Brrrr! It's cold outside!
Jan. 12, 2015
by Jenni Sebora

When it is this cold, it is hard to engage in those fun activities that take us outside, like sledding and snow mobiling. Thus, getting engrossed in a good book with a cup of hot cocoa (in my new Keurig), clad in those cozy, fuzzy socks and a comforter is the perfect escape and/or adventure.

My ten-year old daughter began reading the Harry Potter series a few years ago, took a reprieve, and is currently reading the final book of the series. As a 10-year-old can do, she can read half of the book in one sitting (we adults are called away to dishes, laundry, etc.). She loves the creativity, settings, and characters that this series of books provides to its readers. Thus, she has acquired Harry Potter socks, tie, wand, book-mark, and calendar.

Over Christmas break, I was able to actually finish a couple of books, staying up late or getting up early while the rest of the family was sleeping. New York Times bestseller, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn was one of those books.

Sneaky, clever, rather dark, entertaining, and absorbing describe this piece of fictional literature. I often wonder how the author devises and creates all of the plot details that make up such a story and draw readers in so intensely.

I also saw the movie, which followed the book extremely accurately. Good movie. I never appreciate the vulgar language that is expelled by characters in many movies, but I did appreciate the talent of the author and thought the movie very menacing and entertaining. The characters are so unlikable, but the plot twists and turns and keeps you on your seat trying to anticipate the next plot twist.

I read “The Book Thief” a few months ago, and it has made my top-five favorite books list. I purchased the movie during our Black Friday shopping ordeal, so while wrapping presents one evening, I watched it. A few presents were laden with tears. It, too, has made my top five favorite movies list.

I am now entrenched in the book “Unbroken,” by Laura Hillenbrand. This, too, is New York Times Bestseller and currently also in theaters. I have heard that it is a good movie. The book is very moving and inspiring – a World War II story of survival.

Our 14-year-old daughter received the movie, “The Fault in Our Stars” as a Christmas gift. She read the book, as did many teens. John Green, the author, is one of her favorites. Actually, she has proclaimed that her favorite book is “Looking for Alaska,” also authored by John Green. In her personal library of Green’s books is New York Times Bestseller “Paper Towns” and “An Abundance of Katherines,” which has received the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

One of my son’s current favorite authors is Cassandra Clare. He received two of her books for Christmas, “Clockwork Prince” and “Clockwork Princess,” a New York Times Bestseller series. I believe he has read both already. His New Year’s resolution is to read 50 books this next year. He has begun this journey, as he knows that college in fall will require most of his reading attention. However, he always finds some time for a good book.

My husband received the Kindle Fire last year for Christmas and loves it. He reads the classics, which are free books on the Kindle, so this has been a great gift for him.

Over Christmas break, my children and I have made a couple treks to Barnes and Noble. They all received gift cards from this favorite store. I love being surrounded by all of the great literature and really enjoy discussing the books my children are excited to dive into.

I hope that in the new Yyear during these cold winter months, you, too, can enjoy a good book with a cup of cocoa, tea, or coffee. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it?

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