Nordic Tales: Folktales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark

Title: Nordic Tales: Folktales From Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark Writer: Various, illustrated by Ulla Thynell Publishing House: Chrinicle Books Date of Publication: August 13th 2019  Rating: 5 stars ‘’In the days of our forefathers, when there was nothing but wretched boats up in Nordland, and folks must needs buy fair winds by the…

A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folktales and Legends

Title: A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folktales and Legends Writer: Angela McAllister, illustrated by Hannah Bess Ross Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: April 12th 2022 Rating: 5 stars Another outstanding collection of myths, legends and fairy tales centred around Nature and its gifts, beautifully written by Angela McAllister and…

Faithful and Virtuous Night

Title: Faithful and Virtuous Night Writer: Louise Gluck Publishing House: Carcanet Press Ltd. Date of Publication: September 6th 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The streetlights were coming on,  lining the sides of the river.  The offices were going dark.  At the river’s edge, fog encircled the lights, one could not, after a while, see the lights…

The Dollmaker of Krakow

Title: The Dollmaker of Krakow Writer: R. M. Romero Publishing House: Walker Books Date of Publication: September 6th 2018 (first published September 12th 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Across the sea, however, was a dark country. Its residents, huge rats whose appetites seemed as great as the ocean itself, had been crafted by a wicked witch…

Winter’s Tales

Title: Winter’s Tales (original title: Vinter- Eventyr) Writer: Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) Publishing House: Penguin Modern Classics Date of Publication: September 27th 2001 (first published 1942) Rating: 5 stars ‘’You have drunk with Sunniva now,’’ she said. ‘’You have drunk down a little wisdom, so that in the future all your thoughts shall not fall…

Midwinter Folk Tales

Title: Midwinter Folk Tales Writer: Taffy Thomas Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: February 1st 2015 (first published October 15th 2014) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and a talk beside the fore, it is the time for…

Antrim Folk Tales

Title: Antrim Folk Tales Writer: Billy Teare & Kathleen O’Sullivan Publishing House: The History Press Ireland Date of Publication:  February 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars ”Folk tales are not defined by scholars and students of folklore. They are, very simply, the stories that people choose to tell, remember and retell time and again and they…

Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day

Title: Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day Writer: Carl F. Neal Publishing House: Llewellyn Publications Date of Publication: December 8th 2015 Rating: 4 stars ‘’When the dark days of winter seem to have gone on forever, the first sign of spring refreshes our souls. It is a promise that winter will not last…

Amanda Gorman (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Amanda Gorman (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Maria Izabel Sanchez Vegara (illustrated by Queenbe Monyei) Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Rating: 5 stars “There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”    Amanda Gorman A little girl from Los Angeles adores reading….

The Haunting Season: Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights

Title: The Haunting Season Writer: Various Publishing House: Sphere Date of Publication: October 21st 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’He stared down at the trees, feeling a kind of vertigo that was not quite fear. The unearthly light – the dark shapes against the moon-drenched sky – the clarity of outline, the density of the shadows…He…

The Hotel: Ghost Stories with a Feminist Twist

Title: The Hotel Writer: Daisy Johnson Publishing House: BBC Audio Date of Publication: May 27th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’There were 63 jars here and this is the room of 63 fears, all clamoring, all so loud. It is the room I will come back to and, perhaps, this room leads only into the ground.’’…

Murder After Christmas

Title: Murder After Christmas Writer: Rupert Latimer Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 10th 2021 (first published 1944) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Anyway, Christmas is a time for forgetting the past and burying hatchets, isn’t it?’’ ‘’What about after Christmas’’, said Frank. ‘’Now you’re making difficulties’’, said Rhoda.’’ The arrival of Uncle…

Crimson Snow

Title: Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries Writer: Various, edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: November 10th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’But seated in the holly-decked apartment before a noble fire which roared bravely up the wide chimney we cared nothing for the frozen world out of doors. We laughed…

Charles Dickens (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Charles Dickens (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Isobel Ross Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: November 9th 2021 Rating: 5 stars “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”                       Charles Dickens (Our Mutual Friend) A young boy sees his world…

Τhe Christmas Egg

Title: The Christmas Egg Writer: Mary Kelly Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 10th 2019 (first published 1958) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Princess Karukhina once had been used to lying in a carved bed inlaid with mother-of-pearl, between silk sheets changed daily, covered with down quilts and white urs. The walls of…

A Surprise for Christmas

Title: A Surprise for Christmas Writer: Various, edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 10th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was Christmas Eve and nearly five of the clock, but an afternoon less like the traditional ideas of the seasons would be hard to imagine. True, a little…

Stories for Christmas

Title: Stories for Christmas Writer: Various, illustrated by Bernadette Watts Publishing House: NorthSouth Books Date of Publication: September 14th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’High in the sky, higher than you could ever see, the snowflakes gathered. They came together in huge crowds, whispering all the time about the journey they would soon make to earth….

The Toys’ Christmas

Title: The Toys’ Christmas Writer: Claire Clément, illustrated by Geneviève Godbout Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: November 9th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Soon, Fanfan and Mr Long Ears reach a clearing filled with other toys. There are grumpy -looking bears, smiling dolls, friendly hippos, little clowns and even unicorns! The oldest…

A Very Russian Christmas

Title: A Very Russian Christmas Writer: Various Publishing House: New Vessel Press Date of Publication: September 26th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A frosty day. From the window, one can see the fluffy white snow covering the streets, the roofs of homes, and the trees. An early twilight. The sky is turning blue.’’  Lida and I…

Chill Tidings

Title: Chill Tidings Writer: Various, edited by Tanya Kirk Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication: October 16th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’At the edge of the dark sky, sprinkled with stars, a faint band of cold light heralded the rising moon. How different from the grey light of dawn, that ushers in the…