Our snow hasn’t hit yet, but this morning we woke up with one of those cool fogs that obscures even the neighbors’ houses across the street, completely shrouds the mountains that normally rise behind those houses, and lines the trees in frost. I only wish the pictures did justice to the feel of it.
The snow in the photos is the super crunchy kind, leftover from more than a week ago. Fresh inches are supposed to hit us tonight through Wednesday.
I don’t have anywhere to go this week — no travel plans, no work (since we get three weeks off between semesters), no last-minute shopping, no obligations — so I guess that leaves me free to just look out the window and apprecite frost crystals and snow storms from the comfort of a couch and a mug of cocoa.
But for anyone who’s feeling under the weather and hating snow, I have a Christmas read recommendation for you that’s a little unusual and definitely does not involve snow.
I read this a couple years ago and loved it. Actually, the Christmas connection surprised me about halfway through the book, so hopefully that’s not a spoiler. But I also didn’t clue in that Ella Enchanted is a retelling of Cinderella until three-quarters through that. Sometimes I’m not the quickest.
Anyhow, Alphabet of Dreams follows the wise men through the desert from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old Persian princess orphaned and disguised as a boy. On top of that, she’s taking care of her younger brother whose dreams have put them in danger. If I’m remembering right.
(This picture on the left is the hardcover jacket. The paperback on the right hints at Christmas a little more with the Star of Bethlehem and all that. Click on the paperback for a larger view.)
What Christmas books would you recommend? What are you reading this week?