Tag: Christmas

Nov 26

How Early Do You Start Your Christmas Shopping?

It varies year to year for me, but I usually try to be finished by the end of November at the latest. I like not having to scramble around at the last minute looking for gifts. And it’s nice to not worry about if a particular item is sold out or not. This year all my shopping was done by November 25th. I got Dad’s gift last because he almost never knows what he wants when I ask him. My usual defaults if I can’t come up with anything else, are an interesting nutcracker (he collects them), or some kind… Read more »

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Nov 04
The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer (Fresh-Baked Mystery #10) by Livia J. Washburn (review)

The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer (Fresh-Baked Mystery #10) by Livia J. Washburn (review)

I kind of knew who the killer was early on. But it was mostly one of those back of your mind ideas. I loved that Phyllis’ other roommates were more prominent in this book than they were in the last one. Carolyn had a little more book time, and we actually got to know more about Eve. Sam helped out with the investigating again, and Buck appeared a time or two as well. I liked how Phyllis dug into all the suspects pasts to find out reasons why they might have killed. I didn’t care for Felicity the reporter at… Read more »

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Dec 20

Gift Books – How Do You Handle Them?

As it’s nearly Christmas, and currently Hanukkah, I got to thinking about all the books I will be getting this year. Hopefully will be getting that is! Every year when my family asks me what I want for Christmas, I link them to my Amazon Wishlists. I have one strictly for books, and one for everything else. I figure the book one should be easy, there’s over 200 titles on it, and a mix of older books and new out this year. And every year, when I open up my presents I find books! Only… they’re almost never books that… Read more »

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Dec 18
The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere (review)

The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere (review)

“There’s a difference between needs and wants, and we have everything we need.” The point of view shifts between 2 different families, and a teacher who teaches the son of one of the families. Mostly, the point of view shifts are done in a way that made sense. There were a few times where I wasn’t sure who I was reading about for a paragraph or two, and then it cleared up. I really enjoyed reading about Maggie and her family. I hoped for a Christmas miracle for her and her family, but the miracle ended up happening for Robert… Read more »

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