We spent the past week in Utah with my dad and stepmother. They are in their early 90s, and I’m so glad that they are still able to live independently, though I worry about how long they can continue to manage on their own. Due to the pandemic, I hadn’t visited them since 2019; I was afraid I might never see them again. I’m so grateful to have had this time with them. We talked, did a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle, and just soaked up each other’s company.
And we got snow! This is the scene that greeted us on Wednesday morning. The forecast called for 2 to 5 inches, but we got at least 10 inches. It was gorgeous!
We drove back to New Mexico now, and will spend the holidays with Robin and my mom and stepdad, as well as my sister and her family. (They all live in the same town.) I’m soaking up the time with them, as well. Two years (or nearly) without seeing them was far too long.
I will continue focusing on my family while we are here with them, which means for the rest of the month. Expect to see an occasional year-end type of post, and maybe a review or two, but other than that, I’m basically taking a break from the blog for the next two weeks.
- Sunday Post – 12/12/2021
- Sunday Post – 12/19/2021 – this post
- Sunday Post – 12/26/2021 – very tentative
The Backlist Reader Challenge
I am hosting The Backlist Reader Challenge again this year. If you’re looking to read the backlog of books on your TBR pile or To-Read list, come check it out! This challenge is for classics you never got around to, for all those ARCs you should have read a couple of years ago, for that series your bestie has been insisting you read for the past decade or more… any and every book you’ve been intending to read for a while, as long as it’s on your TBR list and was published before 2020.
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I finished The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan (ARC), as well as A Holiday in Gaslight by Mimi Matthews, which was a freebie back in November. I’m nearing the end of The Conductors (Nicole Glover; ARC.) I’m currently in the middle Ghost Killer, the third book in Robin D. Owens’s Ghost Seer urban fantasy series, and How The Scot Was Won, a novella by Caroline Linden.
Listening to: The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson. Great road-trip listening!
Watching: Not a lot… a retrospective on 20 years of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas concerts, and a concert by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra featuring music by Ellington, Gershwin, Stravinsky, and Eric Nathan.
Added to the Hoard (in the last three weeks)
For Review or Consideration
Kindle: A Court of Silver Flames; Murder in a Scottish Shire; The Watchmaker of Filigree Street; Witch Please; Third Girl; The Awakening; How the Scot Was Won; A Lot Like Adios; The Princess and the Fangirl; Ghost Layer; Thale’s Folly; Instant Attraction; Ghost Killer; Elder Race; A Peculiar Combination; Spellcloaked; The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side; Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday; The Wedding Date; The Trouble with Tribbles; The Unkindness of Ravens; Confessions of a Bookseller; Sleigh Bells Ring; Death in Kew Gardens; The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea; The Wolf and the Woodsman; Christmas Revels (Some titles linked to Goodreads page.)