Top Ten Books I Wish Santa Would Bring!

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Merry Christmas everyone!!!  I hope you are all well- here is a list of the top ten Classics I would like as I am still planning on joining  The Classics Club soon!  These are books I haven’t read yet- most of the Classics that come straight to mind will have to be rereads for me.

1.  East of Eden

2. And Then There Were None

3.  The Bell Jar

4.  1984

5.  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

6.  Animal Farm

7.  My Cousin Rachel

8.  The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

9.  Dracula

10.  The Divine Comedy

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Bookish (& Not So Bookish) Thoughts

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Bookish & Not So Bookish Thought

is a weekly meme hosted by Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous, where we post things that are on our minds.

1.  I did a good amount of shopping at Target over this past month, so when I woke up and saw the news, I was all-WTF!!!  Nice way to start the holidays.

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2.  Over the last week and a half, we have had 4 winter storms.  4!  There have been snow days and delayed openings galore.  My son’s school actually called a “at home school day”, where from 10-3, the teacher posted work online and the kids did it and submitted it.  That wasn’t so bad.

But seriously, the wrapping needed to be done.  Remember I told you I am the sole holiday worker in this household?

3.  I have been in such an awesome groove reading wise lately!  I actually read a book (Reconstructing Amelia) in less than 11 hours yesterday.  I simply could not put it down, ignoring all others until I finished. (Please, at 13 and 15, they were thrilled). I can’t wait to review it, but I need to give myself a few days.  It made such an impression, that I kept having dreams about it last night!

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4.  Last week, I was dreading getting back out on the slopes- well, I did it!

This is what I looked like- yeah right.

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No broken bones or anything though, but now hubby is trying to convince me I can move onto the next level slopes.  I don’t think so.

5.  I hate it when you think you are totally done with the shopping for gifts, only to realize after you have wrapped, that you forgot something.  Guess I am hitting Marshall’s tomorrow.

6.  Getting very excited for the holidays!  We have a pretty cool tradition.  We stay home on Christmas Eve, decorate our tree, and have a fancy dinner.  This year my daughter insisted on lamb chops.  Then we exchange one gift, usually a jokey gift, then watch Scrooged in front of the fire.   Do you have any fun holiday traditions?

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Bookish & Not So Bookish Thoughts…

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Bookish & Not So Bookish Thought

is a weekly men hosted by Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous, where we post things that are on our minds.

I am crazy busy, so I am not sure how many actual thoughts I will be able to string together.

1.  With less than 2 weeks till Christmas, I am getting run down.  Somehow, I am responsible for buying ALL the gifts- my extended family, his extended family, our children.  Poor hubby?  He has to wrack his brain to buy for me.  Nevermind all the wrapping, baking and cooking.  Now add to that a snow day this Tuesday, and going away this weekend and next for some skiing, and I am thinking that I am screwed.  If I don’t watch out I am going to be grumpy mess for the holidays.

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2.  I gave in and borrowed a copy of The Bone Season from my library.  I had heard many good things, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to start a new series-this is supposed to be the first of 7.  Well, I read it.  And loved it.  Now I have to wait for the darn author to write the next 6!  Hurry up already, I want to know what happens!!!

3.  As I mentioned above, it snowed and there was no school for the kids.  I actually sat in my chair with a lovely wool blanket as the snow started falling aground 7 am, and read as the snow fell.  It was probably the best 2 hours of my week.

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4.  I started skiing last year, at the age of 40+.  I survived.  I’m supposed to go back and do it again this weekend.  I know I probably won’t die, but the thought has entered my head.  Often.  I am afraid of breaking something or worse.  This is why you should teach these sorts of things while people are really young.  I have to start thinking positive.  I will not fall.  I will not fall.  By the way, I tend to stick to the greens- the easiest slopes-with all the little kids and beginners.

5.  My blogging and reviewing has slowed down a bit, but at the same time, I am read a lot and loving it.  Plus, I have taken a step back from accepting ARCS for a while and I am only reading books that I am choosing.  It’s all going pretty nicely.  I am hoping to get back into more blogging after the holidays, but for now I am just going with the flow.

6.  I am so looking forward to joining Leah at Books Speak Volumes in a few weeks for Jazz Age January!  She has invited bloggers to join along in  “reading  books related to the Jazz Age- novels, written by Jazz Age authors, non fiction about the 20’s and contemporary fiction set during this time period.”  I wrote my thesis in History in this time period, and have always loved the literature that came out of it.  Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Stein, and then all the books that have been written about them and the decade.

 Stop by if you are interested and sign up!

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7.  Last January, I signed up for the Goodreads 2013 challenge, and I set out to read 100 books in the year.  I am at 94, and I think I am going to make it (fingers crossed).

8.  This is all I want for Christmas- Jane Austen’s Persuasion Scarf.  Or Pride & Prejudice.  I’ll take either.  But I will probably get pajamas.

And maybe a sweater.

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