My bedside stack of books

I’m a happy reader. I have a towering stack of books I received at Christmas and it makes me smile when I look at it. With so much to read, I’m ready for winter.

Here’s what I have, starting from the top of the pile pictured here.

“Just Kids” by Patti Smith — This was not a Christmas gift but was lent to me right before the holiday. I like what I’ve read so far.

“Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake” by Anna Quindlen — This was a gift to myself that I bought at our Christmas auction of promotional items we receive here at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I am of the same generation as Quindlen, so I think I’ll enjoy her perspective on life.

“Mew is for Murder” by Clea Simon — A mystery about a journalist and a cat. I love cats.

“Crossing the Border of Time” by Leslie Maitland — I requested this in a gift swap after reading Sarah Chain’s review of it on Book Buzz.

“A Christmas Blizzard” by Garrison Keillor — I love Keillor’s writing, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this short book.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon — My son gave me this because a review of another book I like, “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry,” mentioned this as being equally moving.

“Random Harvest” by James Hilton — My husband really liked this book by the author of “Lost Horizon.”

“Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin — I got this book out of the library and started it but quickly realized that I’d have a hard time getting it read before it was due back, even with a few renewals. So I asked Santa to bring it.

“Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver — She writes about southwest Virginia, an area I once lived in and where I met my husband. I haven’t read any Kingsolver books yet, but look forward to trying this one.

“Right Ho, Jeeves” by P.G. Wodehouse — this book was actually given to my husband, but I’m going to borrow it because I’ve never read any Wodehouse.

“This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz — Also a book given to my husband. I plan to borrow it when he’s finished.

And books to inspire some favorite activities:

“100 Snowflakes to Crochet” by Caitlin Sainio — I have big plans. Next year lots of people I know are going to get handmade snowflakes to hang on their tree.

“Connect the Shapes, Crochet Motifs” by Edie Eckman — an extension of my project above.

“The Roast Vegetable” by Andrea Chesman — my husband’s gift tag on this said to “open this, hand to Robert, enjoy.” I can’t wait to taste what he makes.

“The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook” by Deb Perelman — My daughter-in-law clued us into the Smitten Kitchen blog. We’ve been drooling over the recipes and photos since we opened the book.

And just for fun, a gift from my sister:

“Trivial Pursuit, Book Lovers Edition” — I looked over a few questions in this game and couldn’t answer any. So it may be frustratingly hard to play. But I’m game to try it.

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