed how the ideas of Quantum Mechanics have affected literature (in terms of structure, plot etc.) There was a lot of disjointed narratives and chaos theory – if anyone has read Don DiLillo we focused a lot on him, particularly Underworld. Anyway, I have a feeling that S. would fit in well with that class. This makes me rather hesitant to read it for fun in my free time, but I am curious to see what it is. Maybe I will get it from the library first to check it out more thoroughly.

Also on the lighter side, I picked up a Jodi Picoult book yesterday when I was browsing and I enjoyed her style so maybe I will try her out as well. I have seen her books a lot but I never read any of them.

Anyway, those are my thoughts right now on how to spend my Christmas gift card, but who knows. In the meantime I will leave you with a picture of our Christmas tree and James, the bookstore cat.

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