Christmas has come and gone, and all is well. But thanks to COVID-19, small grievances can pile up like they’re much bigger, and they were a couple of times leading up to Christmas that I felt like this sheep:
But Christmas Eve and Day were nice. I made a turkey Christmas Eve afternoon for the sole purpose of turning it into other meals:
On Christmas morning we had a sausage, pancake, and apple dish, and Kitty wore herself out in the wrapping paper:
And since my buddy-read book club meets every Monday and Thursday, we had our first meeting for Beloved by Toni Morrison on Christmas Eve. So far, it’s a more challenging book than I thought it would be due to an unconventional writing style and storytelling method. Both of our pets got in on the action:
Saturday was my rotation to work at the library, so I got a bit of a break from being at home, which is nice because next week is New Year’s Eve and day, so we get next Thursday and Friday off, too. I’m not a fan of too many days at home. Is this a very American thing to think?
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
The newly-released collection of short stories The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories by Danielle Evans wasn’t as well-crafted as I thought it would be. If you were excited about Evans’s new collection and had it on your TBR — I know many of you did — consider pivoting to her older collection, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self.
I went from a short story collection to a family saga. Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza was an exciting, entertaining, and compelling book that suffered from repetition in the last two generations, but it’s still worth reading.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
On Tuesday I will wrap the entire reading year up with some stats and reflections, and I’ll include a look ahead into 2021. The pandemic made me more whimsical with my reading in 2020, but I’m going to try to hunker down in 2021 and get some of the physical TBR pile read and donated, if possible.
On Thursday you’ll get two-for-one: my reviews of the novella Rolling in the Deep and the much longer follow-up novel, Into the Drowning Deep, both by Mira Grant. Known for her enticing horror, this time around Grant gives readers a scare with murderous mermaids that mimic humans and may be much more dangerous than originally thought.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Thanks to Emily @ Literary Elephant for her recommendation!