A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas, A Brief Review

First I would like to say how much I love this title, of Frost and Starlight. This is a sincerely sweet Maas book, an addition to The Court of Thorns and Roses series, that really acts to give us, the avid reader, a chance to relax and simply enjoy the Winter Solstice with the gang in Velaris.

Like I said, this book does give the reader pure enjoyment in this peace time, but, of course, there is foreshadowing of what may be coming. Not only the animosity still held in certain parts of the Fae Realms, particularly the Illyrians and of course Tamlin, but what is left in the human realms. Even a hint at a new darkness that may come, but I won’t say anymore about that.

If you read and loved ACOTAR series, please read this and enjoy… I personally had some peppermint tea with a snuggly and chubby kitty on my lap, but to each their own.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Depression on sunny days

It seems that everyone thinks that the cold winter months and lack of sunshine have a negative effect on emotions… That the season can cause a depression. I know this is true for many people, however, for me, winter is my favorite time of year (by the way, I live in the SE of the United States so it never gets too wintery here).

For me, I don’t like the constant sun. I especially don’t like the heat. Where I live, the heat is heavy and damp with moisture. One step outside and I feel like I’m already bathed in sweat. Its incredibly uncomfortable for me. I also like covering myself up. I do not like wearing shorts and t-shirts. I’m definitely a hoodie and jeans kinda girl. And yet, the very atmosphere I live in during spring, summer and most of fall practically forces me into less covering clothing or else I will be facing the very real possibility of heat stroke.

The sun seems to be trying to convince me to be happy. Like, “Look at these beautiful colors and leaves that glint golden in my light.” Can’t I just have some more storm clouds instead? Maybe some thunder and lightning with cold gusts of wind that create a great indoor environment perfect for reading under a blanket with a steaming cup of tea?

The sun is shining today on January 25, 2020 and its actually kinda warm outside. Why does this make me so depressed? I feel like something is wrong but I just can’t put my finger on what it is. Its like the sky is faking me out trying to convince me to be happy but I can’t fall for it. Maybe my brain just stubbornly wants to hold tight to depression on days like this.

Right now, I just wish it would rain.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, A Holiday Review

This is a classic that until now I have only seen. I have seen countless movies and stage performances and I must agree with the author of the forward to this book, Anthony Horwitz, that the Muppets version is my all time favorite! I already knew I loved Dickens writing style and this story as I have seen it but I must say that reading it brought me so much joy and it really was a great way to start the Holidays.

Dickens uses the term “Dead as a doornail ” famously in this book. But the descriptive manner in which he states his claim over this now frequently used expression is unparalleled in its form of creativity,

“Mind! I dont mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a doornail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was dead as a doornail. “

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Everyone, I believe has some idea of this story. At least, I believe, we all know Scrooge. And perhaps, we all know A Scrooge in our lives. Dickens relates to us a fantastical tale of an older man set in his antagonistic ways learning within a night and through the help of some ghosts, how important it is to offer everyone kindness and decency. This is a great look during an interesting time period in London, at how human kindness can make a huge difference not just in someone’s personal life but in the lives of others.

This to me just screams Christmas spirit!! I am ready now to figuratively embrace my fellow members of the human race this season in a feeling of love and acceptance. This is what Christmas is about. Presents are wonderful but this feeling of joy and looking for the best in others instead of focusing on the worst is so important. 2019 has been a tough year, but I am prepared to find my inner light and happiness for this holiday season. I mean, if Scrooge can turn a new leaf, then all of us are capable of being kind to others and rejoicing in the Christmas spirit!

I highly recommend this quick and classic read. I thoroughly enjoyed spending an afternoon with Scrooge as he turned himself around into such a kind man that is so different from the “Humbug-ing” man at the start.

Happy Holidays!! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!