viernes, 9 de diciembre de 2016


"One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books." 

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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I don't read wintery or christmassy books just because of the time of the year, so I didn't know which ones to choose from my shelves.

Then I remembered that I'm a "to read" book hoarder and that I probably had some in my list, and lo and behold, there were a bunch of them!

So there you go, here are my Christmas and winter books, sprinkled with some classic fairy tale stories, 'cause why the hell not? This is the perfect time for them, right?

Do you read seasonal themed books? If you do, which are your favorite ones for this time of the year?

1. Happy f*cking Holidays: An Irreverent Christmas Adult Coloring Book by Sasha O'Hara

"I peed in your eggnog."

'Tis the season to get snarky!

It's that time again. Time to put on your elastic waistband pants, spike your eggnog, and brace yourself for the crazy "Holidaze." 

Why let the dark days of winter get you down when you can enjoy your own cynical and sassy Christmas coloring adventure?

This holiday season, color the things you can't say and still keep Peace on Earth.

Happy fucking Holidays is an irreverent and subversive take on Christmas and is the perfect way to unwind and relax for Christmas. It's an ideal gift, for anyone who is stressed, and for those with a subversive and irreverent sense of humor.

Enjoy these humorous illustrations that let you fill your holiday season with inappropriate and unapologetic joy.

2. The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, ...

"One feather is of no use to me, I must have the whole bird."

For almost two centuries, the stories of magic and myth gathered by the Brothers Grimm have been part of the way children — and adults — learn about the vagaries of the real world.

Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow-White, Hänsel and Gretel, Little Red-Cap (a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood), and Briar-Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) are only a few of more than 200 enchanting characters included here.

Lyrically translated and beautifully illustrated, the tales are presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging.

3. Perrault's Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault & Gustave Doré

"The less there is of eloquence, the more there is of love."

Here are the original eight stories from the 1697 volume Contes de temps passé by the great Charles Perrault (1628–1703) in a translation that retains the charming and unsentimental simplicity that has won Perrault a permanent position in French literature. These were among the earliest versions of some of our most familiar fairy tales ("Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Puss in Boots," and "Tom Thumb") and are still among the few classic re-tellings of these perennial stories.

In addition to the five well-known tales listed above, Perrault tells three others that are sure to delight any child or adult: "The Fairies," a short and very simple tale of two sisters, one sweet and one spiteful; "Ricky of the Tuft," a very unusual story of a brilliant but ugly prince and a beautiful but stupid princess; and "Blue Beard," a suspense story perhaps more famous as a classic thriller than as a fairy tale. 

This edition also includes 34 extraordinary full-page engravings by Gustave Doré that show clearly why this artist became the foremost illustrator of his time. These illustrations have long been considered the ideal accompaniment to Perrault's fairy tales. In many cases they created the pictorial image that we associate with the stories.

4. The Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, ...

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."

Lily Owens, ed. Illustrated edition of 159 cherished tales that have enchanted readers for generations. Includes "The Ugly Duckling", "The Emperor's New Clothes", "Snow Queen", all uncut with beautiful illustrations.

5. Round the Christmas Fire: Festive Stories by John Cheever, Charles Dickens, E. Nesbit, ...

"There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor."

Oh the weather outside is frightful, so draw up a chair to the fire (an electric heater will do), get the chestnuts roasting, and conjure some festive feeling with the help of this seasonal selection.

On Christmas Eve it is traditional to scare yourself witless with ghost stories - classics from Edith Wharton and M.R. James should get you started.

Diary entries both real and imagined reveal innocent Christmases past, while tales from P.G. Wodehouse and Damon Runyon show the singular workings of the yuletide spirit.

Go carolling with Laurie Lee and the animals of The Wind in the Willows, meet some unruly relations courtesy of Stella Gibbons and Nancy Mitford, feast on Christmas geese and puddings zestfully imagined by Dickens and Edith Nesbit, while O. Henry and John Cheever ruminate on the nature of gift-giving.

As the fire is slowly dying, bittersweet and comical Christmas memories from Truman Capote and Dylan Thomas draw your seasonal reading to a close.

6. Then Comes Winter by Christina Boyd, Lory Lilian, ...

"I was trying to be Elizabeth, not Fanny, after all. Fanny would stay at home and pine after her cousin (gross). Elizabeth would go and have fun, be witty, and impress men with her “fine eyes”"

If you long for a toasty snuggle on a cold winter's night, this compilation of original short stories inspired by the magic of the season-and more than a nod to Jane Austen-is fancied as a sublime wintertime treat. 

On the heels of the summer anthology, Sun-kissed: Effusions of Summer, and in concert with some of Meryton Press's most popular authors, this romantic anthology introduces several promising writers. With a robust mix of contemporary and Regency musings, 

Then Comes Winter rekindles passionate fires with equal wonder, wit, and admiration.

7. Winter Tales by Margrét Helgadóttir, Adrian Tchaikovsky, ...

"Once there was a little old lady who lived next-door. I was eleven when I decided to kill her."

The cold is bone deep as the winter storms rage. A wolf's howl pierces the forest at night. Stay close to the fire and each other for Winter Tales! Dark, grim, beautiful and grotesque. We are delighted to bring you a collection of speculative winter stories and poems from new and established writers.

8. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, ...

"The door opens with a rusted jingle, and an animatronic Santa insults my moral virtue three times. Ho, ho, ho."

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. 

Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year's there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

9. Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle

"Christmas is never over,unless you want it to be... Christmas is a state of mind."

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. 

A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. 

Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

10. Fright Before Christmas: 13 Tales of Holiday Horrors by Shannon Delany, Kelly Hashway, ...

"Somewhere in a distant past of copper and brass, a small girl witnessed a miracle. This is her tale of a most unusual Christmas Eve."

It's the most wonderful time of year...or is it?

Christmas Eve is a night of mystery and magic, but not always in ways we expect. Things lurk in the shadows and they're not the least bit jolly or merry. Let's just say some presents are better left unopened.

‘Tis the season to be screaming along with our thirteen tales of holiday horrors. Ghosts. Monsters. Demons. And more!

This Christmas, be careful what you wish for...

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