Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Big Exhale

The week between Christmas and New Year feels like what the step-class instructor calls a deep cleansing breath. Mmmmmm....Ahhhhhh....Everything is unwrapped, unbuttoned and undone. All the secrets are out. The calendar is cleared and life is unstructured for a few days.

Brad is off all week and that is truly the best Christmas present ever. Already he and the boys have christened the new Christmas chainsaw, taking it in the back woods to harvest firewood from fallen trees. Ladies, when in doubt, buy your man a power tool. Not only does it bring out his rugged, masculine side--it also draws the children to him like moths to a flame, leaving you free to do important stuff like laundry and reading O magazine.

And speaking of reading, that is my holiday 12-step recovery program. I am going to read, read, read my way through the big stack of Christmas presents and library finds sitting on my nightstand. It has been months since I have read anything. Except the New Testament, of course --which is completely amazing. I love it. But sometimes I just want to read something a little less, well...Biblical, I guess. Something by John Grisham or Sophie Kinsella or some other light writer. Any recommendations?

18 comments:

Holly said...

I love the lazy, hazy days between Christmas and New Year's too--except I'm having trouble keeping my days straight as the laziness seeps over into the next day.

Have you ever read Elizabeth Peters? She writes clean Victorian mysteries set in Egpyt. I've only read the first one, The Crocodile on the Sandbank, but enjoyed it thoroughly. I plan to read more of the series at some point.

cindy said...

I read the Secret Life of Bees and enjoyed it. But I would love some good suggestions too!

Amy said...

Connie Willis, "To Say Nothing of the Dog" - pure delight. Or, "A Girl Named Zippy". "Thirteen Tales" is also great, but gothic.

Rochelleht said...

I've only been reading churchy stuff, too. I'm not in the mood for the other, actually. I did read 'Fire in the Bones' recently about William Tyndale, who translated the bible into English. It may not sound like light reading, but seriously, I couldn't put it down. I have it on my GoodReads list.

♥Shally said...

Goose Girl, A Great and Terrible Beauty... that's all I can think of off the top of my head. Both light reads.

They both have sequels also, so if you like them, you have more to read!

Lauren in GA said...

I am glad you are taking some time to read and decompress. You deserve it :)

Annemarie said...

I am all for Sophie Kinsella's "chick lit". Her stuff is hilarious, too.

I just finished reading Beverly Lewis's "Abram's Daughters" series. I loved them. Easy to get through, sweet story lines, etc.

Meg said...

Read "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. My favorite book since the Twilight series although it's not about vampires or anything. ( I can't remember if you liked that series or not.) I love loved it!

Christie said...

I haven't been able to put down Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series (about vampires, of all things). Truly. I poured through the first two, and made Josh go get me the third one during priesthood on Sunday because I was DYING to find out what happened next. They're murder mysteries, with a little romance thrown in, and very light reading. I should warn you, they are not PG. Or PG-13. But they are fun.

the MomBabe said...

breathing is so overrated. I definitely prefer high stress situations. ;)

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

Great post! Come see the pictures I just posted on my blog :) Happy New Year 2009! ♥ Hugs :) Shauna

calibosmom said...

Peter and The Star Catchers-my 13 year old and I both loved it. About how Peter and Hook met. Also, The Birthing House by Ami McKay-a bit raunchy in spots but well written.

Marci said...

Happy reading! That sounds heavenly. I always look to your blog when I want a good read - so share your favorites! Thanks for "If You're Missing Baby Jesus." I ordered it, thanks to your recommendation, and it is now one of our Christmas favorites!

Amanda D said...

It sounds like you have gotten some great recommendations all ready, but you may enjoy "The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets" by Eva Rice. I just finished it and I enjoyed it. Currently reading "One Perfect Day" by Lauraine Snelling. It's good so far. Enjoy your days reading!

Ilene said...

Have you read "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick? It is a Caldecott winner- it is like watching a movie and reading a picture book, and reading a novel all at once. It is such a NEW sort of book that it totally hooked me. You could totally read it with your kids. Not that I did, though.

Laura said...

I just read "Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society", and really enjoyed it.

I just found your blog. You should write a book someday, you too, are quite enjoyable.

lusciouschaos said...

The Book Thief by Zusak and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson are a couple of reads I really enjoyed this year. thanks for the recommendations.

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