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The countdown to Christmas is really on now – there’s less than 2 weeks until the big day. So much to do before then and so many decisions to make! Do you get a real tree? An artificial one? If you choose artificial, do you go the pre-lite route? Or do you do your own lighting? Tall tree? Short tree? Slender tree? Full tree? Somehow this makes me think of a Dr. Seuss book. And that’s just some of the questions about Christmas trees! Don’t even get me started on ornaments…

Seuss-quoteDo you have the urge to take an evening off for yourself to relax? There are so many things that you could do with some downtime, but I confess that I’m partial to reading to help unwind before falling asleep. This probably goes back to my childhood days of Dr. Seuss reading, I think. As much as I like Green Eggs and Ham, my reading choices have evolved, but that’s not to say that I don’t still have a soft spot for great titles like Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Amazon has compiled some 2014 book highlights:

  • The Invention of Wings2014’s Top-Selling Book Overall: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – who you may also know for her best seller “The Secret Life Of Bees,” based “The Invention of Wings” on the life of abolitionist Sarah Grimké, who received a slave as a present on her 11th birthday in 1803, and then secretly taught her charge to read and write at a time when such efforts were illegal in the American South.
  • 2014’s Top-Selling Kids & Teens Book: The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • 2014’s Most Wished for Book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – and I have heard some really fantastic things about this one. I wish for this book too…
  • 2014’s Most Gifted Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Grey MountainSecond place on Amazon’s list of best sellers goes to John Grisham’s latest legal thriller, “Gray Mountain,” about an associate at a Wall Street law firm who gets laid off in 2008, then gets embroiled in a legal matter with a coal-mining company in Virginia. I’ve always loved Grisham’s books and this one is on my “to be read pile” for sure.

Don’t have time to read during the holidays? There’s always next year!

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