Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Month of Faves 2016, Day 13: Winter Reading List

Estella's Revenge is hosting A Month of Faves in December!  Today's question:

Tue. | Dec. 13 – 5 Books on Our Winter Reading List  #AMonthofFaves2016 – which books are your must read this winter?

Oh, I have so many hopes and dreams and plans for my winter reading!  Perhaps one third of it will actually happen.  Here are some of them:

I like to re-read two favorite children's books around Christmas time: The Dark is Rising and The Children of Green Knowe.  I don't do it every year or anything, but I do it pretty often.  I'm particularly excited about the Green Knowe book this year, for reasons obvious to regular readers -- I actually got to visit the real Green Knowe about six months ago, and now I get to imagine the whole thing in greater detail!   So I'm saving it for last; right now I'm reading Over Sea, Under Stone before I start The Dark is Rising.  Who knows, maybe I'll decide to read them all?

The coolest thing that I'm doing right now is re-reading the Roman d'Eneas, a 12th- century French romance based on the Aeneid.  It's kind of the very first chivalric romance, as opposed to the older chansons de geste -- a tale not just of great deeds, but of love as well.  It is pretty great stuff.

Coolest cover ever
Deathless by Catherynne Valente is a modern novel about Marya and Koschei the Deathless, one of my all-time favorite figures.   For one thing, Koschei the Deathless is about the best name ever invented in the history of mankind.  Marya is a fairy-tale girl caught up in the Revolution until she becomes Koschei's bride...

Getting to Green: Saving Nature: A Bipartisan Solution, by Frederic C. Rich  is about the environmental movement and the need to depoliticize it in the US.  Real progress has only come when both parties have worked together, and when environmentalists and Republicans treat each other like enemies, nobody wins.  I'm interested to see what Rich has to say.

The Loom of Time by Kalidasa is one of the great works of Sanskrit literature and one of the remaining titles on my Classics Club list.  It's a play I'm looking forward to!










5 comments:

Lory said...

Oh my goodness, YES to depoliticizing environmentalism. That's a book i would be interested in.

Elizabeth said...

Nice blog.

I don't know any of your anticipated reads, but ENJOY!!

Elizabeth
Silver’s Reviews
My A Month of Faves

Tamara Welch said...

I hope these books are super-wonderful for you!

Kailana said...

One day I really need to read Deathless.

Tanya Patrice said...

I hope to get some of Valente's books. I've always heard good things but haven't read anything by her yet. I'm excited to see what you think of Deathless.

Tanya Patrice
Girlxoxo.com