It’s holiday season! Get into the spirit by reading this book of 12 short holiday stories! 🙂
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
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I’ll talk a bit about all 12 stories. But I won’t spoil anything. You really do have to read them all to understand why this book was so special. I’ll tell you the main points, and if I liked the stories or not, but please go out and read them for yourself! PS, this would make an awesome holiday gift for someone who likes reading! 🙂
1. Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
I absolutely loved this story. It was my favorite one by far out of all 12. Not even joking. ❤ This story made me laugh, smile, and cry. It reminded me of my best friend and I. I could read this story over and over again and not get tired of it. Can I just read more things by Rainbow Rowell? I think I will. 🙂
A couple of my favorite quotes from this story:
-“If there were something out there that could ill you, wouldn’t you try to be an expert on it?”
-“Noel was her very best friend-even if she wasn’t his. Noel was her person. He was the first person she talked to in the morning, and the last person she texted at night. Not intentionally or methodically. That’s just the way it was between them. If she didn’t tell Noel about something, it was almost like it didn’t happen.”
2. The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link
I found this story to be a very interesting one. It made me smile and giggle and feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It also really made me wonder about what’s real and what’s not.
3. Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Peña
Omg I wanna cat sit for someone! Haha I thought the main character was so real it was insane. I admired his pride and character. The main supporting character was interesting. If I was in this situation, I have no idea what I’d do. But this story was a touching one. Made me smile.
4. Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han
I’ve read a book by Jenny Han before, so I was excited to read this short story. I thought it was adorable. It reminded me of the movie Elf! Lol but it was so sweet and modern. I think pre-teens would enjoy the story.
5. It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins
OK, sign me up to read all of Stephanie Perkins’ other books! Lol I loved this story. Too cute! Like, can what happen to Marigold happen to me? Haha she’s so brave and I love her personality so much! She’s got great character.
My favorite quote from this story:
-“She felt happy-the kind of happy that reached every part of her body…”
6. Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan
I thought this story was interesting. I thought it’d be a typical story with a predicted ending, but I do like the small twists and turns.
7. Krampuslauf by Holly Black
I felt like this one could’ve been an eighties movie hehe I felt like I was transported to some European country and like I was in high school again. Interesting turn of events for sure.
8. What the Hell Have you Done with Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman
I read a Gayle Forman book before and I really liked it, so I had high hopes for this story. I wasn’t disappointed. 🙂 I loved this story! The characters crack me up and make me smile so much. It really makes you think. I want a friendship like the two main characters in this story. Too adorable.
9. Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire
This story caught my eye from the very first sentence, so that was definitely a good thing. It was cute. It could be one of those Hallmark holiday TV movies, you know?
My favorite quote from the story:
-“Condemnation is easy, Vaughn. The harder choice is love…”
10. Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
This was a SUPER cute story! I can also see this as a holiday movie shown on TV. Just not as corny as most of them are 😛 This story makes me want to learn how to cook! It also shows me how important people are and how some decisions are better than others.
My favorite quotes from the story:
-“…people don’t need to remember how it felt to be happy and safe in the past. They need to have hope that they can get there again in the future.”
-“…we keep sharing smiles that feel like secrets.”
-“And I wasn’t running away anymore. I was running toward.”
11. Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter
This was definitely an interesting story. I feel like most of what happened in this story could definitely happen in real life, which is kind of scary to think about, really. I was definitely entertained throughout the whole story!
12. The Girl who ole the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
OK, so honestly I haven’t read this story yet. I just couldn’t grasp it as well as the others. It starts out so different. I know that doesn’t mean I should let it go. It just means I have to go back to it when I’m in the right state of mind. You know those books that start off slow for a while and then picks up the pace after a bit? I think this story is just like that. So I haven’t given up on it fully, I just need to read it when I’m in the right mood, you know?
Anyways, I definitely recommend this book, especially during this holiday season! 🙂