Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Reading Life (24)

Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner? I can't! I actually have all the presents wrapped and under the tree. First time in years!

Listening To:  I finished listening to A Christmas Carol a few days ago. My favorite! Now, I'm back to the Christmas music. We have two radio stations here in Nashville that play all Christmas all the time until Christmas. Yay!

Books finished:


Winter Solstice, Rosamunde Pilcher
The Snowman Maker, Barbara Briggs Ward
Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

Coming Up:  
It's not looking like I'll be doing much more Christmas reading. I'm hoping to finish Winter Solstice tomorrow and The Snowman Maker by Wednesday. Then I might be able to start something else. I need to decide what my first read of 2014 is going to be too.

Watching: Christmas movies on TV and some favorites I own. I enjoyed the mini-series, Bonnie and Clyde. Can't wait for Michael Buble's Christmas special Wednesday night.

Making: Bought the stuff to make sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, Snickerdoodles, pumpkin cookies, and peanut butter blossom cookies. Need to start planning my Christmas dinner menu. I think the boys and I are going to eat dinner with mom on Christmas Eve. Craft-wise, I'm making some special gifts for a few people.

Grateful for: the small kindnesses I witness around here and there. They may be few and far between, but I notice them nonetheless. Must be the season!

Looking forward to: my shopping is done so now I can concentrate on the fun stuff with my boys. Their last day of school is Friday (half day), but I think we're going to start driving around to look at lights. Yes, even on a school night. =O)

Books I received or purchased:

Secret Santa gifts! from Laura at Book Snob *heart*

The Restorer, Amanda Stevens
The Kingmaker's Daughter, Philippa Gregory

Won from author, Laura Viera Rigler, personalized and signed (Holiday #Readathon)

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict

Library sale...special holiday sale, 25 cents per book! They had tons of copies of The Cuckoo's Calling (I couldn't believe it). Mom got one and I picked up one as a gift too.

From top to bottom:
Little Vampire Women, Louisa May Alcott & Lynn Messina
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
Christmas Grace, Anne Perry
A Christmas Visitor, Anne Perry
The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus, Tim Slover
The Memoirs of a Survivor, Doris Lessing
The Divine Sacrifice, Tony Hays
The Serpent Dreamer, Cecelia Holland
At Bertram's Hotel, Agatha Christie
The Sixes, Kate White
The Cuckoo's Calling, Robert Galbraith
Labyrinth, Kat Richardson
Downpour, Kat Richardson
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, Rebecca Wells
The Snow Empress, Laura Joh Rowland

What's been happening in your Reading Life?


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  1. You got some great books - can't believe you found Cuckoo's Calling!

  2. How did you like Catching Fire?
    I thought it was OK (http://manoflabook.com/wp/?p=9970), more of a setup for the third book

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