57. John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle – Let It Snow

Hey guys! I hope everyone who celebrates had a great Christmas! I actually finished my last book on Christmas Eve but I’ve been too busy to post about it.

The book was Let It Snow, a collection of three short stories written by young adult authors Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle.

The three stories were all centered around Christmas, making it the perfect book to read on Christmas Eve. Since they are young adult stories, they were pretty easy to read through quickly.

What I really liked about this book was that all three stories were connected, instead of just being a bunch of random stories with the same theme.

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John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle – Let It Snow (photo taken by me)

The first story is about a teenage girl named Jubilee who ends up stuck on a train by herself on Christmas Eve in the middle of a huge snowstorm. Her train ends up derailed and she ventures off into the town she’s in and ends up in a Waffle House, where she meets a boy that she clicks with.

The next story is about three high school friends who are spending Christmas Eve watching a movie marathon during the snowstorm. But then, their friend who works at Waffle House calls them and says they have to get there right away. We follow them on their adventure through the snowstorm to get to the restaurant.

The final story is about another teenage girl who lives in the same town and recently ended her relationship although she wants to get back together. Her boyfriend was on the train that crashed in the first story, and his cell phone broke in the crash so he can’t contact her – although she doesn’t know that. We follow her as she deals with her relationship and friendships.

At the end of the third story, all three come together in a happy ending, which I thought was really nice. Last year I read a compilation of twelve Christmas-themed stories called My True Love Gave To Me. I liked that book, but none of the stories were related, and I liked Let It Snow better for this reason.

This book was cute and an easy read, and I’d definitely recommend it to read around the holidays.

47. David Sedaris – When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Ugh, with midterms I haven’t had much time for reading lately, and I really feel like I’ve been in a slump.

David Sedaris - When You Are Engulfed in Flames (photo taken by me)
David Sedaris – When You Are Engulfed in Flames (photo taken by me)

Today, I finished my most recent book, When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris. Last year, I read two of Sedaris’ books, so I was looking forward to this one.

However, I don’t know how pleased I was with it. I think my main problem with this book is how long it took me to finish it.

If you’ve read any of Sedaris’ books before, this is similar in style. He publishes collections of short stories based on his life. They’re all very entertaining, some of them just felt to go on too long for my liking.

This book has a lot of stories about Sedaris’ life as he lives in Paris and also describes an adventure in Japan. I find Sedaris very relatable, even though we are in fact very different. He has a way of writing that the reader can really connect to, which I like.

I am a fan of the style of writing, because collections of short stories make for easy on-the-go reading, but as I mentioned before, the book did seem to take a long time for me to read.

Anyway, if you’re into this style of writing, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book, and it has a lot of really funny parts to it. Overall, I enjoyed it, I just wish it had seemed a little lighter while I was reading it.

29. Junot Diaz – This is How You Lose Her

I’ve been busy with homework for my summer class lately but still managed to finish a book this week. I actually read it in just two days because it was a really easy read.

Junot Diaz - This is How You Lose Her (photo taken by me)
Junot Diaz – This is How You Lose Her (photo taken by me)

The book was This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, but (as usual) I don’t remember where I first heard about it. Anyway, it was a good book, although there’s no real story to it.

The book is a bunch of different stories, most of them involving a young man named Yunior, but they’re all stories about relationships. The only thing is that at the end of the book, I realized there was no real plot to this book. The stories were entertaining, but after I finished it I just felt like there was no real point to it.

I can see why this book is popular though. Diaz has a great writing voice and you just fly right through the book. It’s definitely a nice book for some light reading over the summer. Some of the stories are sad, but it’s still a good read.

1. (My first actual post!) David Sedaris – Holidays on Ice

First of all, Happy New Year to all reading this! I usually don’t really celebrate New Year’s Eve, and I couldn’t even if I wanted to last night because I’ve been super sick since Christmas. 😦 But I hope you all had a wonderful night and I wish you all a great year. I’ve decided to do the “Photo A Day” challenge, so if anyone is interested in checking that out, it’s on my tumblr (www.drvnkfvck.tumblr.com).

Anyway, since I stayed in last night, I took the opportunity to read a new book, Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris. I ordered this book on Amazon a few weeks before Christmas so I would have time to read it during the holiday season, but they sent me the wrong book! (Not Amazon themselves, it was one of the used books options.) So I had to contact them and they sent me the right book, which I just got the other day.

David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice (photo taken by me)
David Sedaris – Holidays on Ice
(photo taken by me)

The book is somewhere around 150 pages and is a collection of stories, which David Sedaris is known for. I’ve read one of his other books, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, this past summer. I really liked his style of short stories about his experiences that were presented in a comedic way, so I was expecting to love Holidays on Ice. It was a good read, but I didn’t necessarily love it, mainly because I was confused when stories would jump from his point of view to a fictional (I’m guessing) story. I just wish the fiction and nonfiction had been separated into two parts, maybe then I would have liked it more.

In terms of the stories themselves, I generally liked them. A few of the nonfiction stories were also in Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim so I skipped over those ones, but the new ones were funny, as per usual.

Overall, this book was an easy read that I enjoyed. It’s not your typical happy lovey Christmas book, and I think that makes it fun to read around the holidays, just because it’s something different.