Haunting Tales Pig-Out Yuletide Reading Themes

Special thanks to Honey of Coffee Spoons for Fevre Dream and Launch of December Pig-out Yuletide Special

Before we officially launch our December Special, allow me to say a Special Thanks to Honey of Coffeespoons for sharing with us her link for our November Haunting Tales Special. She has written this detailed exploration of George RR Martin’s Fevre Dream and how it has managed to convey a different dimension to vampire stories without it sounding trite, pop/mainstream, or kitsch in the least. Please click here to be taken to her lovely review that she generously shared with us here in GatheringBooks. Thank you so much Honey, we truly are grateful that you have been part of our Haunting Tale Special for our November theme. If you wish to know more about the dark, sordid, creepy books that GatheringBooks has reviewed for the month of November, click here to have a smorgasbord of haunting narratives.

For the month of December, we are launching a Pig-out Yuletide Special. We shall be reviewing books that have a Christmasy theme (or even a tangential mention would do) to it, and since Fats is currently enamored with pig-tales (and the many fractured stories in connection to pigs) – we have decided to marry these two together and make it a Pig-out Yuletide Special. Thus, any book that discusses pigs OR the Christmas season would be fair game for this month. We are again calling out to fellow book bloggers who may have written anything in connection with any of these themes – we’d be happy to collect everything together by the beginning of January and share the links as well with our GatheringBooks readers.

We would also be featuring British bestselling and multi-award-winning author, Richard Platt for this month. We are happy and proud that he has agreed to be featured on our site and we shall soon be sharing with you some of his thoughts about writing, his creative process, and his personal notes about being a children’s book author and yes his inspiration for his formidable four-book diary series (click here and here to be taken to some of our reviews of his Diary Series). Real exciting moments for GatheringBooks. If you have suggestions for possible themes that we can cover for 2011, we’d be glad to hear some of your thoughts/ideas. A Glorious Chilly December to one and all.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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