Sunday Post: Christmas nearly here

A chance to connect with others and talk about books plus a little about our personal lives


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.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate Christmas!

Personal life

December snow

We had almost seven inches of snow last week and it has stayed cold so we still have quite a bit. We may still have snow around on Christmas Day!

Christmas preparations

I’ve spent the last few weeks making Christmas cards, Christmas cookies and talking to my kids about how we’re going to celebrate Christmas even if we are far apart. Above are a few of the cards I made. We’ve gotten all our cards mailed. Many years I’m still sending cards after Christmas. (Then they’re New Year cards!)

I’ve also made several batches of cookies and sent cookies and some presents to my kids.

Christmas Day plans

Since we’re far apart we decided to each make the same (or similar) meal. We’re going to do zoom calls on Christmas Day and we’ll open presents together. Then later in the day we’ll cook together. We’re keeping things simple and all doing a beef roast with a few easy side dishes and maybe a fruit crisp for dessert.

This all has to get planned so that we can try to get the ingredients we need from the store. My husband and I are doing curbside pickup for our groceries so we can’t always get the exact things we want. Since our kids all work they have to figure out when they can get the things they need. Plus we live in three different time zones! But this is a way for us to feel connected and try to stay as safe as we can while we wait for a vaccine.

Blog Life

I haven’t written very much in the last month or so. I couldn’t concentrate on writing anything or visiting other blogs. I needed to do as much as I could for Christmas this year since our family is apart. We’re making final preparations today for what we’ll do Christmas Day.

I’m not going to post anything more until after the new year. However, I am hoping to write some things for my blog after Christmas to post in 2021.

Posted last week
No posts until after the new year

My books

I’ve done a lot of reading this year and have enjoyed so many books. Mostly, they’re books I was able to read and lose my everyday self for awhile. This has been an anxious year and reading has been my solace. Sometimes I’ve found a book by an author and then had to read lots more books by that author.

That happened this month with a series by Kelley Armstrong. I devoured three books by her. However, a funny thing happened when I decided to read the last book in the series. It wasn’t the last book in the series I was reading! I read The Reckoning by mistake thinking it was book 3 of the Darkness Rising series when it was really book 3 of the Darkest Powers series!

The two series are connected–which I didn’t realize at first. I kept waiting for the characters from the Darkness Rising series to appear. When they didn’t I finally figured out I had the wrong book, but was already enjoying The Reckoning so I finished it. Then I found the right book 3 and I’m reading that now!

I guess that shows I’m also kind of distracted!

What I’m reading
  • The Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
  • The Rising by Kelley Armstrong
Some books I read the last few weeks
  • The Other Woman by Jane Isaac
  • A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo
  • Nogged Off by Barbara Ross
  • For Better, For Worse by Jane Isaac
  • The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
  • Christmas Island by Natalie Normann
  • Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March
  • The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
  • The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
  • The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
A few books I got recently

Christmas Island by Natalie Normann

Take a Look at the Five and Ten by Connie Willis

Forging Fire by Lisa Preston

Christmas in Bayberry by Jennifer Faye

Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe


I hope you’re all safe and well. I hope you stay safe as Covid cases surge in many places in the world–especially here in the United States.

I also hope that as 2021 comes along we’re all able to stay patient: wear masks when needed, wash our hands and keep our distance to keep each other safe.

And get vaccinated when we can.

Sunday Post: Christmas in Indiana

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


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?

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate

‘Twas Christmas broach’d the mightiest ale;
‘Twas Christmas told the merriest tale;
A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
The poor man’s heart through half the year.
–Walter Scott

“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day.
— Jean Fritz


My three kids are with us and I feel very lucky to have them here to celebrate our first Christmas in our new house.

I made cards this year and had lots of fun making them though I got a late start. I didn’t get my  cards sent out until this week, but I did get them sent out with a short note so that made me happy!


I haven’t posted much in December. It has been a very busy month plus I’ve had various computer problems most of the month. My son is here for Christmas and has solved the last of the computer problems…at least for now.

I plan to get back on schedule after Christmas. For now I hope you all have a wonderful day!

How are you spending your day?




Sunday Post–December 8

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kim 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 participate in every week and I thank Kim for hosting it!

Last Week

Around the Housechristmas-card_edited

I didn’t do a lot of reading, but my husband and I did a little house reorganizing as well as Christmas decorating. The tree is up..but no lights or decorations yet, but we have Christmas lights outside! I reorganized my craft room and made a few Christmas cards!

We might get a little snow on Sunday before it changes to sleet/freezing rain and then to all rain. We have a lower chance of snow and freezing rain here in southern Maryland.


No reviews this week. I had a couple just about ready, but could never sit down to finish them so…maybe next week!

Sunday Post–December 1

December books on my radar…

2014 Books I’m Dying to Read

What I’m reading

The Inconvenient Duchess by Christine Merrill

What I read this week

Poltergeist by Kat Richardson

E-books bought

I bought lots of books this week–there were just so many great sales…and when they weren’t exactly on sale the price was still good! And I plan to do a marathon read of some of the Sharon Lee and Steve Miller books in January so I’m getting ready!

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Saltation by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Dragon Ship by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Champion of the Rose by Andrea K. Höst

The Night Before Christmas by Kelly Hunter (novella)

One Snowy Night Before Christmas by Pamela Fryer

Keepsake by Antoinette Stockenberg

Starting from Scratch by Stacy Gail

The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas

At Your Pleasure by Meredith Duran

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

Around the internetbookish-christmas-ornament

I saw a post this weekend at that Artsy reader girl blog about making Christmas ornaments from book pages! There are some great ideas, pictures  and links to directions so go check them out!

Li from Me and My Books blog has put up a post about free/cheap e-books which has great information and links. I found some great new resources (as though I need to get more books!), but, of course, I’m going to utilize these

Next Week

Around the house

My husband is out of town on business until the weekend before Christmas so I need to finish the decorating, the Christmas cards and make sure we’re ready for Christmas. Yikes! Lots to do, but I’m going to try to relax. Here’s my mantra–Enjoy each day, have some fun, read some Christmas books, listen to Christmas music, bake some cookies…. Oh well, one day at a time, I guess!

Posts on the blog

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Review: Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen
  • Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  • Sunday Post

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What did you do last week? What are your plans for next week?