December 17th, 2012

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Weekend Roundup...

...DH and I had a nice time during our childless state. :) We went out to eat and to a movie on Saturday (mid-afternoon, even, so we came home from that to just veg). We saw Skyfall, the first James Bond movie I've seen since Never Say Never, which I didn't like at all. This one was pretty good, though, and I enjoyed it.

...I got a lot done yesterday, though mostly Christmas stuff. Still, it feels good to get some things checked off the list.

...the kiddos, their auntie, and I went and saw Rise of the Guardians yesterday afternoon. We all really enjoyed it, and the kids have added it to their 'top five movies' list. :) It's definitely one of my favorite kids' movies too (right up there with Rio and Kung Fu Panda).

...today, I'm going on a field trip with E's class (and the entire 3rd grade, of course). It's outdoors, and it's chilly -- but E is so excited. :)

Hope it's a good Monday (finding moments of goodness and peace)!
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Top Eleven Reads of 2012! Number Ten...

It's hard to believe it's the end of 2012 -- which means it's time for another list of books from yours truly. ;) I would've only done the top ten, except that I only have eleven five-star reads this year -- so I will highlight them all. It's always challenging to put this in any kind of order, and I want to point out that it's rather subjective (on top of already being a subjective list), as the way I feel about these books right now is different than I might have felt three months ago. Plus, the top six are clumped so closely together in my mind (in terms of enjoyment) that they're almost random in their order -- you could simply say that I loved all eleven, and I adored the top six pretty much equally! (All the covers link to their Tattered Cover book page, fyi.)

That said, let's go to number Ten (out of 111 books read this year):

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Ten, by Gretchen McNeil
Why did this stay with me? First, I'm a huge Agatha Christie fan. She was my first love in mysteries with a hint of romance, and I read every one of her books (with the exception of a few Miss Marple books -- I just didn't like her). So finding a retell of a Christie classic is gold to me. :) Second, the setting was great. Yes, it's great in the Christie book, as well, but this was a smart move for the retell, and I felt the atmosphere was vivid and enhancing. Third, I liked the MC. She was clever and thoughtful, and I was on her side from the get-go. Fourth, the mystery was great. I honestly don't remember the ins and outs of the Christie mystery, but I think this one had its own motivations -- and they were good and very true to that classic mystery feel. It was simply a very entertaining read from beginning to end!
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