Thoughts on 3 Books #5

Hello fellow Bloggers and beautiful readers everywhere, a happy Thursday to you all!  I hope y’all are doing well and that January has treated you well.  I can’t believe we’re already at February eve.  Where does it go?

I already posted these reviews on Goodreads.  If y’all’re interested in reading any of the synopses, just click the linked titles below.  And if you’ve already read any of these books, I’d love to hear what you think in my Comments section.  You know, way down yonder at the bottom.


Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson.  I rated it 4 of 5 stars, ‘really liked it’, on Goodreads and shelved it there as anthology, Christmas, fiction, favorites, memoir, modern fantasy, recipes, short story collection, & supernatural.

Oh my goodness, Christmas Days delighted me.

This is a lovely collection of Christmas-themed ghost stories, haunted house tales, lonelyhearts tearjerkers, and modern-day fairytales interspersed with glimmering veins of memoir masquerading as recipes.

Winterson has a gift for creating heartbreakingly real, relatable characters who stumble through the world lost and alone but almost always end up blundering into their perfectly fitted counterparts. When my friend K.C. gave me this book, I was skeptical about the recipe chapters because food writing is one genre that I have no interest in, but I was pleasantly surprised because each recipe is really a tiny piece of the story of Winterson’s relationships with other people in her life. I love it when an author is generous enough to share those bits with me. I think Christmas Days will become a seasonal re-read.


The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right by Max Boot.  I rated it 3 of 5 stars, ‘liked it’, on Goodreads and shelved it there as American, autobiography, history, nonfiction, political issues, politics, & scholarly.

I never thought I’d be able to agree with anything arch-conservative thinker and pundit Max Boot published, but with The Corrosion of Conservatism, he’s proved me wrong.

This book is concrete proof that, contrary to my own skepticism born of proven experience, adults are, however rarely, capable of changing their hearts, minds, opinions, & beliefs. Even on long-held, heartfelt, political opinions, beliefs, and policy.

I wish Mr. Boot all the support he needs on his continuing journey to cooperation and recovery, just as I hope America receives all it needs as well to recover from our 30-plus year descent into ideological tribalism and mutually-assured political assassination. This book gives me hope that’s achievable.


Jagannath: Stories by Karin Tidbeck.  I rated it 3 of 5 stars, ‘liked it’, on Goodreads and shelved it there as fairytale/folklore,  fiction, macabre, modern fantasy, sci-fi, & short story collection.‘s blurb declares that Tidbeck is the “heir to Borges, LeGuin, and Lovecraft”, and if Jagannath is representative of her writing, that declaration rings true. LeGuin herself, one of my literary heroes, writes that the stories collected in Jagannath are “[q]uietly, intelligently, unutterably strange. . . And ominous. And funny. And mysteriously tender.” And that’s true as well.

The stories collected here are all that and dark, bleak, jarring, disconcerting, and disturbing too. Tidbeck includes stories from several different genres of speculative fiction, moving effortlessly between Steampunk, folklore/fairytale, horror, sci-fi, and modern fantasy. Every story deals in intersectionality and transgression of borders, be it between flesh & technology, the real world and the supernatural, or a blend of both.

If you like stories that are all sweetness and light, you may want to avoid this one. But if all the above is the kind of thing you love, you’ll enjoy Jagannath a great deal.

So talk to me.  Have you read Christmas Days, The Corrosion of Conservatism, or Jagannath?  What’d you think about them?  Are you a fan of Jeanette Winterson, Max Boot, or Karin Tidbeck?  If so, what’re your favorite books by those authors?

Take care, be well, and happy blogging, y’all!




6 thoughts on “Thoughts on 3 Books #5

  1. I haven’t read any of them. I love your encouraging words for the Christmas Days, I like having a book to re-read at that time of year too, I’ll have to check that one out. Happy Reading! Happy February, too!!

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  2. It seems like Max Boot is still a Republican, but he’s simply not the Republican that Trump is. I was shocked to learn that Roosevelt and Lincoln, particularly, Lincoln were Republicans, but it shows that the demonisation of the Republican Party will depend on who’s leading it. Lincoln is one of my favourite presidents. I’ve seen quite a few people, online, defect from the Republican Party because of Trump’s views.

    Jagganath and Christmas Stories sound really good, but I simply do not do ghost stories because I know the effect horror films have on me at night and I’d like to sleep peacefully. I’m going to be reading LeGuin this year, my friend gifted Wizard of the Earth Sea and I’m excited to read it because I’ve seen nothing but glowing reviews. I am looking forward to the darkness you speak of… so long as it isn’t ghosts. 🙂

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  3. Boot now considers himself to be a Classical Liberal, which is what many of the Never Trumpers seem to be rebranding themselves as. He certainly remains a Conservative but is no longer beholden to the Republican party.

    While Tidbeck’s ghost stories are darker and more haunting, Winterson’s are uplifting and inspirational. I know you don’t celebrate Christmas, but if you’re at all interested, as a writer and thinker, in seeing how a fellow Brit, herself a member of a marginalized minority, writes so luminously, compassionately, and honestly about her fellow humans, you really should read Winterson, and not just Christmas Days. For me, her Sexing the Cherry, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, and especially The Passion are must-reads.


    Denny (your gurrl)


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