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December 6, 2022


top ten holiday reads i’d like to get to this season
posted by soe 1:57 am

Since this week is a freebie week for Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl I thought I’d share some holiday books I’m hoping to read this season.

But first, if you haven’t been reading this year’s Virtual Advent Tour, make sure you check out fellow bibliophile raidergirl3’s post for today. Want to join in the fun? We’d love some additional participants, and you can do things like share a book or film review, a recipe, or favorite tradition. Sign-ups are here.

Now, here’s my holiday list, all of which I own, are checked out from the library, or I reasonably expect will come in from holds:

  1. The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox (grown-up The Parent Trap meets professional holiday baking)
  2. Christmas by the Book by Anne Marie Ryan
  3. Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli
  4. Deck the Donuts by Ginger Bolton
  5. Whiteout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon
  6. Eight Nights of Flirting by Hannah Reynolds
  7. The Christmas Clash by Suzanne Park
  8. The Usual Santas edited by Peter Lovesey
  9. 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
  10. The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

How about you? Do you have any seasonal reading planned?

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November 30, 2022


top ten books for things i find cozy
posted by soe 1:06 am

I struggled with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl, which asks us to share cozy reads. I mean, do you want unscary mysteries? Books you want to drink with a cup of cocoa? The Hallmark version of romance novels? Finally, I settled on ten books that I recommend that focus on things I personally find cozy:

  1. If you like baking: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  2. If you enjoy watching baseball: Summerland by Michael Chabon
  3. If you like going to the library: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  4. If you enjoy playing volleyball: Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate
  5. If you like music: Solo by Kwame Alexander
  6. If you enjoy playing games: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
  7. If you like drinking tea: Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin
  8. If you enjoy spending time with your cat: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  9. If you like swimming: The Lido by Libby Page
  10. If you enjoy traveling: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Friends, we’re looking for people to write posts as part of the Virtual Advent Tour. If you’d like to participate (review a Christmas book or movie, share a personal tradition — including your own holiday blog series, or hype a local holiday event), visit the sign-up page and leave the date you’d like in the comments.

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November 26, 2022


music for the weekend: someday
posted by soe 1:17 am

I fell in love with Kina Grannis when I heard her version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” in Crazy Rich Asians. This is her version of “Someday” by Sugar Ray, one of the songs she recorded during the pandemic.

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November 23, 2022


top characters to add to the macy’s day parade balloons
posted by soe 1:13 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl is a Thanksgiving freebie. While wondering what new giant balloons we’d be treated to in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, I decided that although Macy’s has historically been great about making balloons that include characters from films, tv, and literature, they might like some suggestions for bookish characters we’d like to see moved from the page to the sky. Here are my top ten recommendations:

  1. The Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  2. Tigger from Winnie-the-Pooh
  3. Peter from The Snowy Day
  4. Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web
  5. Max from Where the Wild Things Are
  6. The Moomins
  7. Amelia Bedelia
  8. Madeline
  9. Mr. Toad from The Wind in the Willows
  10. Stellaluna

How about you? What characters would you like to see added to their giant balloon repertoire?

Also, would you like to join this year’s Virtual Advent Tour? Signups are now open for December.

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November 17, 2022


midweek music: ‘make you feel my love’ by p!nk
posted by soe 1:56 am

Ticketmaster and Citibank are thwarting my buying tickets to see P!nk next summer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a Bob Dylan cover by her from earlier this fall to celebrate getting over the hump.

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November 15, 2022


books that gave me ‘awww’ feelings
posted by soe 1:08 am

So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl asks for specific “awwww” moments in books, and like many participants, I struggled to come up with those. So I’m sharing ten books that made me hug them or my people when I got to the end of them:

  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  3. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  4. The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
  5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  6. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  7. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  8. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
  9. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  10. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Are there particular awww moments, or awww books in general, that stand out for you?

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