Twas …

Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even this …… stuffed squirrel?

Every year I swear I’m going to read something Christmas-y when December rolls around.  And every year I end up with a stack of books like this — not a Christmas story in sight.  What’s on your holiday reading list?

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20 thoughts on “Twas …

  1. Sarah W

    The Hobbit and Hope and Destiny: A patient and Parent’s Guide to Sickle Cell Disease.

    And Olivia’s Christmas, but that’s (mostly) for the kids.

  2. Averil Dean

    Living Arrangements (still waiting for my copy . . . grrrr), Runaway by Alice Munro, Best American Noir.

    I’m all about the short stories this Christmas, apparently. And like you, nothing Christmassy in sight!

  3. Laura Maylene

    I’m sorry about Living Arrangements, guys. There are distribution issues. *shakes head* And I feel very powerless about it. Apparently SPD has to get more copies to Amazon.

    I’m going to read The Tiger’s Wife, Imaginary Girls, and The Lacuna. Maybe in that order, not sure. And I don’t even think about reading Christmasy or “seasonally appropriate” books…

    1. Averil Dean

      Yay!!! I’m going to check my mailbox when I get home from work.

      (Don’t be sorry, Laura. Our impatience is an expression of devotion, like JoJo at the door, wagging her tail.)

  4. schietree

    I’m finishing up Independent People by Halldor Laxness (Nobel winner), which is suitably wintery but a bit of a slog.

    My big project for 2012 will be a reading list of 40+ books, but I’m struggling to think of some good non-biography non fiction. Suggestions v welcome 🙂

  5. TP

    Seven Gothic Tales, Isak Dinesen. Perfect for gloomy days, of which we have had several recently here in so-called sunny Florida.

    The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

    The Collected Stories of Richard Yates. This one is sure to be full of holiday cheer.

    I’m making an Amazon order today, so Living Arrangements will be in the cart. Chin up, Laura Maylene. You’ve got real author’s problems now!

    Ima coming to your house to steal your puppy, Teri. And the squirrelly.

  6. Lyra

    I’m still working on the three or four I’ve been working on.
    I will have you know that your puppy is cuddling up with a chipmunk. How do I know, you ask? I mistakenly called the three gray furry creatures hanging upside down from our ornamental pear tree but moments ago, squirrels.
    My three-year old burst into a fit of laughter and said, “Mommy! Those aren’t sqweeer-als! Those are chipped-monks!”
    I explained that the little ones with stripes or spots are chipmunks and he all but patted my head as he confidently said, “Nope” through his laughter.
    He wouldn’t hear of it.
    That is definitely a chipmunk in the picture.

  7. macdougalstreetbaby

    STEVE JOBS is next but first I’m going to finish LITTLE GALE GUMBO. I tossed THE SOJOURN aside but that first chapter is riveting.

    1. Teri

      I’ve also set THE SOJOURN aside after reading a few chapters. But in all fairness I have to point out I’ve done this with about a dozen books in the last month. Nothing is grabbing me. I blame it on my own easily-distracted self.

  8. Les

    When I was in AP English in 12th grade our teacher made us read Light in August over Xmas break. She said, “You’ll like it. It’s a Christmas story. There’s even a character named Joe Christmas!” We were none too pleased with her when we came back…!

    1. Teri

      LOL Les. I bet you wanted to string that teacher up!

      This is how corrupted I am by TV: when I hear the words “Christmas Story” all I see in my mind is Ralphie with his tongue stuck to the icy pole on the playground. 🙂

  9. Catherine

    I’m reading The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas about a child being slapped at an Australian barbecue, by an adult who is not his parent. So far it’s great. Not sure what else I will take away but I have a new Dinaw Mingestu downstairs. Or maybe something lighter? I am also giving really tough books to my eldest sons – who knows if they will rise to the challenge.

    Merry Reading Christmas!

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