Another Christmas over and done with and these are the books Father Christmas brought me…
The Hamiltome (or Hamilton:The Revolution) by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
Hamilton is a Tony award winning Broadway musical, from Lin-Manuel Miranda, about the life of founding father and America’s first treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton. The soundtrack is absolutely fantastic as it is very heavily inspired by hip-hop and rap, not something you usually hear in musical theatre. This non-fiction book, offers a unique look at both the history of Hamilton the man and the musical, and I, for once cannot get enough of anything Hamilton so this is a must-read! Not to mention that the hardback is epic, despite on being a couple hundred pages with beautiful deckled edged pages giving it a gorgeously vintage feel.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
At less that 200 pages this little book is being adapted into a film, I think out in 2017, with my fave Sebastian Stan as Charles Blackwood, hence why I wanted to read it. It follows the Blackwood family, a number of whom were poisoned by arsenic some years before, of which one of the family members was accused before being cleared of suspicion. Some years later, when Charles arrives at the house ready to build some bridges, Merricat is deeply suspicious of his overtures. I’m really interested to see where this goes, or where it can go, in just 150 pages, but it means that, it theory at least, it should be a quick read.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
This beat generation classic is one that I have been dancing around for about two years. My love for the beat generation, a literary movement in the USA during the 1950s-1960s, was born with the film Kill Your Darlings, an adaptation of novel And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks by William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Later I watched the film adaptation of this book and now, finally, I have the book. This, I believe, is a semi-autobiographical depiction of Kerouac’s own travels as it chronicles a road trip across the USA. Our protagonists, Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, embark upon a road trip to nowhere full of sex, drugs and rock and roll, while their journey, supposedly, sums up the American Dream of this new generation.
The Julius House and Dead Over Heels (The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries #4 &5) by Charlaine Harris
From the author of the True Blood series of books, Charlaine Harris’ other series is one of simpler mysteries, without the supernatural element. In the interest of spoilers about Roe’s personal life, I won’t say much regarding the specific of the plot, even I haven’t read the blurb for Dead Over Heels, but these are told from Aurora ‘Roe’ Teagarden, part-time librarian’s point of view. Every book in the series deals with a fresh murder mystery, which inexplicably are plentiful despite her otherwise normal life in Smalltown, Southern, USA. I love a good, cosy, murder mystery and that’s exactly what you get in these books, they do remind me of Agatha Christie in that way. Then you also have the ongoing plot-line of Roe’s personal life, which is the spoiler, part of the series, though it isn’t the driving force of the narrative. As with the rest of the books on this list, they aren’t very long, I’d be surprised if any were longer than 300 pages, so they’re great for some light, easy reading, no guts, or gore, just fun, fireside, murder mysteries.
Did you get any books for Christmas? Have you read any of these ones? Either way hope you had a great Christmas!
Thanks for reading!