I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer and The Sunday Salon (TSS) hosted by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. I am also linking It's Monday! What Are you Reading? hosted by Kathryn of Book Date where readers talk about what they have been, are and will be reading.
I am linking up Stacking the Shelves hosted by Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently.
I am almost sad to see December go although will be glad to see the backside of 2022 for a number of reasons. Overall, December turned out to be a good reading month. We all seem to be feeling better and are looking forward to spending the evening with friends to celebrate the coming of the new year: homemade pizza and good company.
We had a nice quiet Christmas with my mom, our family of three, and the cats. We had our traditional spaghetti dinner and settled in at the end of the day to watch the new Mathilda movie. I hope those of you who celebrated Christmas had a good holiday as well.
Work has been on the slow side these past couple weeks, although we had a lot of staff out on vacation or because of illness. I had plenty to do.
Last night Anjin, Mouse and I stayed up later than planned playing an escape room card game. It was quite fun! It was a rainy night out which helped set the mood. We are expecting rain tonight as well and I do hope we get some! I send warm thoughts to all of you who are dealing with stormy weather and the freezing cold.
I finally finished listening to the audiobook of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I started listening to it in April of this year. I likely will reread the book in print form at some point. I feel like I lost a lot given the length of time it took me to listen to it--and just listening to it in general. I'm too easily distracted by external and internal sources. But I still loved it, and Juliet Stevenson was brilliant as the narrator. Next up will be Mansfield Park--I think I'll stick to print though.
I also recently read the first volume of Junko's Kiss Him, Not Me!, which is a somewhat cute comedic romantic manga that my daughter has gotten into. I have mixed feelings about it. It is about a girl whose favorite anime character is killed off and she is so upset she stops eating, losing a lot of weight. Suddenly these cute boys at school all want to date her. She's not really interested in them though (at least not yet). She rather likes imaging them coupling off. I am not a fan of the premise but it has its moments. It's raised some good discussions between my daughter, husband and myself though, so there's that.
New to the Shelves
Christmas was good to us this year. Check out what we found under the tree!
Wendy's Book Loot (including the Tardis bookmark):
A Dead and Stormy Night (Nevermore Bookshop Mysteries #1) by Steffanie Holmes
Of Mice and Murder (Nevermore Bookshop Mysteries #2) by Steffanie Holmes
Pride and Premeditation (Nevermore Bookshop Mysteries #3) by Steffanie Holmes
Wendy's Book Loot:
Monstress, Vol. 5: Warchild by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda
Monstress, Vol. 6: The Vow by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda
Monstress, Vol. 7: Devourer by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda
Mouse's Book Loot:
The Marvellers (Marvellverse #1) by Dhonielle Clayton
Mihi Ever After (#1) by Tae Keller, illustrated by Geraldine Rodriguez
Ravenfall (#1) by Kalyn Josephson
Legacy (Keeper of the Lost Cities #8) by Shannon Messenger
Unlocked (Keeper of the Lost Cities #8.5) by Shannon Messenger
Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 10 by Kamome Shirahama
Ghostly Things, Vol. 1 by Ushio Shirotori
The Apothecary Diaries, Vol. 7 by Nekokurage, Natsu Hyuuga & Itsuki Nanao
Mouse's Book Loot:
My Happy Marriage, Vol. 1 by Akumi Agitogi
My Happy Marriage, Vol. 2 by Akumi Agitogi
My Happy Marriage, Vol. 3 by Akumi Agitogi
The Princess Bride Cookbook: the Official Cookbook by Jenn Fujikawa
Look Back by Tatsuki Fujimoto
Look what Mrs. Claus put in my stocking this year! I found these TBR Tarot Cards ("Overcome your TBR overwhelm!") while searching for gifts for family and friends on Etsy and couldn't resist. The idea is to shuffle the deck, pick a card randomly, and follow the instructions. Don't Judge Books has YA, Kids, and Thriller editions too.
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The day after Christmas, we braved going to Barnes and Noble to take advantage of the sale . . . And to spend our gift cards (Mouse faired much better in the bookstore gift card department than I did--and she still has one left over!).
Wendy's Gift Card Loot:Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
Not the Witch You Wed (Supernatural Singles #1) by April Asher
Mouse's Gift Card Loot:
Stellarlune (Keeper of the Lost Cities #9) by Shannon Messenger
The Stars Did Wander Darkling by Colin Meloy
The Silver Arrow (#1) by Lev Grossman
Wings of Olympus (#1) by Kallie George, illustrated by Fiona Hseih
The Nameless City (#1) by Faith Erin Hicks
Middle School Mayhem (Misadventures of Max Crumbly #2) by Rachel Renée Russell
Another Kind by Trevor Bream, illustrated by Cait May
Kiss Him, Not Me!, Vol. 2 by Junko
The Promised Neverland, Vol. 5 by Kaiu Shirai, illustrated by Poskuka Demizu
by Satoru Yamaguchi, illustrated by Nami Hidaka
by Satoru Yamaguchi, illustrated by Nami Hidaka
by Satoru Yamaguchi, illustrated by Nami Hidaka
Mouse's Gift Card Loot:
Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1 by Bisco Hatori, translated by Kenichiro Yagi
My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 by Kohei Horikoshi
Reign of the Seven Spellblades, Vol. 1 by Bokuto Uno & Miyuki Ruria
Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 1 by Tomohito Oda, translated by John Werry
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Mouse and I visited our local independent bookstore and picked up some books from there as well:
The Verifiers (#1) by Jane Pek
When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo
The Hide Away by Pam Smy
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
Additional Purchases (Mouse & I will fight over who gets to read these first):
A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab
A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab
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It's been so long since I won a giveaway, much less a book related one! I recently participated in a cozy mystery party on Facebook and won a copy of Joann Keder's Chaos and Cranberries (A Piney Falls/Charming Mystery Christmas Crossover). You can read my review here.
What new books made it onto your shelf recently?
- Bookish Mewsings: Grave Reservations & Flight Risk by Cherie Priest
- Weekly Mews: December Is Finally Here
- Top Ten Tuesday: Mouse's Top Five Books Read This Year
- Can't Wait to Read Wednesday: Bookclubbed to Death / The Lipstick Bureau / A Darker Shade of Magic
- Bookish Mewsings: Witch Way Librarian Mysteries (#1-3) by Angela M. Sanders
- Weekly Mews: Catnapping in December
- Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Winter 2022-2023 To-Read List
- Can't Wait to Read Wednesday: The Villa / Vinyl Resting Place / The Holiday Swap
- Bookish Mewsings: The Crone Wars (Becoming Crone, A Gathering of Crones, Game of Crones) by Lydia M. Hawke
- Weekly Mews: The Festival of Trees
- Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten (or twelve, who is counting?) Books Books I Hope Santa Brings This Year
- Can't Wait to Read Wednesday: Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries / Loathe to Love You / The Hunting Party
- Bookish Mewsings: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches / The Witches of Moonshyne Manor / Witchful Thinking
- Can't Wait to Read Wednesday: Snuffed Out / Exes and O's / Black Sun
- Bookish Mewsings: The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks by Shauna Robinson
- Bookish Mewsings: The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox & Chaos and Cranberries by Joann Keder (Book Beginnings & Friday 56)
Let me know what you have been reading and watching! Have a great weekend and Happy New Year!
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Have a fun evening and a great year in 2023!ReplyDelete
Best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com
Mae - We had a nice time! We usually bring in the New Year at home so it's a rare treat to get to spend it with other people. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Wow it seems like Mouse has your knack for reading. That's wonderful. She seems like a big reader. It's great to see kids into it. You two are really cleaning out the bookstores & the library. LOL. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Susan - I am so glad she enjoys reading. I hope she will always love it. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Santa was amazingly good to you! I'm not sure where to advise you to start in on that haul.ReplyDelete
A poem for the New Year:
"Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true...
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws...
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good."
And here's to a year of nothing but good books!
Deb - I'm not sure where to start either! Haha. Thank you for the poem. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
This has been such a newsy post and really interesting to read both book and not so book related. Belated greetings for the seasonReplyDelete
Same to you! Thank you for visiting.Delete
I hope you have a fun evening tonight. My husband and I are just staying home. I'm glad you had such a nice Christmas. I hope the new year treats you well!ReplyDelete
Jenni Elyse - We usually stay home too, but it was nice to bring in the new year with friends. Mostly we went for my daughter who wanted to celebrate with her friends. I would have been perfectly happy at home, in my pjs, with my book. :-) It was nice though and I'm glad we went. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
What a great haul. I love the look of The Princess Bride Cookbook: the Official Cookbook! Happy New Year, Wendy!ReplyDelete
Wendy - The Princess Bride is one of my husband's favorite movies and, as he's also the cook in the family, I thought it might like that one. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
Oh wow what a bumper book Christmas you had. Love the look of those TBR cards, must check them out!ReplyDelete
Lisa - I really couldn't resist those cards! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Wow - you guys all raked in the book loot for sure! That's just amazing. And how great that there are multiple readers in your house. I did get a $70 gift card to Half Price Books for my 70th birthday a couple weeks ago but haven't been yet....I'll go in the next couple weeks and see what I can find though it won't be anywhere near what you all received. Happy New Year and here's to great reads in 2023.ReplyDelete
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Terrie - My daughter really made out in the gift card department this year. She's at that age where people don't know what to get her, I think, so gift cards are the fallback. Not that she's complaining. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
It's been a surreal past couple of years for me. I'm hoping for some normalcy. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
I am just hoping for a calmer year with less trauma and tragedy. I hope you have a Happy New Year too! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Lots and lots of great reading ahead of all of you. Happy 2023!ReplyDelete
Mark - I am looking forward to seeing what the year in reading brings me. Thank you for visiting!Delete
These are all amazing book loots! And I love escape games! Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Sophie - This was our first escape game and it was such fun. I look forward to more family escape room fun soon. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Happy New Year, Wendy! I hope this new year will be a great one in every aspect and of course, another good reading year for us all!ReplyDelete
Melody - I hope you have a Happy New Year too! Thank you for visiting!Delete
That cat reading a book figurine!!!!ReplyDelete
I watched Matilda for one reason and one reason only, to see the full dance number with Red Beret Girl and of course they put it at the very end. That little boy that starts it off is pretty amazing, too, as are all the kids in that movie.
Happy New Year!
Jinjer - Isn't the reading cat cute? I really like it. The kids did such a good job in Mathilda. They are all so talented. I hope you have a Happy New Year too. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
A good Christmas day and book shopping? What could be better?! We didn't do presents this year so I didn't get any books. I think that means I get to go shopping for myself, right? Happy new year!ReplyDelete
Helen - A lot of book shopping. LOL No presents definitely means you deserve a book shopping trip soon! I hope you have a Happy New Year too. Thank you for visiting.Delete
Sounds like a very cozy Christmas. Well done with the post-Christmas book shopping, too. The indie near us has a New Years Sale and, since I have a gift card, we're going to do some browsing this afternoon. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
JoAnn - It was! I hope you were able to find some good books at your indie bookstore at the New Year's sale. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I see some good graphic novels and manga in that loot. The Nameless City is a good series to read.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year and have a great week.
Snapdragon - My daughter really enjoyed the first volume of The Nameless City, so I am sure we'll be seeing more of it. I am glad you recommend it! Thank you for visiting!Delete
I'm glad you had a nice holiday time with family. I LOVED A Darker Shade of Magic and the audio was excellent. Happy New Year Wendy and happy reading!ReplyDelete
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Anne - I'm loving A Darker Shade of Magic so far. My daughter insists she's reading the next book first and has hidden it away somewhere. I hope you have a Happy New Year too. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I'm glad you had a good December and everyone's feeling better! Your Christmas sounds lovely. I hope you and Mouse enjoy all your new books, The Princess Bride Cookbook looks like fun and those TBR Thriller Cards are great! Thanks for putting them on my radar. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Naida - Thank you. I am so glad we are feeling better too--although this cough doesn't want to completely go away for any of us. :-( I love the Tarot cards and can't wait to try them out! Thank you for visiting!Delete
Happy New Year! Here’s to a fabulous 2023!ReplyDelete
Mary - I hope you have a Happy New Year too!Delete
Happy New Year to you and your family, Wendy! Looks like you guys have gotten some wonderful books! Hoping that all of us have a better 2023!ReplyDelete
Kay - Thank you and same to you!Delete
Happy New Year! I'm ready to see the backside of 2022 as well, though I am grateful for so much last. year there's also a lot I'm happy to leave behind.ReplyDelete
Sense and Sensibility is a favorite of mine. I actually reread it this summer - though I've never done audio for any of my Jane Austen actually. I bet I would enjoy them (audio is a great for me). And OMG I loved A Darker Shade of Magic. VE Schwab has become a favorite author, I hope you enjoy it.
Have a great week!
Berls - Happy New Year to you too! You had quite a year. I am glad things have worked out so well for you! I really enjoyed Sense and Sensibility, but feel like I didn't give it enough of myself when I was listening to the audiobook. I think I do better with rereads in audio. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Wow! What a great Christmas haul!! Happy New Year, enjoy all the new books ;)ReplyDelete
Cindi - Thank you and same to you!Delete
Happy New Year, Wendy! Hope you enjoy your Christmas books and 2023 is a good year for you.ReplyDelete
Nicci - Thank you! I hope you have a Happy New Year too.Delete
Just pulled up the link for the TBR Tarot cards. I'm intrigued. Sounds like a nice Christmas and I'm glad everyone is feeling better. I've done audio for a few Jane Austen books and I think I've decided that unless the narrator is amazing I prefer them in print because I tend to lose focus a bit on them. Have a wonderful week and Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Katherine - Aren't they cool? I am looking forward to using them. I think I do better with romance and rereads when it comes to audios. Or conversational memoirs. My biggest issue is making the time to listen. I hope you have a Happy New Year too. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Wow! You sure have a lot of awesome books! Hope you have a great year!ReplyDelete
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Ronyell - We're looking forward to reading them. Thank you for visiting!Delete
You had an amazing haul! It sounds like you had a great Christmas as well. I love that your whole family enjoys books. Have a great week, Wendy!ReplyDelete
Carole - Mouse went to town at the bookstore. LOL Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Shades of Magic trilogy sounds up my alley! And those TBR tarot cards definitely need a closer look! Thanks for sharing and happy new year!ReplyDelete
Becki - I am really enjoying the first book in the trilogy. I hope you will too if you give it a try. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Happy New Year! Spaghetti, cats, and movies sounds like the perfect Christmas to me!ReplyDelete
Jill - It was perfect. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete