Savoring Christmas


I love Christmas.  I love that special holiday of love and giving so much that one day I’d like to set a challenge to spend a year only reading books with a Christmas theme. Not really.  It would be like a year-long vision of sugar plums, without the benefit of holiday sales and being able to wear reindeer motif socks.

I am taking a break from science fiction and teen fiction to check in with two Debbie Macomber titles—The Christmas Basket and 1225 Christmas Tree Lane. In the first title, Noelle returns home during the holidays for her sister’s wedding and runs into an macomber2ex-boyfriend.  Despite the bad breakup, they re-kindle their love, but a family feud between their mothers stands in the path to true love.  In the second title, at the insistence of her two teenage daughters Beth Morehouse reluctantly welcomes her ex-husband to her home for the holidays.  Unfortunately, he arrives with a new girlfriend in tow, and unrequited feelings for his ex-wife.

Yes, I love Christmas and I love reading holiday books, despite the sentimental and predictable story lines. I won’t read them year-round, but it’s nice to know that I can savor them any time I choose by indulging in a book.



The Reading Experiment

Another year is coming to a close, bringing to an end another goodreads challenge.  I fell short of my 50 book reading goal, but as they say, “So many books, so little timjourneye.”down

2015 was my year to experiment with contemporary women’s fiction.  Lots of Debbie Macomber, Elin Hilderbrand, and Kristin Hannah.  But there was also Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee, The One-Hundred Foot Journey by Richard Morais, and How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon.  It was a great year for books, especially when we heard that print books were on the rise again.  I have nothing against eBooks (actually, I love audiobooks), but would be sad if print books were to decline or disappear.

My challenge for 2016 will be at least 50 books read, with an emphasis on young adult fiction, classics, and genres I would rarely consider for reading enjoyment.  I have also signed up to complete 2,016 miles in 2016 through Run the Edge.  All those miles might mean more books audiobook listening time, don’t you think?

Merry Christmas and happy Reading!


Table For One at The Pancake Palace

Sometime during my three-peat of marathons in 2013, I “read” 16 Lighthouse Road on audiobook. My goal was to listen to a story that would help break the monotony of the 26.1 miles, and would only be slightly interrupted by the barking of my dog-tired feet. That was two years, a few marathons, and 10 titles ago in the Cedar Cove series.   Continue reading “Table For One at The Pancake Palace”

My Dynamic Hold List

foodlab Because I borrow most of my books from the public library, I will often place hold requests on titles through the online catalog.  The number of titles on my hold request list will vary, from hardcover books to eBooks, audiobooks to music, and DVDs, and can often be as high as 50 items.  And that number will increase and decrease as I continuously read and listen to reviews.  But let’s talk about books.  What’s on my hold list at this moment?

Go Set a Watchman by Harper LeeMany of my co-workers have refused to read this To Kill a Mockingbird sequel, out of fear that it might taint their memories of one of literature’s beloved characters.  I’ll let you you know if that happens after I read the book. Continue reading “My Dynamic Hold List”

Silver Linings

silverliningsOnce upon a time, a co-worker shared some words of wisdom—on occasion, everyone who loves to read needs to partake in a bubblegum-for-the-brain novel.  In other words, a book that doesn’t require much thinking.  For some readers that bubblegum could be a graphic novel.  For others it could be dystopian fiction.  For me it’s Debbie Macomber novels.  They’re entertaining.  They’re light.  They’re page turners. I love them. Continue reading “Silver Linings”