“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life. All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted. Since today is Christmas, this “Monday’s Minutes” is a little different than usual. Enjoy!
I’m in Arizona and won’t be back until tomorrow. These are the books I brought with me:
Book and Dessert Pairing Guide – These book and dessert pairings would make great and inexpensive gifts. Instead of just buying a book, make or purchase a snack to go with it. You could even add tea, coffee, or hot cocoa mix to go with it all, and if you’re really “crafty,” place everything in a basket, wrap it all up, and top it off with a bow.
60 Bookish Films Streaming on Netflix – Are you tired of watching Christmas specials, but sticking your nose in a book would be rude while you’re with family? Give one of these bookish movies a try (be warned: not all of them are all-ages friendly).
12 Books That Will Lift You Up When You Are Down – Many of us get the Holiday Blues or suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). While reading isn’t a cure-all, I’ve found it does help to lessen a case of the blahs. Reading also helps reduce stress, another common problem during this time of year.
Project Night Night – Unfortunately, there are a lot of kids out there who are homeless. This is a great bookish alternative to Toys for Tots. Consider donating $25 towards a Night Night Package (which contains a security blanket, a children’s book, and a stuffed animal inside a canvas tote bag) or build your own and mail it to one of the donation centers they list.
Holiday Tradition and a Book – I was a guest blogger over at Michelle’s blog Because Reading is Better than Real Life, and I wrote about A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Check it out along with the other guest posts throughout December.
Several people who love me are having difficulty figuring out what to get me for Christmas. So, I decided to do another Holiday gift guide for book lovers. Like last year, it’s my wishlist. Unlike last year, I have included more comic book stuff and broken up the list by price point as best I can.
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Shaina @ Shaina Reads has challenged those of us who wish to participate to read 12 books during the month of December! I would have posted this earlier, but I refuse to do anything Christmas related, other than stashing away presents for those I love, before Thanksgiving.
The only rule is that the books have to be at least 100 pages in length. So, I’m making up a rule for myself. All the books I plan to read for the challenge will be Christmas or Winter related. Some of the books on my challenge TBR are maybe stretching that a little bit, but it’s my rule, so I can do what I want 🙂 I doubt I’ll be able to read all 12 on the list since a couple of them are door stops, but I’m going to try.
My TBR List
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (I read this every year.)
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Snowglobe 7 by Mike Tucker
The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson
White Fang by Jack London
The Winter Freak Show by Daniel Parsons
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Around the World with Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
Fire and Ice by Patty Jansen
The Girl from Krakow by Alex Rosenberg
Ice Demon by Elizabeth Watasin
I have several backups in case any of these wind up being DNFs.
Are you participating in the 12 Books of Christmas challenge? Even if you’re not, are your December reads Christmas or Winter themed? What are your favorite Winter books? Comment below!
I’ve been watching all my favorite holiday movies, and reading a couple of my favorite holiday books, while eating popcorn, drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows, and wearing my Hobbit Cardigan, favorite pajamas, and fuzzy socks. The playlist below is the much shorter version of the Christmas music I love to have on in the background until I get sick of it and take it off my mp3 player until next year.