Monday, December 16, 2013

December Twitterature

twitterature monthly reading linkup short reviews

Today I'm linking up with Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy to share "short, casual reviews" of the books I've read in the past 30 days.

Last year I drastically decreased my reading during the month of December, but this year...not so much!  I've started reading more in the evenings again (without falling asleep!) and I've mastered the art of reading in increments.  I love to talk books on
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Long book.  It's an award winner, but I'm still not sure how I felt about it. It's a rare instance of liking the movie better than the book. 
#worldwar2   #germany   #heartbreaking

 For Every Seasonby Cindy Woodsmall

Book 3 in a series.  I loved Woodsmall's debut series and hated her second series, but this one is growing on me.  Great easy read for a busy season.
#amishfiction   #lovetriangle   #mystery

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond

I made her cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving dinner.  The house smelled divine!
#pioneerwoman   #cookbook   #delish

Maid to Matchby Deeanne Gish

Set in the late 1800s at the Biltmore Estate, this was a fun Thanksgiving weekend read.  There was depth to the story, yet the tone was light.
#historicalfiction   #lovestory  

Seeker of Starsby Susan Fish

I downloaded this for my Kindle because it was free, but it was far better than the majority of free downloads.  This fictional retelling of the wise men from the Bible incorporated the personal story of one of the astronomers. 
#wisemen   #Christmasfiction

Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic

I thought my kids were too old for me to benefit from this book.  Instead, it taught me great lessons about attitude, grace, and relationships.
#parenting   #unityamongbrothers  

The Silent Wifeby A. S. A. Harrison

I wanted to like this book, but by page 40 I gave up.  I wanted a can't-put-down mystery.  Instead I got raunchy details of an affair.
#suspense   #iquit

Harriet the Spyby Louise Fitzhugh

I read this as a child, but I remembered nothing. I'm never sure what to expect from kid lit, but I was hooked by the first chapter.  Well written and intelligent.
#kidlit   #lifelessons  


With the kids...

The Best Christmas Pageant Everby Barbara Robinson, Amahl and the Night Visitorsby Gian Carlo Menotti, and Danger on a Silent Night by Marianne Hering and Nancy Sanders

We're reading 1 book a week until Christmas.  It's a dinnertime tradition we keep no matter how crazy our schedule.
#Christmasfiction   #morekidlit

We are flying through stacks of picture books, too.  A highlight:

Claude the Dog: A Christmas Storyby Dick Gackenbach

This was my very favorite Christmas picture book from childhood.  My brother says it's depressing, but I want my kids to love it, too. 
#picturebook   #Christmas   #bettertogivethantoreceive


  1. I just picked up Holiday Cookbook from the Pioneer Woman at her book signing this past weekend and I can't wait to start cooking from it :) Lots of good books on your list-love the kid lit especially!

  2. I've passed on The Silent Wife so far because it just didn't sound like something I'd be into--thanks for confirming that!

    And I loved Harriet the Spy, too. I had a similar experience: read it as a kid but remembered nothing! Really enjoyed it as an adult.

  3. Those Amish books intrigue me. And I DEFINITELY need to read Motherhood in the Trenches.

    Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek


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