In these parts, we -- ok, *I* -- have declared January 8th as a holiday and not to be excluded from the Christmas festivities. Yes, it's my birthday, and it feels great to be 29 all over again. For the 10th year in a row. But moving on...
I'm working steady on finishing two books -- one for review, Forty-Eight X: The Lemuria Project by Barry Pollack, and my "just me" book is Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught. The Pollack book is wayyyy outside my normal reading radar, is military, takes place in the Middle East and pings to many other countries, and is actually holding my interest. I was lucky to get through the movie Three Kings with Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, but those two names are the only reasons I stuck with it. I am so not a fan of books with military storylines, but this one works.
I know real life returns tomorrow and that I need to clean house, starting with taking the Christmas tree(s) down, which always bums me out. I adore the holiday season, the sights, the scents, and the energy of it all...and when it's over, I'm left a little blah. Maybe I'll just avoid it all and keep my nose in a book.
I was able to celebrate a bit with John today. We hit Books-A-Million after a wonderful lunch at a new Japanese hibachi buffet-style restaurant in town. To say that my jeans are a bit snug this evening is not an exaggeration; for supper tonight, it's veggies, baby. My score at BAM included books by Susanna Carr and Kate Noble that were on sale, the new Emma Wildes book, and a 2010 Reading Woman calendar (my annual gift to myself). I need to get back there with some birthday money and pick up the paperback release of Susan Elizabeth Phillips' What I Did For Love.
For some reason, I'm not totally excited about anything that's coming out in January. Oh sure, there's a few books here and there on my wish list, but nothing is screaming my name. Someone mentioned the metric butt-ton of historical romances being released this summer, so maybe that's where all the heavy hitters are. I was about to mention the lack of romantic suspense books, and then I remembered Allison Brennan has a book out this month. I believe it has a paranormal element to it and is the first in a series. If Blogger would let me upload a pic, I could post the cover.