Happy holidays, everyone! I love this time of year, because it means one very important thing to me: spending time with my family. We're all together for a couple of weeks, and it's hard for me to overstate how important that is to me. As Applejack so succinctly put it over the weekend, family, "if you think about it, is really the first group of friends you ever make." I know I'm grateful to have my parents, and my little sister, in my life.
If you're willing to take a little bit of advice from a stranger on the internet, I have one suggestion to share: this holiday season, remember to tell your loved ones that, well, that you love them. Even if it seems silly or corny, take the time to let them know. Blame it on the eggnog later, if you must. But say the words "I love you," out loud, to the people for whom you care the most.
They're words I don't say often enough; most people don't, I suspect. And the funny thing is, I've never once regretted saying them. Not once.
Anyway, there's one more thing I wanted to share! Over the weekend, I started reading Catherynne M. Valente's The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Own Making. If you haven't heard of it before, it was published a bit over a year and a half ago, and I picked it up after my mom recommended it to me. I'm a bit over a quarter of the way through, but I feel like I've made it far enough to say this: Fairyland is the best new-to-me book that I've read in years. It's a delightful mix of parody and deconstruction, all mixed with the occasional dollop of eye-opening sincerity, and has some of the most whimsically engaging narration I've ever come across. It's clever and delightful, and often thought provoking, and basically I can't toss enough superlatives at it. I thought about throwing up a few choice quotes, but after going back over the first couple of chapters I realized I really could quote almost any paragraph, and it would showcase at least one thing I'm loving about this story.
If that sounds like your kind of book, I highly, highly recommend it. And if you aren't sure if it's for you or not, you can read the first eight chapters on the author's site--they're definitely worth checking out if you're on the fence.
Well, that's it for now. Reviews return Friday!