Monday, November 28, 2022

Almost the End of Year Book Report (Day 332, Year 2)

There are three good things about the Monday after Thanksgiving:

1. The children return to school.
2. You are one more day closer to Christmas break. 
3. That, now at nearly 8pm, it is almost freaking over. 

Really, this Monday can SUCK IT. 

I know this is not a positive attitude. I know we just finished the season of gratitude and are entering the season of Advent. I am aware I just wrote about Advent yesterday. I am also aware that I will Google Advent and find out that Advent means the "arrival," as in the arrival of the Christ child; however on the Monday after Thanksgiving, it feels like a hellscape is arriving. 

I am tired. I am cranky. I want to eat more pie. I don't want to do adult things like drive my children places or help with homework. 

But, here I am, back at it all, again. 

Well, technically I am hiding in my newly finished office not helping my children with anything, so I guess there is that. 

What does one do on a day such as this? When everything just feels like walking through sludge in very heavy workman type boots? 

I have no idea. 

But, I do know that everyday is a great day to read! Reading always cheers me up, even if I read something sad. Books just take you away and for me, a writer, I need to get out of my own head sometimes to be able to pull words out of that head later. 

I have to read 10 more books to reach my 2022 goal of 60 books! I know there are just 33 days left in the year, but I've read 10 books in 33 days before, so watch what world! 

Here is my latest book report of what I read and what I've got on my potential list to wrap this year up:

Read: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
I loved every word and every nuance and every little rich secret and meaning hidden in this book. The story follows the friendship of two programmers who grown up together playing games and then end up designing games. The book is so real; so satisfying and left me feeling everything under the sun. I enjoyed the misunderstandings. I adored the imperfect, very much a mess characters. The book, like a video game, is filled with extra lives and game overs and new beginnings and secret treasures within it's pages. I rarely read a book twice; but I know I'll pick this one up again and again.

To Read: 
Since my last book review of Matthew Perry's hot mess autobiography, I only read Zevin. But, while I was enduring Perry's strange book, I reorganized my bookcase and found loads of treasures I haven't read, including:

1. Maybe You Should Take to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
2. The Sign for Home by Blair Fell
3. Trouble in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
4. The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
5. I am Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
6. Have I Told You This Lately by Lauren Graham (a friend lent this to me!)

I also have a three part Christmas mystery series queued up on my Kindle: Twelve Slays of Christmas, Slashing Through the Snow and Twas the Knife Before Christmas, all by Jacqueline Frost. And a few other seasonal delights: Home Sweet Christmas by Susan Mallery, The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan, Merrily Ever After by Cathy Bramley and Snowed in for Christmas by Sarah Morgan. 

I won't get to all these books and I'll probably end up reading completely different things, as I tend to. I also love reading an actual book; but I also love reading myself to sleep and my husband does not like to sleep with a light on, so I find myself on my Kindle most of the time. 

I already feel like this Monday can suck it, a little less, which is truly a result of the magic of books!



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