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Seasons Greetings and Reading Resolutions

I know I’m a little late for some of the holidays this month, but I hope all of my readers had a wonderful holiday season!  It doesn’t feel like winter in my part of the world so it really didn’t FEEL like the holidays compared to past years.  On another note – look at this cute book tree that I found on Pinterest!

Did you get any good gifts?  Any good gifts involving BOOKS?  I know quite a few people who were gifted Kindle Fires.  I’m really curious about them but it doesn’t seem to make sense for me to get a tablet like that since I already have a smartphone, Kindle 2, and a laptop.  But they look pretty awesome!  I’ve noticed that the traffic here has been pretty steady over the past few days – I guess a lot of people are searching for new books to download to their e-readers and tablets!

One of my Twitter friends is a librarian, avid reader, and blogger and gave me an idea.  She had set a goal of 45 books to read in 2011.  And she hit the goal with a few weeks left in December!  Holy cow!  When I heard that, I thought I’d check Goodreads to see how many books I’ve read this year because I knew it had to be a lot.  I was slightly disappointed to see that it was only 26, but then I realized that 1) that’s a whole lot more than most normal people read per year (or per five years!  Or ten!), and 2) I was planning a wedding for the first half of the year and was too busy doing DIY stuff to read in my spare time.  So I GUESS I can be okay with 26.  But I bet I could get more than that next year.  35 maybe?  I also have to keep in mind that I have to pay for most of these books so I can’t go too crazy.  Although I still have a ton of books on my Kindle that I haven’t read yet for numerous reasons, so at least I have a stock to go to if I’m short on cash.

What’s your reading resolution for 2012?  Finish a series?  Read a classic that you’ve had your eye on for awhile?  Beat me in the number of books you read?

A Holiday for the Rest of Us

I know today is Christmas, but I wish you a happy whichever holiday you celebrate this time of year.  I’ve been waiting for this time of year to come because there’s one book I really really wanted to blog about!  I was traveling to visit family and didn’t get a chance to write this post before I left, so I apologize if it’s a little late.

Festivus.  Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a HUGE “Seinfeld” fan (I watch the repeats three times per day.  My favorite episode is “The Chicken Roaster“.).  Each year on December 23rd, I look forward to watching the episode “The Strike” (even though they didn’t show it last year!).  One of the storylines in this episode is about a holiday called Festivus that George’s father made up when George was a boy after getting into a fight over a doll that he was trying to buy for George for Christmas.  He decided to rebel against tradition and start his own holiday, “a Festivus for the rest of us!”  It involves an aluminum pole instead of a tree (“I find tinsel distracting.”); the “airing of grievances” to your family, telling them all the ways they’ve disappointed you in the past year; and the “feats of strength”, where a chosen family member wrestles the head of household in an attempt to pin him/her.

Last holiday season near Festivus, I discovered that there was actually a book called “Festivus: A Holiday for the Rest of Us” by Allen Salkin.  I had to order it right away.  Basically, the book explains where Festivus actually came from (spoiler alert: it wasn’t made up just for “Seinfeld”!) and how to properly carry on a Festivus celebration.  The book is quite funny and gives examples of real Festivus celebrations.  If I had more friends that were huge “Seinfeld” fanatics like me, maybe I’d start my own yearly Festivus celebration.  It’s a lighthearted look at the anti-holiday made famous by the show and you learn some interesting tidbits along the way.  There were some additional Festivus traditions that I was not aware of that the book details as well.

Oh – and for your holiday gift, I made a donation on behalf of my readers to the Human Fund.  You’re welcome.

Happy holidays, everyone!

What’s on Your List?

The holidays are in full swing.  Personally, I’m having a super hard time figuring out what to get everyone for the holidays.  I’ve made a couple gifts so far (in my free time outside of work and reading, I do a lot of crafting – knitting, painting, etc.) but need to do the rest soon!

So I’m curious…..

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