Today's blog post is a light-hearted A to Z for the holiday season with a reading and writing theme and lots
of reading recommendations!
you think people don’t already know that more books, or the means to buy more
books, is all you want for Christmas—make sure you drop plenty of hints.
Otherwise, if you unwrap a scarf on Christmas morning, you’ve only got yourself
B is for Books 📚
there a better word in the alphabet that begins with B?
C is for Chocolate 🍫
cake, or candy, or chips! Make sure you start the holidays with a plentiful
supply of your fuel of choice. I rely on eating dark chocolate at regular intervals when
I’m writing or reading (my justification is that I use up a lot of mental energy).
D is for Dragons 🐲
because every A to Z should include a dragon somewhere, especially if it’s an A
to Z about books and writing. Also, I would love to see Santa’s sleigh being
pulled by dragons instead of reindeer one year.
E is for Elf 🎅 (not just for
There are a lot of elves at this time of year, particularly Santa Claus himself, who
is often described as the Head Elf. However, if you like the fantasy genre, there
are amazing elves (good and bad) waiting to be discovered all year round. It’s
difficult to pick just one example, but I do love the character of Natalie, the
half-elf in the Royal Institute of Magic, by Victor Kloss. Royal Institute of Magic (Amazon US)
F is for Fairy tales 👸
of my favourite reimagined/retold fairy tale series completed this year. The
Land of Stories, by Chris Colfer was brilliant. Land of Stories book 6 (Amazon US)
G is for Gifts 🎁
I buy a gift for usually ends up with a book. I love having a legitimate excuse
to go to a bookshop and spend ages browsing the shelves. OK, I often
end up with an additional book for me, but surely that’s just a perfect example
H is for Haven 🏖
this time of year, it’s even more important to have somewhere to write that’s
not part of the craziness of everyday life. I struggle to keep my desk free
from clutter at the best of times and I’m trying not to let
cards/wrapping/decorations take up residence next to my laptop.
I is for Illustrations ✍
have been some amazing book covers this year. I am definitely the kind of
reader who is more likely to try a new book if I like the cover. For example, Emily
R. King’s The Hundredth Queen series has incredible covers, don’t you think? Hundredth Queen Series (Amazon US)
J is for Joy 😍
holiday season is nearly here. Do something that makes you happy, just for the sake
of it. Today some of my family and I went to see Thor Ragnarok ⚔. It was brilliant!
K is for Kindle 📖
forget to check out the top 100 free Kindle books in your favourite genre over
the holidays. You can read for free on the Kindle App, and there are often some
great choices available. Here are three free books I really enjoyed:
Game, by Terry Schott The Game (Amazon US)
Minds, by Susan Kaye Quinn Open Minds (Amazon US)
by Christine Kersey Gone (Amazon US)
L is for Library 🏫
you haven’t visited your local library recently, maybe you can find time before
it closes for the holiday season. Libraries lend you books to read for free… need I say more?
M is for Music 🎶
and writing, and music are so closely linked for me. I love making different playlists
to write and read to, and I love coming across lyrics that describe what my
characters are going through. End of year awards and top ten lists can be a
great way to discover new music.
N is for New Year 🎉
New Year’s resolutions! I try not to make too big a deal out of setting myself
targets because I think it’s important to allow things to happen naturally rather
than to feel down about something you didn’t achieve. However, that said, my two
resolutions are to finish the final book in the Legacy of Androva series and to
launch a new series as well.
O is for Older (and Wiser) 🦉
isn’t just for entertainment. Whatever you read in 2017, you’re bound to have
learned something new.
P is for Perseverance 🙂
you’re a writer, the most important thing is to keep writing, year after year.
Don’t worry about how much or how often, just don’t give up!
R is for Recommendations 👍
other bookworms by letting them know about any great books you’ve read this
year. Recommendations are never more helpful than when you have some Christmas
cash in your pocket. Here are some 2017 favourites of mine:
Summoner Series, by Taran Matharu Summoner Series (Amazon US)
Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas The Hate U Give (Amazon US)
Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera They Both Die at the End (Amazon US)
Chase, by Rick Riordan (I read book three this year, but the whole series is
great) Magnus Chase book 3 (Amazon US)
S is for Snow ☃
hoping… Although it’s unlikely where I live, I’d love to be able to curl up and read
a book, by the window, with the Christmas tree on one side and a snowy landscape
on the other.
T is for Tradition 📕
to all the new authors whose dreams of being traditionally published have come
true in 2017, and good luck to anyone wishing to pursue that route in 2018 😊. There
is so much amazing writing talent around these days that us readers are spoilt
U is for Unique 😝
all are. And that’s a good thing, which should be celebrated. Hopefully, old-fashioned
stereotypes will continue to be challenged in 2018 and diversity in fiction will
V is for VIP 👭
a moment to tell the person or people in your life how much you appreciate them.
Don’t assume they know already. There are very few people in my life who know
that I write, but I definitely couldn’t do it without their support.
W is for Wish 🤞
you can’t make a wish at Christmas, when can you? If I were to make a wish
related to reading and writing, it would be to have time to do more of both.
X is for eXperiment 🔬
new year can be a good time to try something new, like reading or writing in a
new genre, or perhaps trying poetry, or short stories. There are no rules, after
Y is for Young Adult Books Becoming Movies 📽
so that’s a bit of a fudge for the letter Y!). I am looking forward to: Ready Player
One, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, and Love, Simon.
Z is for 💤
have a tendency to get so excited by the fact I don’t have to go to work
over Christmas that I stay up really
late reading and writing, and end up exhausted by the time work starts again.
This year, I’m going to strike more of a balance. At least, I’m going to try…
I hope you enjoyed my A to Z, and if you have any recommendations for books I could read over the holidays, please let me know! And, as always, thank you for reading 😊
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