Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sunday Blatherings and New Books


Do you think this is true?  If so, I'm not sure what this says about me?
My favorite book is: A Little Life; Hanya Yanagihara

(WEEK in REVIEW)  I've never really liked decorating for Christmas until the last few years since grandchildren have arrived. We are a Christmas and Hanukah family) and have most always have had a menorah and a small tree, but this week I took it a bit further by decorating the mantle, (2) outside wreaths and a few more inside decorations. It felt good and I know the little ones will enjoy it as well.  I also made some oatmeal cranberry nut cookies (all gone already - yes, they past the taste test, but more will appear in a few weeks. We went to the gym a couple of days, took long walks (40-50's here and still no snow), and I finished my Christmas shopping -- this also feels good great!


(NEW BOOKS) I've cut down on book requests lately because I just can't read everything that looks good. Here's a peek at what arrived over the last 2 weeks.


(READING) I finished: A Newport Christmas Wedding; Shelley Noble and Shadows on a Maine Christmas: An Antique Print Mystery; Lea Wait - both were okay but not great. I still need to review Avenue of Mysteries; John Irving as well (I was kind of disappointed with this one). I need something to WOW me for my next read -- any suggestions?

How was your week?

21 comments:

  1. I used to go all out with the Christmas decorations but now am down to just the tree. I have done NOTHING to get ready this year and am struggling to find any spirit right now.

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    1. I've had years like that as well Kathy, but this year I am trying to "pay it forward", and it feels so nice.

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  2. Christmas decorating is a lot of work, but I can see how grandchildren would make the whole thing a lot more fun. I'm going to get my shopping done this week, even if it kills me!!

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    1. True JoAnn. I never thought I'd say this but a little snow might be nice:) nothing yet

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  3. Have you read the Golem and the Jinni yet? It is an amazing book on many different levels. Take a peek

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  4. Oh my, I'll be those oatmeal cranberry cookies smelled so good!

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  5. Oh yeah and tasted even better - our cat Buddy loves oatmeal and oatmeal cookie crumbs as well:)

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  6. We had to rethink some decorations with an 18 month old running around this year. Did get the tree up, but not decorated yet. I haven't read anything (that you haven't read) that has wowed me.

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  7. Diane, I love your new books photo! I have a few decorations out, and we just got our tree. I have a lot of shopping left. My reading will slow down even more this month!

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  8. I am not sure what my answer would say about me either--I usually hemm and haw before I come up with an answer. I can never name just one book as a favorite.

    Children certainly add to the holiday spirit, don't they? Mouse's enthusiasm is contagious. :-)

    I am nearly finished with my gift shopping. I am drawing a complete blank when it comes to my father-in-law. My husband is being no help. I think I'm going to go with a book. I'm usually good at picking those out for him.

    The Opposite of Everything sure sounds good! I have a Christmas book up to read next. Christmas in Vermont maybe? I'm still undecided.

    I hope you have a great week, Diane!

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  9. Cranberry nut cookies sound perfect. I love to decorate although waiting until next weekend when my older daughter will be home--she asked us to wait as she hasn't been part of the decorating party for 5 years, since she first left for college.

    Too bad the John Irving wasn't great--I was thinking about reading that one!
    Happy Hanukah and Merry Christmas!

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  10. I love your blog header picture!

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  11. I do think the books people read tell you much about them.A Little Life is on my TBR list. Behind the Beautiful Forevers is my favorite book. I will ask anyone what book they are reading. I love to know. My grands will be coming for the holidays. I decorate and shop just for them. Enjoy December!

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  12. I have done nothing yet and know its going to be a rush. Two grandchildren coming back home for the first time ever which is a big event for us all.

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  13. I went to a holiday party over the weekend -- does that count as getting ready?

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  14. I got the difficult people to buy for out of the way this past week but am far from done so I'm in awe that you've finished! We decorated for Christmas this weekend and it is so much work. I don't know if we'll go all out when the little one becomes bigger. Have a great week!

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  15. I agree that grandchildren make me want to decorate more these days.
    Not sure I can come up with one favorite book - what does that say about me?

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  16. I haven't started decorating yet, but plan to have the grandkids over this week to help put the tree up. I also scatter decorations throughout the living and dining rooms. I haven't even started shopping yet. I think I need to get started on that too.

    I hope you enjoy your books.

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  17. I can't answer that question about my favorite book. I don't have one. I have at least a few. I guess if I had to say one I'd say A Separate Peace which is what I always say but it's so weird because I am not into war or books about war and yet that one is by far the one that shook me up the most and the one I can still see in my head every time I think of it.

    My decorations are up but only because The Girl HAS to have them up the day after Thanksgiving. She pulled them all out and started so of course we followed suit. She left in the middle of it though.

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  18. I'll be interested to see what you think of the new Joshilyn Jackson - I loved her last one! And Thanks for sharing your opinion of Ave of Mysteries - I'd been debating on whether to read it. I think I'll pass even though I love his writing (most of the time). And- a mind blowing book: Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg

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