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This week for Monday Memories I’m talking about My True Love Gave to Me, a collection of holiday short stories edited by Stephanie Perkins.
I’ve been excited about this book since I heard about it earlier this year. Christmas is my favorite holiday and this collection includes stories from some of my favorite authors–what’s not to love?
I’ve had some good experiences with short story anthologies and some bad ones. Happily, this was a good one where I enjoyed all of the stories with a couple that even made me tear up a bit. In particular I was completely enchanted with Jenny Han’s story. The real surprise here, however, was when Kiersten White’s story made me cry (in a good way). I was so taken with her story that I went out and read Illusions of Fate soon after. I might even be a White fan now.
Back in July I was lucky enough to land an ARC from Amazon’s Vine program so I also got to read this book fairly early. Even though it came out in October, I’ve waited until now to review it because I wanted it to be in season.
Last month when Nicole told me many of the authors in this collection were going to be in NYC on December 4 for a big signing event, you can bet I was excited. Hearing about the event led to several days of back and forth planning as Nicole and I coordinated for the event. We also decided it would be a perfect Dash and Lily Day adventure (something we do every year to celebrate another Christmas favorite Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares).
Here’s how excited we were:
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