#MerryChristmas To bloggers, readers, writers, and all! And some reading suggestions.

Hi all.

I know you’re going to be busy today, but although I’m not a very Xmassy person, I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and to hope you can spend it doing whatever makes you happy.

As you know, I have been teaching English Composition at the UoPeople, and as it is a tuition-free university it makes use of freely available content, and we do read lots of great stories throughout the course. As I know many of my followers are readers and writers, I thought I would leave you with a couple of the stories we read during the course that you might particularly enjoy. You can also listen to them (and narrated by their authors!), so you have no excuse (and no, they are not very long).

The first one, Salt, is by Sherman Alexie, a writer I became aware of years back and I was very pleased to see one of his stories included. Ah, and if you’ve never watched Smoke Signals, I recommend it too. (I have no idea why the title appears in Spanish in IMDB. I promise you it’s not my doing! The content is in English, though).

I imagine most of you have heard of or read Neil Gaiman. I must confess that although I had read articles and blog posts, I had not read any of his stories. But I thoroughly enjoyed A Study in Emerald (and Sherlock Holmes lovers with a sense of humour will love it too) and I have now several of his books waiting on my kindle.

And talking about Gaiman’s articles (well, it was originally a speech), one about the importance of fiction and libraries that will warm the hearts of readers and writers alike:

Thanks to all of you for following me through the year, for reading, for liking, for commenting, and have a fantastic Christmas.

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

15 replies on “#MerryChristmas To bloggers, readers, writers, and all! And some reading suggestions.”

Hi Olga, I was just shutting down my computer when I saw your post come in so thought I’d use the opportunity to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading your reviews this year – and to wish you a merry Christmas and all the best for 2018.

Thanks, Mary. Enjoy a lovely Xmas season with your family, I hope 2018 will be even better for you all, and hopefully I’ll carry on reading (and must get to read some of your stories!). ♥

Thanks, David. It was good to catch up with you and your family again. Yours was one of the firsts blogs I started following and it always keeps me going. Have a fabulous Christmas season and I hope 2018 will see you in top form. Big hugs!

Good morning, and Happy Christmas to you and your family, Olga.
Feliz Navidad. from Pete and Ollie in Beetley.
Thanks for all your support of my blog over the years.
Have a peaceful and joyful 2018. Pete. xx

Thank you, Pete. Thanks for your support and contributions and for keeping me going through the highs and lows. It feels as if you and Ollie are part of the family. Have a lovely Christmas and let’s hope 2018 remains positive, no matter what. Big hugs.

Thanks, Ichabod. I have discovered some great stories I hadn’t read before through the course, and I like Gaiman’s sense of humour. I have some of his books lined up although I’ll see when I can get to them. I hope you enjoy your Xmas. Thanks!

I really like this post, Olga — and how you brought your professor role into it. The suggestions are wonderful.
I read Gaimon’s Graveyard Book and enjoyed it enormously. However, I found it disturbing that it was touted as a children’s book. There was a lot of violence and adult concepts. I do like him though. I look forward to reading the article. Wishing you a peaceful happy day. Hugs.

Thanks, Teagan. I know what you mean. Some children stories have always been violent and over the top (including some fairy tales, even if they don’t elaborate on the violence) but it is a worry. I am not sure how such things are decided, although some reviewers are very good at warning readers about the content of the stories.
It hasn’t been bad so far. I hope your day is also peaceful and enjoyable.
All the best.

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