At Chez Page, all the presents are now wrapped, which means Kitty is interested and annoying. Because we are not traveling to see family, and have not seen our family since March, presents were sent with the assistance of Santa Jeff Bezos. When I saw this picture, complete with the Amazon bubble packing material as the star on top, it hit home:
Although I’m on the team of folks who feel like Amazon is evil, I also realize it’s a part of life in the U.S. and that I can’t cut this giant out of my buying, especially not during COVID-19. So, if it lets me give and receive gifts with my family this Christmas, and sending Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku a baby gift, I’m thankful.
Speaking of Jackie . . . Baby Girl has finally arrived! I received the news when I was at work, and I definitely made some squeaky, gleeful noises that are not library appropriate. Jackie said it’s okay for me to tell everyone that baby arrived, but that in Jewish tradition her name will wait until Jackie and her spouse announce it. I mean, I know baby’s name. CUZ I’M SPECIAL. But you’ll have to wait for an update from her. Mom and baby are doing well. And I’m grateful that baby will come home from the hospital in the lil sheepie booties I got her! 😍 Arriving on the last day of Hanukkah, baby is an excellent present to her family and friends.
Lastly, our holiday cookie exchange by mail worked. My family received their lemon tea cookies and enjoyed them. My brother was even reported saying, “These crumpets taste British!” Just roll with it, people.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Bones on Ice by Kathy Reichs was a fun, intelligent mystery about solving the cause of death of a young woman who attempted to summit Mt. Everest, only to be left as a frozen corpse in the “death zone” of the mountain — that is, until an earthquake makes it possible to retrieve her remains.
Game of Hearts by Cathy Yardley was a romantic, nerdy read that balanced a variety of characters, avoided gender stereotyping, and had a fat female lead you can root for in her quest to be a great mechanic and an even better cosplay costume designer.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
My first-ever Goodreads giveaway win was The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories by Danielle Evans. I read Evans’s previous collection, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, four years ago, so was quite excited to see what she’s been up to. I’m not sure this collection made much of an impact on me, despite other readers’ love for it on Goodreads. Review Tuesday.
A book I was excited to read with someone is Some Sing, Some Cry by sisters Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza. My mom and I have a book club (is it a club with two people? or is it a buddy read?), so I pitched the title to her. Given the authors’ backgrounds in theater and poetry, I wondered if a novel they created together would be fairly challenging. I’ll share my review on Thursday.