Happy New Year to one and all. It is a chilly, frosty 24° in my part of Texas this morning. We had a skiff of snow last evening. Right now the world outside my window looks cold and a gray. It is a perfect day to follow my plan to stay inside where it is warm and finish reading one of the books I received for Christmas.
It was a very good year for books. I received a nice stack. Book gifting began on December 24th, when we celebrated our 2nd annual Jólabókaflóð. This year both girls bought books for everyone for the event. I received Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart and Frogkisser by Garth Nix. Both books are based loosely on fairy tale and myth, which seems to be my chosen genre this month. Our book gifting continued with more under the tree. Here’s a picture of the books Jim and I received this season. It is a good stack. It will keep us in reading material for at least a couple of weeks. Everyone at our house for Christmas received at least two or three books. We went book crazy this year, but that is a wonderful thing.
On December 24th I didn’t start reading one of the books I received, I was working to finish The Management Style of the Supreme Beings by Tom Holt. As it turns out, I am going to have to add this to my Christmas book collection. In this book, the world is saved by God’s other son, Kevin; an Indiana Jones-like character, Dr. Jersey Thorpe; Lucy, a practical and intelligent young woman; a high level human executive of the Flip-side (Hell), Bernie; and the Red Lord (aka Santa). I thought I might not finish this book as it took more time than usual to become engrossed in the story.
2017 was a terrific year. I read some new books and revisited some old ones. I have compiled a list of the books I have blogged about and the ones mentioned in our monthly reading report (LibraryRecap2017).
It has been most enjoyable sharing these books and ideas with everyone. There are great books in the world for those young and not so young. I hope to go on sharing my thoughts on those books. I am working from my book collection, but I am also looking forward to discovering new ones.
I wish all of you a Happy New Year. May your year be satisfying, productive, and fun! Keep reading! I know that we will here at Haus Reimund.