Thursday, February 12, 2015
Read This: My True Love Gave to Me
edited by Stephanie Perkins
The Goodreads Summary Says:
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.
Winter-themed love stories are good until at least Valentine's Day, right?
This is the first short story anthology I've read and it was really cute. It might seem like reading a dozen holiday-themed love stories would get repetitive but there was a nice mix of holidays, characters, and situations in My True Love Gave to Me. I was familiar with all of the book's authors except for Kelly Link and Myra McEntire so I had high expectations. And really, nearly every story is strong. The only one that was a bit of a miss for me was Jenny Han's Polaris Is Where You'll Find Me (not much of a romance). I also skipped David Levithan's story because he's just not a favorite of mine. But that's the beauty of an anthology - read what you want, skip what you don't. I also really liked reading the stories and then guessing which of the couples on the cover went with that story. The illustrations are all great.
Best overall: Laini Taylor's The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer (although it was the least holiday-themed) The writing is beautiful and I was so invested in things working out for the characters.
Cutest Romance: Rainbow Rowell's Midnights and Stephanie Perkins' It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown (and really, no surprise that these two were best in romance) Both have fun, quirky characters.
Most "Hallmark holiday special" like: Kiersten White's Welcome to Christmas, CA (which was just right in it's holiday cheesiness) and Ally Carter's Star of Bethlehem (which was a little over the top for me)
Totally different but still cool: Holly Black's Krampuslauf
If you're a fan of any of these writers the short stories in here won't let you down.