Because Christmas is among us and I’m still not ready, this week has been madness. I’ve still managed to squeeze in some reading, but won’t likely be posting much over the next week. I thought I’d do just a quick post to share what I’m reading right now (including some of the children’s books we’re reading), and other happenings this week.
So, I just finished The Forbidden last night. I enjoyed it and you can see that review HERE.
I also finished One Day in December, but haven’t reviewed it yet. I didn’t really enjoy it that much and it turned out to be just okay. Totally in the minority with this one. It just wasn’t what I expected and not my kind of book.
I started Keeping Lucy late last night and could barely put it down. I think this book is going to be a 2018 favorite. It’s been a little excruciating for me and I’m feeling a lot of emotion. So far, Ginny’s baby (Lucy) is born and the doctors tell her the baby has a horrible form of down syndrome, one which they say will likely take her life within a few years. Her husband feels they need to put her in a special home to protect the family. He feels it’s best; Ginny doesn’t. A few years later when reports surface that the ‘school’ where Lucy lives isn’t safe anymore parents begin to file lawsuits, and Ginny wants to get Lucy back.
I’m at roughly 20% and will likely finish it today. Go pick this up on NetGalley if it sounds like one you’ll enjoy.
I’ve started A Christmas Carol and also The Night Before Christmas. These are in the Penguin Classic’s set that I purchased this year. Really happy to have this collection.
My family loves Jan Brett, so I grabbed this Christmas Treasury for the kids to read over Christmas. Originally, I planned for this to go under our Christmas tree for a family gift, but I couldn’t wait and wanted to add it to our Christmas reads for this week.
It’s so beautiful and fairly cheap on Amazon. This would make a wonderful gift for the child in your life. It contains seven stories: The Mitten, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble with Trolls, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Hat, Christmas Trolls, and The Night Before Christmas.
Here’s one we picked up from Barnes last week: DK’s An Anthology of Intriguing Animals.
My two youngest daughters love it. There are scads of animals shared with just a short little paragraph or two of facts for each animal. It’s a simple read they love cuddling up with. This would also make a wonderful gift for young readers this Christmas.
We are also reading Tilly and the Book Wanderers (Pages & Co.), and The Wild Robot.
I’ve been reading many children’s picture books with my youngest including: The Polar Express, Santa’s Snow Kitten, Jingle Bells, The Little Match Girl, and a new one we picked up, The Little Reindeer. The Little Reindeer is a favorite which we’ll keep in our collection. I highly recommend this one for a gift as well.
We made our Christmas cookies to pass out this week. Despite the added stress, it was so worth it. We were able to sit down and socialize with everyone as we delivered them. It turned out to be wonderful. We made baklava, chocolate chip, and a simple sugar cookies this year.
We added these cute cards from Barnes. Cards are half off this week!
We are enjoying the decorations…
We made some fun ornaments…
What do you guys have going on this week? Are you ready for Christmas? Feel free to chat with me below.