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I was introduced to books in 5th Grade when our teacher read us A Wrinkle In Time. Never really looked back.

Currently reading

Embassytown
China MiƩville
Progress: 189/345 pages
Bossypants
Tina Fey
The Split Second (The Seems Series #2)
Michael Wexler, John Hulme
A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary
Macrina Wiederkehr
Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work
Michael Michalko
The Android's Dream
John Scalzi
Waking Up Screaming: Haunting Tales of Terror
H.P. Lovecraft, Denise L. Fitzer
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Mary Roach
Naked
David Sedaris
Lud-in-the-Mist
Hope Mirrlees
Cupid's Christmas - Bette Lee Crosby Here is a short, sweet story of life and love.

Ms. Crosby has such a beautiful way of taking the lives of normal people and turning them into fascinating adventurers. Part of the joy of reading her books is recognizing yourself in the characters.

In this case, Cupid comes along as the narrator, and works hard to straighten out the relationships between a few interrelated characters. As in her other books, the real magic is in the writing. Here is Cupid discussing love:

"...that's the beauty of what I do. I make love unexplainable. Humans fall in love with someone and claim it's because of a special smile, or the crinkle around their lover's eyes, but the truth is they're clueless about the magic that brings such thoughts."

I find myself highlighting more passages in her books than in nearly anything else I read. Often it is just a nice phrasing of simple idea, such as this:

"But you know the funny thing about life is sometimes when you're looking to move away, The God Lord plunks you down in just the right place at the right time."

I also thoroughly enjoyed the antagonism between Cupid and Life Management, which is the "organization" responsible for the bad events in your life. As someone who has experienced the interference of this organization, I found myself cheering on Cupid as he engaged in battle.

If you haven't had the pleasure of reading one of Ms. Crosby's books, there is still time to enjoy this short novel before Christmas is over.