The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, take a look ahead, and showcase our new treasures — I mean books!
We’re celebrating our second day of Christmas today. It’s become traditional to spend Christmas Day with just the three of us and my mom and stepdad, and spend the 26th at my sister’s with all of her family, the five of us, and a third family our age — close friends whom we’ve adopted as family. We have a second Christmas dinner, open yet more presents, and play games: Things, Scattergories, Apples to Apples, and the family favorite, a fast-and-furious card game called Pounce.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were more relaxed than usual. I was in bed before midnight for the first time in three decades, and we got to sleep in until 8:30, instead of being dragged, bleary-eyed, from our beds at oh-dark-hundred by an excited Robin. While I miss seeing the magic of Christmas through a child’s eyes, I appreciate the mellower pace this year… and the Christmas Day joy and delight remained as strong as ever.
I hope you are having a wonderful holiday, too, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, or some other holiday.
Last Week on the Blog
- Sun. 12/18/16: Sunday Post – 12/18/16
- Tues. 12/20/16: Ten Books I’d Love to Find Under The Tree (2016 edition)
- Sat. 12/24/16: Happy Hanukkah!
- Sun. 12/25/16: Merry Christmas!
Upcoming on the Blog
- Mon. 12/26/16: Day-After-Sunday Post (12/26/16)
- Tues. 12/27/16: My Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 – tentative
- Wed. 12/28/16: TBD
- Thur. 12/29/16: TBD
- Fri. 12/30/16: TBD
- Sat. 12/31/16: No News & Notes this week!
- Sun. 1/01/17: Happy New Year!
You can still sign up for The Backlist Reader Challenge! If you’re looking for a year-long challenge to read books from your TBR pile or list, this is the one! It will be a chance to get to some of those older titles you’ve been wanting to read. You can check out all the rules by clicking on the image above.
COYER Blackout began December 17. It’s hosted by Berls of Fantasy is More Fun, Michelle of Because Reading, and Stormi of Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My! The rules are strict: only ebooks you owned or had requested prior to Dec. 17, that cost $0.99 or less. (ARCs count, and you can read the details by clicking on the image above.) I’m setting a goal of 12 books by March 3, but I might increase it later on. (This is my official sign-up post.) So far, I’ve read 1 book that counts toward COYER: A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle (ARC.)
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I finished up All the Weyrs of Pern (Anne McCaffrey; Kindle purchase), then plowed through Island of Glass (Nora Roberts; purchased.) After that, I turned to Madeleine L’Engle’s A Circle of Quiet, a review copy from Open Road Media: a book I loved in my 20s and 30s, but hadn’t re-read in about 20 years. I also re-read The Liar (Nora Roberts; public library), and enjoyed it just as much the second time around.
I need to get back to Tempest (Valdemar anthology; ARC) and Lady Claire Is All That (Maya Rodale; ARC), and there are several other review books looming on my schedule. But of course, my new Christmas gifts are tempting, too!
Listening to: a lot of Christmas music! Classical and traditional choirs, mostly — John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers, the Vienna Boys Choir, the Kings College Choir, the Robert Shaw Chorale, and the like, plus some great soloists like Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Stade.
Watching: A Christmas Carol (the George C. Scott version), and A Child’s Christmas in Wales — my favorite Christmas movie of all time. And Christmas night, we watched The Hundred-Foot Journey, which is gorgeous and charming. I highly recommend it. I’ve also seen bits and pieces of several of the British mystery series my mom has been watching: The Murdoch Mysteries, Inspector Gently, and Dalziel and Pascoe. (The Murdoch Mysteries takes place in Canada, but it feels more British than American. I’ve added it to my Netflix list.)
New Additions to the Hoard
Cover links take you to Goodreads.
For Review or Review Consideration
Nothing this week!
The first four were on my Top Ten Tuesday wishlist last week. 🙂 Book Scavenger is a signed edition, a surprise gift from Robin, who knows how much I enjoyed the book, and The Inkeeper of Ivy Hill is from my mom, who read and enjoyed it. The two Cathy Ace Kindle books were on my personal wishlist.