Whew!

So now that Christmas is over and life returns to some semblance of normal, my thoughts are turning to reading plans for the winter months.  In the days leading up to Christmas, I’ve been completely immersed in a re-read of Belong to Me, Marisa de los Santos lovely, exuberant novel about the interactions between three interesting women characters.  Last week, I posted on Twitter that I wanted to crawl inside the book and live there. No more needs be said about how much I love this woman’s writing. It’s poetic and witty, sharply funny and poignant. I absolutely cannot wait to read Falling Together, which I’m about to order thanks to Barnes and Noble book card gift from my son and daughter in law.

While I wait for Falling Together to arrive, I’ll be diving headfirst into 11/22/63, the mega-book by Stephen King that delves into the Kennedy assassination with King’s trademark twists. I had purchased the book for my Sony eReader, since it’s such a humongous tome.  But  my son and daughter in law bought me the real thing, and given my preference for paper over e-ink, I’ll likely end up reading most of it that way.  I’ll simply consider the time spent reading it as my upper body strength training for the day!

Yesterday, Bellezza’s post reminded me I need to order my books for the Venice in February challenge. I always sign on for challenges in the new year, and usually disappoint myself by not finishing them. The books I’ve chosen for this one seem quite interesting, so I don’t anticipate any difficulty this time.  If you’d like to join in the fun, check out the initial post and reading suggestions.

All this reading will help distract me from the inevitable year end “housekeeping” duties and financial matters that start to pile up in January of every year. Already I’ve started getting mail with that scary red -stamp: Important Tax Information Enclosed.  Something about tax time is as spine tingling as a Stephen King novel. It’s probably because I’m so ignorant about all the tax laws and regulations – I should probably take an income tax course and familiarize myself. But then, it’s so much nicer (and safer) to haul all the paperwork to my Registered Tax Return Preparer and have her do it for me! Why change a good thing, right?

Now tell me, what’s on your reading horizon for 2012??

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8 thoughts on “Whew!

  1. I’m just about thisclose to ordering 11/22/63. I haven’t read anything of King’s in years, but when he’s good, he’s so good.

    On the horizon for me in 2012: more literary fiction! 2011 was such a good, quality reading year, I can’t wait for 2012.

  2. I’ve been joining challenges, most of which I fail but do have fun picking out books for! lol and reading one of my new books for Christmas, Phil Rickman’s new book The Secrets of Pain, a lovely mystery series. I don’t have plans as such for 2012 yet except to catch up in all the mystery series I’m reading, and to read more classics. I didn’t read any this year, and am disappointed in myself. I had such high hopes for 2011!

    I can hardly wait for you to review King’s new book. i read Under the Dome earlier this year and really enjoyed it.

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