We had a quietly lovely Christmas with the immediate family: Robin, my mom and stepdad, and Mr. Bookwyrm and me. Yesterday (Boxing Day), we celebrated with the extended family, which adds my sister’s family to the mix. We’re going over to my sister’s again today, but I thought I could squeeze in this belated Sunday Post before we leave. [ETA: I didn’t quite make it, and am posting it around midnight.]
In general, our visit has been wonderful, and has felt surprisingly “normal” — although we have all avoided public spaces for the most part. We did feel relatively safe going to church here, since my parents’ town is highly vaccinated and transmission rates were relatively low. However, in light of the rapid surge of the omicron variant and in an abundance of caution (as they say), we decided to not to attend church services on Christmas Eve and minimize all outside contacts for the remainder of our stay here. That was a disappointment for all of us; we love the Christmas Eve service, and I had planned to sing in the choir along with Robin and Mom. But we all agreed that it just doesn’t make sense right now, particularly given the age and/or underlying risk factors of various family members.
If you celebrated Christmas, Yule, or any other late-December holiday(s), I hope your holidays were bright and joyful. And I hope that wherever you are, you are safe, warm, healthy, and happy!
- Sunday Post – 12/19/2021
- Belated Sunday Post – 12/27/2021 – this post
- Best Books I Read in 2021 – Top Ten Tuesday
- My Reading Challenges for 2022
- Christmas Book Haul – tentative
- Happy New Year! Sunday Post – 1/01/2022 – very tentative
I will probably save my end-of-year wrap-up posts and looking-forward-to-2022 post until I get home and have time to pull everything together. Right now, family time takes priority!
The Backlist Reader Challenge
It’s not too late to sign up for 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…for 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’ve Been Reading/Watching
Reading: I finished How The Scot Was Won, a novella by Caroline Linden, which was quick and relatively light. I started and finished my nearly-annual reread of Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher. I’m just finishing up Sleigh Bells Ring by RaeAnne Thayne (ARC.) I’ve put The Conductors (Nicole Glover; ARC) and Ghost Killer (Robin D. Owens) on temporary pause, although I definitely plan to finish them in January. (They just don’t fit the season!)
Listening to: Christmas music, of course!
Watching: The Holiday; A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Playing: Evolution, and also the Flight expansion
Added to the Hoard (before Christmas)
Purchased (Kindle and audio)
Audiobooks: Winter Solstice (Chirp) (Click title for Goodreads page.)