Merry Christmas!

Hello friends! I hope all of you are having a great Christmas.  Gage received lots of fun new things but right now he and his dad are playing Mario on his new Nintendo Switch. IMG_5110

I also want to give a shout out to my bookish Secret Santa, Terri (Alexia’s Books & Such).  I was so excited to open all of the goodies she sent.

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Since I didn’t know Terri I went to check out her site and now I’m a fan 🙂  I read her last post about cleaning up her TBR list on Goodreads and thought it was such a great idea that I’m going to give it a go, because without even checking I know my list is out of control.

How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

Okay, here I go off to GR…Good grief! I have 889 books on my want to read list.  I’m going to list the 5 that have been on there longest (since 2012!).  Let know if you’ve read them and whether I should keep them on my list or let them go.

Summerland by Erin Hilderbrand A warm June evening, a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. What begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny’s boyfriend, Jake, and her friend Demeter, are physically unhurt–but the emotional damage is overwhelming. Questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.”

Still sounds good.  I’m leaning towards keeping it.

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie In this darkly comic short story collection, Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, and stark realism to paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spoke Indian Reservation. These 22 interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet are filled with passion and affection, myth and dream. There is Victor, who as a nine-year-old crawled between his unconscious parents hoping that the alcohol seeping through their skins might help him sleep. Thomas Builds-the-Fire, who tells his stories long after people stop listening, and Jimmy Many Horses, dying of cancer, who writes letters on stationary that reads “From the Death Bed of James Many Horses III,” even though he actually writes them on his kitchen table. Against a backdrop of alcohol, car accidents, laughter, and basketball, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, men and women, and most poetically, between modern Indians and the traditions of the past.”

I hesitate to take Sherman Alexie off any list, but I’m not a huge fan of short stories.  Leaning towards taking this one off.

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen.

In today’s world, yesterday’s methods just don’t work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen’s premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:

* Apply the “do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it” rule to get your in-box to empty
* Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
* Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
* Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
* Feel fine about what you’re not doing

From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.“

If I haven’t read this by now I never will.  Don’t try and convince me otherwise 🙂

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A Walk For Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition For Charity on the Appalachian Trail by Jeff Alt  “Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure filled with humorous, frightening and inspirational stories including, bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bed mates and hilarious food cravings.As Alt walked through freezing temperatures, driving rain and sunny skies, he was constantly buoyed by the knowledge that his walk was dedicated to his brother who has cerebral palsy.

I think I’ll take this one off. Anyone read it?

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The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim  The women at the center of The Enchanted April are alike only in their dissatisfaction with their everyday lives. They find each other—and the castle of their dreams—through a classified ad in a London newspaper one rainy February afternoon. The ladies expect a pleasant holiday, but they don’t anticipate that the month they spend in Portofino will reintroduce them to their true natures and reacquaint them with joy. Now, if the same transformation can be worked on their husbands and lovers, the enchantment will be complete.”

Still intrigued.  Leaning toward keeping it on the list.

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5 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

  1. Kay says:

    Sounds like you guys had a nice Christmas. Cute picture of Gage! As to the books you listed, the only one I’ve read is Summerland. As I recall, it was good. Have fun ‘weeding’ your GR list. 🙂

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