Focusing on finishing my reading year is incredibly hard now that next year’s lists are out and this year’s Best of lists are everywhere, especially since I don’t think I read any new releases this year. Or very few.
I am justifying the fact I have already picked the books out that I will likely be reading in 2019 with my expectation of AMAZING kindle sales on Christmas week and I have to be ready. I can’t let the sweet price go by and not be aware that I will NEED that book for my 2019 goals. I don’t know if Santa is bringing me any Amazon cards, but I should be at the ready.
Another end of year challenge being faced in my house right now is my husband’s not getting into his Christmas socks early because he has blown through all the ones he has right now. Possibly the elf can bring a few spares to tide him over.
Also a brief shout out to the Audible gift this year, The Christmas Hirelings, an ME Braddon Victorian Christmas item of goodness. I have not been as into their originals that they have been offering monthly yet, which either means I am a picky snob or I don’t tend to read what other people read. I don’t know what other people read. Maybe more nonfiction than I do. But I’m excited about it as I am scrambling to make it to 60 books this year.
Speaking of what other people read, this post is dedicated to two Nora Roberts Christmas short stories as my foray into more popular authors via their Christmas books.
I’m not sure at this point if I regret that decision. I will summarize them and then discuss my feelings for both of them in one part because I felt the same about both of these.
All I Want for Christmas, Nora Roberts
Two motherless little boys ask Santa to bring them a Mom for Christmas the same fall where a beautiful young new music teacher assumes the open position in the local school. She was a cosmopolitan girl but she is settling into small town life for the first time and he is the stoic handsome contractor that is raising his boys on his own, thank you very much, after the boys mother just wasn’t ready to be a mom. He doesn’t need to let anyone into his life and lets her know it, but they can’t resist their overwhelming attraction to one another.
Home for Christmas, Nora Roberts
A man comes back to his old home town for Christmas after traveling the globe to reconnect with his high school sweetheart, whom he pretty much abandoned, and unexpectedly reconnects with her for the holiday season. A second chance at love and family on Christmas.
So, I get it. She wouldn’t be the queen of romance if she didn’t know how to follow the formula that readers want and expect. She didn’t have a lot of room with the word count to pursue too much extra or drama and get the couples united in a believably way. But I felt these were just, blah. I felt less like a jerk when I saw that Goodreads reviews were okay, but not stellar. She usually clears a four star rating on her novels but these stories didn’t make it to four. She’s a prolific world renowned writer and I read two of her shorts and I am not impressed. I like the cozy Christmas books I have read more, even if they weren’t high on tension and conflict either. But as I said, limited word count strips it to the bare romance plot line that is what readers love under all of it. But they were not my favorite of the bunch this season.
With all of that said, I still intend on reading more Nora before I make a decision on her as a writer and if I want to keep reading her things. I have Year One and she has some witch novels that deserve a visit. Maybe I am just not a consumer of straight up romance. Maybe it isn’t about her. But I liked other things I read this season better.
Next week is the reading year in review!