Are you finding this month too busy to find much time to read? Don't let your reading life suffer, consider trading in those novels for short stories!Short stories are a great solution when your time is limited: what a breath of fresh air to be able to finish a story in one sitting. Of course there are so many options, but I'm highlighting these three that are perfect December reads (or presents).
1. A Very Russian Christmas: I bought this for myself after going way down a Russian literature rabbit hole. I believe it started with A Gentleman in Moscow, but Anna Karenina or Pnin may have come first. In any case, this is a delightful way to acquaint (or reacquaint) yourself with literary giants like Tolstoy, Chekhov and Dostoevsky in less intimidating, bite-sized chunks. Pour a glass of vodka and settle in by the fire with this for a pleasurable evening.
2. The Gift of the Magi: Speaking of literary giants. This is considered by many to be short story perfection and it certainly is a sentimental favorite worthy of sharing with your whole family. If you haven't read this since your childhood I highly recommend picking it up again.
3. Ghosts of Christmas Past: For those that enjoy a different kind of Christmas spirit(s)! I stumbled upon this volume on a staff picks display at the library last week. The stories aren't horror, just atmospheric and spooky. Great to cuddle up with under a warm blanket when you've had enough of the sappy Hallmark movies. Most of the low reviews on this are due to the fact Neil Gaiman's contribution is barely a full page of text, and rather odd at that. In my opinion, the other stories more than make up for it.
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