Monday, November 12, 2012

TTBA Weekly News and Mailbox Monday

This feature was inspired by It's Monday! What are you reading? hosted by Sheila at Book Journey and also by The Sunday Salon.

Listening To:  My son's 11th birthday was Friday and my sister got him the "NOW That's What I Call Party Anthems" CD and one of the CDs I bought him was "Queen's Greatest Hits" (yes, he has great taste in music) so we've been listening to those.  We also got him his own CD boom box.  That party anthems CD has some great dance songs on it!

Book finished: zero....zilch  =O(

Reading: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, The Waste Lands by Stephen King, Shakespeare's CoriolanusThe Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (the 2nd half of it)

On the Nightstand:  The Home by Scott Nicholson, Spooky Showcase by Alan Draven, a couple other review books (haven't picked which yet), Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (maybe)

Watching:  More new Christmas movies on Hallmark Channel and Lifetime this past weekend.  I'm in my element! Also, watched "The Return of the King" on Encore today.  Love that movie! And I'm beyond thrilled...I got free advance screening passes to "Life of Pi" on Thursday night!!! I can't believe it.  One of my most favorite books of all time.  I hope it's good!

Making:  I've had some nice fabric to recover the seats of my dining room chairs for years so I'm going to get started on that...hopefully this week, in between working on my book.  At least my house is clean.  We're also going to start putting up Christmas decorations this weekend.  Squeeee!

Grateful for:  My house being clean (as mentioned above) and for all the family and friends who helped to make Gabe's birthday party special on Saturday.

Looking forward to:  Well, not actually looking forward to it because it started today, but glad to be in write-a-thon, Sit Down and Write 2.  It's not too late to SIGN-UP.  I'm still hoping it will help me catch up on my NaNoWriMo word count!

Also...have you seen?  I've posted the sign-ups and official dates for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge! All the details HERE.

Picture:  I finally got my bookshelves put together after they sat in their boxes for months.  How do you like my corner window bookshelves nook?


Since it's a very Christmas-y week of books,
I thought I would break out the Christmas mailbox pics!

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia and is being hosted by Bermuda Onion this month. 

BookBox: embed book widget, share book list

From the publisher, Crown:
The Nutcracker  byE.T.A. Hoffman, Illustrated by, none other than, Maurice Sendak
A Christmas Home by Greg Kincaid

Christmas in Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis...from the lovely Martha at Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf...also, some bookmarks and a pen =O)

A Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans...another SQUEEEE!

Note:  Be prepared because my Christmas season officially starts, well...this weekend, so there will be a Christmas background up on this blog very soon (and probably also on my writing blog).  =O)



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  1. Nice your book shelves.

    THANKS for stopping by my blog.

    Silver's Reviews

  2. Michelle, I enjoy tackling home projects, too. I do love the look of bookshelves in a corner nook!

    I also have enjoyed some Lifetime Christmas movies....

    Have fun recovering the chairs!

    Enjoy your books, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    Belated happy birthday to Gabe!

  3. I am one of the few who didn't have a good experience with Gilead so I hope you're not like me in that. And I'll be curious to see how they handle Life of Pi on the screen so you'll have to let us know what you think.

  4. I tried to get my kids to watch a few Christmas movies we had recorded this weekend, but they said no! My 7-year old daughter announced that we *had* to have Thanksgiving first, lol. Ah, well!

    The Nutcracker book has been popular in mailboxes this week. I love Maurice Sedak's work. :) Enjoy your books! Here’s my Mailbox Post.

  5. Hi Michelle, Many thanks for stopping by Pen and Paper, I'm so glad you enjoyed my pet slideshow - sadly at present I'm without furry companions.

    Glad you are hosting The Christmas Spirit Challenge again this year, my third year, I'll be signing up and posting about it next week.

    Best wishes, PW

  6. I just love the cover on that new Nutcracker edition, and I can only imagine the pictures inside are just as pretty.

  7. You got to see Life of Pi early?!? So how was it? Is it as fabulous as it looks?

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