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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (December 18): 12/18/17

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (December 18)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

Early this week we finally got our lights up. My daughter and I took charge of it. Since neither of us felt like climbing up a ladder to hang them from the house, we opted for our front garden.

Our garden lit up

Hanukkah also started. That's my husband's part. It's a good excuse to reload the kids with school supplies.

Menorah

Today, though, was a busy one. Our couch and loveseat arrived more than a week early! We were told to expect them sometime between Christmas and New Years. We were hoping ot have them in by New Years when my husband's parents come up again. So you can imagine how thrilled we were to have them this early!

Menorah

Also today we got our Christmas tree set up. That's my department, although my husband was nice enough to help me bring home the tree yesterday in his car. His car is bigger than mine. We got a live pinion tree. In the new year, we'll plant it up on our hill. Our goal is to slowly re do things with native plants.

What I read:

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 25 Patina A Fatal Chapter The Coffee Book Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes Finding Perfect Click'd

  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 25 by Rosamund Kidman Cox (editor); personal collection
  • Patina by Jason Reynolds; personal collection
  • A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barret; library book (audio)
  • The Coffee Book: Anatomy of an Industry from Crop to the Last Drop by Gregory Dicum and Nina Luttinger; library book
  • Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes by Mary E. Lambert; library book
  • Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz; library book
  • Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone; library book
  • Fleep by Jason Shiga; web comic

What I'm reading:

Player Piano Out of Tune Tuesdays at the Castle Slider

  • Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.; personal collection
  • Out of Tune by Gail Nall; library book / research
  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George; personal collection (audio)
  • Slider by Pete Hautman; review copy

Up Next:

Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes This Is Just a Test One Good Thing About America Ghosts of Greenglass House

  • Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes by Booki Vivat; personal collection
  • This Is Just a Test by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang
  • One Good Thing about America by Ruth Freeman
  • Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Posts:

Mysteries reviewed in 2017 2017 books read and reviewed Diverse books reviewed in 2017

Reviews Posted

14 Hollow Road The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre Orphan Island Demon Volume 4 Murder on the Half Shelf Boundless Beast & Crown

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Comment #1: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 06:39:36

Geybie’s Book Blog

Happy Hanukkah. I hope you’re having a wonderful time. Enjoy your books and happy reading. ❤️😁



Comment #2: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 18:10:00

Pussreboots

Thank you.



Comment #3: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 09:26:21

Greg

Your Christmas lights look nice! I think it's neat you plant your tree after the holiday, cool idea.

Click'd looks fun, and I enjoyed Tuesdays in the Castle. Cute book.



Comment #4: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 18:11:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. It's the first time I've a yard and we just weren't prepared to jump right into the holiday season. Next year I'll have more of a plan.

Click'd is an excellent book. Tuesdays at the Castle is a re-read for me. First time I read it in print; this time I'm listening to the audiobook.



Comment #5: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 10:08:55

Laurel-Rain Snow

Enjoy the holidays! I love those lights, and your couch is lovely! So comfy looking, too.

Enjoy those books, too. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.



Comment #6: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 18:14:00

Pussreboots

Thanks. The couch is comfy. Next year I hope to have a more coherent design for the lights.



Comment #7: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 10:47:11

Beth F

We're a dual-holiday family too. Love the color of your couch!



Comment #8: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 18:17:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. We wanted something dark to go with the otherwise very bright room. Plus we just both really like deep blues. Happy holidays!



Comment #9: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 11:55:05

Kathy Martin

Looks like you are getting organized for the holidays. I like the idea of a live tree but here in Minnesota it would be April or May before it could be planted outside. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #10: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 18:19:00

Pussreboots

I think next year we'll just have an artificial tree inside. I guess that all depends on how well the planting of this one goes.



Comment #11: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 15:07:24

Kathryn Trask

I love the lights and the couch looks perfect, good and strong and sturdy and very comfortable. Enjoy your reading sitting in it.



Comment #12: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 18:22:00

Pussreboots

The couch has all of those fine qualities. I am looking forward to many a fine book curled up on it.



Comment #13: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 00:08:21

MarthaE

You've been busy! The outdoor lights, menorah and tree all look good. Great idea to have a live tree to replant! We won't have decorations as we'll be traveling to our son's. Youv'e got some books I'd like. Hope your good reading continues!



Comment #14: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 21:32:00

Pussreboots

The last bunch of years we've been traveling and haven't bothered with a tree here. The last three years we were in Canada. Before that, San Diego.



Comment #15: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 04:43:18

Poem Fanatic @ Poems and Poets

Happy Hannukkah! Enjoy the winter vacations- and don't forget to enjoy your books!



Comment #16: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 21:34:00

Pussreboots

Thanks. I will do my best to enjoy my books.



Comment #17: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 06:34:07

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

So many great books here that I haven’t read yet. Thanks for sharing them!



Comment #18: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 21:36:00

Pussreboots

Thanks! I'll have more to share next week.



Comment #19: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 06:37:33

Yvonne

Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Your Christmas lights look so pretty. Love the couch. Have a great week.



Comment #20: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 21:44:00

Pussreboots

Thank you on all accounts.



Comment #21: Tuesday, December, 19, 2017 at 08:30:30

Colletta

You've been reading away. I've been struggling to find the time!

Happy Holidays!



Comment #22: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 21:47:00

Pussreboots

It's a combination of speed reading for the Cybils and insomnia.



Comment #23: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 09:54:13

Amelia

As a coffee addict I'm going to have to check out that Coffee Book!

Love the lights! I bought lights for my new house but haven't put them up...yet?

Happy Holidays.



Comment #24: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 21:49:00

Pussreboots

Next year I'd like more lights throughout the front yard, and a timer or remote for them. At the moment I have to go outside and manually unplug them. The house has some wacky electrical outlets and we haven't quiet figured everything out yet.

The Coffee Book was an interesting read.



Comment #25: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 19:17:25

Nicole Reid

Wow! Congrats on the couches and being up on not only one, but two holidays! I think that Family Game Night looks pretty cool--I may have to check it out.



Comment #26: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 21:49:00

Pussreboots

Family Game Night is memorable.



Comment #27: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 20:00:09

Sarah

Gotta love when things arrive early. The furniture looks great, as does the lights and tree. Enjoy your week!



Comment #28: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 21:56:00

Pussreboots

Thanks! The furniture is also very comfortable.