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Welcome to my weekly update for December 14, 2015!
I’ve had a busy couple of weeks. My husband and I took off one Friday to drive to a choose-and-cut farm to get our Christmas tree. We’ve been going to the same place for most of the 14 years we’ve been together. We always have a good time wandering around on the hillsides, looking for the perfect compromise between my taste for trees that are as fat as they are tall and his taste for what I call Charlie Brown Christmas trees. I’m slowly winning him over to my way of seeing things; our tree this year is the fattest yet!
I’ve also had some holiday festivities at work and I’ve been spending time with my sister and some friends. I went to see Mockingjay Part 2 yesterday. Have any of you seen it? What did you think? I liked it but I think these last two movies could have been one. I didn’t realize my friend hadn’t seen the last one and the only thing that confused her was Peeta’s story line. I filled her in on that in a sentence or two.
My friend from high school has published another 100-word story on Speck Lit: “Social Anxiety.” Go check it out. We only think we’re uncomfortable in social situations.
Review: The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great by Eva Stachniak–4 Stars
Review: In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides–4.5 Stars
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer, read by Angela Brazil and Stephen R. Thorne
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, read by Anna Fields
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks
I don’t expect to finish anything this week.
What are you reading?