The Sunday Salon: Thinking about Books

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It’s been a fabulous weekend. Nothing special going on except that I managed to knock more gifts off the list. My goal is to be done by Dec. 1st so that I can enjoy family and friends and not be frazzled by last-minute shopping.

I’ve carved my list down from last year too, which is why it’s so much easier this year. I’m just fed-up with the commercial aspect of Christmas. I am buying smaller, more thoughtful gifts and leaving it at that.

BUT, my favorite part of Christmas is the time off. I am lucky to have been at my current job for over 15 years so I have lots of vacation to use for the holidays. I’m taking the entire week of Thanksgiving off as well as two weeks for Christmas. I am going to hang-out in my jammies, drink hot chocolate (or more likely coffee) and READ!

I just came back from the bookstore and there were so many books that I wanted to pick-up. I held back, but I am making a mental list and putting together my reading for the holidays. Here are some of the books that caught my eye. Click on each cover for more info.


The Tiger Book Cover

Mr. Peanut Book Cover

The Dud Avocado Book Cover

Full Darn, No Stars Book Cover

The Summer Book Cover

Will you be enjoying some time off too? Do you have your reading list all planned out? What will you be reading?


18 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Thinking about Books”

  1. That is so great that you get to take the holidays off! The only holiday that my boyfriend gets off is Christmas. This will be the 6th Thanksgiving that I have had to cook everything by myself! Grr, it isn’t the work that I mind, it is just nice to have some company:)

    Mr. Peanut has really ruffled some feathers, eager to see what you think!

    1. I’m sorry that your boyfriend has to work so much during the holidays. When I was younger, I worked retail and that meant that I worked ALL of the holidays which sucked in a huge way.

      Good luck with the cooking! I cook every year but I don’t invite people over anymore. We just hang around, play games, watch movies and EAT! Much more fun that way.

  2. Sounds like you have a very sensible and wonderful approach to the holidays. I like the idea of getting everything done by December 1st … and I’m glad you have lots of time to enjoy!

  3. The one by which I’m intrigued, for some reason, is the Stephen King book. I don’t know why. I’ll have to click on and find out why, I guess.

    As for what I’ll be reading during the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas), I’ll probably be continuing to read the Charlie Chan mysteries that a friend sent me last month, plus a few other mysteries he sent me. Normally I work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at our local library, but this Thanksgiving, we close early Wednesday and are closed Thursday and Friday so I hope to catch up on some reading then.

    1. King always manages to come out with something right before the holidays. I’ve managed to read something of his for the past three Christmases (that I can remember). I find that the over-abundance of holiday cheer is balanced out by the darkness that is King. It’s a very appealing combination.


  4. I think your plan for Christmas this year is a good one. My family does something similar… My mom got really fed up with the commercial aspect years ago, too, so ever since it’s been very low key with the presents.

    I haven’t seen any of those books… I’ll have to look into them now. Especially Mr. Peanut since Gwen mentioned it was controversial. 🙂

  5. I won’t be getting time off, since I don’t work outside the home, but my hubby will be and he’s a great help. I haven’t even figured out Thanksgiving yet, so I’m terribly impressed that you’re doing so well with Christmas already.

  6. I haven’t started on my Christmas gifts yet, but my year will be easy with just my youngest to buy for right now. With my oldest being at boot camp he can’t receive any goodies at the moment. So he’ll get his presents after January 😦

    The books you listed look interesting and I’ve read some great reviews of Peanut….looks creepy!

  7. Ti, Interesting selection! I too, used to be like you, done early with the shopping – not so anymore. To help though I try and do as much as possible online.

  8. Ti…Mr Peanut was good, but different. Lucy you all that time off. I am lucky to get 12/23 – 1/2 off with pay as well, and 2 days at Thanksgiving. (I’m cooking)

  9. I haven’t started to think about Christmas – I need to find the boxes downstairs and unpack everything. We are hosting my husband ‘team’ for a holiday dinner early December so I need to get started soon.

    I also have a lot of vacation time (5 weeks a year), I think they give this to us knowing we can’t possibly take the time off, HA. Revenue planning deadline of Dec 30 makes for a stressful holiday (why do they do this?)…

  10. Lucky you! Having the holidays off is a blast – I did that last year and enjoying it so much! Can’t believe you are almost done with your Christmas shopping – you are on the ball!

    As for the King book, I just bought that one yesterday and am itching to read it. I’ve heard some great things about it, so it should be a great read. By the by, great list of books you mentioned – I’ve heard that both Mr. Peanut and The Dud Avocado book are great reads. Enjoy!

  11. I don’t have anything planned for holiday reading. One thing I do know is that I won’t read any holiday books. I’m not Scrooge or anything, but I really don’t enjoy sappy holiday books. 🙂

    I have no idea what I’m going to do for gift giving, but I think thoughtful gifts are the best kind.

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