My husband and I just got back from a wonderful trip to Paris, and while I brought several books with me, I actually didn’t end up reading as much as I usually do while traveling! It was a combination of trying to sleep on the plane (instead of reading), running around the city all day (instead of reading), and using our limited time at the flat we were renting to check in on email and social media (instead of reading). Luckily, one of the books I brought was perfect for that fragmented reading schedule: My True Love Gave to Me, an anthology of holiday YA short stories edited by Stephanie Perkins.
The book features twelve holiday-themed stories by some of the Young Adult book world’s biggest names. As with any anthology, it’s a bit of a mixed-bag. My favorite stories were those by Rainbow Rowell (a series of New Year’s Eve snapshots as two friends realize they’re meant for each other), Stephanie Perkins (girl meets boy at a Christmas tree farm), and Laini Taylor (an otherworldly tale where the Dreamer, an ancient god, rescues a young woman from an awful future). That said, one of the coolest things about this anthology was how diverse it was: male and female narrators from various backgrounds, contemporary as well as fantastic settings, and diverse writing styles. If I wasn’t totally feeling one story, I didn’t have long to wait for something completely different. I would definitely recommend this book if you’re a sap around the holidays, and if you like any or all of the talented authors involved. It’s worth a read.
You didn’t think I’d mention Paris without sharing a photo, did you? On the holiday theme, here’s the Eiffel Tower lit up like a Christmas tree: