Sunday Post: Dec 28


The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

The last Sunday Post of 2014–the year flew by

Last Week

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So much fun to be together this week . . . lots of laughing and lots of food! I gave my daughters some of our Christmas ornaments–some they had made or some made for them when they were younger. They had fun opening them and reminiscing. My daughter’s dog–Bailey–is six months old now and a bundle of energy. She will sit, but she gets so excited and wiggles so much sometimes she falls over! She wants lots of belly rubs and loves to go for walks.

Our younger daughter made a wonderful photo book from Shutterfly about my family and my parents (who both died a few years ago). She had asked for stories and memories and she had so many wonderful photos. The book is almost 70 pages! A very special Christmas present!

Christmas Day was a beautiful sunny day. No snow and in the 40’s! We went for a walk in a sculpture park and saw Into the Woods at the movie theater. We all loved it, but we’ve seen the play several times and love the music. Meryl Streep was very good as the witch and Chris Pine did a great job as one of the princes. The two princes singing “Agony” about who has the worst time finding their princess is so funny. A great movie for anyone who enjoys fairy tales.

On Boxing Day (26 Dec) my daughter invited a few co-workers and neighbors over in the evening and that was lots of fun. Lots of people were still out-of-town so it was a small group, but that was okay. . . made it easier to talk!

Blog posts


What I’m reading

Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (audio)

What I read the this week

Tainted Blood by M. L. Brennan

Books, E-books, Audiobooks–NetGalley, library, purchased or free

Kindle e-books (bought or free)

Defenders by Will McIntosh

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

*Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain by Richard Roberts

*Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith

*The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey

*City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennet

The Iron Trial by Holly Black

*Christmas present!


The Language of Bees by Laurie King

Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Holiday Classics by O. Henry

Next Week

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My older daughter and I are headed to Illinois where I’m spending the week with her. I’m looking forward to that. She will have to work a few of the days and is on-call, but we will have a wonderful time together. I fly home next Sunday.

Blog Posts

  • Review
  • TTT: Goals and Resolutions
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • End of 2014
  • January books on my radar . . .
  • Sunday Post

What books did you collect last week? What are you planning next week?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

15 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Dec 28”

  1. Sounds like a lovely Christmas! I really want to see Into the Woods so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. I love the sound of the book your daughter made. That sounds like a great gift. Have a happy New Year and enjoy your time with your daughter!


    1. Into the Woods was so good. All four of us loved it. The family book is so good. My dad was a story teller and she has a number of his stories in the book plus pictures I hadn’t seen before. Something the whole family will treasure.


  2. What a thoughtful gift from your youngest daughter! It sounds like you’ve had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. 🙂

    Enjoy Owl and the Japanese Circus, I’ve heard it’s really good!


  3. What a great and thoughtful present from your younger daughter! And it sounds like a lovely Christmas. I hope you and your older daughter have a wonderful week together, too.

    You’ll have to let me know how the audio of Language of Bees is. I’ve read them all aloud to Robin, so it’s hard for me to listen to someone else read them!

    Enjoy all those new books, and Happy New Year, my friend!


    1. Thanks so much, Lark! I’m in Illinois with my older daughter now and we’re having lots of fun together. This week won’t be quite as busy as last week was so that’s nice. I’ll catch up on my sleep!

      I’m looking forward to listening to Language of Bees. That’s so great you’ve continued to read the Russell and Holmes books to Robin. My kids and I don’t read aloud anymore though we do discuss books and I read poetry over the phone to one of my daughters when she was away at college and sick.


        1. I felt so bad I was so far away and she was feeling so sick. I have a book of poetry my Mom gave me when I was child. And I read from it to my kids. Some of our favorites were from Ogden Nash, e. e. cummings, Longfellow and others so it helped me as much as her to read to her since I couldn’t be there to help.


          1. Of course it would help both of you! I wish I’d read more poetry to Robin when she was growing up, but she took a course on poetry (reading and writing it) in college and now she really likes it. She’s fond of Billy Collins, Alberto Rios, and some other modern poets.


  4. I am fascinated with your upstairs tree! We were away so did no decorating, but I do a bunch for New Year’s Eve when we have a party. Okay not a LOT, mostly lanterns. It takes time to put them all together and get them set up on bamboo supports. That’s it. Most years though we do a lot more.


    1. The upstairs tree was a real tree. Very pretty. The attic is finished in my daughter’s house–where the master bedroom is and it’s colder up there so a good choice for a real tree. We didn’t do much decorating at home either since we were at our daughters. We usually do a lot more than we did, too. A New Years Eve party sounds like lots of fun.


  5. Oh, that book about your family sounds wonderful! What a fantastic idea and how thoughtful.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday and are enjoying your trip. Happy New Year!


    1. My daughter has put together some wonderful books in the past–for trips she has taken or for someone’s birthday, but she outdid herself with this book.


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