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23rd December
written by Steph
Today we are leaving (not on a jet plane, alas, but rather our Mini Cooper, Pip... at least he has heated seats! And no screaming infants!) to head up to Minnesota (or as I affectionately refer to it, MinneSNOWta) to spend the holidays with Tony's family. We depart in just under 2 hours, so in the interim, I will be busy scurrying about making sure we have everything packed, updating my ipod with sundry podcasts, and of course finalizing our reading loot for while we're away. Actually, scratch that last one since I have finalized my picks and Tony had his figured out last night. Here's what Tony will be reading during the holidays:
  • The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale (to review for BookPage)
  • West of Here by Jonathan Evison (to review for BookPage)
And here's what I'm bringing with me
  • The Wilding by Benjamin Percy (Indiespensible #22...halfway through!)
  • The Instructions by Adam Levin (Indiespensible #23)
  • True Grit by Charles Portis
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire (won at a Dirty Santa Swap this year)
  • Orion You Came and You Took All My Marbles by Kira Henhan (won from Kerry over at Hungry Like the Woolf)
  • A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick (won from Erin over at Erin Reads)
I probably could have just stuck with The Instructions since it is such a BEAST, but I figured I'd bring a variety of things and be optimistic that I'll get looooooots of reading done. As you can see, I am not bringing any books that I HAVE to read for review since I'm making holiday reading all about me!!! (Because clearly this time of year is all about being selfish... right?) What will you be reading this holiday? When we get back I'll post my best of 2010 list as well as reading plans for 2011; I know some have already published theirs, but as the year isn't yet up, I don't want to prematurely cap it off only to read something supremely awesome and miss out on pimping it out. Alas, Tony's family only has dial-up internet, so we'll be absent from the blogging world for the next week or so, so please all have safe and happy holidays, however you celebrate, so we can all catch up when we're back!


  1. 12/23/2010

    Those are the exact same reasons I haven’t posted my best-of lists yet!

    Have a great trip, and happy holidays!

  2. 12/23/2010

    Steph, I wish you and Tony a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. I hope that you do in fact get a lot of good reading time in and that all your choices deliver the punch you are looking for. Have a great trip and be safe! Merry Christmas to you both!

  3. Have an awesome trip — I’m leaving this afternoon for Minnesota, as well. Just as soon as I can get out of work and get home and finish packing 🙂 I brought like six books with me to read, plus I have two waiting at home that I shipped there from Amazon, plus I think I’m getting a couple more for presents. Being a bookworm means always having too many books. Anyway, have a great holiday and enjoy Minnesota!

  4. 12/23/2010

    I hope the snow doesn’t hamper anything! Have a wonderful time!

  5. 12/23/2010

    Happy holidays! Have a great time!

    I always put off publishing my year’s best list as well. Who knows if the last book of the year won’t be excellent?

  6. Have a wonderful Christmas! I look forward to finding out what you make of all those books – especially A Reliable Wife. I have heard such mixed reports on hat book and wuld love to know which side of the fence you are on.

  7. 12/23/2010

    Happy Holidays!

    I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of A Reliable Wife as well – I picked up a used copy last week.

  8. JoV

    Have a wonderful holidays Tony and Steph!!

  9. 12/24/2010

    Merry Christmas! Have a great holiday. I’m very curious to hear what you make of The Instructions!

  10. 12/24/2010

    Happy holidays to you and Tony! And Pip! May he deliver you safely and warmly to the frozen tundra. 😀

  11. Laura


    I hope you have a great New Years too! (Hopefully we can skype sometime over the holidays!)

    Drive safe and have a great trip!

  12. 12/25/2010

    Happy Christmas Step – I hope you have a great time in the snow! Looking forward to hearing all about your holiday reading when you get back.

  13. 12/25/2010

    Sorry about leaving the “h” off your name in the above comment – I’ve only had one glass of wine!

  14. 12/25/2010

    Merry, merry Christmas in your winter wonderland! Hope it is happy and bright. (But I am unsure that you needed anything but The Instructions for that reading bag!)

  15. 12/25/2010

    Enjoy a snowy winter break and enjoy your reading, too.

  16. 12/28/2010

    Hope you are enjoying the holidays and your books!

  17. 12/29/2010

    Have a wonderful holiday! I hope you enjoy A Reliable Wife!

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