Weekly Update for December 27, 2020

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Welcome to my weekly update for December 27, 2020!

I hope all who celebrate had a merry Christmas and everyone else had a wonderful week! We noticed these beautiful Christmas lights at the San Diego California Temple as we were driving around and had to stop for a few pictures.

I received a few bookish/blogging gifts. I got this really cool wooden book thumb page holder, the baby Yoda “Read” shirt I asked for, a Travel Listography journal, a bluetooth keyboard, a case for the keyboard that doubles as a tablet/Kindle stand, and the very first edition of a new magazine called Oh Reader. I’m excited about all of these! I hope Santa was good to you as well!


A Promised Land by Barack Obama–4 Stars

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber, read by Laurel Rankin and Luke Daniels–2.5 Stars

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings (or the library delivers)


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, read by Christian Coulson

The rest of these books are graphic novels, so my reading speed is not as impressive as it might appear.

The Mean Seasons: Fables Volume 5 by Bill Willingham

Giant Days Volume Two by John Allison, illustrated by Lissa Treiman and Max Sarin

Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis, illustrated by Brooke Allen

Goldie Vance: Volume Two by Hope Larson, illustrated by Brittney Williams

Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin

Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee

Currently Reading:

The Blood: Monstress Volume Two by Marjori Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick, read by Imogen Church

Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs

Reading Challenges:

I announced 2021 sign ups for several challenges I hosted prior to my long blogging break. I hope you’ll join me!

Books in Translation Reading Challenge

Southern Literature Reading Challenge

New (To You) Narrator Reading Challenge

I also signed up for several other challenges. I may not complete them all but at least they’re nudging me in new directions. The buttons above and the links below take you to the information page for each challenge if you’d like to know more and/or sign up.

Uncorked Reading Challenge

Nonfiction Reader Challenge

Diversity Reading Challenge

Audiobook Reading Challenge


Klaus Netflix Poster

Klaus on Netflix–Oh my goodness. I think this will go into our regular holiday rotation. It was funny and beautifully animated but had so much heart and such an important message. I highly, highly recommend this one.

Up Next:

Santa (the library) did provide The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey to me for Christmas but I’m wrestling with how to read it. I have access to five–5!–digital libraries due to our constant moving around and, as far as I can tell, not one of them has a Kindle edition of this book. I may just have to use my laptop as a tablet and read it through Adobe Digital Editions.

What did your week look like?

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz hosts The Sunday Salon and Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts Sunday Post. Kathryn at Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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  1. Oh Reader seems very interesting! I suspect this is true of many book bloggers, but I spend a decent amount of time thinking about why we read, what I choose to read, etc and it seems like this magazine might address those sorts of topics. I’d love to hear how you like the first issue if you have thoughts to share at some point 🙂

    1. I just finished The Library of Lost and Found today. It wasn’t as good as The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper but I still liked it. The world would be boring if we all liked the same books though, wouldn’t it? Sorry it didn’t work as well for you!

  2. Your post opened me up to the world of listography – I love lists ! I’ve been thinking to move my TBR/bookish bullet journal to a ring binder at first, collect all the ideas I could pick up for it, and when I’ve decided which categories interested me, transfer it to a notebook. I’m a notebook nerd who loves lists. I’m glad your Christmas presents pleased you so much, the Yoda t-shirt is lovely. Have a great week !

  3. My husband and I are reading the Obama book on audiobooks now. It is over 29 hours of listening so it will take us most of 2021 likely. Ha! My “favorites” of 2020 felt more like books that help me escape for a time from the awfulness of the year. Thanks for sharing. Some books I liked in 2020

  4. What cool bookish gifts! Glad you have such thoughtful givers in your life. 🙂 I am sorely tempted by the Translation challenge but I have so many other things going on … I may enjoy just watching from the sidelines. Wishing you an excellent reading year in 2021.

  5. Those are lovely gifts. I had to read my last book club book on my laptop as there wasn’t a kindle version but it wasn’t too bad (it was a short book too).

  6. Bookish gifts are awesome. Glad you had a good Christmas. Hope you have a happy new year!

  7. You got a lot of bookish gifts, and that always makes me happy. I’m eager to see what you think of Travel Listography. It sounds like a book I’d like. And I am off to see if I can subscribe to Oh Reader.

    I’ve read more graphic novels than usual this year. In the past I would have said I didn’t really like them, but they have grown on me this year. I may look for some of these.

    We missed Klaus, but I will try to remember to give it a whirl next year.

    Fathoms sounds promising, too.

  8. Glad you had a nice Christmas! I’m all about the baby Yoda stuff now since discovering that series haha! Cool gifts. 🙂

    Your graphic novels look great. I think I read the first Lumberjanes a while back, not sure if I left off on vol 2 or the 3rd one. I liked it.

    Hope you have a great New Year!

  9. I am also doing the Diversity Challenge and look forward to seeing all the diverse authors and characters I can find. I’m interested to hear about the Oh Reader magazine as I haven’t heard of it before.

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