Thanksgiving dinner and all that is done (I made turkey soup with carrots and rice using the leftover carcass), The house is spic-and-span, and we’re in the middle of decorating for Christmas. Then there’s updating our Christmas card list and the writing of a Christmas letter, there’s the running our bead business, catering to our dogs, cleaning out the parakeet cage, baking cookies and date nut bread, preparing the menus for Christmas Eve and New Year’s, blah, blah, blah, yakkity yak yak yak.
It’s that time of year, right?
I’ll be writing a little less during the next couple of weeks. Maybe. I’ll see how things go. Meanwhile, in between all I mentioned above, I’ll be catching up on my reading during what I am calling my “Advent–Christmas Vacation Reading Gala 2017.” There really isn’t a “vacation” nor an “gala,” but it sounds old-fashioned and romantic and almost Currier-and-Ives-worthy, and we all need peacefulness and harmony and amity in this crazy world, n’est-ce pas?
Following is a list of books on my To Read shelf. These books are scattered around the house: on the coffee table, end tables, night stand, in my studio, and in my Kindle. In the list below, I’m sharing my vacation reading list, mostly for myself, but also to maybe inspire you to grab one or two. I’ve embedded the links to some of the authors. So, here goes:
1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War by Charles Emmerson
The Three Daughters of Madame Liang by Pearl S. Buck
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Case of the Perjured Parrot by Erle Stanley Gardner
The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport
Southern Reconstruction by Philip Leigh
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Then there is a list of short works that can be read over a long lunch, or whenever there’s a break in the day’s action:
Rest in Fleece: Ghosts Tall Tales & Horror Stories by Jan Olandese
A stack of books by Bobby Underwood:
Beyond Heaven’s Reach
No Holiday from Murder and Johnny’s Girl
The Unlocked Window
The Trail to Santa Rosa
Passage to Tomorrow
The Wild Country
There is a book for children that looks interesting, and I believe it would make a good gift. It’s “Myrtle the Purple Turtle” by Cynthia Reyes. Check it out. Cynthia also writes a blog I recommend following.
Ambitious, right? I think it is, yet I have good intentions sprinkled with, perhaps, a lot of optimism. We’ll see. I’ll be updating my progress here and on Goodreads.
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