I'm an avid reader. On average, I probably read at least one full novel per week, along with an assortment of nonfiction, biography and technical writings scattered throughout the year. I've usually got my nose (metaphorically) in at least one, if not three or four, separate books at any one time. Lucky for me, technology has made it easy to carry around an entire library in the palm of my hand.
This last weekend, I finished the latest book in my To Be Read (TBR) pile, The Gathering Storm by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan. I needed something to go along with the Clan of the Cave Bear, which I'm also in the middle of re-reading. And then I saw this:
The Atheist's Guide to Christmas
And joy of joys -- it's only $1.01 on Amazon for the digital edition! What an amazing deal!
So I've been reading it on and off for the last few days, and it's an insightful and entertaining collection of essays from 42 atheists around the world (well, mostly Great Britain) about what Christmas means to them. From stories of childhood wishes to farsical comedic takes on the holiday, it's a blast to read, and an very uplifiting set of tales. And one of the most entertaining things about it is the British colloquialisms and jingo that is peppered throughout the essays, often quite unintentionally funny to a Muricun like me.
If you've got a chance and some interest, I highly recommend this book (especially the Kindle version, which is only a buck). If you don't have a Kindle, there are a lot of other ways to read it -- on your computer, on your iDevice, or get the hard copy (go ahead, kill a few trees while you're at it!).