Christmasy Readings

We’re entering December’s second week and it’s time for some Christmasy readings! I must admit I never did any themed reading in previous years, mainly because it never occurred to me. But, this year I discovered lots of blogs, challenges and more importantly, themed reading.

I asked you on Twitter for a cozy reading and Darby Dashwood suggested Little Women and it felt perfect. I’ll share my personal story with Little Women when I review it. Meanwhile, know that I’m really enjoying it and I find it inspiring: it makes me want to work even harder and enjoy my family. I feel identified with Jo and Meg and I can’t wait to share my favourite quotes with you.

Talking about Louisa May Alcott, Amanda from Simpler Pastimes suggested Alcott’s short stories. She told me her mother used to read them from a Christmas collection, so I did some research and found this beautiful edition: Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas Treasury. It really looks like one of the books the characters from Little Women got at Christmas from Marmee. It includes commentaries on every short story about Alcott and how the story is a reflection of her life, struggles and passions.

All this Louisa May Alcott interest has caught me off guard. I didn’t realise how much I miss 19th century and American fiction. I also miss the professors helping us do a deeper reading, stimulating us to some critical thinking, highlight the most memorable quotes etc. Having said that, I wouldn’t mind helping other people do the same which clearly confirms the professional path I’ve chosen is what I really want to do, what makes me happy.

I attend my last lesson on Wednesday, so I will have lots of free time. I’ve already decorated the house, bought presents for everyone and, more importantly, decorated the blog! I told you the Christmas madness would come. I hope you like it too. But, with my free time I plan to watch some themed films: The Princess Bride which I have never ever seen and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Finally, I would like to take some time to thank both bloggers and readers for suggesting theese books. I was a little bit lost about what to read next. It is for reasons like these that I joined and have remained in the blogging community. Thank you 🙂

Have you any themed plans for the holidays? How and what do you celebrate?



  • Leah

    I love the new Christmas theme for your blog! It looks lovely with WordPress’ falling snow.

    I’m craving Little Women now. I don’t have the book yet, but I may re-watch the movie soon. It is such a warm cozy film, and it would be perfect for December!

    Congrats on reaching your last lesson! I can’t remember, is this your last semester, or do you have more left?

    • Elena

      Last semester, last everything! I don’t know if I’m happy or sad though, I really love college.

      Let me know if you read Little Women so we can comment it, it is inspiring me to work even harder (and give up TV for reading more often!).

  • amanda

    I love the Christmas theme you have up! Cheerful! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the Alcott. I think I’m going to pick up Little Women as soon as I finish my current reads. I’ve been meaning to return to it for ages, and it does seem like the perfect time of year to read it.

    • Elena

      Thanks! I tried more, but this one was elegant and not too bright.

      I can’t wait to read your Little Women review, I am not about to start Part II, but it was Part I what I expected the whole book to be about! Not sure whether I’l like it, I hope so.

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