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The Week in Books: December 2 – December 8

We’re into the final stretch of the election campaign, and I had three glorious days off to recover from my weekend at work.  And of course I spent some of them reading.  I’m quite annoyed that I still haven’t managed to post my Christmas-themed book posts yet – why is that I hear you ask, because you’ve seen Christmas books on thes lists for weeks, nay months now. Well it’s because I haven’t liked enough of them so I’ve had to keep on going and finding more to read in the hopes of being able to recommend them.  It has undone all my good work of starting reading the festive stuff early.  But they are coming.  Soon.  I promise.


St Ann’s on the Anvil by Winifred Norling

Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction by Richard L Bushman

Christmas Calamity at the Vicarage by Emily Organ

All I Want for Christmas by Jennifer Gracen

War on Peace by Ronan Farrow

Love Lies Bleeding by Edmund Crispin

The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan

Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Shirley Flight, Air Hostess in The Rajah’s Daughter


Christmas Secrets by the Sea by Jane Lovering

Death on a Quiet Day by Michael Innes

Still reading:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgerstern

Death Beside the Seaside by TE Kinsey

So I bought some stuff, but they mostly don’t count.  Let me explain: One for ebook for my sister’s book club (she has a kindle hooked up to my account), one ebook as part of her Christmas present from my parents (she’s in China, so posting a book isn’t really an option). And another girls own book (to add to the Shirley Flight’s from last week) but it’s the unabridged version of a Chalet School book I already own, so that doesn’t count either right? And a preorder of the paperback version of the latest Custard Protocol, so that sort of doesn’t count either right?!

And on a completely different note, you may remember how much I loved the Jim Henson biography back in September, so I wanted to mark the passing of Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who was the original Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch who appeared in that book as a supporting role and who died over the weekend at the age of 85. And another loss on Sunday was the actor Rene Auberjonois – who played Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space 9. I don’t think I’ve talked much about my love of Star Trek as a child and teen, but I feel like I grew up watching the three Next Generation-era series and he was one of the best things about DS9.

Bonus photo: Quality winter comfort food (and my slipper) as the cold weather starts to make me want to eat nothing but casseroles.


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