What to Read Next for Thanksgiving?


Thanksgiving is just around the corner (!!!) and along with great food, Thanksgiving always means curling up in a comfortable chair preferably with a blanket after a brisk walk down to the beach and delving in to some great book. I’m definitely looking forward to the down time that I have next week, but the problem is I don’t know what book to read. Dun dun dun (dramatic music). I’ve had a bit of book ADD recently and I start and stop books a lot because I don’t know what I’m in the mood for. I have a growing list of potential books to bring with me over Thanksgiving vacation to satisfy whatever kind of mood I’m in. Some of these mean trips to the library, others are new or rereads. I’ve been meaning to read The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman and it’s been sitting on my bedside table for a while now, and I’ve also been wanting to reread The Night Circus and a couple of other things. But I’ve also had my eye on some YA things. I only read YA over summer break – nothing else, and that continued in to the fall, and while I have read other things since then I don’t think I’ve actually finished any of them. And I tend not to review books I don’t finish. Oh well.

I also have been thinking a bit more about my story lately. I thought of another scene while I was going to bed a few nights ago, so I’m hoping to sit down with those ideas at some point over the break as well. We’ll see what happens…

This weekend I am also going on a retreat with 100+ high school students and I am so pumped! It should be a great trip. We are going to Princeton for the weekend (its aptly called Princeton Weekend) and its always crazy and so great! I started going as a student, and I volunteered a couple of times when I could in college, and I’ve been going back ever since. I am definitely pumped for this weekend even if we do all sleep on a gym floor. And then there’s Thanksgiving! I always love this stretch before Thanksgiving – even if it has been crazy cold here…I’ll just use that as an excuse to drink Starbucks holiday drinks and tea. Happy Friday everyone, and if anyone has any good book recommendations leave them in the comments!

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Revisiting Old Stories

I realized that since I started this blog I haven’t really been rereading too many books. This blog started as motivation for me to read all the books I missed out on when I wasn’t reading for fun because of school, so I have been playing a lot of catch up, but other than the Harry Potter books I haven’t really been rereading too many things over the past year and a half.

And I have always liked rereading books. It’s comforting to go back to old stories that you have read before, and a lot of times that is when I can look at books with a different eye since I have already done a preliminary read or two (or more in some cases).

So I was really happy over Thanksgiving break when I decided to reread Catching Fire in honor of the movie (which I still need to see!) I had only read Catching Fire once over winter break my senior year of college and I was surprised how much of the book I had forgotten. I didn’t want to go into the movie with almost a blank slate so I sat down and reread it (it didn’t take very long, after all).

And, when I do get around to seeing it, there will have been a bit of a gap after I finished it, so hopefully I will be able to enjoy the movie as its own entity rather than picking it apart for what was in the book vs. what was left out. (I tend to do this a lot but I also have heard that the second movie is better than the first, so I am interested to see how it plays out).

I am also planning on rereading Mockingjay which I remember even less of because by the time I got to that book I was already back in school and didn’t really have time to read it at all. So that should be fun.

In the spirit of rereading books that I got into over Thanksgiving, I am now rereading Lord of the Rings for a second time in honor of the second Hobbit movie which I saw last week at midnight. I went to see it at the Lincoln Center theater with a group of friends and Sir Ian McKellen showed up to introduce the movie! It was awesome! Unfortunately my phone had died by that point so I didn’t get a picture of him, but my friends got videos so I am using that as proof. In his words, “I have seen this movie and you are going to love it!” Seen it, been in it, starred in the franchise, you know, same thing.

So I am currently rereading Fellowship of the Ring and I am planning to continue the series through Christmas. It’s always nice to have a good book going during the holidays what with all the cozy fires and down time that they have.

And after I finish with the Lord of the Rings I want to read The Hobbit, because that is another book I never got around to. I remember starting it when I was younger but I just couldn’t get into it, but now that I have seen 2/3 of the movies and know what to expect a bit, I want to give it another shot. It makes me sad that I wasn’t really into the Lord of the Rings books before and that I only read them for the first time a few summers ago. Who knows, maybe if I started with the actual story as opposed to the prologue while I was on that plane however many years ago I would have been hooked, but I’m glad to be reading them now.

I haven’t been able to post as much these past few weeks but I hope everyone has a good holiday season and that they have the chance to curl up with a good book, preferably by a roaring fire in the fireplace.

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