What a crazy, busy week it’s been around my house – I’d bet probably yours, too.
We got our first live tree in, well, decades. My adult son, who is determined to give Mom everything on her bucket list he can come up with – and then some, decided that I wanted a live tree. Hmmm. I don’t recall making that wish out loud but hey, I’m not going to turn one down. Living in apartments for years, and with a cat who is determined to climb every single Christmas tree I’ve put up and then ride it down like a snowboard are the main reasons I’ve gone with artificial trees over the years. But I did miss the smell, the special feel of a live tree – so there is a lovely 6 foot Frazier fir sitting in our living room at the moment – and yes, I’m definitely going back to live trees again. Kids know their parents well, even if we don’t realize it all the time. It’s not decorated yet, the lights going on are always my least favorite part, but that’s on the agenda for today.
In my book world are Christmas Romances galore. I seriously believe I’ll be reading and reviewing Christmas love stories well into the 4th of July week at this rate. I bought so many (no, don’t ask, it’s embarrassing) and there is an equal amount in Kindle Unlimited that I’m itching to click on. I love Christmas Romance, really any time of the year but I have some serious reading to do – and I know full well that I’m not going to be done by New Year’s Day. But, oh well. No one said I have to stop on a particular day. I “could” hold back and save some for next year but the truth is I’ll simply buy the new ones in 2020 so then I’d have double to read!
I’ve started the scheduled posts for 2020, and getting those first reviews ready to post is a big deal for me. I always hesitate on how far before publication day to post an e-ARC review and I’ve come up with about a week in advance. I don’t want the anticipation to be too long, but still enough time to have the review up should the publisher or author want to use quotes (it happens some times and I’m always thrilled when I see them). Do you have a formula on how far in advance you review ARCs? There don’t seem to be any hard rules to follow, at least that I’ve found. Anyway, that’s started and the beginning is the hardest part of any habit.
That’s a wrap for me this week. Now I’m off to tackle the lights on a live tree and then the fun part of bringing out decorations that have such loving, wonderful memories attached to them. I hope your reading week to come is awesome and filled with stories you’ll love.