Saturday, December 23, 2023

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | December 23

This is the time of year where I get some time off of work and hopefully get to reset myself! I was a terrible blogger this year, but I'm happy that I tried to at least stay in touch with it. My youngest is going to middle school next year so this school year is a lot of "lasts". Like this past week was our last school Christmas party. Next year my oldest is a senior in high school. I'm thinking I will be a terrible blogger next year, too 😆

Last weekend I got in a lot of audiobook listening and puzzle working time which was amazing. I was able to work two Christmas puzzles. I love working houses so these puzzles were fabulous.

Christmas Puzzle

Christmas Puzzle - Carolers

Finished Reading

It's amazing what some time off of work will do.

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson A Winter in New York by Josie Silver Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson - Looking at other reviews, I keep seeing Words of Radiance is the highest rated novel on Goodreads. I don't know how to verify that, but I think that's really cool. Words of Radiance was quite the read in every way. 

A Winter in New York by Josie Silver ⭐⭐⭐★ - There is definitely an audience for this one, but I struggled greatly with the level of lying going on with our main character. I'll post a small review with my thoughts this week.

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire ⭐ - One of my favorites of the series. I had forgotten some things so it smashed my heart all over again.

Currently Reading

I think I'm going to read these books this week. This is the current plan.

Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison The September House by Carissa Orlando Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire

Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison - This was my original pick for this year's holiday read, but A Winter in New York swooped in out of nowhere. I'm still going to try to read this one.

The September House by Carissa Orlando - So I never actually finished reading The September House. I think it will land as one of my favorite reads of the year so I want to finish it properly before the year ends!

Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire - I'm going to continue my reread of the Wayward Children series if I have time. This is the book that started my reread of the series. I didn't remember the characters' stories well enough for this book to pack the punch that it should have. Hopefully I didn't draw out this reread too long!

Added to the TBR

I forgot to post these books after I got them so I'm doing it now.

Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree No One Can Know by Kate Alice Marshall A Winter in New York by Josie Silver

Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree - Bookshops & Bonedust is the prequel to Legends & Lattes. I'm so looking forward to another cozy fantasy set in that world.

No One Can Know by Kate Alice Marshall - I am such a big Kate Alice Marshall fan. This is her follow up thriller to last year's What Lies in the Woods.

A Winter in New York by Josie Silver - No One Can Know and A Winter in New York were my December book of the month selections.

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


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  1. I think we're all allowed a bad blogging year once in a while. I say that now because I had one too, lol. The lasts are bittersweet. I hope they're all good memories!

    Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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  2. I hope the holidays are wonderful for you and that you get that downtime you need. Lots of transition in store for you kids (and you). I hope it all goes well. I loved Lovelight Farms. The hero was such a patient gem

  3. I took away from A Winter in New York that it is better to just be up front with the truth. Yes, a bit of a disappointment, I think.

    I'm so glad that you have a little time to enjoy life right now. Why does working take up so much of our time?!

  4. Have a wonderful Christmas!
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  5. Your Christmas puzzles are beautiful -- what a great way to get in the spirit of things. My birth family traditionally worked a jigsaw over the holidays. When I was an adult, I traditionally gave one to my mother so that was the puzzle that we put together. These days, I don't have the right space or the right fellow puzzle solvers to make it work. But it brings back great memories! Merry Christmas!

  6. The September House is my #2 book of the year! I hope you have a lovely holiday:-)

  7. Oh, I used to do puzzles all the time! It's been a while. So happy to see you enjoyed these Christmas puzzles, they look gorgeous and fun to put together! Merry Christmas!

  8. I'm about to dive back into the Wayward Children series, too. I'm excited, but its been a while for me! Merry Christmas!!
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  9. It looks like you are a talented puzzler. Great you got the time to do some and relax. Merry Christmas!

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  10. I hope you enjoy Christmas. Real life gets in the way of blogging all the time. Love the puzzle.

  11. Time off work is the best! I'm enjoying this week off, too. I love that first puzzle especially, and September House is one I hope to read next year. Have a very Merry Christmas, Jen! :D

  12. Enjoy your time off work and your new books!

  13. Green Grass Fields is one I want to read. In fact I thnik I'm going to start that series in the new year since I've never read them and hear so many great things.

    Have a merry Christmas!

  14. It is always nice to have some time off. Enjoy your children's lasts and hopefully some firsts too. Lovely assortment of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading and happy holidays!

  15. I hope you enjoy your books. Happy Holidays!

  16. I like to do a jigsaw now and then. Both those look like they have a good level of difficulty, but fun to do. I have one that I need to start. Enjoy the Christmas period.


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