Books Gifted in December 2013

Posted in Tally at 1:30 am by Amber

Family members know my husband and I are book people. Hardly a year goes by that someone doesn’t receive a book from us. Here are some of the books given this month:

  • Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Jon Klassen – My sister-in-law and I knit so my niece has seen firsthand what can be done with a bit of colorful yarn and two sticks. 🙂 My niece likes the book so much she had someone read it to her after it was unwrapped, later that day and was certain to ask for it at bedtime.
  • The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy by Jody Duncan Jesser and Janine Pourroy – My brother is a huge Batman fan and he liked the movies. The only thing better would be some alternate universe comic where Batman and Wolverine have to combine forces against a villain.
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – It was on my wish list but is something I’ve been dying to read. I mean… it’s a KATE ATKINSON BOOK! That’s something to get excited about. I looked for it a few times at the local bookstore but never found it in stock.
  • An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Col. Chris Hadfield – My father-in-law enjoys memoirs and books based on true events. I heard Col. Chris Hadfield’s interview on NPR and thought he had some interesting situations happen to him and they’d make for interesting reading.
  • The Book of Schmaltz by Michael Ruhlman – Ruhlman is an Ohio author and I like his books. I thought it a longshot my mother would try to make any of the recipes but thought she’d enjoy it. Within a few days she’d read it from front to back. It reminds her of food made by her aunts.
  • Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal – As long as I can remember my mother has liked him. I recall my parents watching Soap and I’m sure he was one reason. My mother says she chuckled a few times within the first few pages.
  • A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert – One of my sister-in-laws loves little house on the prairie. A few years ago I gave her The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure which she seemed to like. I think the Ingalls-Wilder clan has been mined enough and won’t be revisited for a long time.

I recall my husband was trying to decide between a book of poetry and a memoir for someone’s birthday. I can’t remember what he decided on. Maybe I’ll post these book gifts during months we give books so you can maybe get some book ideas too.


Final NaNoWriMo 2013 Update

Posted in Event, Writing at 11:51 am by Amber

I did a good job catching up that first week but it was all downhill from there this year. I manged to write 11912 words altogether.

My plan is to finish up the story for my niece and nephews before it’s time to go on next year’s beach vacation. That way they’ll have something to read which will get them in the mood for it. Not that they need any additional help in getting pepped up for a beach house vacation but you know what I mean. 🙂

I spent quite a bit of the month watching Orange is the New Black. Have you read the memoir? That’s on my list of books to read next year.