Christmas (Reading) Time Is Here!



Hey fellow book lovers! I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday cheer – I LOVE Christmas! Every morning, I have my coffee by the lit tree and start my day with reading. Winter break is an excellent time to get some extra pages in…so what’s on your reading list?

I seem to always be in multiple books at once. So here’s what I’m enjoying right now/have read recently.


So, I loved Helen Oyeyemi’s debut novel, Icarus Girl. It’s a delightful magical realism text that deals with African religious traditions. Beautifully done. I’ve just started this book, but I appreciate the blend of experimental style & traditional storytelling methods in what I’ve read so far.

A shortened version of the opening story “Books and Roses” can be found in Granta Magazine.






I’ve heard so much about Lauren Groff recently. And I have loved her recent stories in The New Yorker. Be sure to check out “The Midnight Zone,” “Flower Hunters,” and “Dogs Go Wolf” available online.

But I have thoroughly enjoyed this short story collection. (And she’s going to be at this year’s AWP!!) One of my favorite stories in Delicate Edible Birds was “L. Debard and Aliette,” which first appeared in the Atlantic and is also available online. It retells the Medieval love story of Abelard and Héloïse in New York during the 1918 flu pandemic.




I’ve heard a lot about Ann Beattie, but I’ve never read any of her stories—until I picked up this little beauty at a boutique bookshop during the Sanibel Writers Conference. My favorite story so far is “The Burning House.” Ann Beattie has a knack for realistic dialogue and placing a believable cast of characters in vivid physical settings. And like Lorrie Moore, she’s excellent at juxtaposing humor and wit with serious thematic content. I highly recommend checking this out.





The Handmaid’s Tale has been on my reading list for a long time. When the Hulu series came out (which is incredible) I decided to finally buy this book and let me tell you. It was worth it. This novel seems to always be timely–it speaks to age-old and very contemporary concerns about human rights and dignity and equality. Especially in a post-Weinstein world, this novel rings with poignancy and truth. Do yourself a favor, and buy a copy.







I just bought this (and just started), but I’m very excited about this family drama. Celeste Ng is also the author of Everything I Never Told You.








As for what’s next on my list, I’m looking to read:

Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Godforsaken Idaho by Shawn Vestal

So — what’s on your #ChristmasReadingList? Comment below or find me on Instagram @cieramist95 to let me know! I’m always looking for new ideas.



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