Sunday Post #71: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Posted December 20, 2015 in Meme / 23 Comments

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer and it’s a chance to showcase new books and re-cap your week of blogging.





Are your stockings hung by your chimney with care?  You know who’s coming… yay!!

This weekend I’m finishing up my Christmas cookie baking.  On Friday, my son and I had a field trip for his school and it was awesome to meet all his teachers in person.  You may know I homeschool Jake but that’s kind of a misnomer.  He does online school so he has many teachers.  We see them on video cam and we talk to them on the phone.  Now we actually know what they look like in real life 🙂 Teachers are my heroes!



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Are you still stuck for last minute gift ideas?  I have some inspiration for you… – I love their site for crazy, geeky gifts.  You can probably still get your gift in time if you order before noon on Sunday ET or at the VERY latest Monday by noon ET with super express shipping. – I buy gifts for my family all the time from this site.  This year I got my husband and mother-in-law Christmas presents from this site.  When you buy from them, they donate to a charity you pick.

Hot Topic – Yep, that store in the mall!  I’ve actually hit that store twice this season for gifts for my mom, my hubs, and my SON!  Hand it to my family for quirky addictions to weird socks, Fallout 4, and retro games like Kirby and Zelda 🙂  I actually picked up myself a Totoro t-shirt – yay!  They finally licensed their stuff!!!


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I’m kind of bummed.

The website, is closing down it’s digital library as of December 31st, 2015.  I know quite a few teachers used that site to read books to their children in the past.  I’ve used it, too.  The closing is related to their parent company’s involvement in developing the Common Core curriculum.  Bummer…


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Bright, Shiny New Books


Christmas came early for me this week!  I don’t receive very many physical review books, if any.  So when I received my special package from Scholastic Books and Victoria Scott with the Titans ARC in it, I was beyond happy.  Not only is the ARC in there, but there was a signed poster.  This book, set in Detroit, is one my most highly anticipated books of 2016.

for review



A Walk in the Sun
for review
for review
Traitor Angels
for review










This Savage Song
for review
The Marked Girl
for review
The Loose Ends List
for review











Last Time We Were Us
for review
Every Exquisite Thing
for review
This Shattered World
purchased (signed copy)












Thank you to Scholastic, Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster – I love you all the best!


I joined the Kickstarter campaign a while back for Rachel Caine’s newest Weather Warden novel, Red Hot Rain.  That’s right, another Weather Warden book, after all these years!!  And for the measley little amount of money I “donated”, I received this in the mail, in addition to the ebook copy I’ll eventually get and the other short stories…

Ill Wind Cover Art

Ill Wind signed cover art!  My favorite book of the series and the one that started my love of urban fantasy about 6 years ago.  This is such a sentimental WIN for me 🙂


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Again, I hope you have a safe, quiet, warm, happy, wonderful Christmas and all the best into the New Year!  I’ll see you next year 😉









About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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23 responses to “Sunday Post #71: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  1. Mmm cookies… one of the fringe benefits of Christmas! I intend to eat lots this week! Thinkgeek is awesome, I just discovered them the last few weeks.

    Titans sounds good, cool they’re set in Detroit. Kickstarters are great especially if it’s something you’re into. that artwork is pretty awesome.

    Have a great Christmas! 🙂
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    • I’m a sucker whenever Harper puts books in Edelweiss… Like I said, I don’t get review books via mail so Edelweiss is my kryptonite 🙂

    • I don’t blame you ONE bit! For my peanut blossoms, I buy the bag you mix up and I bake those and put the kiss in those. The ones from scratch use too much peanut butter and that crap ain’t cheap!! Oh, then I go and buy $12 bag of pecans so I’m not sane at all….

  2. Your week sounds like a great one, Kristin! Both meeting your son’s teachers, the meeting with Santa and everything else. Those new books you’ve added to your shelves look absolutely fantastic, too!
    Sorry the site you’ve been using for books will go offline, that is such a hassle! I hope something else will pop up to take its place.
    Have a wonderful holiday and happy reading.
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  3. We made one batch of chocolate chip cookies. Then we ate them like we have never had them before . So no more baking for fear we would just eat them all again!! I did make hot cocoa mix and gave those out to friends and teachers at school. Very cool you got to meet your son’s teachers in person! Yay for new books. I also got The Last Tim We Were Us. Still waiting to see if I get Every Exquisite Thing but we will see. Have a great week and Merry Christmas!
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    • Don’t worry about Every Exquisite Thing – it took a while for me to hear back on that one, too!!! I’m not whitelisted with Hachette.

      And you HAD to eat the cookies fast, they go stale and don’t taste good if they sit around too long. You were doing everyone a favor, trust me!!!!! 😀

  4. I always hate to hear of a resource for teachers to become unavailable. Teachers need more help and resources, not less. Glad you got to meet your child’s teachers. I think it is great that they have the option for online classes. I lied about where I lived in high school so that I could go to a different school than the one I was supposed to go to.
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    • It’s actually a nice thing up here that they have school of choice and you can petition to go to a school in the town over even if you don’t live there. I remember back in the Cleveland area where I grew up that there was always someone who lied about living at their grandparents to go to our school 🙂 BTW, my mom and all my aunts and uncle went to Worthington 🙂

  5. Hot topic is my favorite store!. I believe my husband went there to get something for me and I now need to shop at Thinkgeek because OMG that has everything I love 🙂

    I am making Cakeballs this weekend since my mom already did all the cookies. Lots of pretty new books, I hope you enjoy them all!

    Have a very Merry Christmas, Kristin! Happy Reading! ox
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    • I wish I went into Hot Topic a long time ago – oh the fun stuff I probably missed. CAKEBALLS! Those sound amazing! I’m googling…..

    • Luckily for me, because I’m not teaching a whole classroom of kids, I can tailor the lessons to my son’s learning style. I skip a lot of the math lessons b/c my son doesn’t need to be confused by the new way they decided to teach lessons. He’ll get his “aha” moment later like I did. And Language Arts for 4th graders? All the writing? OMG!!! Boys hate writing, at least mine does…

      I am not a fan. I think smaller classrooms are the way to go so teachers can help more kids 🙂 I can dream….