Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The State of My Shelves - December 2016 #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks



The State of My Shelves is a monthly check in where I report on my progress on tackling my immense TBR.  I've opened this up to other bloggers as a meme.  To participate, just do a post documenting your progress, link up below, and include the button for this meme (HTML is at the bottom of this post). My post will go up on the first Wednesday of the month (unless the 1st is on a Wednesday, in which case it will be up on the 8th) and the link-up will be open all month long.

How books come into my TBR:

  • Purchases (Pre-orders, subscription boxes, impulse buys)
  • Book Club (Books purchased for my in-person book club and books that come in for my postal book groups)
  • Gifts and Giveaways
  • For Review - Solicited (I have an agreement with the author/published/publicist to review these books)
  • For Review - Unsolicited (These just appear on my doorstep.)
  • Missed (Purely clerical--for some reason, I find a book that I already own that didn't make it into my spreadsheet)


How books leave my TBR:

  • Read
  • DNF
  • Duplicates (Purely clerical--I find books in the spreadsheet that were accidentally listed twice)
The Monthly Update:

Another month of a (slight) TBR growth.  Sigh!  But, as I explain, some of my books were "off list," so not all of my reading show in the numbers.

Stats:
  • Beginning TBR: 794 (June 30, 2016)
  • Last Month's TBR: 794 (October 31, 2016)
  • Current TBR: 795 (November 30, 2016)
  • Monthly Change: -1 book (0.13%)
  • Total Change: -1 book (0.13%)
Incoming Books:
  • Purchases: 
  • Book Club: 0
  • Gifts and Giveaways: 2
  • For Review - Solicited: 0
  • For Review - Unsolicited: 0
  • Missed:??? So, I made a correction here last month because the numbers were off by one...and now things are off by two!  So, please just accept that, this month, things don't quite add up.  I'm hoping by NOT correcting it now, it will correct itself next month.
Total: 4

Removed Books:
  • Read: 7 (however, 2 books were not in my TBR to begin with--one was from the library and one was an audio book.  So, this number--in terms of the TBR--is 5)
  • DNF: 0
  • Duplicates: 0
Total: 5

The Nitty-Gritty:

Books Purchased:
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Served Hot (Portland Heat #1) by Annabeth Albert

Book Club:
None

Gifts and Giveaway:

Summer Secrets by Jennifer Levine (Goodreads Giveaway)
The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt (Goodreads Giveaway)

For Review - Solicited:
None

For Review - Unsolicited:
None

Books Read:
How Not to Fall by Emily Foster  (Library book, no review.  Affiliate link)
The Miracle Girl by Andrew Roe (No review.  Affiliate link)
The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell (Review 1/10/17.  Affiliate link)
I'll Take You There by Wally Lamb
A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev (Review 1/12/17.  Affiliate link)
Served Hot (Portland Heat) by Annabeth Albert (No review.  Affiliate link)
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner (Audiobook) (Review 1/26/17.  Affiliate link)

DNF:
None this month

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? - December 5, 2016

Happy December! Or, whatever.  As I told my friend this morning, "I love the idea of December, but I'm having a hard time dealing with the reality of December."  Thanks to my kids, every single weekend until Christmas is booked up!  I've made a vow to myself to keep the week between Christmas and New Year's as unplanned as possible!

So, I can't really say that there is anything too exciting going on right now in my life, other than just trying to keep my head above water for the next 3 weeks.  I did start my SMART reading this past week and I have 2 kids, a kindergartner and a 1st grader--which is fun because, as you know, I have a kindergartner and 2nd grader at home!  This week is a bit of a question as we might actually get snow on my reading day, so we'll just have to wait and see if they even have school that day!

Finally, since I'm not posting reviews during December, I thought I'd try something new.  If you are a Snapchatter, I'm posting a book recommendation about every day.  These may be recent reads or something that I read a while ago and has stayed with me.  I'm doing this on Snapchat because I'm STILL trying to figure this app out.  Anyway, if you'd like to follow me, my username is (surprise!) westmetromommy.  Or I think you can look me up at Melinda Ott.  As I said, I'm still trying to figure it out (I'm apparently a bit old for Snapchat...maybe I'm just desperately clinging to youth?)


It's Monday....What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.  Please visit her blog to link up and join in the fun!

I'll probably be adding an audiobook tomorrow, but I'm not sure which one yet...I guess I'll have to wait and see what kind of mood I'm in at the gym!

Oh, and I always forget to add this part....what I posted this week on the blog:

Friday, December 2, 2016

Saturday Snapshot - December 3

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We decided to do something new this past Thanksgiving Weekend.  My kids love the movie The Polar Express (I like the book, but I find the movie a bit creepy...but whatever).  There are a number of historic trains around here that do "Polar Express" tours, but we heard that the best was the Mt. Hood Railroad out of Hood River, Oregon.  My father-in-law and brother-in-law were visiting for the holiday, so we decided to surprise the kids.  They didn't know until we pulled into the parking lot what was going on (we just told them we were going for a drive) and they were over the moon when they realized what we were about to do.

They got to wear their pajamas on the tour...which totally blew their minds!  My son completed his look with some major bed-head.

Waiting for the train to leave

Of course Santa was there!

They each got a little bell from Santa, which we'll put on our Christmas tree.  Also, that guy smiling in the background is my father-in-law


Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Movies America Needs Right Now

Folks, we live in a strange, strange time right now.  For any of you are Facebook friends with me (my personal page), you know exactly what I'm talking about and where I stand on things.  Heck, if you follow me on Twitter or even just follow this blog, you know....

Anyway, since I don't post book reviews during December (don't worry, I'm stocking up for 2017!), I thought I would turn my sights towards the big and little screens.

December, at least in places where it gets cold and dreary about now, is a great time to catch up on some movies.  And, film can be an effective balm for a hurt (or really, really angry) soul.  I've pulled together a few films to help you get through this trying time (and I'm not talking about December) and maybe energize or motivate you.

If you want to binge a series, or maybe just watch THAT ONE movie out of the series....

Captain America: The Winter Solider
As long as you stay away from Iron Man 2 and Howard the Duck, you really can't go wrong with anything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (disclaimer...I have yet to see  Doctor Strange).  So, you know, binge away there...

But if you only want to watch one movie--admittedly that's hard because everything in the MCU feeds into each other--but if there was one movie that America really, really needs right now it is this one.  Oh, and I don't mean the one movie in the MCU...I mean the one movie out of this entire post, possibly out of all the movies.  All of them...ever...



If you don't know what this movie is about, here is the 10 second summary.  Captain America has to save the United States from a cult of home-grown Nazis, led by a guy with--well, take a look at Redford in this.

Now, admittedly, it is hard to just jump in here and, to get the full picture, you probably should watch the 9-11 works before it (11 to see them all.  9 if you skip The Incredible Hulk, which is unnecessary, and Iron Man 2, which is just a terrible movie and necessary only because it introduces Nick Fury, Black Widow, and the idea of the Avengers.  You might be able to cut it down to 2 movies: Captain America: The First Avenger then The Avengers then this movie). However, I do think you could watch this movie as a standalone in these times and still get what you need out of it, as long as you just accept that "stuff happened" before the movie begins.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Just curious, do I need to say anything about Harry Potter here...on this book blog?  Yeah, didn't think so.

But, if you were going to watch just one--does anyone do that?---I think the final chapter is probably your best bet in times like this.  You know, when Harry finally defeats the embodiment of evil, Voldemort (who actually polled better during the election than the trumpster).



If you want something that will inspire you to be a better American...

There are a lot of options here.  I'm writing this up without consulting my husband, who would insist (loudly, and without end) that Patton should be here.  Heck, there is a whole pantheon of World War II movies that could go here.  But, I'm going a different direction for 3 reasons.
  1. I burned out on WWII in my reading
  2. There are so many good options in WWII that I don't think I could narrow it down.
  3. Honestly, I think that this choice is just much more fitting for our current times.
I have to admit that I owned this movie on Blu-Ray for 2 years before ever watching it.  I'm not sure why...I guess I just needed to be in the right head space.  And, well, we all know how it ends..and that ending really sucked for the title character (I ended up watching this movie on the anniversary of his assassination.)  Anyway, this movie is flat-out amazing.

Lincoln


When you aren't so sure about all this "Make America Great Again" talk...

Unless you are talking about November 7, 2016, America really wasn't better "back then..."  I always felt that this movie was incredibly underrated, but it really hits home now.

Pleasantville


When you need a reminder of a time when "American Exceptionalism" was campy...not embarrassing.

This is usually a mid-summer movie for me, but it works in post-election America just as well, but for different reasons.  I would never say that it's art and it's not perfect..but it does echo an America I'm not sure exists anymore....

Look, it's light fare and maybe, just maybe, you all need something light and fun right now...

And it has some of the best things about America--pre-Scientology Will Smith, Data, and Jeff Goldblum

Independence Day

Because you can't afford to see Hamilton and there isn't a movie version yet...

Stick with me here.

First, watch this.  It's another movie that I watch in the middle of the summer--and, well, it's a total sausage fest.  But, it's just one part of the equation.  (Also, I couldn't find a trailer, so here's a clip of one of the more famous scenes)

1776

Okay, once you watch THAT, watch THIS...

I know, it isn't "American" but Lin-Manuel Miranda has said that it help to inspire his Hamilton  And, as much as I love Hamilton, I still think this is the better musical (running and hiding now...)

Les Miserables

So, boys and girls...1776 + Les Miserables = Hamilton.  Sort of.

Look, it will hold you over until you get your Hamilton tickets

If you want to get a head start on your Obama Nostalgia
Okay, I haven't seen either of these movies yet...but I will be watching them both in the coming days.  The first will be released on Netflix on December 16 and the second will be released on DVD (and show up on my doorstep) on December 19 (it was in theaters...but I have kids and never get to see a movie in the theater unless it features a superhero).

Barry


Southside with You


What else should I watch?
This is by no means an exhaustive list and I need your help!  What else should I watch (I already have Selma on the list.  I really don't know what has taken me so long with that one...but, see what I said about Lincoln).  If you have a recommendation, please leave it in the comments.

And if you want to comment with some hateful Alt-Right crap...well, I'm tired of eviscerating those remarks on Facebook (although I will admit that it is a bit fun and oh-so-easy), so your comment here will be deleted.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Book Review: "I'll Take You There" by Wally Lamb

I'll Take You There Wally Lamb
Published: November 22, 2016
ISBN: 9780062656292
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism
Source: Harper Collins and TLC Book Tours
Highly Recommended

You might enjoy this book if you like: Hollywood's "Golden Age," Ghost Stories, Feminist Fiction

Summary:
I’ll Take You There centers on Felix, a film scholar who runs a Monday night movie club in what was once a vaudeville theater. One evening, while setting up a film in the projectionist booth, he’s confronted by the ghost of Lois Weber, a trailblazing motion picture director from Hollywood’s silent film era. Lois invites Felix to revisit—and in some cases relive—scenes from his past as they are projected onto the cinema’s big screen.

In these magical movies, the medium of film becomes the lens for Felix to reflect on the women who profoundly impacted his life. There’s his daughter Aliza, a Gen Y writer for New York Magazine who is trying to align her post-modern feminist beliefs with her lofty career ambitions; his sister, Frances, with whom he once shared a complicated bond of kindness and cruelty; and Verna, a fiery would-be contender for the 1951 Miss Rheingold competition, a beauty contest sponsored by a Brooklyn-based beer manufacturer that became a marketing phenomenon for two decades. At first unnerved by these ethereal apparitions, Felix comes to look forward to his encounters with Lois, who is later joined by the spirits of other celluloid muses.


Against the backdrop of a kaleidoscopic convergence of politics and pop culture, family secrets, and Hollywood iconography, Felix gains an enlightened understanding of the pressures and trials of the women closest to him, and of the feminine ideals and feminist realities that all women, of every era, must face.

My Thoughts:
In reading terms, Wally Lamb is a friendly acquaintance.  I've read a few of his books (although not Wishin' and Hopin', which introduces Felix, the central character of this book), and found them pleasant enough.  I am not in any way an expert on his books, beyond the 2 or 3 that I've previously read.

However, based on those few books, I thought I had a relatively good handle on what kind of books Lamb writes...and then I read this one.  If I was given this book without knowing the author, I would never have guessed that Wally Lamb wrote it.  Here's the thing....this book is strange in a way that won't appeal to everyone.  However, it was strange in a way that appealed greatly to me.

This novel reminded me of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, except that it has nothing to do with Christmas and it isn't as personal.  Ebeneezer Scrooge's experience led him to discover things within himself and to face the mirror of his own being.  Felix, on the other hand, is selected for his ghostly excursion (yes, there are ghosts!) because he is "educable."  Instead of coming face to face with his own soul, Felix learns to see others in a more complete way--especially his sister, Frances, and his daughter, Aliza.

You see, here is the most interesting thing about this book.  This story of a middle-aged white guy who likes movies really has very little to do with that middle-aged white guy who likes movies.  Instead, this is a surprisingly feminist novel.  Now, I know that some may bristle a bit at the idea of a male character essentially telling a feminist story.  However, I found it quite effective.  There are a countless number of books about a woman's experience with feminism, but this is the first that I've read that explores a man's experience.

Lamb accomplishes this deftly.  Felix does not have a huge transformation where he turns from being a misogynist into being a feminist.  Honestly, Felix is pretty much the same guy at the end as he is at the beginning, just with a bit more empathy and understanding.  However, the reader sees the 360 degree picture here through Felix's conversations with his ghostly companions, observing his own life, and stepping back into time himself.

As I said, this is not a book for everyone.  I can see how some might not be able to buy the premise. However, if you are able to dig right in, you will not be disappointed.

About the Author:
Wally Lamb is the author of four previous novels, including the New York Times and national bestseller The Hour I First Believed and Wishin' and Hopin', a bestselling novella. His first two works of fiction, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both number-one New York Times bestsellers and Oprah's Book Club selections. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Christine. The Lambs are the parents of three sons.

Find out more about Wally at his website, and connect with him on Facebook.

I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.



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Sunday, November 27, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? - November 28, 2016

Okay, who is still stuffed from Thanksgiving?  Just me?  Yikes!

We did have a nice, quiet-ish holiday, so that was nice.  And the food was great, thank you very much (yes, I made it!)  Now, the kids are getting ready to head back to school tomorrow and life returns to normal--or at least as normal as life can be in December.

I am starting, or at least re-starting, something this month.  Waaaaay back, in my single days, I participated in a program here called SMART, which stands for Start Making A Reader Today.  Through this program, volunteers go into the public schools to read with children (usually grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade) who need a little extra help.  I kept telling myself I would go back to it when both of my kids were in school.  Well, that happened this fall and I'm just now getting around to it.  I will admit that I was motivated a bit this time because I'm looking for some good to do in my community in the aftermath of the election.  Anyway, I was placed at the elementary school in our neighborhood, so I can actually walk over.  I start this Thursday and I'm really looking forward to it!

Another thing that happened this week actually came from last week's IMWAYR post!  Someone--and I apologize, but I can't remember who--posted about Serial.  It's an app where you can get eBooks that are in the public domain delivered to your phone or whatnot each day in bite-sized portions.  I immediately downloaded it and selected This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Each day, I get about 10 minutes worth of reading and it is the perfect chunk.  In retrospect, I wish I had chosen a different book to start with, though.  This Side of Paradise is Fitzgerald's unfinished novel and, well, it's rough.  But, at this point, I'm far enough in that I want to finish it and, really, 10 minutes a day is not bad.

If you are the blogger who posted about this last week, please let me know and I'll give you some link love here for it!


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What are you reading this week?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Saturday Snapshot - November 26

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I hope all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving have recovered!  I am writing this up on Thanksgiving evening and I'm about to slip into a food coma!  However, we have a big day planned tomorrow (which will probably show up as next week's Saturday Snapshot), so I thought I had better write up this post now just in case time gets away from me tomorrow.

So, here it is...our Thanksgiving!  We had a small gathering, which was great and probably the least stressful T-day I've had in a while. The turkey finished cooking way earlier than I expected, but no big deal....we just ate dinner early and took a longer break before hitting the pies.

Yes, my daughter is dressed as a pilgrim!  I got this for her last year when her school did a Thanksgiving celebration and it is still too big.  She nay be dressed as a pilgrim next year as well!  Alice, well...Alice matches.  And, you can't hear it here, but she wasn't happy about it!

Alice was also not too happy about me changing the tablecloth and setting the table.

My son is such an Oregonian!  It has been raining HARD all day, but that doesn't stop him.

Time to chow down!  

She ate the WHOLE THING (and about 10 servings of fruit salad!)


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Book Review: "Evergreen Springs" by RaeAnne Thayne

Evergreen Springs RaeAnne Thayne
Published: September 29, 2015
ISBN: 9780373788590
Genre: Romance (Holiday)
Source: Personal Copy
Recommended

You might enjoy this book if you like: Christmas stories, love stories, small town romances

Summary:
Christmas is the last thing Cole Barrett is thinking about this year. He's barely hanging on trying to care for his two grieving children since his ex-wife died in a tragic accident. For the reclusive Cole, this is no time for gift-giving and celebration—and certainly not for a sunny-natured optimist to blow into his screwed-up life.


In the years since her cancer treatments, physician Devin Shaw has researched the curative powers of Lake Haven's mineral waters. Unfortunately, the hot springs are on Barrett property, forcing Devin to strike a bargain with the ranch's attractively gruff owner: she'll give Cole's children the magical Christmas they deserve, and Cole will allow her patients access to the springs. But can she work her holiday magic to heal the Barrett family's battered hearts—and her own? 

My Thoughts:
Before I get into my thoughts on this book, I need to confess that I read this from December 24-25, 2015 (and, yes, I know that this review is going live 11 months later....it just didn't make any sense to publish a review of a Christmas book in February!)

There is something comforting about a Christmas story, especially if a romance.  You know it will end happily and Christmassy, and what is better than that?  This is one of those books that, if you go into it with that mindset, you will not be disappointed.  It definitely rang all the Christmas bells for me and it was a delightful book to read over the holiday.

Even though the reader will know (because it is a Holiday romance novel), that everything will end well, Thayne does an admirable job of making sure there is enough conflict to keep readers guessing and interested, but not so much that the book becomes stressful.  I really enjoyed Cole as a character--she dealt both with is current situation, suddenly a single-dad of two, as well as his checkered past.  I felt his emotions and reactions were right on point and, honestly, he was my main hook for this story.

One heads up about this book: it is the 3rd in the series.  I didn't read the first two books and I had no problem following the story, but I also always had the feeling that I was missing something.  Reading books out of order in a series is a huge pet peeve of mine, and I did know going in that this was #3, so I can't fault the book.  However, I probably would have been a bit more comfortable, for lack of a better word, if I had read the first 2 books first.

Now, if I have to complain--and, let's face it, Christmas makes complaints invalid--my one issue would be that Devin's character is just too perfect.  Seriously, there is not a flaw to be found on this woman (and, no, "cancer survivor is not a flaw!)...which is forgivable if you look at it through a holiday lens.  However, it would be an issue I couldn't overlook otherwise.  Main characters should have at least some sort of imperfection.

Ultimately, this book was a wonderful Christmas Eve/Christmas afternoon reading experience.  Sometimes you just have to let a book take you where it takes you, and this is an excellent vehicle for that.

I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation for this post.



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Book Review: "Any Given Christmas" by Candis Terry

Any Given Christmas (Sugar Shack #2) Candis Terry
Published: December 6, 2011
ISBN: 9780062133298
Genre: Romance (Contemporary)
Source: Personal Copy
Highly Recommended

You might enjoy this book if you like: Small town romances, Football romances, slightly supernatural stories

Summary:
When an injury dashes NFL Quarterback Dean Silverthorne's Super Bowl dreams, he heads back to Deer Lick, Montana with a chip on his wounded shoulder, more determined than ever to get back in the game. He loves his kooky family, but this trip home is going to be a very brief Christmas visit.


His game plan doesn't include an instant attraction to Emma Hart, a feisty kindergarten teacher who seems to be the only person in Deer Lick not interested in the hometown hero. Or his dearly departed mom popping up with mistletoe in hand and meddling on the mind. Now Dean can't help but wonder if there’s more to love than life between the goal posts. 

My Thoughts:
I read my first Candis Terry book, Second Chance at the Sugar Shack (which is also the first in this series), earlier this year and enjoyed it so much that I went out and downloaded ALL of her other novels.  Of course, with my out-of-control TBR, it took me months to get to the second installment.

Terry keeps it in the family as she now focuses on Kate's older brother.  Some things remain the same--the same small town, the same bakery, and--of course--the same ghost of a mother in the backseat.  But, Dean and Emma's story almost seemed more sweet to me.  Part of that is I think that both characters were well-realized.

Dean is a NFL Quarterback and, well, I'm sold.  It's true...I like football romances.  Emma is a small town kindergarten teacher who has a secret, a sweet cat, goal and--best of all--IS A PACKERS FAN!  Folks, this book could have failed on every level other than having a quarterback and a Packers fan, and I'd still be all over it.

Now, that aside, I did feel that this was a well-balanced romance.  So often, you get the story from either just the hero or, more often, heroine but, here the story is equally focused on both. However, it doesn't merge the Emma and Dean together too much.  Hey each have their own stories and their own struggles and Terry does both of them justice.

Terry's voice is just as readable as in the first novel.  This book is a little steamier, but it isn't tawdry (something that I appreciate after some of the other romances I've read recently).  More importantly, the emotional component is emphasized over the physical one.  I find that equation to be necessary for a truly successful romance.

I will say that I do think that this book needs to be read in sequence with the series.  It's not that the plot is especially tied to the earlier book, but there are elements of the story that would seem out of left field without the background found in Second Chance at the Sugar Shack.  Also, this book isn't as "Christmassy" as it might seem.  Most holiday romances tend to end in a romantic Christmas celebration whereas, with this book, Christmas is just something that happens about halfway through. I say that only to reassure anyone who would like to read this in the middle of the summer (as I did) that it won't seem out of time.

This book was a delight to read and I would highly recommend it to any romance fan, at any time of the year.  I can't wait to see what happens in the third and final installment of this series!

I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation for this post.



Monday, November 21, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? - November 21, 2016

Ugh...I try to write up these posts on Sundays (and then schedule them to go live at 9pm my time on Sundays) but the internet was not cooperating with me last night.  Well, I think the internet was fine, but our router does not like me.  Sigh....  this is the battle of my life.  We did just get a repeater, hoping that will improve things, but it is still sitting in the box (side eye to the hubs, there...).  Personally, I think we need a new router, but I'm willing to give the repeater a try first.

So, it is almost Thanksgiving!  I'm doing all the cooking--so expect food pics for the next Saturday Snapshot post.  We're having a small gathering, so I'm trying to scale back just a bit.  I guess we'll have to see what kind of uproar bubbles up when my father-in-law and brother-in-law realize there will be no mashed potatoes (the hubs already signed off on it and my kids are weird...neither of them like potatoes!).  Personally, I love mashed potatoes--but I like my dressing better and, since I only make my dressing once a year, I'm willing to sacrifice the potatoes.  Besides, I assured my husband that, if he really wants them, I'll make the potatoes on Friday so he can eat them with his leftovers.

Oh, and a little heads-up.  I have 2 reviews this week and then on more scheduled next Tuesday.  Those will be the last formal book reviews for the year on this blog.  As usual, I'm taking December off from posting reviews, although I will continue to participate in this meme and hosting the Saturday Snapshot.  I also have a couple non-review posts that I've been meaning to write that might show up during December.  This doesn't mean I won't be reading--I'm just pushing my reviews over to 2017 so I can build up a bit of a buffer for myself and not feel quite the need to read to produce reviews.

And now....


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I'm hoping for some quality reading time while the turkey cooks on Thursday, so we'll see how it goes!