Blog Update: Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas!

This week I’m linking up with Sunday Post, Sunday Salon, and It’s Monday! What are you reading? Thank you for hosting, Kimberly, Deb, and Kathryn!

Happiest of holidays to all who are celebrating this time of year! It’s a tradition that the elves magically move to the kids’ stockings on Christmas Eve, because Santa takes them back to the North Pole after he visits. I know my kids are nearly adults, but they don’t seem to mind.

Like a lot of the US, we’ve been through a major cold snap here in Kansas with highs below zero. Even with a new coat, Ginger said “nope” to going outside. Smart girl.

I’ve read several books over the past few weeks, but haven’t had a chance to write many reviews. December is so busy! I’m hoping to get some reviews posted the week after Christmas and catch up on blog hopping.

Books I’ve Recently Read:

  • THE GHOST OF DROWNED MEADOW by Kelley Skovron
  • THE GUEST HOUSE by Robin Morgan-Bentley
  • HORRID by Katrina Leno
  • FRUIT BASKETS AND HOLIDAY CASKETS by Gayle Leeson
  • TWELVE SLAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Jacqueline Frost
  • THE HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET by Jennifer Sklias-Gahan
  • AN EGGNOG TO DIE FOR by Amy Pershing

I’ll leave you with a clip from my favorite new-to-me artist, Lindsey Stirling, an amazing violinist and songwriter. She has two Christmas/Winter albums that I’ve been listening to on repeat. I really love the video for Snow Waltz because it speaks to my gothic heart…

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful holiday! β€” 𝓓𝓲π“ͺ𝓷π“ͺ

2023 Children’s Book Reading Challenge…for Adults!

The 2023 Children’s Book Reading Challenge…for Adults! (#2023ChildrensBooksChallenge) is hosted by Belle’s Library, and runs from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023.

What books qualify for this challenge is up to you. Any title found in the children’s section of a library or bookstore, and classics for the whole family. My goal is to focus on Young Reader and Middle Grade books. For more details and official rules, visit the sign-up post on Belle’s Library blog.

My goal will be 12 books completed. I will keep track of my progress below:

2023 Nonfiction ReaderΒ Challenge

The Nonfiction Reader Challenge (#ReadNonFicChal) is hosted by Book’d Out, and runs from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023.

The aim of this challenge is to add nonfiction books to your reading in 2023. You can read books from different categories, or choose your own nonfiction titles. You may set your own goal or pick from different levels. For more details and official rules, visit the sign-up post on Book’d Out blog.

My goal is Nonfiction Grazer (six books), though I may switch to Nonfiction Nibbler depending on the different subjects I pick. I will keep track of my progress below:

The TBR 23 in ’23 Challenge

The TBR 23 in ’23 Challenge (#TBR23in23) is hosted by Rose City Reader, and runs from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023.

The goal of this challenge is to read 23 books from your TBR shelves in 2023. Any books that were on your shelf (or eReader) prior to January 1, 2023 count, and they can be paper, digital, or audio books. No need to pick all of the books now unless you want to! For official rules, visit the sign-up post on Rose City Reader blog.

I will keep track of my progress to 23 below:

  1. THE LAST PARTY by Clare Mackintosh
  2. YOU BELONG HERE NOW by Dianna Rostad

2023 Library Love Challenge

The Library Love Challenge is hosted by Books of My Heart and Angel’s Guilty Pleasures, and runs from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023.

This challenge lets readers show love for their biblioteca by reading at least 12 books from the library in any format.Β There are different levels to aim for, from Dewey Decimal to Library Card on Fire, but 12 books is the minimum! For official rules, visit the sign-up post on Books of My Heart or Angel’s Guilty Pleasures.

My goal is the Dewey Decimal Level β€” 12 books. I will keep track of my progress below:

  1. BAD CREE by Jessica Johns
  2. JUST THE NICEST COUPLE by Mary Kubica