The authors of Embracing Romance have come together to spread holiday cheer with a huge basket of our favorite things up for grabs this holiday season. Of course, I have many favorite things, like dogs, Jane Austen, and tea to name a few. It was difficult to decide what to include. But one thing stood out to me this year: the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
Outlander (Cross Stitch in the UK) was originally released in 1991. I was in college at the time and wasn’t even aware it existed. Fast forward a few years to Christmas 1997. My mom worked at an independent bookstore for many years, so of course she gave me books for birthdays and Christmas. That year, one of the books I received for Christmas was this huge paperback about a British nurse from World War II who time traveled to sixteenth century Scotland. I was very pregnant with my first child at the time, I had never read Scottish set books, and I was too tired to consider reading something that long. So I set it on my nightstand and forgot about it.
Finally, in the summer of 1998, my son was six months old and a very happy baby, and I had a week of vacation, so with my mother’s persistent insistance that I would love it if I would only try it, I picked up Outlander and dug in. Let’s just say, I managed to keep the baby fed and changed, but that was about all I did during my week of vacation. The book sucked me in and never let me go. I tore through the other three books in the series after that, and have anxiously awaited each new installment since then. If you haven’t read the books yet, get yourself to a bookstore immediately. Tackling the entire series should occupy your reading time well into the new year, but you won’t be disappointed.
So, in honor of the Starz series, I decided to include Outlander items in our Favorite Things basket. I’ve included a Pocket Jamie, because everybody should have one, and in honor of Claire, a t-shirt to remind us that “Damsels Don’t Distress.”
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Trivia Question: What year was Outlander first published?