Saturday, December 31, 2016

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins (audiobook)

genre: young adult short stories

When it was getting to be December and I needed a new audiobook, my sister recommended this collection and I'm glad I gave it a try. I'm not super a short story person but I like several of the authors already and I DO like romantic holiday stuff and so yes.  I tried.

And I liked!  They are all SO different - and there really isn't hardly a thread between them except the holiday season and a romantic element.  I liked having all the different narrators and none of them drove me crazy.  I liked that some of them are crazy out-there-magic-and-fantasy and others were contemporary and more poignant, a couple even had really tender moments that touched me. I liked that there were male and female protagonists and that they didn't shy away from the hard that can make the holiday season even more painful.

My favorites: Midnight by Rainbow Rowell, Angels in the Snow (strong language), It's a Yuletide Miracle Charlie Brown, Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus, Welcome to Christmas, CA and The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer.  I didn't hate the others, they were just more meh or didn't flesh out as much. I didn't super DISLIKE any of them and I'm glad I had this on to listen to during the Christmas season.

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