Sunday, December 18, 2022

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | December 18

I'm so close to being done with my Christmas shopping. Hopefully I can finish up the last of it today and get the last of the shopping stress off of my shoulders!

I dropped my milk frother/steamer yesterday, and it shattered so that made the decision of where I'm shopping today. I'm driving out to the one store that has the brand/frother that I use. I can't head into the holidays without lattes and warm cocoa. Life is hard enough! 😆

One thing I have not been able to find this year is a Christmas tree scented candle. I look for a specific scent, and I don't know if it's pine or spruce, but I know it when I smell it. Do you have a favorite Christmas tree scented candle? Where can I find it? If you don't like Christmas tree scents, what scent do you like this time of year?

Posted Last Week

The Family Game by Catherine Steadman Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Review | The Family Game by Catherine Steadman ⭐⭐⭐★★ - I'm still thinking about this book.

Review | Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - Glad to be rereading these!

Finished Reading

The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire One Piece, Volume 8 by Eiichiro Oda

The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore ⭐⭐⭐★★ - This was my local book club's pick for December. I'm glad to have read it, but I'm pretty sure this will be my one and only Christopher Moore book.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - This was a reread. I'm hoping to reread the entire series before the new book comes out in January.

One Piece, Volume 8 by Eiichiro Oda ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - I'm shook! Again.

Currently Reading

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire Piranesi by Susanna Clarke One Piece, Volume 9 by Eiichiro Oda

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire - Continuing my reread of the Wayward Children series.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke - What am I reading? If you've read this - you know exactly what I mean. I am 77 pages in, and I know there have to be some big reveals with this one. This book is weird, and I'm hoping I fall in the "love it" camp by the end.

One Piece, Volume 9 by Eiichiro Oda - Just more One Piece. Life is good.

Added to the TBR

Belladonna by Adalyn Grace

Belladonna by Adalyn Grace - I was out doing some Christmas shopping, and I bought myself a gift as one does. I couldn't resist.

Added to the TBR

White Christmas by Christmas Vacation

White Christmas - I watch this every year while we decorate the tree.

Christmas Vacation - This week was the week to watch the greatest Christmas movie of all time.

This post is being shared as part of The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz, Book Date’s It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.


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  1. Piranesi is zany and surprising, but I like zany and surprising, so I guess it's not surprising that I really liked it.

    I'm sorry Christopher Moore was not your thing. It's been a long, long time since I've read him. Liked him back then, but not sure if I'd still like him now...

  2. I buy all my candles online at Flickerwix and I love pine scented candles! I hope you'll find the one you love!

  3. “ I can't head into the holidays without lattes and warm cocoa. Life is hard enough! 😆”. - SO TRUE!!!!

    As for the candles, I remember my friend trying to identify a Christmas candle purely by smell. Turned out to be cranberry!

  4. I am biting my nails hoping you eventually love Piranesi! I can’t scroll up to see if I spelled it right.

  5. I love White Christmas. My daughter suggested a fake tree with a scented candle and that was a NO from me. Plus she has a history of leaving a candle unattended and burning a hole in our dining room table pad. I love a fresh tree. Some years I have gone out to see it chopped down. Have a wonderful holiday week!

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  6. There was a Christmas tree scent I loved from Yankee Candle, but then our store went out. How does a Yankee Candle go out?? Anyway I could probably find it without much trouble. And White Christmas is one of my favorite movies! That train scene. :)

  7. Now I want to know the difference between the smell of pine and spruce. I have air freshener that is a lovely Christmas smell. Some tree and something that smells icy. Love it. You make some fancy drinks your house. I admire that. I hope all went well with your shopping today.

  8. Good luck with the last of your Christmas shopping! And I hope you find the tree scent you're looking for.

  9. Glad used to make a nice smelling Pine scented candle but they don't make it anymore. I haven't found another one of that scent that I like. I usually buy cinnamon scented candles.

  10. Have a great week and happy holidays.

  11. I prefer cinnamon scented candles for the holidays, I hope you find what you’re looking for.

    Wishing you a great reading week and a jolly Christmas

  12. I just finished The Family Game because I was curious to check it out ever since you said it was a holiday themed thriller. I definitely had my issues with it, but you're right, for better or worse it does make you think about it a lot long after you've finished, lol!


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