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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas



I promised my German book blogger friend, Marianne,
I would send her pictures of my "Griswold" Christmas house, but I decided to go ahead and share them with you all as well. Decorating is not my forté (neither is photography, as you can see). Still, I love this time of year and decking my house out with all my favorite things is a fun way to make things feel festive. You'll see several of my collections on display here: nativities (I especially love those designed by
Jim Shore), nutcrackers (they're lining the windowsills—I've been collecting them since I first saw The Nutcracker when I was about 10), Santas (Did I mention I'm a Jim Shore fan?), and Department 56 village houses (from their Original Snow Village collection). 
My husband's all about the lights, so he festooned the bannisters with glow-y garlands (the strand of leg lamps he strung on one can't be seen from the front door, thank goodness). The lights that hang down from the loft, unfortunately, decided to crap out after he strung them up. Bummer. At any rate, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! 
 My 13-year-old spent the weekend enthusiastically wrapping presents while I worked on Christmas cards, so those things are done. All I have left to do now is some last-minute gift shopping for our family Secret Santa gift exchange, making homemade doughnuts for the neighbors (my husband and I are getting booster shots on Doughnut Day Eve, so we'll see how we're feeling for this exhausting event—it may get cancelled), getting my dad a birthday gift (our shared birthday is December 22), and shopping for Christmas dinner (ham, homemade rolls, funeral potatoes, etc.). How is your holiday prep going?

Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I'm still working on my goal of reading 200 books this year. I'm six away (really five since I'm halfway through the e-book I'm reading and about the same with the audiobook I'm listening to). This week's TTT prompt—Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR List—asks what's next up on the docket. In addition to those I listed last week, I've got ten more possibilities to share with you. I love these seasonal TBRs, so I'm excited to see what everyone has on their lists today.

Don't forget to click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl and give some love to our gracious hostess, Jana.

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR List  


1. Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo (available May 24, 2022)—This is my current read. Dark August, the first book in the series, was one of my first reads of 2021. I loved it and have been waiting *patiently* for a sequel. Although Poison Lilies doesn't officially come out for a while still, I got an e-ARC from Edelweiss Plus. Huzzah!

Our heroine, Augusta "Gus" Monet, has moved into an old Ottawa apartment complex. She meets her eccentric neighbor, a blind woman who hasn't left the building since the 1950s. When a corpse from the same era is found in a deep pond nearby, Gus's neighbor pays her to investigate the very cold case. 


2. Hot and Sour Suspects by Vivien Chien (available January 25, 2022)—I'm always up for the newest installment in this fun cozy mystery series, which is one of my very faves. In this one, Lana Lee helps host a speed-dating event. When one of the participant's dates is murdered and she's accused of the crime, she asks Lana to help prove her innocence. 


3. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid—I think I'm the only one who hasn't read this buzzy mystery/thriller yet. Good thing I'm an airhead and checked out two copies from the library! Set in the 80s, the novel is about a house party gone horribly wrong. It's getting great reviews, so I'm in.


4. In the Market for Murder by T.E. KinseyCath recommended this fun historical mystery series. I enjoyed the first book, so I'm excited to read the next installment which promises to be just as enjoyable. This time, it's the murder of a local farmer that has Lady Hardcastle and her maid playing Sherlock and Watson.


5. Ghost Ship by Brian Hicks—When I posted about my love for books about maritime disasters, Lark recommended this non-fiction account of the fate of the Mary Celeste. It's going to come due at the library soon, so I need to read it soon. It sounds fascinating!


6. Futureface by Alex Wagner—I'm hoping my quest to become a professional genealogist will take a step forward in 2022, as testing has been stalled for the past couple years by COVID. In the meantime, I always enjoy an intriguing family history/DNA story. This one, about a woman's search for her true identity, sounds like just the ticket.


7. I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (available February 1, 2022)—I love Sepetys' historical YA novels, so her newest definitely earns a place here. Set in Communist Romania in 1989, this book features a young man who is forced to become an informer, but uses his unique position to undermine a dangerous government.


8. Tips for Magicians by Celesta Rimington—I enjoyed this author's debut middle-grade novel. Her newest is about a grieving boy who moves to a strange town in middle-of-nowhere Utah. The residents believe in a "magical entity" that grants wishes. The boy hopes it's true because he really, really needs his wish to come true...


9. The Last Daughter of York by Nicola Cornick—As much as I love historical fiction, I don't tend to read books set before the 19th Century. Still, this dual-timeline novel set in York (which I loved when I visited England a few months ago) sounds like a good one. 


10. Stiff by Mary Roach—I've been wanting to read a Roach book for forever, so I finally bought this one. It sounds absolutely fascinating!

There you go, ten books on my Winter TBR list. Have you read any of them? What did you think? What are you planning to read this winter? I'd truly love to know. Leave a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!

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  1. Oh, how wonderful. Thank you for that, Susan, I absolutely love it. My house is full of nativity scenes and angels at Christmas time (not yet, though) and we always have the Wise Men walking toward Bethlehem until they arrive on Epiphany.

    Your books also look very festive. I just combined all my TBR lists that are still open and ended up with a TTTT this week.

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    1. You're very welcome! Now you can see why I have to start decorating at the beginning of December in order to get everything up and have time to enjoy it all :) I love the saying, "Wise Men (meaning women, of course, too) Still Seek Him."

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Marianne!

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    2. Haha, yes, I see what you mean. Doesn't mean we have much less in the house at Christmas. LOL

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  2. I haven't read Malibu Rising either so you're definitely not alone! the Ruta Sepetys looks great as does the Nicola Cornick book.

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    1. I've seen MALIBU RISING on a few lists today, so I'm not as alone as I thought I was! LOL.

      Thanks for popping in, NickiMags!

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  3. I love your decorations! I am not a decorator or a photographer either. If I could afford it, I would hire an interior decorator because I'd like to decorate my home, but I have no idea on where to start.

    I love Ruta Sepetys books, so I'm super excited for I Must Betray You. That Sweet and Sour book looks fun! I love foodie mysteries.

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    1. Same! Other people's decorated houses look like they're straight out of a magazine. My neighbors have professionals come do their outside lights every year and they always look perfect. We just do what we can. LOL.

      I love Sepetys, so I'm excited about her newest. The Noodle Shop Mysteries really are fun. Light and entertaining.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Kami!

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  4. Your house looks so lovely and festive.

    I need to give Mary Roach another try, I read Stiff years ago but found her humour a bit forced, but so many people like her books and they all sound right up my street, I should probably try another one.

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    1. Oh, really? Interesting. I've never even read a sample of one of her books, so I really wonder what I'll think of her writing.

      Thanks for stopping in, Ellie!

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  5. In the Market for Murder sound fun. I love the pictures of your Christmas decorations! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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    1. The first book was a ton of fun. It just made me smile, so I'm excited to keep going with the series. Cath says it gets better as it goes. Love that!

      Thanks for popping by, Poinsettia!

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  6. Congrats on the "Griswold Christmas house!" Most of these titles are new to me, so thanks for the recommends.

    My post:
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    1. Ha ha. Thanks! We go a little crazy on the inside, but not as much on the outside. We're lazy that way :)

      Thanks for coming by, Kristine!

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  7. I've been meaning to read something by Mary Roach for a while now, too. I hope you enjoy this one! And I really need to catch up on my Noodle Shop Mysteries. I finally picked up #3 a little while ago, but 4 & 5 are still sitting on my shelf, waiting patiently for me to get to them!

    My TTT: https://bookwyrmknits.com/2021/12/14/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-for-my-12-in-2022-list-maybe/

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    1. It's nice that our books are so patient with us. They sit there gathering dust, not saying a word...I'm actually caught up with the Noodle Shop series and I can't say that about many others, LOL.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole!

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  8. I loved seeing your holiday pictures! I have read Malibu Rising. I don't know that I would categorize it a thriller. Maybe a mystery, but on the light side. More fiction in general about a family.

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    1. Oh, okay, good to know. Well, I love mysteries and family sagas/dramas, so I think it will still be right up my alley. I just need to get to it, hopefully before the end of the year. We'll see.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

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  9. Beautiful holiday decor! I especially like your tree. So pretty. I read Malibu Rising over the summer and loved it. I hope you will, too.

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    1. Thank you so much! We used to have one that was just as tall, but about three times as round. It was a pain to put up, plus it completely covered the painting of Jesus, which seemed more than a little ironic! We finally bought a skinnier tree and we love it. It's so much easier to assemble and decorate.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Tanya!

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  10. Love your decorations. I'm in pretty good shape this year. Decorating is done. Cards are done. Shopping is done. Started wrapping. Most of the food is bought for Christmas Eve dinner. Feeling blessed right now that I've been able to get as much done as I have.

    In the Market for Murder and Ghost Ship caught my eye. Hope you get to read all these.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2021/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-on-my.html

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    1. Wow! You're on top of things. I need to be better at Christmas prepping BEFORE December—I mean, it's not like I don't know all year that Christmas is coming! LOL.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cheryl!

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  11. Your house looks amazing! I love (other people’s) Christmas decorations! I’m in the middle of Malibu Rising now, and finding it compelling. I hope you like it!

    Happy TTT!
    Lori
    https://fiftytwo.blog/2021/12/14/ttt-top-winter-picks/

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    1. I love looking at other people's decorations, although it usually makes me feel insecure about mine. Ha ha. Oh well, I love having the things that make me happy around me at Christmastime, no matter how poorly they're displayed!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lori!

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  12. Malibu Rising is such a great book, and I thoroughly enjoy the Noodle Shop Mystery series by Vivien Chien. Enjoy your winter reading, and congrats on getting all that reading done in 2021! You're so close to 200 - you'll totally get there!

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    1. Sounds like everyone is really liking MALIBU RISING. That's great, especially for such a hyped-up book. I'm excited to read it. And, I agree, the Noodle Shop series is so fun. I don't care how far-fetched the stories get, I just enjoy being entertained :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leah!

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  13. Your Christmas tree looks lovely! I'm so excited for I Must Betray You, though sadly it doesn't come out till August here in the UK.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/12/14/top-ten-tuesday-346/

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    1. Bummer! It sounds like a great book. All of hers are—that's why I get to excited about them :)

      Thanks for popping in!

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  14. Wow, you guys have really been busy. Love the photos...looking very festive. Of your list, I've read the Roach book you list, and it has to be one of the strangest books I've ever read. Totally fascinating.

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    1. "Strangely fascinating" sounds like a pretty apt description. Love it!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

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  15. Your house looks so cute! Malibu Rising seems to be one of the most popular books out there, so I'm sure I'll get around to it one of these days.

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    1. Thanks! It's always a pain to get all the decorations out of the garage and get them all put up, but it's nice to enjoy them afterward.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Ethan!

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  16. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Stiff. Happy reading!

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    1. Yeah? I know it's kind of weird to be interested in such a morbid subject, but I totally am! Glad I'm not the only one :)

      Thanks for popping in, Alicia!

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  17. Love your Christmas decorations! Sounds like a nice mix of books. I have not read a Roach book, had not heard of the author. I think it's funny because my mom's maiden name is Roach. Happy Reading! https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2021/12/top-ten-tuesday-books-on-my-winter-tbr.html

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    1. Oh, how funny! Maybe the author is your long-lost cousin...I guess you better read her books. She writes non-fiction about random subjects. I've heard really good things about them, so I'm excited to finally read one.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cindy!

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  18. Very cute Christmas decorations, Susan! Your house looks amazing. :)

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    1. Thanks! It's festive, anyway :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

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  19. Love the tree and the books. Happy reading.

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    1. I'm hoping they're all good reads. So far, so good.

      Thanks for popping in, Lisa!

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  20. Vivian's book looks really good! Happy Reading!

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    1. It's a really fun series. Light and funny and just entertaining. I love it.

      Thanks for coming by, Danielle!

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  21. Wow! That tree is really impressively tall.

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    1. It really is. I can't remember how tall—12 feet? We use a tall, scary ladder to decorate the top!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

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  22. Wow, 200 books is a lot of books! My goal was 100 this year, but I won't make it. I love your Christmas decorations! I tend to go all-out on decorations too.

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    1. I've been reading like a fiend this year, so I'm not at 196 books read. It will be interesting to see how far ABOVE my goal I get. Sounds like you were more balanced than me this year, ha ha.

      Thanks for stopping in, Aj!

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  23. 1. Love the photos of your decorations. We decorated with our one-year-old grandson in mind this year. None breakable things at his level.
    2. Malibu Rising is on my TBR too.
    3. Stiff is one of my favorites so funny and gross.

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    1. I remember the days of decorating around little kids! We had a tree that was only decorated from halfway up for lots of years :) I'm hoping it won't be TOO many years before we get to decorate around grandkids.

      "Funny and gross" - I can't wait!

      Thanks for popping by, Anne!

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  24. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get the opportunity to read them.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
    https://readbakecreate.com/winter-2022-tbr-10-books-i-hope-to-read/

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    1. I've read one so far (POISON LILIES) and it was really good. I enjoyed it a lot. I'm hoping I have the same reaction to the others on my list.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Pam!

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  25. I loved Malibu Rising! I hope you get to that one soon. Happy reading!

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    1. I'm going to read TRULY DEVIOUS next, but I think MALIBU RISING will be up after that. I need to get my TWO copies back to the library so someone else has a chance to read it. LOL.

      Thanks for popping in, Kristi!

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  26. Your house is gorgeous! I loved Malibu Rising and I also really enjoyed The Last Daughter of York.

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    1. Thanks! It's been a fun house. We're planning to downsize this summer, so if you know someone looking for a big, beautiful house in the valley, point them my way.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Wendy!

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  27. I'm always on the look out for historical mysteries. In the Market for Murder sounds good. I'll have to check out the first of the series. I hope you enjoy all your books!

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    1. I've been really loving historical mysteries this year. I'm looking forward to enjoying more of them in the new year. Let me know if you find some good ones I need to check out!

      Thanks for popping in, Yvonne!

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  28. Your house look so festive! I'm loving your TBR too. I had no idea Ruta Sepetys had a new historical novel coming out so thanks for the head's up on that one.

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    1. I can't remember where I heard about Sepetys' new one, but it seems like lots of fans haven't heard the news yet. It's definitely something to get excited about!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Suzanne!

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  29. Your home looks lovely. Hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful time. Among the books Malibu Rising seems interesting though the fact that it's getting a lot of attention is a bit of a dampener since my experience with hyped books hasn't been too good:) Ghost Ship seems interesting too. Merry Christmas.

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    1. I'm always wary of really hyped-up books, too. They never seem to lived up to all the buzz. It sounds like MALIBU RISING does, though. Fingers crossed.

      Thanks for stopping in, Neeru!

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  30. Oh my goodness I have more books to add to my TBR! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Sorry, not sorry! LOL. I hope you enjoy the ones you read :)

      Thanks for popping by, Michelle!

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  31. Beautiful Christmas decorations. It looks so comfy and warm. Happy reading! ^_^

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    1. It is comfy, but I've actually been freezing this week. Our highs have *only* been in the 60s. That's coooolllddd for us!

      Thanks for stopping in, April!

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  32. Your home looks stunning, Susan. So festive! So pleased you enjoyed the first Lady Harcastle book, they get better and better as the author hits his stride. Ive just read the 3rd. one (I think) and it was best so far. I shall be investigating Lark's rec of The Ghost Ship.

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    1. Oh, that's great to hear! I enjoyed the first book a lot, so now I'm even more excited for the next ones.

      GHOST SHIP sounds super intriguing, doesn't it? I'm hoping to get to it soon before the library police comes and shakes me down for all my overdue books :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cath!

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  33. The cover for Hot and Sour Suspects is awesome, I always love the covers on that series.

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    1. They're great, aren't they? Even just the drawings make me hungry for Chinese food! That's the only thing I don't like about the series, ha ha.

      Thanks for popping by, Louise!

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  34. I really enjoyed Tips for Magicians! And I didn't know Ruta Sepetys had a new book coming out, her books are always so well done! Adding it to my TBR now.

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    1. Oh, good! I'm excited for TIPS FOR MAGICIANS. It sounds fun. And the Sepetys book looks excellent, as hers always do. Lots of fun MG and YA books coming out in 2022.

      Thanks for stopping in, Laura!

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    1. Thanks! I'm hopping over to your blog now to see if you've got some new poetry for me to enjoy :)

      Thanks for popping by, Rajani!

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  36. Love the Christmas pictures! We can't do much this year as our toddler is tall and enthusiastic so things are either up high or not out at all...

    Some interesting looking books on your list 🙂

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

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    1. I remember those days! My kids are teenagers, but they've already broken a couple things this year. To be fair, I also dropped a figurine for my Christmas village. I'm not sure super glue can save it, sadly.

      Thanks for stopping in, Emily!

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  37. I keep hearing about Malibu Rising, I may have to read that one. And I want to read more by Ruta Sepetys so I'm excited to hear about her new book. Enjoy your winter reading!

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    1. I've read all of Sepetys' books and I've enjoyed them all. My favorite is SALT TO THE SEA. I'm excited for this new one, too. It sounds excellent.

      Thanks for popping by!

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  38. OMG! I didn't know Ruta has a new book coming out! That's so exciting :D

    I also just added Viviens first book to her noodle shop mystery series because that sweet and sour suspects sounds really good! XD

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    1. It seems like the news about Sepetys' newest has kind of been kept on the down-low, which is weird because February is right around the corner. I'm glad I could help spread the word. She's one of my favorite YA hist-fic writers.

      I hope you enjoy the Noodle Shop Mystery series. It's a lot of fun.

      Thanks for stopping in, Amber!

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  39. Lovely Christmas decorations. Thank you for sharing your decorating. Wishing you and yours a Blessed and Merry Christmas. Have a Happy and healthy 2022.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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    1. Awww, thank you so much! I hope your holidays are wonderful as well :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

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  40. What do you mean "decorating is not your forté"? That tree is gorgeous! Lovely decorations, very festive.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lectrice! You're good for my self-confidence :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

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  41. I love Mary Roach. She's funny, informative, and engaging. I hope you enjoy.

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    1. Oh, good! I think I'm really going to enjoy her books. I'm excited to read STIFF.

      Thanks for popping in, Cheri!

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  42. I love all your decorations, Susan. I just found out yesterday that Ruta Sepetys had a new book coming out. Enjoy all these books and have a Merry Christmas.

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    1. Isn't it weird that no one seems to know about the new Sepetys book? I follow her on Facebook—I think that's where I found out about it. At any rate, I'm excited. It sounds really good.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carla!

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  43. Love your decorations! I'm a fan of Jim Shore too and have several of his Disney figures. These sound great! I'm adding Ghost Ship to my TBR as well as Poison Lilies.

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    1. Jim Shore is great, isn't he? I love how whimsical and fun his work is.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Katherine!

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  44. I've loved the work of the author of I Must Betray You in the past, so I am eager to hear what you think of this one!

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    1. Sepetys' books are always good. She's one of my favorite YA historical fiction authors. I hope we both enjoy I MUST BETRAY YOU!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deb!

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  45. I've not read Malibu Rising yet either! So you're not alone!

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    1. Oh, good! I'm not the only one :)

      Thanks for popping in, Carrie!

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  46. You and I are the last 2 who have yet to read Malibu Rising. I finally got a copy (thank you BOTM) and didn't realize it was set in the '80s, which will be fun for me.

    Have a wonderful birthday! Your house looks so festive and I love the super tall tree.

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    1. I always laugh when I hear books set in the 80s and 90s described as historical fiction. Those decades don't seem like THAT long ago. LOL.

      The tall tree is fun. Our ceilings are super high, so it looks weird to have a small tree!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Helen!

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  47. What lovely decorations you have set up!! I love the holidays and decorating my house. My kid is now obsessed and I'm not sure how we are going to take down the trees & inflatables(outside) without him breaking down! lol. Great TBR! I hope you get to many of them! I did enjoy Malibu Rising but not as much as I thought I would- still a great read!!

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    1. Uh oh! You might have to keep your Christmas decorations up all year round. I do know someone who has her tree up all year and decorates it for Valentine's Day, the Fourth of July, Halloween, etc. Could be fun :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leslie!

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  48. Accidentally checking out two copies?? LMAO, that's amazing. And I'm way behind on Ruta's novels, but this one looks good nevertheless.

    Love the Christmas pics! I've always wondered what it would be like to have a whole collection of those little village pieces.

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    1. Well, it was one copy from two different libraries, but yeah...I'm an airhead. I returned one of them yesterday. Ha ha.

      The villages are fun! My MIL bought most of the houses for me for Christmas and birthday gifts as the ones I like are not cheap. I love them, though. My collection is pretty modest. My aunt has so many that she has to use several long tables to display them all! Hers is more like a city than a village. LOL.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, RS!

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  49. Twinkle lights make almost anything better, right?! :) Love seeing your tree and yay for a winter TBR! Hope you enjoy all of these books - and thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week, too.

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  50. I wasn't a fan of any of the characters in Malibu Rising. However, I really liked Stiff.

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  51. I haven't read any of these but Malibu Rising is on my winter TBR too. Hope you enjoy it!

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