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This has been a crazy week! I’m sure many of you are feeling the same way. I love the holidays, but love them even more when all my Christmas shopping is done. Sadly, I’ve saved the most difficult for last: my two sons. Women are SO much easier to shop for. Do you think they’d be okay with me just getting more for their wives and skipping them altogether?!? Hope your holiday preparations are moving along nicely.
Beginning tomorrow, the next two weeks are going to be big on Novel Visits with lists, lists, lists. Keep an eye out for:
Tuesday 12/11 – My Favorite Debuts of 2018
Thursday 12/13 – My Favorite Audiobooks of 2018
Tuesday 12/18 – My Big Winter Preview
Thursday 12/20 – Best Books of the Year
Last Week’s Read
Quite likely my last debut of 2018, Ways to Hide in Winter by Sarah St. Vincent was a worthy way to round out this year’s crop. It was a quiet story steeped in dual mysteries. A stranger from a foreign land shows up at a Pennsylvania National Park in the dead of winter, leaving the woman who runs its small store curious. But as the winter goes on, it becomes clear that Kathleen has dark secrets of her own. The connection between these two was at the heart of Ways to Hide in Winter.
Podcasts kept me distracted from doing much listening to Little Deaths by Emma Flint last week. I suppose that says something about this audiobook. It hasn’t been my favorite, but that’s in part due to the time of year and how hectic things have been. It’s also due in part to me not loving one of the two narrators. It will definitely get finished this week. I just started Happiness by Aminatta Forna, and think it will be a great book for this busy season. It seems like another quiet book that might rely on character development more than plot.
Likely to Read Next
Unless I suddenly find another backlist book screaming at me to be read, I think I’ll start turning to 2019 books next. A lot of my time over Christmas break will be taken up with family and travel, so getting a jump on it might serve me well. A domestic thriller, I’m looking forward to giving The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene a try.
I hope you have a great week in books!
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Beth F says
I love a good domestic thriller. I’ve barely looked at my 2019 books, but I’m having fun catching up on some of the books I missed this year. Good luck on the last couple of gifts.
Sarah's Book Shelves says
Oooh – I haven’t heard of The Perfect Liar! Will be interested to hear your thoughts!
And Visa gift cards for your sons…then they can buy whatever they want with them! That’s what I give my brothers every year and they always talk about how their in-laws try to pick out gifts for them and should just stick with gift cards.
I always feel like I’m cheating with gift cards, but I may need to go that route. However, I still haven’t bought for my mom and she’ll NEVER go for a gift card. It needs to be something “special.”
I agree, men are the worst. My son keeps a wish list on Amazon, making it easier to buy something for him. He even has filters of high to low priority.
In a perfect world, I try to buy each a personal gift and the couple gift is either cash or gift cards. Often the personal gift for the guys is an Amazon gift card and they can get something they want.
I have a huge backlist of books I still want to read and I’ve almost whittled down my NG shelf to zero. What a relief.
I wish my sons would keep an Amazon wish list. I may need to plant that idea for the future. I’d actually much rather buy for the daughter-in-laws. They’re gifts are so much more fun!
My backlist isn’t doing much for me lately, so let me know if you come across anything wonderful in yours.
At the top of my backlist is one I’m that I’m apparently the last to read: The Hearts Invisible Furies.
I agree, the daughters and DIL are soooo much easier and more fun to buy for 😊
Since I don’t take ARCs, I won’t get to 2019 books until 2019 as they come out. My weekly update
I also would recommend gift cards!
I’m looking forward to The Perfect Liar as well! I really enjoyed the author’s book The Headmaster’s Wife.
I didn’t read The Headmaster’s Wife, so Greene is new to me. Glad to hear you liked his last book.
Kathy Martin says
I think this is going to be a Christmas of gift cards. So much easier and lets the giftee pick something they really want. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
I like the sound of dual mysteries in Ways to Hide in The Winter…I picked it up at the library last week, now just need to squeeze it in. Can’t wait for your thoughts on The Perfect Liar, I have that one as well
Did you read Greene’s last book, The Headmaster’s Wife?
Yes, I agree, men are so hard to buy for! My husband and father are the worst offenders.
Wishing us both luck with gifts for the men!