On the 3rd day of BLOGMAS I give you some book ideas for your Christmas Reading List.
If you ever stumbled upon this blog, you might have noticed that I am an avid reader of all genres -except, maybe, one or two. My Christmas Reading List has politics, business, fiction, some classics, Young Adults and even Children’s Books.
Every December I start what I call my “Winter Readathon“: during which I read (or re-read) one of my favorite book series from start to finish without reading other books in between or taking long breaks. My “go to” series is, of course, Harry Potter!
If you’re not a Harry Potter fan, or not into re-reading books or series- I know what you’re thinking: doesn’t get boring? For a lot of people, it doesn’t. Re-reading is not for everyone, I get that, but the Harry Potter series is so well written and the story so engaging that is almost impossible to get bored.
Me? I have my own way to re-read any series. Over the year I found out a way to make my Winter Readathon a bit more interesting: reading in a foreign language! I’ve read the original English version and also the Italian translation of the entire series, and for this Readathon I’m ready for “La Colección Completa” de Harry Potter (in Spanish).
I call myself an “old style” reader and I really can’t stand the electronic copies, but I do realize you might love the convenience of it so, down below, you’ll find both…just in case you’d like to start your own Reading Readathon or simply try something different.
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Spanish Kindle Edition
Spanish Paperback Edition
Beside my Harry Potter “Winter Readathon” I have a bunch of other books I would love to read this month: Artemis by Andy Weir came out in November; The Whispering room, a Jane Hawk novel by Dean Koontz is already a bestseller ; Don Fulsom offers a unique account of Nixon’s extensive ties to the American Mafia in The Mafia’s President, and I’m looking forward to read the new version of Homer’s epic, The Odyssey translated into english for the first time by a woman (Emily Wilson).
Weir moves to Artemis, the first city on the moon. Population 2,000. Mostly tourists, and some criminals.
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband onto the moon. But it’s not enough. So when she’s offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it. But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it’s a lot more dangerous…
I loved The Martian and I hope Artemis will live up to my expectations!
“No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this.”
These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun—just before she takes her own life, and many others’, in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better. In the wake of her husband’s inexplicable suicide—and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals—Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But the ruthless people bent on hijacking America’s future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue—and become the nation’s most wanted fugitive—in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough.
New York Time Bestseller author of The Silent Corner, Dean Koontz is one of the most popular authors of the last 50 years.
Unbeknownst to most people even now, the election of 1968 placed the patron saint of the Mafia in the White House. In other words, Richard Nixon would go on to not only lead a criminal presidency; he would be totally indebted to our nation’s top mobsters. The Mafia’s President reveals a mind-blowing litany of favors Nixon exchanged with these sinister characters over decades, ranging from springing Jimmy Hoffa from prison to banning the federal government from using the terms “Mafia” and “La Cosa Nostra.”
Fulsom, a veteran White House reporter, offers a carefully reported, deeply researched account of Nixon’s extensive ties to the American Mafia. Based on newly released government tapes, documents, and other information!.
The classicist Emily Wilson has given Homer’s epic a radically contemporary voice. A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s “nimble gallop” and brings an ancient epic to new life.
The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.
In this fresh, authoritative version—the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman—this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace and singing with a voice that echoes Homer’s music.
Wilson’s Odyssey captures the beauty and enchantment of this ancient poem as well as the suspense and drama of its narrative. For me, it’s a must read!
What’s on your Christmas Reading List?
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