A belated Happy New Year to one and all. My 2018 began just like my 2017 ended, with me driving thousands of miles to see loved ones spread far and wide. I’ve been wondering why I haven’t been as creative as I had hoped and then calculated between Thanksgiving and January 6th I drove just a tad over 7,000 miles. I guess that’s a good reason for not getting much done, huh? Thank god for rental cars with heated seats and satellite radio along with kids I adore who had hours of far-ranging playlists and podcasts which combined to make those miles a pleasure to drive.
On the downside, so much driving meant a lack of time for any substantive reading. I spent most of December lost in Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, a story I really enjoyed and was sorry to finish. When I reached over for my next read I realized my bedside stash had dwindled to a crisis level. That’s why I was so excited by the nine books that Santa (aka my Momma) gave me for Christmas. I always say the only present I really want is to spend time with my family but I will never say no to the gift of a book.
After I finish the two library books I am currently reading I can begin to get lost in my newest set of 9 (past ‘nines’ can be found here). Have you read any of these books? Which would you recommend I read first? I’d love to know…
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[…] passion for reading and books. I’ve posted before about the annual ‘gift of 9’ (here and here), which my mom and dad traditionally gave me each […]
[…] me with a selection from my ‘2b or not 2b read’ list (past gift selections can be found here and here). My mom was a little under the weather over the holidays and so her 2018 gift was […]
I actually gave Santa the titles and she had the same response as you – nothing she would read. I think they all sound like good reads but sometimes that does not work out. I am headed up in Feb/March to see Mom and we can make plans to visit then. Sending you my love from down south.
I would start with Margaret the First, but personally none of the titles would be something I would read. I will have to tell Mama to choose a little better. But no one knows you like Mom , so you will probably like them Kim. I don’t know where you find the time to do everything and still have time to read. I don’t work and feel like I never have a minute to read. I check my computer and Facebook then that’s it! To tired to go on. I wish you would call me when you get here. I miss you terribly. Love to you ❤️