Sunday Post: Christmas in Indiana

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

We are in Indiana for Christmas. There’s snow on the ground, I’ve made some Christmas cookies, we’ve gone to a fun Christmas Market and my two other kids show up in a couple of days. I managed to get my Christmas cards made, written and mailed before we left home which made me happy. I love this time of year!

Blog Life

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Merry Christmas
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Between Frames by W.R. Gingell
What I read recently
  • The Wise Virgin by Jo Beverley
  • Dark As Night by Katherine Pathak
Books I got recently

Rest You Merry by Charlotte MacLeod (ebook/purchased)

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (ebook/purchased)

Deadly Dram by Melinda Mullet (ebook/purchased)

Dark as Night by Katherine Pathak (Kindle Unlimited)

The Dark Fear by Katherine Pathak (Kindle Unlimited)

Snowfall on Cedar Trail by Annie Rains(Paperback/Library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week?

Sunday Post: It’s already the middle of December!

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

I’m having trouble keeping up with how fast December days are speeding by! Still so many things I want to do since I love Christmas. I have to realize I may not get everything done. The most important thing for me is to spend time with my family at this time of the year. And that’s what I need to remember and focus on.

We went looking at Christmas lights last night and I was able to get a few photos. It’s a ritual we always try to do sometime before Christmas. I love to see how people have decorated. It gets dark so early these days that seeing the decorations and lights is so cheering.

Other than playing with my new kitten I don’t feel like I’ve gotten very much done. (Playing with Olie is great fun and he and Elf are starting to play together.) I did do some reading since Olie like to help me read! I’m trying to read some Christmas books before Christmas. This is about the only time of the year I still read a few historical romances. And I’m still trying to finish Christmas cards to get in the mail on Monday or Tuesday!

Christmas in Indiana

We’re spending Christmas in Indiana and traveling there at the end of this week. It’s much easier for our kids to get to Indiana so that’s where we’re spending Christmas this year. We’re bring our kitten with us, my son is bringing his mini dachshund, our Illinois daughter is bringing her cat and our Indiana daughter whose house we’re invading has two dogs so we will have quite the full house of humans and animals!

Blog Life

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Wise Virgin by Jo Beverley
What I read recently
  • Crash Point by John Carson
  • Borderline by Janet Edwards
  • The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Books I got recently

Borderline by Janet Edwards (ebook/purchased)

A Study in Gold by Annie Dalton (ebook/purchased)

Shamus Dust. Hard Winter. Cold War. Cool Murder by Janet Rogers (ebook/purchased)

The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey (Hardcover/Library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week?

Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Read-a-Thon Nov 6-11

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Back by popular demand, Jennifer @ The Book Shelfery (formerly Bawdy Book Blog) and Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer are once again hosting the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon. So break out the cocoa, the coffee, and cookies! Grab those holiday theme books and bring your holiday spirit. Prepare to enter challenges, win prizes, meet new friends and Twitter chat with us. You can join for a day or sit by the fire and hang out every day. The more you participate the more entries you will earn for the Participant Giveaway.

Check out their blogs for more information!

My goals for this read-a-thon:

  • At least one review of a Christmas book. I just read The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak so it’s not eligible as one of the books I read for the read-a-thon, but I want to have at least one review of a holiday book during the read-a-thon
  • Read at least one holiday book or several short stories
  • My list of possible books:
    • Mistletoe Mysteries–stories collected by Charlotte MacLeod
    • Shakespeare’s Christmas by Charlaine Harris
  • Write review and post it before the end of the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon
  • Participate in at least one challenge
  • Tweet my progress
  • Participate in the Twitter Party on Sunday

 

My fall reading list . . .

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week.

This week I get to talk about the books I’m most excited about for fall 2014. For me I focus on the new books coming out this fall and books from my TBR pile.

New fall books:

1.The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas–I read the first book in this young adult fantasy series and liked it a lot.

2. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh–Mary Balogh is one of my favorite historical romance authors. She had a new book out in July which I read and loved so I’m excited she has another new book published in this series in October!

3. The Pyramids of London by Andrea K. Höst–I already talked about my excitement for this steampunk fantasy in a Waiting on Wednesday post a couple weeks ago.

4. The Future Falls by Tanya Huff–The third book in the Gale Women series. I’ve enjoyed the first two books so this is a no brainer!

5. Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews–A new series from Ilona Andrews!

6. Maybe this Christmas by Sarah Morgan–The third book in the O’Neil Brother series and this is a Christmas book, too.

7, Tainted Blood by M. L. Brennan–I’ve read the first two books in this series and they’re one of my favorite new series of the year.

Books from my TBR Pile:

8. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness–I read the first book in this series and loved it. I really need to read this book especially since the third book is already available.

9. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch–So many people have recommended this book to me. I need to read it!

10. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marilier–I’ve heard so many great things about this book and I’ve wanted to read it for quite awhile.

What books do you want to read this fall?

 

Ho-Ho-Ho Wrap-Up

HoHoHoRATsmallThe Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon is over (several days ago). It was sponsored by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer and by Jennifer at The Bawdy Book Blog. It was a lot of fun…even though I didn’t reach my goals.

These were my goals:sleigh-bells-in-the-snow

  • Read at least two holiday books and maybe a couple of novellas or short stories. I read one book (Sleigh Bells in the Snow) and one short story (The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas by Madeline L’Engle).
  • Participate in at least one challenge. Didn’t participate in any challenges.
  • A wrap-up post. Finally completing the wrap-up post.

the-twenty-four-days-before-christmasI did have fun with the read-a-thon since I loved the book and short story I read. I don’t usually start my Christmas reading this early. It really put me in the holiday mood! I’m in Iowa visiting my daughter (one reason I didn’t do more during the read-a-thon) and we actually had snow flurries here on Monday so that made me think even more about Christmas!

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon

HoHoHoRATsmallThe Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon starts today. It’s sponsored by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer and by Jennifer at The Bawdy Book Blog and you can still participate by going to one of their blogs and signing up.

My goals for the read-a-thon:

  • Read at least two holiday books and maybe a couple of novellas or short stories.
  • Participate in at least one challenge
  • A wrap-up post

Books on my Kindle:

Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgansleigh-bells-in-the-snow

Shakespeare’s Christmas by Charlaine Harris

The Stupidist Angel by Christopher Moore

Bring Me Home for Christmas by Robyn Carr

My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr

A Christmas Bride by Mary Balogh

A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh

Christmas Beau by Mary Balogh

Anthologies/Novellas on my Kindle:

Snow-Kissed by Laura Florand

A Grosvenor Square Christmas by Anna Campbell, Shana Galen, Vanessa Kelly & Kate Noble

The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas by Madeline L’Engle

The Heart of Christmas by Mary Balogh, Courtney Milan & Nicola Cornick