Is it too early?
No, it’s never too early. Or can it be? It’s already November, some people start even before. What what what?? Christmas of course! When do you start preparing for Christmas? This month I’m already getting in the mood. Slowly the beautiful Christmas markets start to appear in the city of Berlin. The official opening is around the 25th of November. It’s time for love, happiness & coziness: sitting with a hot chocolate in front of the fireplace with (of course) an incredible book. That’s what Christmas is about (and being together with your beloved ones, thinking about all the good things you can do in the world, there’s a lot more to Christmas… I admit!). I’m already thinking of all the books I can read. I really should make a list. Maybe I’ll do it right now.
- It’s interesting how I choose books sometimes. It can be random because I liked the title. It can be a thorough research about a specific theme. Or I read an article and there they mention a book obsessed about ancient Greek. Oh but there’s more than that. There’s murder, there’s alcoholism, there’s too much to mention. Donna Tartt’s first novel The Secret History is definitely on my list.
- When I’m back in the Netherlands I have to buy ‘Persona’. This crime/thriller book is written by an old friend of mine (Soraya Vink). I’m so happy she was able to make her dream come true! It’s about a woman called Elvira Selas who had to end her career as an undercover agent. After one year of living in Spain she returns to the police force to work on a possible serial killer case. At the same time she’s not done with her undercover job just yet: she thinks her brother has still contact with the drug cartel. Will she be loyal to the police or to her brother? Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? For all the Dutch readers out there: check your local bookstore if they have Persona as well!
- This one is on the list of best books of 2018. It’s called If you leave me and is written by Crystal Hana Kim. The story takes place in a refugee camp in South-Korea. Haemi has to decide whether she marries for love or for her family. In such horrendous times there’s only one answer: for her family. But is this the right choice after all?
- Number four is a classic one that doesn’t need an introduction. And I have to admit something… I saw the movie before I read the book. I do have The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald at home in the Netherlands but I never read it.Good thing we’ll be back just after Christmas.
- As I said in the beginning: it’s almost Christmas. Shouldn’t there be a classic Christmas story on the list? I thought about it and realized I never really read a Christmas story. This year I need to change. Shame on me! So what’s on the list? It’s a book everyone knows (for sure) by Dr. Seuss. Yes! That’s right. It’s How the Grinch stole Christmas. Need I say more?
Anyway I guess you get the point: All I want for Christmas is… a book. Or two or maybe three! You can’t have too many books and if people say you can, then those are not your people.