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Happy December! I am so not ready for Christmas. We haven't even drawn names in my family for our gift exchange yet or even set a date to get together. I am going to try to send out Christmas cards this year so I need to look for those too. Lots to do!
I had a nice Thanksgiving with my family and on Black Friday my mom and I watched all four episodes of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. While I liked seeing what everyone in Stars Hollow was up to and there was some good character development for Emily and a little for Lorelai, I was mainly disappointed (Rory, I'm looking at you) and irritated by the final four words (again, Rory). I may have a review post about the series sometime.
This afternoon I visited a friend and we made some no-bake cookies while her husband evaluated my car (he's a mechanic). This week I am going to take my car to my regular mechanic to get the serpentine belt replaced and then look into getting some tires before bad weather hits. I'm really hoping it will hold off till after Christmas. I was happy to find out that the car situation isn't as dire as I'd believed. Aside from the serpentine belt and new tires, the other repairs can wait. I'd like to wait till 2018 to get a new car and that might be possible.
At the library I have my snowman craft night on Tuesday. We have 11 people signed up so far to attend. I'm almost done with my purchases for the year. I am planning to go back to Barnes & Noble on Friday since I still have at least $2,000 to spend in the book budget. I'm also starting to plan programs for January and February. I know I want to bring back the coloring programs and maybe show some movies.
Last week on my blog:
Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan (review)
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
I thought this started out well but I felt a little disappointed in the end. Still it is an page turning novel with a Gothic feel.
Alterations by Stephanie Scott
This is a contemporary retelling of Sabrina. I liked the modern update though at times I was annoyed with Amelia (because of her lies), I was still rooting for her. I also really liked Liam (based on Linus from the movie).
Christmas at Rosie Hopins' Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan
This was a fun sequel to Sweetshop of Dreams and I liked that it was set at Christmas and included Rosie's nutty family visiting from Australia.
On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins
Just like with If You Only Knew, this novel is about sisters. Jenny and Leo from If You Only Knew have cameo appearances here too as they live in the same town. This story is about Kate, a recent widow and her half-sister Ainsley, who thought she was getting engaged but instead got dumped. A great story about family relationships and a little romance too.
The Choices We Make by Karma Brown
I bought this e-book on a whim when it was on sale and I'm glad I did. It was a sad story but still good. Hannah is devastated when she can't have children but her best friend Kate offers to carry a baby for her.
The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan
This is the third (and final?) book in the Rosie Hopkins series. It was sadder than I'd anticipated but I still liked it and there was a happy ending. I love this series and want to check out the author's other books. She certainly makes rural England sound charming. Lipton is like an English version of Stars Hollow.
Books listened to:
The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan (reread)
A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund
This is a YA inspirational fiction novel inspired by Robin Hood but with a twist. Lady Juliana is the bandit and she kind of reminds me of Merida from Brave (not just because of the red hair).
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (reread)
I can't believe I waited so many months to pick up the story again. I'm at the very beginning. Pippin and Denethor have just met. I can't help but picture Billy Boyd and John Noble as I read.
Currently listening to:
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (reread)
Listening to this audiobook is a delight. I love the story but Rachel McAdams does a great job of bringing it to life.
On my TBR pile:
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
New books received:
The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan (for review)
The Choices We Make by Karma Brown (purchased)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (purchased)
Ross Poldark by Winston Groom (purchased)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: the Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling (library book)
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer (library book)
A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund (library book)
Christmas Joy by Nancy Naigle (library book)