MickyFine Rocks 2022, Thread 11

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MickyFine Rocks 2022, Thread 11

1MickyFine
Edited: Dec 1, 2022, 12:32pm


Photo source: Port de Grave Annual Boat Lighting & Community News

I'm Micky, 36 years old, librarian, and generally bookish nerd. I usually have a good mix of reads going on every year with strong doses of romance, sff, historicals, and a dash of non-fiction. I'm doing a Canadian author challenge for myself this year to try and increase the amount of Can Lit I read, which is often abysmal. Anyone who's interested is welcome to join me (schedule down thread). I do my best to be chatty on my own thread and in addition to my reading, I'll also discuss my craft projects (cross-stitch and crochet), board games, what we're watching, and general life goings on often featuring my husband, Mr. Fine, and our two cats, Ash and Smee. Posters and lurkers alike are welcome.

2022 was the year that Mr. Fine and I finally went to visit his family in Newfoundland. In celebration of the trip, this year's thread toppers will be views of the Rock, as the island is affectionately known.

January
1. All Adults Here - Emma Straub
2. Arcadia - Tom Stoppard
3. Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism - Amanda Montell
4. Wicked and the Wallflower - Sarah MacLean
5. Warlight - Michael Ondaatje
6. A Closed and Common Orbit - Becky Chambers
7. A Likely Story - Jenn McKinlay
8. The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London - Judith Flanders
9. Am I Overthinking This?: Over-Answering Life's Questions in 101 Charts - Michelle Rial
Favourite(s):


February
10. Troy - Stephen Fry
11. Bloodlust & Bonnets - Emily McGovern
12. The Twisted Sword - Winston Graham
13. Before She Was Helen - Caroline B. Cooney
14. The Anthropocene Reviewed - John Green (re-read)
15. Half-Blood Blues - Esi Edugyan
16. Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente
17. The Murder on the Links - Kate McAll
18. Boy: Tales of Childhood - Roald Dahl
Favourite(s):


March
19. Cold-Hearted Rake - Lisa Kleypas
20. Binti: The Complete Trilogy - Nnedi Okorafor
21. Marvel 1602 - Neil Gaiman
22. Oscar Wilde: The BBC Radio Drama Collection - Oscar Wilde
23. Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear - Heidi L.M. Jacobs
24. Pretty Bitches - Lizzie Skurnick (ed.)
25. At Bertram's Hotel - Agatha Christie
26. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (re-read)
27. Index, A History of the - Dennis Duncan
28. Six-Gun Snow White - Catherynne M. Valente
Favourite(s):


2MickyFine
Edited: Dec 1, 2022, 12:33pm

April
29. Hot Six - Janet Evanovich
30. Time After Time - Lisa Grunwald
31. The Bride Test - Helen Hoang
32. Mãn - Kim Thúy
33. The Garden of Small Beginnings - Abbi Waxman
34. Check, Please!: #Hockey - Ngozi Ukazu
35. Check, Please!: Sticks and Scones - Ngozi Ukazu
36. My Brown-Eyed Earl - Anna Bennett
37. Dark Mirror - Diane Duane
Favourite(s):


May
38. A Woman of No Importance - Sonia Purnell
39. Sorcery of Thorns - Margaret Rogerson
40. The Kaiju Preservation Society - John Scalzi
41. Gallant - V.E. Schwab
42. Julieta - Alice Munro
43. Other People's Houses - Abbi Waxman
Favourite(s):


June
44. Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron - Julia Quinn & Violet Charles
45. A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking - T. Kingfisher
46. Seven Stones to Stand or Fall - Diana Gabaldon
47. Indians on Vacation - Thomas King
48. The Princess Beard - Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne
49. Invisible Women - Caroline Criado Perez
Favourite(s):

3MickyFine
Edited: Dec 1, 2022, 12:34pm

July
50. Last Tang Standing - Lauren Ho
51. Bellevue Square - Michael Redhill
52. When a Rogue Meets His Match - Elizabeth Hoyt
53. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill - Abbi Waxman (re-read)
54. After the Wedding - Courtney Milan
55. Paper Girls - Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (re-read)
56. I Was Told It Would Get Easier - Abbi Waxman
57. Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure - Courtney Milan
58. Spoiler Alert - Olivia Dade
59. Phoebe and Her Unicorn - Dana Simpson
60. Crazy in Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop - Annie Darling
Favourite(s):


August
61. Thor: The Goddess of Thunder - Jason Aaron, et. al.
62. Because of Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn
63. Thor: Who Holds the Hammer? - Jason Aaron et. al.
64. All of the Marvels - Douglas Wolk
65. Book Lovers - Emily Henry
66. A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying - Kelley Armstrong
67. A Murderous Relation - Deanna Raybourn
68. Brazen and the Beast - Sarah MacLean
69. Better Late Than Never - Jenn McKinlay
Favourite(s):


September
70. The Secret Chapter - Genevieve Cogman
71. The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection - Jane Austen (re-read)
72. Storm Front - Jim Butcher
73. Let Us Compare Mythologies - Leonard Cohen
Favourite(s):

4MickyFine
Edited: Dec 31, 2022, 3:26pm

October
74. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey
75. She-Hulk #1 - Rainbow Rowell et. al.
76. She-Hulk #2 - Rainbow Rowell et. al.
77. Adult Assembly Required - Abbi Waxman
78. She-Hulk #3 - Rainbow Rowell et. al.
79. She-Hulk #4 - Rainbow Rowell et. al.
80. I'm Afraid of Men - Vivek Shraya
81. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: High School Is Hell - Jordie Bellaire et. al.
82. Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village - Maureen Johnson
83. She-Hulk #5 - Rainbow Rowell et. al.
84. She-Hulk #6 - Rainbow Rowell et. al.
85. Flying Too High - Kerry Greenwood
86. Seven Up - Janet Evanovich
87. The Golden Enclaves - Naomi Novik
88. The Variants #1 - Gabrielle Simone & Phil Noto
89. The Variants #2 - Gabrielle Simone & Phil Noto
90. The Variants #3 - Gabrielle Simone & Phil Noto
91. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once Bitten - Jordie Bellaire et. al.
92. Twice in a Blue Moon - Christina Lauren
93. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: From Beneath You - Jordie Bellaire et. al.
Favourite(s):


November
94. Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands - Kate Beaton
95. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Frenemies - Jordie Bellaire et. al.
96. Cabin Pressure: Series 3 - John Finnemore (re-read)
97. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Biggest Bad - Jordie Bellaire & Jeremy Lambert
98. Cabin Pressure: Series 4 - John Finnemore (re-read)
99. Libriomancer - Jim C. Hines
100. Variants #4 - Gail Simone & Phil Noto
101. Talking to Canadians - Rick Mercer
102. The Love Hypothesis - Ali Hazelwood
103. Cabin Pressure: Zurich - John Finnemore (re-read)
104. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Secrets of the Slayer - Jordie Bellaire et. al.
105. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street - Jeanne Birdsall
Favourite(s):


December
106. Resting Scrooge Face - Meghan Quinn
107. Bella Poldark - Winston Graham
108. Cat + Gamer Vol. 1 - Wataru Nadatani
109. Cat + Gamer Vol. 2 - Wataru Nadatani
110. Christmas by the Book - Anne Marie Ryan
111. A Winter Kiss on Rochester Mews - Annie Darling
112. Emily's Quest - L.M. Montgomery
113. Sleeping Murder - Agatha Christie
114. The Variants #5 - Gail Simone & Phil Noto
115. Happy Ever After - Nora Roberts
Favourite(s):

5MickyFine
Edited: Dec 1, 2022, 12:37pm

My rating system:

/ = Ran screaming in the other direction (aka did not finish)
* = Suffered through it for reasons I'm still not sure of
** = Had far more flaws than virtues
*** = A read I don't regret but could use some improvement
**** = A good, solid read that I might revisit
***** = Loved it beyond reason and will probably re-read in short order

6MickyFine
Edited: Dec 27, 2022, 1:10pm

Canadian Author Challenge Schedule

January - Michael Ondaatje
February - Esi Edugyan
March - Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour
April - Kim Thúy
May - Alice Munro
June - Thomas King
July - Scotiabank Giller Prize
August - Kelley Armstrong
September - Leonard Cohen
October - Vivek Shraya
November - Non-fiction
December - Lucy Maud Montgomery

7MickyFine
Edited: Dec 1, 2022, 12:54pm



Born in 1874, Lucy Maud Montgomery continues to be one of the best globally known Canadian authors long after her death in 1942. While she had a lonely childhood in Prince Edward Island, growing up with her grandparents, she knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. Publishing several short stories in Canadian newspapers for several years, she gained considerable acclaim in 1908 when Anne of Green Gables was published. Over the course of her career she published, 20 novels, 500 short stories, an autobiography, and a collection of poetry.

I'll also include the Canadian Heritage Minute about her as it's really beautiful.

8MickyFine
Edited: Dec 1, 2022, 1:10pm

What's on the agenda: Settling into that sweet WFH life. My phone says it's currently -28C (-18F) and feels like -31C (-24F) so I'm feeling quite pleased that I don't have to commute to the office. After dropping off Mr. Fine at the bus this morning, I came home again for a shower and had enough time afterwards to do a row on the toque I'm making for myself. Work today will include customer suggestions, submitting March orders, and finishing updating my standing order spreadsheet. After work, I'll swing by the library for the weekly pick up and returning of things. Supper tonight is pasta and salad, I believe.

What I'm reading: I picked up the free holiday short story on offer to Prime members yesterday, Resting Scrooge Face, so I think I'll read that before cracking into Bella Poldark, which is a Chunkster.

What we're watching: We watched Capaldi's final Doctor Who Christmas episode, Twice Upon a Time. When we return to Who after the holidays, we'll be into episodes I've never seen. There were also a couple episodes of X-Men.

9FAMeulstee
Dec 1, 2022, 12:37pm

Happy new thread, Micky!

10katiekrug
Dec 1, 2022, 1:45pm

Happy new one, Micky!

11foggidawn
Dec 1, 2022, 2:17pm

Happy new thread!

12figsfromthistle
Dec 1, 2022, 2:32pm

Happy new one!

13richardderus
Dec 1, 2022, 2:49pm

New-thread orisons, Micky!

14MickyFine
Dec 1, 2022, 3:19pm

Thank you, Anita, Katie, Foggi, Figs, and Richard for the new thread well wishes. :)

15MickyFine
Dec 1, 2022, 3:31pm

Book 106



Resting Scrooge Face - Meghan Quinn

It's an extra Christmas-y riff on The Shop Around the Corner/You've Got Mail. Former high school sweethearts end up trading letters at Christmas not knowing that they're with each other. Cuteness ensues. That really tells you everything you need to know about this short story. If you're a fan of the genre, this is a fun, quick read that will start to get you in a more festive mood.

Rating: ***

If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can get this story for free. :)

16katiekrug
Dec 1, 2022, 3:47pm

>15 MickyFine: - Toddling off to pick it up!

17MickyFine
Dec 1, 2022, 4:27pm

>16 katiekrug: Thought you might. :)

Now to see if it snags Amber's attention...

18PaulCranswick
Dec 1, 2022, 5:41pm

Happy new thread, Micky.

19MickyFine
Dec 1, 2022, 5:48pm

Thanks, Paul.

20MickyFine
Edited: Dec 1, 2022, 6:12pm



The end draws nigh for the temperature blanket! The coldest temperature was -16°C and the warmest was 7°C. The most frequently used colour was Avocado (1-5°C) and I used up the last bit of a skein each of Avocado and Kiwi. Looking forward to what the final corner will bring (and itching to make other things 😝).

21quondame
Dec 1, 2022, 8:25pm

Happy new thread Micky!

>20 MickyFine: It's looking great!
I'd be tempted to use cool colors for warm weather just because there's much more of that here and I like cool colors.

22bell7
Dec 1, 2022, 8:27pm

Happy new thread, Micky! (Wow, it's the day for new threads I guess haha)

Your temperature blanket is looking great!

23richardderus
Dec 1, 2022, 8:29pm

>20 MickyFine: *suspicious stare*

There be no witchery in that there, uh, blanketty thing, is there Goody Micky? There's allaways a duckin' stool about should we need one....

(Looks really spiffy!)

24MickyFine
Dec 2, 2022, 10:25am

>21 quondame: There's really no rules about how you pick colours.

>22 bell7: Thanks, Mary!

>23 richardderus: LOL. Unless you count the magic of keeping you warm, no witchery at all. *smooch*

25MickyFine
Dec 2, 2022, 10:44am

What's on the agenda: It's another cold one out there today although it's supposed to "warm" up to -21C (-6F). Dropped off Mr. Fine at the bus station this morning and then filled up the car and swung past a grocery store for a gift card for my grandmother. Then came home and did a couple rows on my toque. Work this morning will be customer suggestions in OverDrive and updating my standing order spreadsheet (I didn't get to it yesterday). I'm off this afternoon for a trip to the optometrist. My optometrist's office is next door to a fancy doughnut place so I'll be popping in there afterwards. Supper tonight is perogies and sausage. Board games and Lego assembly this evening are likely.

What I'm reading: Actually starting Bella Poldark today. I was too tired at bedtime last night to crack it open.

What we're watching: The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, which was largely silly and did not require my full attention but had a few cute moments. Then we started on Mr. Fine's choice for holiday viewing this year: The Hobbit. He's not as big into Christmas movies as I am so he usually picks a movie series or two and we watch those on his TV nights in December (with his fave Christmas movies in the mix later in the month).

26richardderus
Dec 2, 2022, 11:57am

>25 MickyFine: ...perogies...and...sausage...
*Pavlov-level drooling in 3--2--1--*

I'm sure the spreadsheet suffered no catastrophic collapse from your ignoring of it for a day. It's one of the secrets of a happy work-life that's not much discussed: Nothing's urgent that isn't bleeding.

Optometrist! I need to make my January appointment! Thanks for the reminder. *smooch*

27MickyFine
Dec 2, 2022, 7:35pm

>26 richardderus: Happy to oblige!

28curioussquared
Dec 3, 2022, 11:53am

Happy new thread, Micky! The temperature blanket is looking great :)

29MickyFine
Dec 3, 2022, 2:20pm

>28 curioussquared: Thanks on both fronts, Natalie!

30MickyFine
Dec 3, 2022, 2:39pm

What's on the agenda: Chill day at home today. Got up and had breakfast. Mr. Fine's daughter is hanging out with us for most of the day. We did the traditional tree trimming this morning plus I finished my toque. This afternoon will be board gaming and just hanging out. We're ordering pizza for supper tonight as game night with our friends was canceled due to one of them getting the spicy cough. Double feature this evening and I'll be doing laundry at the same time.

What I'm reading: Managed 3 paragraphs in Bella Poldark yesterday. I swear reading is still something I do.

What we're playing: Isle of Cats (I won).

31MickyFine
Dec 3, 2022, 2:40pm

Finished the toque for me today. Don't want to smoosh my freshly washed curls so haven't tried it on yet but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

32foggidawn
Dec 3, 2022, 4:00pm

>31 MickyFine: Pretty! I love the floof on top.

33drneutron
Dec 3, 2022, 6:53pm

Happy new thread!

34MickyFine
Dec 4, 2022, 7:03pm

>32 foggidawn: Thanks, I do too!

>33 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

35MickyFine
Dec 5, 2022, 12:03pm

Yesterday's adventures: Usual Sunday cleaning and then went to my parents' house for part two of Christmas cookie prep. Not bad for a first attempt but they need to sit for a few more days before they're firm enough for eating. Got home and was spectacularly unmotivated to do anything after standing for a couple hours so mostly just crafted in front of the TV.

What's on today's agenda: Early shift for Mr. Fine this week and an in office day for me. Uneventful trip downtown and successfully used my new transit fare card (including remembering to tap off - that will take some getting used to). Work today will include festive-ing up my cubicle (I was working from home last week when most of the department decorated), customer suggestions, and time with new journals that have hit my desk. After work, I need to finish setting up our guest room. My brother is staying with us for most of the week as he's been asked to help with a shutdown job that requires several 12 hour days and is much closer to our house than his farm. With the long days, I doubt we'll see him a ton but it'll be fun to have him hang out for a bit. Supper tonight is stir fry.

What I'm reading: Finally starting to feel like I'm settled into Bella Poldark.

What we're watching: Saturday night was a double and a half feature. Finished the first Hobbit movie, watched the 90s Little Women (which isn't a Christmas movie per se, but is very Christmas-y at the beginning and I often like to watch it this time of year), and finally we watched The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Sunday, while baking, my Mom and I watched the Friends reunion that she'd saved on her PVR. While Mr. Fine prepped supper last night, I watched an episode of Frasier. Our viewing together was the second Hobbit Film, an episode of TNG, and an episode of X-Men.

36foggidawn
Dec 5, 2022, 1:40pm

>35 MickyFine: I also like to watch the '90s Little Women movie around this time of year.

37MickyFine
Dec 5, 2022, 1:50pm

>36 foggidawn: Yay! Do you also share the fondness of seeing young Christian Bale and remembering your childhood crush on his Laurie?

38foggidawn
Dec 5, 2022, 3:17pm

>37 MickyFine: Well, there's that. I think Laurie was one of my early book crushes anyway.

39MickyFine
Dec 5, 2022, 3:28pm

>38 foggidawn: He's a good book crush. I think I saw the film before I read the book so the two have always been intertwined in my brain. :)

40MickyFine
Dec 6, 2022, 10:35am

What's on the agenda: Coldest day all week (it was -36C (-33F) according to my phone when I got up at 5 a.m.) so of course I'm in the office today. Coordinating three of us leaving this morning was pretty smooth and everyone made it out at the right time. Work today will include a few more customer suggestions (I had some computer issues yesterday that required IT help and meant my day was a little less productive than planned), updating our Lucky Day content, reviewing submissions of authors who want to participate in next year's featured writers program, and some time with LJ. Planning to order Indian food for take out when we get home. This evening I have my monthly massage.

What I'm reading: Bella Poldark is around 700 pages. I'd expect to see it here for a while yet.

What we're watching: Mistletoe Time Machine - a pretty silly Christmas movie on Crave. I did love how diverse the cast was and there were a couple very funny lines (my favourite being "His sister's hamster died. They were close.") but it was a bit clunky. Not sorry I watched it but also not one I'll watch again.

41richardderus
Dec 7, 2022, 10:32am

Is there a separate Canadian edition of LJ and SLJ? It seems as though that's a space taken by Quill and Quire but it's been eons since I had one of those to poke through.

Anyway. Hoping for your sake it hots up a bit, say to zero (either scale).

42MickyFine
Dec 7, 2022, 4:00pm

>41 richardderus: There is not a Canadian edition of either LJ or SLJ, sadly, so I take some reviews with a grain of salt (there's only so many baseball or American Civil War books we need and y'all publish SO MANY every year). Quill and Quire does cover some of it (although things have been a bit odd with them lately). I also use sources like CBC books to keep an eye on the Canadiana.

On the weather front, I'm pleased to share that it warmed up overnight and we're currently at a balmy -3C (-6C with the windchill).

43MickyFine
Dec 7, 2022, 4:20pm

What's (been) on the agenda: Did the usual drop off routine for Mr. Fine this morning, returned home and saw my brother off for his day, then took a shower, did yesterday's row on the temperature blanket, and started clearing things out of my desk in prep for shifting it over and switching to my new standing desk for WFH. And then I started my actual work day. Spent the morning with anything potentially distracting shut off and hammered out a first draft of a report on the diversity audit project I worked on this year. That was basically 4 hours of work and I'm glad to finally have it out of the way. From here it should be the less mentally intensive editing process once my manager reviews it. This afternoon I had a meeting right after lunch during which my brother came home and let me know that his job wrapped up faster than expected and he's headed back home. For the rest of the day I'll catch up on emails, look at staff reported gaps, and then go back to Library Journal (I made it through their reference insert feature, now for the journal itself). After work I'll pick up Mr. Fine and then go grocery shopping. Supper tonight will be soup and sandwiches (mine might just be soup, I'm very full from my Indian food leftovers I had for lunch).

What I'm reading: Nearing the halfway point of Bella Poldark.

What we're watching: I was in the room for most of the third Hobbit film but I cannot say that I really watched it. Endless battle scenes are not my jam.

44MickyFine
Dec 8, 2022, 10:37am

What's on the agenda: Dropped off Mr. Fine at the bus this morning and had all sorts of plots for what I was going to get done this morning before work but ended up just doing yesterday's row on the temperature blanket and then getting trapped under Smee. So I just played games on my phone and listened to a podcast until I absolutely had to move the cat :D. Work today will include updating some calendar stuff, customer suggestions, time with LJ, and maybe some time watching a course on LinkedIn Learning (a goal created by my previous manager *eyeroll* but it's on my performance appraisal goals document so I have to do it). After work I'll swing by the library for the weekly pick up and returning of things. Costco manicotti for supper tonight. This evening, in theory, Mr. Fine and I will assemble my new standing desk.

What I'm reading: Still Bella Poldark. Still so good.

What we're watching: The Christmas Invasion episode of Doctor Who. I love Tennant's Doctor sooo much.

45curioussquared
Edited: Dec 8, 2022, 12:58pm

>44 MickyFine: Cat trap! I am familiar with this but with 80 lb dogs. Skelly lay on my feet in bed this morning so I had no choice but to sleep in a little.

ETA: I don't use the standing function of my desk as often as I should but when I remember it's there, it really helps me focus and power through stuff.

46MickyFine
Dec 8, 2022, 1:22pm

>45 curioussquared: Aww, Skelly.

I have a standing desk at the office (technically a desktop riser unit) and I really like it. I'm usually pretty good about remembering to alternate pretty consistently through the day (although sometimes I get sucked into something and forget). I was planning to wait to order a standing desk for home until it was confirmed WFH would be a permanent option (technically it's still in "pilot" status after 9ish months) but the Black Friday deal I got for this was too good to wait.

47SandDune
Dec 8, 2022, 3:15pm

>40 MickyFine: it was -36C And here we are commenting on how cold it is at -4°C overnight. It can't even begin to imagine how cold -36°C is!

48MickyFine
Dec 8, 2022, 3:50pm

>47 SandDune: You're always welcome to visit and try to experience it, Rhian. :P

Today we're at around -4C for the high and after several days of windchills around -20C it feels downright balmy.

49MickyFine
Dec 9, 2022, 11:56am

What's on the agenda: It's a beautifully sunny (and not too cold) Friday morning. After dropping off Mr. Fine, I dealt with some of the dishes that have stacked up, cleaned out the dishwasher drain (ew), made the cranberry orange cake I'm planning to serve at Christmas dinner (it's now in the freezer), and took a shower. Work today will include customer requests in OverDrive, time with LJ (I didn't get to it yesterday), and probably time sorting out my calendar for next year. All of it at my new standing desk, which I love already. Supper tonight will be mac n cheese from scratch. Afterwards we're planning to layer up, bring travel mugs of hot chocolate, and go to the central area of our 'burb where they've got a bunch of lights up and have a wander. When we get back home, we might play a table game.

What I'm reading: I'm into the latter half of Bella Poldark. Still really enjoying it.

What we're watching: The first LOTR movie was on in the background while we assembled my new desk.

50foggidawn
Dec 9, 2022, 12:03pm

>49 MickyFine: That all sounds delightful!

51richardderus
Dec 9, 2022, 1:12pm

>49 MickyFine: Ooo, the standing desk is a revelation isn't it? I ended up feeling so much better when I had the option of standing for an hour or so at a time.

Something hinky is going on at Quill & Quire? Uh oh. I really hope there's no Kirkusing in its future.

Happy weekend-ahead's reads, Micky!

52MickyFine
Dec 10, 2022, 8:58am

>50 foggidawn: It was a pretty lovely day considering there was work in it. 😝

>51 richardderus: It's nice to be consistent about my sitting/standing now as I can do it at home and at the office now.

It isn't so much that Q&Q is hinky, they've just switched to digital publication only.

53MickyFine
Dec 10, 2022, 9:03am

What's on the agenda: Awake before the alarm (what else is new?) and have been quietly playing games on my phone to avoid waking Mr. Fine. Once the alarm goes off it'll be breakfast and then heading out for church. Mr. Fine is planning to go to the gym afterwards so I'll drop him off then come home and craft. Possibly some board gaming this afternoon after he gets back. This evening I'll do some cleaning that would normally happen Sunday as Mr. Fine has friends coming over for brunch and board games tomorrow. Beef and broccoli over pasta for supper tonight, I think. Double feature planned for after chores.

What I'm reading: Less than 200 pages left in Bella Poldark.

What we're watching: Christmas lights!

54richardderus
Dec 10, 2022, 11:09am

>52 MickyFine: Digital-only...oh my. That does make things more complicated. Can't book-dart a file and hand it to a colleague.

And long may it remain unKirkused.

Saturday *smooch*

55MickyFine
Dec 12, 2022, 10:51am

>54 richardderus: Thanks, Richard!

56MickyFine
Dec 12, 2022, 11:02am

Sunday's adventures: I got up and did a few final chores, Mr. Fine made me breakfast, and then I largely made myself scarce while his guy friends came over for brunch and board games. I got bill stuff sorted and started Christmas wrapping before my brother dropped by with my nephew. When he stayed with us last week he noticed how clogged the bathtub drain was in the bathroom he used so he came to give it a once over and also tightened up the new shower head we put in that bathroom. Then we hung out and chatted for a bit (and corralled said nephew who is two and fascinated by our cats). After they left I went back to Christmas wrapping and finished that up. Supper was frozen pizza and salad followed by some chocolates we brought home from Newfoundland. *drool* Made good progress on my crochet vest in front of the TV.

What's on the agenda today: Mr. Fine is on later shift this week so more reasonable alarm time today and commuting together for in office days this week. Work will include customer suggestions, chatting with a branch staff member who's in the department for a job shadow, and time with LJ. Butter chicken for supper. Depending on how the commute home goes today, I may or may not make it to craft circle this evening.

What I'm reading: Started and finished a manga on the commute this morning and now I'm on to Katie's recommendation, Christmas by the Book.

What we're watching: Saturday night's double feature was Every Day is Christmas (a contemporary retelling of A Christmas Carol with Black leads - pretty cute) plus the end of Fellowship of the Ring and beginning of Two Towers. Yesterday while wrapping I watched Reindeer Games Homecoming, which is the cutest holiday romance I've watched so far this year, and a couple episodes of Frasier. In the evening we watched Christmas with You (the new Netflix holiday movie with Freddie Prinze Jr.) and more Two Towers.

57katiekrug
Dec 12, 2022, 11:09am

I hope you enjoy CbtB!

And I'll have to have a look for Reindeer Games Homecoming...

58MickyFine
Dec 12, 2022, 11:13am

Book 107



Bella Poldark - Winston Graham

In the final volume of the Poldark saga, Bella Poldark begins to explore a career on the stage and struggles with determining if and who to marry. Meanwhile, Clowance is unsure if she ever can trust a man again after Stephen's betrayal and death. Ross continues to butt heads with George Warleggan, with Valentine often lending fuel to the the fire.

I was astounded to discover that this final book in the series was published in 2002 (when Winston Graham was 94), 60 years after the publication of the first book in the series. Graham's writing is amazingly consistent and compelling throughout the series. As always I was delighted to fall back in with the Poldarks as they face the never ending joys and challenges of life in Cornwall. Graham also manages to tie up loose ends without making the novel feel too pat and I was thoroughly satisfied as I completed the final page. If you enjoy historical fiction, I highly recommend this entire saga.

Rating:****

59MickyFine
Dec 12, 2022, 11:18am

>57 katiekrug: I watched RGH on CraveTV, which is a Canadian streaming platform that gets content from a bunch of different US platforms (it includes HBOmax, Paramount+, and Hulu content, I believe). It's a Lifetime movie if that helps.

60MickyFine
Dec 12, 2022, 11:26am

Books 108 - 109



Cat + Gamer Vol. 1 - Wataru Nadatani
Cat + Gamer Vol. 2 - Wataru Nadatani

An adorable slice of life manga about a 29-year-old office worker, Riko, who surprises everyone, including herself, when she agrees to take home a stray kitten found in the parking lot. Riko spends all her free time playing video games and knows nothing about cats, so both she and her kitten learn and grow while playing a lot of games.

The art is adorable and the plot is equally cute. Recommended.

Rating: ****

61katiekrug
Dec 12, 2022, 12:21pm

>59 MickyFine: - I've mostly lost track of who streams what, so I just search on the FireTV home screen and go from there!

62richardderus
Dec 12, 2022, 12:53pm

>58 MickyFine: Isn't it *stunning* how, at 94!, the author found the strength and the need and the story to wind up a sixty-year career-defining series?! It's amazing to me, and really delightful.

Happy Yuletide commuting! It'll be a lot less stressful for a while. Yay for that!

63MickyFine
Dec 12, 2022, 3:13pm

>61 katiekrug: The proliferation of streaming platforms is even worse on your side of the border, for sure. I'm kind of grateful they don't care about our region enough to do much more than sell it to one of the fewer platforms we have here.

>62 richardderus: Right?! I initially thought the pub date was a reprinting date and then did some googling and was delighted to discover he was writing into his 90s. One can only hope to still have that level of mental agility in that decade.

The bus is definitely on the quieter side already. There's a university and several colleges/technical programs in the downtown core and as most of them are into finals, the number of students commuting has decreased drastically. Makes it much easier to focus on my bus reading. :)

64bell7
Dec 12, 2022, 3:36pm

Glad your current reads and watches are good ones, Micky. One of my co-workers and her husband really love the Poldark books, and one day I may manage to start reading the series. So many books and all that...

65MickyFine
Dec 12, 2022, 4:25pm

>64 bell7: It really is an excellent problem to have. :) If you ever get around to Poldark, I hope you enjoy them.

66curioussquared
Dec 12, 2022, 8:24pm

Did you watch the Poldark TV show? I watched the first season and wasn't in love and am wondering if I should try the books anyway.

67MickyFine
Edited: Dec 13, 2022, 12:22pm

>66 curioussquared: Hmmm. I loved the TV show (although I still have a couple seasons left to watch) and it's what had me picking up the books in the first place. I'd say maybe try the first book (which covers the plot of the first half of season 1) and see if getting the internal narratives that are hard to depict on screen makes it more appealing for you.

68MickyFine
Edited: Dec 13, 2022, 12:54pm

What's on the agenda: In the office again today and having one of those mornings where I wish I was done work by 10 a.m. Arrived to an email from one of our executive directors (two steps above my supervisor) asking for a summary of one my projects to give the CEO so that the CEO can talk about it competently with another library CEO tomorrow. So hammered that out in an hour-ish and happily no edits were required (phew). Then I had to spend 10 minutes on the phone with a local newspaper reporter discussing our annual top ten lists. It was an easy conversation but it's always a bit stressful talking with the press. Somehow after all that I still have to work. :P I've got a couple review journals on my desk, a meeting with my manager, and an online course being led by one of my coworkers on the docket today. Also a bit of last-minute prep for our department's holiday social, which is tomorrow afternoon. Supper tonight is soup and sandwiches - we're going to try a dill pickle soup in a bag mix. Fingers crossed it's better than the last soup in a bag. This evening I want to do the finishing touches on my vest I'm making. I did the last of the crocheting last night so I just need to weave in ends and sew on the button. Hopefully model shots tomorrow. :)

What I'm reading: Quite enjoying Christmas by the Book so far.

What we're watching: Christmas Ever After, which was pretty average for a holiday romance. Should be noted though that the female-lead uses a wheelchair so if you're looking for excellent disability rep in your holiday fluff, this is a solid choice. Followed it with a couple episodes of Frasier as I finished up my crochet project.

69curioussquared
Dec 13, 2022, 1:07pm

>67 MickyFine: Good to know, thanks! I will probably leave them be for now as I have plenty of books to read :)

>68 MickyFine: I hate those days where it feels like you've done enough work for the whole day by 10 AM! Good luck making it through the rest of the day :)

70katiekrug
Dec 13, 2022, 1:31pm

Glad you're enjoying my rec so far 😁

71MickyFine
Dec 13, 2022, 10:15pm

>69 curioussquared: I survived it but I was pretty glad to have a course this afternoon that didn't require too much brain power.

>70 katiekrug: You should rightly feel very proud. It's exactly the level of festive coziness I wanted. ❤️

72MickyFine
Dec 13, 2022, 10:16pm

Completed the final finishing touches on my vest this evening and I'm super pleased with the results.



Pattern: Peyton Vest from Tinderbox
Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta in Solis
Hook: 15 mm

73Familyhistorian
Dec 13, 2022, 11:31pm

>72 MickyFine: Nice vest, Micky. That should keep you warm in those subzero temperatures!

74quondame
Dec 14, 2022, 1:05am

>72 MickyFine: Wow, that is some vest. Fabulous yarn choice!

75foggidawn
Dec 14, 2022, 9:20am

76richardderus
Dec 14, 2022, 9:23am

>72 MickyFine: I love the colors especially, and the vest is very flattering. But then it would be on a model. Who'd you pay to show it off for you?

77MickyFine
Dec 14, 2022, 2:59pm

>73 Familyhistorian: I think it should do a good job of keeping me cozy.

>74 quondame: Thanks, Susan!

>75 foggidawn: Aww, thanks, Foggi.

>76 richardderus: Such a sweet man. *smooch*

78MickyFine
Dec 14, 2022, 3:04pm

What's (been) on the agenda: Last in office day this week and I'm glad about it. Picking professional office wear is less fun than it used to be. This morning I did a few small tasks, finished up with LJ (finally), had our biweekly group meeting, and did a phone interview for local radio. This afternoon is our department's holiday social and as part of the social committee that means I get to do set-up, run the short trivia, and keep an eye on things in general. That will probably eat up the whole afternoon. Once we get back to the 'burb, we'll swing by my parents' place to return the bundt pan I borrowed and swap it for a giant muffin so I can make butter tarts this weekend (my two small half dozen pans don't cut it with this size of baking). Afterwards we'll pick up takeout from the shawarma place just down the street from them and then head home.

What I'm reading: Halfway through Christmas by the Book, which continues to charm.

What we're watching: We finished Two Towers and started Return of the King.

79curioussquared
Dec 14, 2022, 3:38pm

The vest looks great!

We had shawarma last night. So good.

80MickyFine
Dec 15, 2022, 10:58am

>79 curioussquared: Thanks, Natalie. Our shawarma was also delicious. All the garlic sauce!

81MickyFine
Edited: Dec 15, 2022, 11:34am

What's on the agenda: Last day of my work week (I have tomorrow off) and I'm working from home. However, got to my desk and realized I'd left my work laptop in the office. Thankfully almost everything I need is web based so I can access it with my personal laptop, but it means I have to muddle through with a single screen as my personal laptop doesn't have enough ports to connect to my second monitor. Happily a big chunk of my afternoon will be spent in an online course, so it's not too big a nuisance. This morning I'll do customer suggestions and submit a bunch of carts. I also managed this morning to register for a barre class being offered at a local rec centre. It's been a few years since I've taken barre and I miss it a bit (and on in office days I'm finding that getting in exercise is not as easy as at home days). The class starts mid-January and runs to the end of March so I have a few weeks before fitting that into our schedule. Supper tonight is pasta with meatballs.

What I'm reading: Christmas by the Book is still on the go.

What we're watching: One of my all-time favourites, White Christmas, followed by the Bracebridge Dinner episode of Gilmore Girls.

82MickyFine
Edited: Dec 15, 2022, 11:44am

Wordle 544 5/6

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Sharing just because I was impressed with how many yellows I managed to get without solving. As an FYI, while word 3 was helpful it's not on the list of potential answers.

PEONY, STAIR, LAIRD, VIRAL, RIVAL

83curioussquared
Dec 15, 2022, 12:31pm

>81 MickyFine: Oh no! I hate surprises like that. When that happened to me two jobs ago I just had to suck it up and go into the office, so I'm glad you have an option that allows you to stay home even if somewhat inconvenient.

84MickyFine
Dec 15, 2022, 1:22pm

>83 curioussquared: Yeah, I've done it twice now but thankfully it's always been on weeks where I only had to make do with my personal laptop for the one day and the next time I was working I was back in the office. Must remember that if backpack feels weirdly light, should confirm I actually have laptop. :P

85The_Hibernator
Dec 15, 2022, 3:36pm

>82 MickyFine: Wait...is there an official list of possible answers? I had no idea. Sometimes I guess words that I'm pretty sure would never be used just to see where letters go.

86MickyFine
Dec 15, 2022, 11:07pm

>85 The_Hibernator: Yup, there are 2,309 words that are official answers. If you Google Wordle official word list you can take a gander at it. There's also Wordlebot, which evaluates your game and you can often find out from it if a word you played is on the official list (which is what I did).

87lauralkeet
Dec 16, 2022, 6:57am

Oof to the laptop issue yesterday, Micky. I'm sure you muddled through but I can see where it would keep you from getting into the usual flow of things.

Speaking of flow, that's great news about your barre class! I am now doing barre 2x/week. I was doing 1 barre and 1 other-type-of-yoga, but I really like the instructors for these two classes. And of course the workout is really good, too.

88MickyFine
Dec 16, 2022, 9:12am

>87 lauralkeet: The biggest pain with not having the work laptop is that I can't access the back end of the library catalogue where I can check things like copies originally ordered for a title or if we had a title and it's now been lost or discarded (and when that happened). Thankfully I didn't need that info for anything yesterday.

And I'm so pleased you're enjoying barre. I'm looking forward to seeing what the county rec class is like in comparison with the classes I used to take at a studio that just offered barre.

89MickyFine
Dec 16, 2022, 9:22am

What's on the agenda: Friday off, yippee! Mr. Fine is also off and has plans with one of his friends to go out for breakfast and then go see the new Avatar movie. I'm more than happy to not see it. :P My plans include picking up a turkey from the grocery store, getting an oil change, getting gas, going for a haircut, baking butter tarts, and prepping cookie dough (it needs to chill at least overnight before it gets baked). Supper tonight will be Montreal smoked meat sandwiches and veggies. Board games and Lego assembly are likely evening entertainments.

What I'm reading: I'll be starting A Winter Kiss on Rochester Mews today.

What we're watching: Finished the Return of the King. Mr. Fine then started playing God of War: Ragnorak and I cross-stitched.

90bell7
Dec 18, 2022, 6:34pm

Hope you're having an excellent weekend, Micky!

91MickyFine
Dec 19, 2022, 12:49pm

>90 bell7: Thanks, Mary. The weekend was very full and I got my to do list almost completely finished.

92MickyFine
Dec 19, 2022, 12:57pm

Not really in a mood to recap my weekend. I did a lot of things on my pre-Christmas to do list and also relaxed a bit.

Had an early wake up with a phone call at 2:30 a.m. our time letting us know that my mother-in-law passed away in her sleep this morning. Mr. Fine is in a bit of shock but doing as well as can be expected. I'm mostly fine and in the office because I need the distraction. Mr. Fine's daughter is spending time with him today.

As it's so recent, not entirely sure what will be happening with a service (although we plan to travel to Newfoundland for it). Latest tentative thoughts I've heard is that they may wait until spring. All prayers and good thoughts for Mr. Fine and his family most gratefully accepted.

93foggidawn
Dec 19, 2022, 1:21pm

>92 MickyFine: I am sorry for your family's loss.

94katiekrug
Dec 19, 2022, 2:43pm

Oh, how terrible. Keeping Mr. Fine - and you - in my thoughts.

95curioussquared
Dec 19, 2022, 4:35pm

I'm so sorry to hear that, Micky. Sending good thoughts to you and Mr. Fine.

96lauralkeet
Dec 19, 2022, 5:16pm

I'm so sorry, Micky. That must have been a shock. Hugs to you and Mr Fine.

97norabelle414
Dec 19, 2022, 6:24pm

So sorry for Mr. Fine and your loss, Micky! That's especially hard so close to Christmas.

98quondame
Dec 19, 2022, 7:40pm

>92 MickyFine: Condolences to you and your family for the loss. I do dread those wee-hours wake up calls, they are never anything but awful.

99drneutron
Dec 20, 2022, 9:34am

So sorry for your loss.

100bell7
Dec 20, 2022, 9:46am

So sorry, Micky. Praying for Mr. Fine and the rest of the family.

101MickyFine
Dec 20, 2022, 10:20am

Thank you, Foggi, Katie, Natalie, Laura, Nora, Susan, Jim, and Mary for your condolences. They're very much appreciated.

102MickyFine
Dec 20, 2022, 11:07am

What's on the agenda: In the office today (my last in office day for the year!). Mr. Fine is at home and his work has told him to take the rest of the week off (he has the week between Christmas and New Year's Day off already). He's doing about the same as he was yesterday. I'm doing all right and trying to strike the balance between going overboard with affection and being supportive (I'm a little on the overboard side so far, which is why I've been told to go to the office again today :P). His family has decided that there will be options for visitation (sort of a wake kind of thing) over the next couple days but that the memorial service will be in the spring of next year. So we don't have to try and figure out flying out east during the holiday rush. It's going to be a tough Christmas for Mr. Fine but he has decided that he still wants to go ahead with our plans for hosting the gathering with my side of the family on Christmas Day. As far as my work, I still have some customer suggestions to get through this morning, I'll update Lucky Day content, and then spend the rest of my time with a couple of issues of Booklist that have been on my desk for a few weeks. There's also a couple staff from our performance assessment and research department who are coming for a job shadow this afternoon. They analyze a lot of the circulation/collections size side of things and I think they're trying to get a better picture of the work we do to inform their analysis. It should be an interesting conversation. It's our weekly take out night tonight and it's Mr. Fine's pick. He wasn't sure what he wanted this morning so not sure if I'll pick up food on the drive home or if he'll opt for delivery. When I get back to suburbia, I need to purchase a parking pass for the transit centre. While most parking there is free, there are paid stalls with outlets for plugging in and I want one for January. My car hasn't failed to start yet (*touch wood*) at the end of the day when I get off the bus but it has been VERY CRANKY about it when it's cold. I can't blame it. It was -34C (-29F) when I left this morning and it's only supposed to warm up to -27C (-17F) today (with windchill values hovering around -40C/F most of the day).

What I'm reading: A Winter Kiss on Rochester Mews, which is a lovely seasonal read.

What we're watching: So many of the fluffy holiday romance movies I love involve characters where a parent has died (WHY???) so I opted to watch the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary reunion special with Mr. Fine instead.

103curioussquared
Dec 20, 2022, 11:40am

Oof, sending strength to Mr. Fine and glad he is able to take a few weeks off. You're right -- why is parent death such a trope in these fluffy movies? Same for lots of classic children's books.

104SandDune
Dec 20, 2022, 12:45pm

>92 MickyFine: So sorry to hear your news. Sending condolences to Mr Fine.

105MickyFine
Dec 20, 2022, 12:46pm

>103 curioussquared: Right? Happily my last couple Christmas picks for the year don't use the trope (some Disney shorts and the classic Muppet Christmas Carol). Mr. Fine's usual Christmas picks (Die Hard and A Christmas Story) should also be ok.

106MickyFine
Dec 20, 2022, 12:59pm

Book 110



Christmas by the Book - Anne Marie Ryan

Nora and Simon have run their small bookshop in a village in the Cotswolds their entire married lives. But as Christmas approaches they're facing the reality of falling sales that means the shop may have to close. While things look bleak, they still decide to run a giveaway in their community asking for nominations of people who are facing a difficult time during the holidays and who could use a free book. As the books find the people who need them, the community will be reminded of the value of reading and the importance of the bookstore.

It's a really sweet holiday novel. Are the problems pretty neatly resolved and the matching of books with problems a little pat? Yes. But it detracts nothing from this reader's enjoyment. If you're looking for a cozy and undemanding holiday read, you can't go wrong with this one.

Rating: ****

107norabelle414
Dec 20, 2022, 1:03pm

>102 MickyFine: I misread that as you were watching the Harry Potter movie, not the cast reunion special, and I was like "oh no I have bad news for you about Harry Potter's parents..."

Home Alone is another good Christmas movie option. The parents maybe frazzled but they are alive.

108klobrien2
Dec 20, 2022, 1:05pm

>106 MickyFine: Christmas By the Book sounds like just what I’m needing! Thanks!

Karen O

109MickyFine
Dec 20, 2022, 1:09pm

>107 norabelle414: Snort, thankfully I knew that one. As it was the section of the special that was a memoriam to the cast members who passed away since filming was a little sniffly for both of us. Despite that, I think we're now both in the mood for an HP rewatch either during our holiday break or in the new year.

>108 klobrien2: Happy to put it on your radar, Karen. Credit should go to Katie, who put it on mine earlier this month. :)

110klobrien2
Dec 20, 2022, 1:11pm

>109 MickyFine: That’s why LT is so great (well, it’s one of the reasons)—the great flow of information around and around.

Karen O

111foggidawn
Dec 20, 2022, 1:15pm

>106 MickyFine: I have that one waiting on my shelf for when I finish my current read. :-)

112lauralkeet
Dec 20, 2022, 3:17pm

I loved the HP anniversary special. The books and movies are markers of time for me; not so much for me alone as for me as a parent, if that makes sense. That in memoriam section though. Oof.

113katiekrug
Dec 20, 2022, 3:24pm

>106 MickyFine: - Yay! You liked it :)

114richardderus
Dec 20, 2022, 7:05pm

It's wonderful that y'all saw MotherMrFine earlier this year. Her death can't ever be said to be good but there's the good news of having seen her and then having her ending be quick instead of miserable and drawn out.

115MickyFine
Dec 21, 2022, 11:14am

>110 klobrien2: Definitely!

>111 foggidawn: Excellent. I'm sure you'll enjoy it, Foggi.

>112 lauralkeet: I totally get what you mean, Laura. I'm one of those weird outliers who didn't read the series until after all 7 books were out (there was so much hype it brought out my stubborn resistant streak) so I don't have the same experience, sadly. The memoriam section wasn't the easiest. As soon as they included the Dumbledore quote about "Those who love us never truly leave us," I was crying.

>113 katiekrug: I did. Much thanks for letting me know of its existence!

>114 richardderus: I heartily agree, Richard. We're very glad we got to see her and spent a lot of time with her so recently.

116MickyFine
Dec 21, 2022, 12:02pm

What's on the agenda: So very glad that it's a work from home day today. It was -36C (-33F) when I woke up this morning and the forecasted high is -30C (-22F). Guess I'll be using every colour for my temperature blanket after all. :P Work today will include checking staff reported gaps, making some edits to my diversity audit report, and going through some issues of Booklist and possibly LJ as well. Planning to take an early lunch today and tack my coffee onto it so that I can go grocery shopping and try to avoid the worst of the post-work crowds (although right now any time is busy at Costco :P). Mr. Fine has decided he wants to come along for a change of scenery. So we'll head out later this morning probably. Supper tonight is soup and sandwiches.

What I'm reading: I've got 50ish pages left in A Winter Kiss on Rochester Mews so I should wrap it up today.

What we're watching: Mr. Fine wasn't feeling anything Christmas-y so we watched (well more accurately he watched and I looked up for the less gruesome bits of) Gunpowder Milkshake on Netflix.

117richardderus
Dec 21, 2022, 12:40pm

My Holigay romance reading's been a lot of fun. I enjoy the braincation every year!

Have a lovely time at Costco *delicate shiver*!

118curioussquared
Dec 21, 2022, 2:07pm

I've been meaning to hit Costco for a while now. Hopefully I can get there on Friday! Enjoy your trip and stay warm.

119MickyFine
Dec 21, 2022, 4:00pm

>117 richardderus: I'm glad to hear you're enjoying something a little more on the fluff end of the spectrum, RDear.

>118 curioussquared: Brave soul trying Costco on Christmas Eve Eve. ;)

We survived the cold and the (not too bad) crowds at both Costco and Save On Foods. We're now mostly set food-wise for the holidays, although there will be a trip to the Italian Centre next week for a few things for NYE plans with friends.

120MickyFine
Dec 21, 2022, 5:25pm



Laughing because the tears would make my eyelashes freeze together.

121bell7
Dec 22, 2022, 8:22am

>120 MickyFine: Oh dear. I guess I can't complain that we're having a cold Christmas weekend with a high of 26F, can I?

Enjoy your work from home day!

122foggidawn
Dec 22, 2022, 10:03am

>120 MickyFine: Ha ha ha brrrr! We're getting temps in the teens (Fahrenheit) for Christmas, which will be cold enough for me!

123MickyFine
Dec 22, 2022, 10:46am

>121 bell7: It is supposed to warm up by Christmas, thankfully. They're currently forecasting -13C (9F), which is going to feel balmy after this cold snap.

>122 foggidawn: I promise not to share the cold with you, Foggi. :)

124MickyFine
Dec 22, 2022, 11:05am

What's on the agenda: Again so happy to be working from home today. It's -40 this morning (the magic temperature where Celsius and Fahrenheit align!). For those curious, that means my deep freezer is 22C warmer than it is outside. :P I'm swathed in cozy pants and a sweater, plus a blanket, a wrap, and my microwaveable beanbag to make sure I stay cozy in the basement while I work (there's only so much our furnace can do to counter the cold coming off the windows). Tasks today include some calendar management, customer suggestions, and going through an issue each of Booklist and Library Journal. After work I'll likely keep Mr. Fine company as he watches via video chat the prayer vigil they're having for his mom at the funeral home prior to her cremation (the time difference means an evening service there is late afternoon here). Supper tonight will be Costco manicotti with salad and garlic bread. Not sure what Mr. Fine will be in the mood for this evening so may or may not be Christmas viewing afterwards.

What I'm reading: I am so close to finishing A Winter Kiss on Rochester Mews (I underestimated how many pages I had left yesterday), and should wrap it up today. May start Emily's Quest depending on when I finish the holiday romance.

What we're watching: We watched The Bishop's Wife (1947), which was ok but not one I'll add to my regular holiday rotation. Then we watched Prep & Landing and Mickey's Christmas Carol.

125richardderus
Dec 22, 2022, 12:45pm

I have an old foam mattress topper that I've diced into window-sized chunks to block the sea winds from rattling our bones with cold. So far it's been unnecessary, in the strictest sense...not very cold yet...but The Day Will Dawn....

126curioussquared
Dec 22, 2022, 12:51pm

Brrr!! It was in the teens here last night and this morning but I'm not complaining now!!

127ArlieS
Dec 22, 2022, 12:57pm

>92 MickyFine: Virtual hug (if wanted) and condolences on your loss.

128MickyFine
Dec 22, 2022, 1:10pm

>125 richardderus: Thankfully, it's not windy on top of the cold. It's actually gorgeously sunny with brilliant blue skies at the moment. So it's freezing but pretty to look at. :)

>126 curioussquared: Complain away, Natalie. That's very cold for your neck of the woods. :)

>127 ArlieS: Thank you so much, Arlie. I will always take hugs (virtual or otherwise).

129The_Hibernator
Dec 22, 2022, 6:54pm

Wow! It's cold there. It was only -10F here this morning, with -34 windchill.

130bell7
Dec 23, 2022, 7:53am

>124 MickyFine: I watched The Bishop's Wife a few years back in my holiday movie project but it's... meh, not one I'd go back to either. I didn't get quite as much time to watch holiday movies as I would've liked this year, but I'll still watch Muppet Christmas Carol as per usual tomorrow.

131drneutron
Dec 23, 2022, 10:59am

132SandDune
Dec 23, 2022, 11:19am



Happy Christmas from my Christmas gnome!

133MickyFine
Edited: Dec 23, 2022, 11:22am

>129 The_Hibernator: It's "warmed up" here but it's much windier than yesterday so it still feels pretty dang cold.

>130 bell7: Being so busy, I'm not surprised you didn't get much holiday viewing in, Mary. I've also got Muppet Christmas Carol on the docket for Christmas Eve. There's something so lovely about watching Kermit sing "there's only one more sleep 'til Christmas" and have it be true. :)

>131 drneutron: Thanks for sharing that here, Jim! I've joined up and will make sure to start a 2023 thread next week.

>132 SandDune: Thank you, Rhian. The gnome is adorable!!!

134MickyFine
Dec 23, 2022, 11:47am

What's on the agenda: Woke up to a warmer -23C (-9F) this morning but the windchill is currently -30C (-22F) so it's still not exactly romping outside weather. Of course, I have to work today so there's not much romping going on anyway. I've got a bad case of Christmas vacation anticipation so work will probably drag but such is life sometimes. Trying to remind myself I only have 6ish hours and then I'm free until January 3. Tasks today include customer suggestions in OverDrive/Libby, some time with the core collection tome, and watching a course or two on LinkedIn Learning. Perogies and sausage with veggies for supper tonight. Might try to get a board game on the table this evening but Mr. Fine may just opt for Lego assembling instead.

What I'm reading: Starting Emily's Quest today. Considering setting some reading goals for my Christmas break so I don't spend all my free time crafting and watching TV but we'll see.

What we're watching: A couple video chats with Mr. Fine's family for the prayer vigil and then the reading of his Mom's will. In between those we watched some Brooklyn Nine-Nine episodes and Die Hard. Hans Gruber fell off Nakatomi Tower so it's officially Christmas. :P

135MickyFine
Dec 23, 2022, 1:03pm

Book 111



A Winter Kiss on Rochester Mews - Annie Darling

Two years ago, Mattie had an abominable breakup that put her off men, romance, Paris, cupcakes, and Christmas. Now as the manager of the teashops in the Happy Ever After Bookshop, she'll have to deal with the holiday season whether she likes it or not. She'll also have to deal with Tom, the sole male employee of the bookshop and one of many men she strongly dislikes, who ends up being her roommate when the flat above the bookshop is once more vacant. As Christmas approaches, Tom and Mattie may find that their frequent verbal sparring is proof not of hate but of an entirely different emotion.

A really cute holiday romance but one that is best appreciated if you've read the three previous books in the series as this is decidedly the final book of the quartet. While I'm not a huge fan of the enemies to lovers trope, Darling does it well here while tossing plenty of holiday cheer into the mix. Plus there's some truly droolworthy food descriptions. The book ends with a bow on all of the previous relationships that developed in the series as well, so fans of the other titles should be very happy. Recommended.

Rating: ****

136foggidawn
Dec 23, 2022, 1:08pm

>111 foggidawn: Ah, I have the first book in the series on my list, so maybe I’ll read them over the next year and save that one for next year’s Christmas reading.

137MickyFine
Dec 23, 2022, 5:55pm

>136 foggidawn: Sounds like a perfect plan, Foggi. One a quarter would be excellent spacing for the series. Note that the first book is not my favourite and if you aren't a big fan after that one, try book two before giving up on the series. :)

138bell7
Dec 23, 2022, 7:13pm

>133 MickyFine: There's something so lovely about watching Kermit sing "there's only one more sleep 'til Christmas" and have it be true. :)
Yesssss, exactly!

139quondame
Dec 23, 2022, 9:47pm

I hope your Christmas vacation is everything you hope for and more, Micky!

140MickyFine
Dec 24, 2022, 11:50am

>139 quondame: Thank you, Susan.

141MickyFine
Dec 24, 2022, 11:58am

What's on the agenda: Was awake for a couple hours around 5 and played games on my phone until I was ready to try sleeping again at 7. Woke up the second time at 8:30 and as we approach 10 I'm almost ready to get out of bed. Obviously we're watching church online today, probably while we have breakfast. Need to pull out the turkey and start thawing it in a cold water bath. It snowed overnight so there will be shoveling at least once today (it's supposed to snow again later so might have to do it twice). We're planning to board game a bit this afternoon. I'll probably sneak in some crafting time too. After sunset we'll do all the cleaning in prep for tomorrow. Charcuterie planned for supper tonight and our traditional Christmas Eve double feature.

What I'm reading: Went to bed early and spent a couple hours with Emily's Quest which holds all the usual charms that I adore about L.M. Montgomery's works.

What we're playing: Did some more assembling of Mr. Fine's Lego lighthouse.

142curioussquared
Dec 24, 2022, 3:34pm

Christmas Eve is always spent with family for us, so my tradition has become watching Muppet Christmas Carol while I'm wrapping gifts in the days leading up to it. This year I also watched A Muppet Family Christmas for the first time, which I didn't know existed before! It's a TV special from the late 80s that isn't on Disney Plus because of some rights issues, but the full version is available on YouTube. The muppets head to Fozzie's mom's house for the holidays and hijinks ensue. I loved it.

Happy Christmas Eve -- enjoy your charcuterie and double feature!

143MickyFine
Dec 24, 2022, 5:20pm

>142 curioussquared: That's a lovely way to do it too. Since my brother got married (over a decade ago), he spends Christmas Eve night and Christmas morning with his in-laws and then we do Christmas dinner with our side of the family in the afternoon. My family has never done presents Christmas morning (although Mr. Fine and I open our gifts from each other in the morning now) so it works out well that way.

144humouress
Dec 25, 2022, 9:04am

Hi Micky, just catching up on your thread. Your blanket is coming along well, though I'm not entirely convinced that your other (finished) crafts are home-made. I mean, my stuff looks home-made - wobbly here, a bit lopsided there.

Interesting to hear about Bella Poldark. I started the Poldark series back in the 90's and got quite a way into it. I can't remember why I stopped; probably I didn't have access to that library anymore. The last book does sound interesting but I think I'd have to start the series from the beginning again for it to make sense to me.

I'm sorry to hear about MrFine's mum. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

145Berly
Dec 25, 2022, 8:16pm


146MickyFine
Dec 26, 2022, 11:16am

>144 humouress: Oh trust me, Nina, my handmade stuff has its flaws too. Woven in ends that like to pop out are the bane of my existence. And thank you for the condolences.

>145 Berly: I hope yours was merry too, Kim!

147MickyFine
Dec 26, 2022, 11:46am

A belated Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it. We had a very full day hosting my family's celebration and I didn't make it to LT at all yesterday. Delicious food was consumed, gifts were given, and we had a lovely time with all of us together for the first time in 2 years. There were a few books under the tree for me including the boxset of Gail Carriger's Soulless series (an impressive feat by Mr. Fine as most of it is out of print and only available secondhand) and a whole run of Captain Carter comics. My favourite gift though is a handcrafted wooden yarn bowl my sister-in-law gave me from a local maker in her community. Beautiful and already proving to be super useful.

What's on the agenda: A glorious nothing on the must do list. Huzzah for holidays! There are things I'd like to do today though. I have a few things I want to purchase online during Boxing Day sales: pants, tea, hair products, maybe a couple ergonomic crochet hooks. I'm considering making cranberry orange muffins to use up the last of the fresh cranberries in the fridge. I still have a bunch even after making the cranberry orange cake for Christmas dinner, which was delicious and a big hit with everyone, and I made cranberry sauce from scratch, which was also super good. This is what happens when you buy cranberries at Costco. It's pretty mild out today so I'm seriously considering a walk. Hopefully some reading as I haven't cracked a book in two days. Mr. Fine and I are planning to play at least one board game every day during our holidays. And of course there will be crafting and TV time. Not sure if we'll return to our usual evening viewing schedule or do movies since we're in holiday mode. Supper plan for tonight is hot turkey sandwiches.

What I'm reading: As mentioned, I haven't touched a book since December 23.

What we're playing: Saturday afternoon Mr. Fine and I played Everdell and I squeaked out a victory by 2 points.

What we're watching: Christmas Eve night was the traditional double feature of A Christmas Story and A Muppet Christmas Carol. Last night we watched a couple episodes of TNG while winding down after everyone left.

148richardderus
Dec 26, 2022, 12:37pm

Boxing-Day *smooch*

I'm so glad 2022's almost over. I really feel the need for a reset on this year.

149bell7
Dec 26, 2022, 5:50pm

>142 curioussquared: OMG IT'S ON YOUTUBE???? Remembering that for next year... that brings back memories of my childhood haha (we... taped the TV special and watched it regularly as kids).

>147 MickyFine: Sounds like a lovely holiday, Micky, and hope your Boxing Day was relaxing after all that! The selection of books you received seems excellent as well.

150curioussquared
Dec 26, 2022, 5:57pm

>149 bell7: Yes!! I watched a version without ads, but if you so choose there is even a version complete with the ads from the 80s 😂 Enjoy!!

151MickyFine
Dec 27, 2022, 12:56pm

>148 richardderus: Much thanks! *smooch*

>149 bell7: Thanks, Mary. It was a very chill day yesterday.

>150 curioussquared: Like Mary, I also remember watching a taped version of it as a kid.

152MickyFine
Dec 27, 2022, 1:09pm

What's on the agenda: We're doing Christmas with Mr. Fine's daughter (and her boyfriend *grumble*) today. They were planning to be here at 10 but are running late so after showering, I snuck in some reading time. It's now nearing 11 and I was very hungry so I cracked and ate one of the mini muffin loaves I made yesterday for today (super tasty). Whenever they get here we'll do coffee/tea and muffins followed by gifts. I believe they're hanging out all day so there will be some gaming likely. We'll also book tickets for flying to Newfoundland for my MIL's memorial in April while WestJet still has their Boxing Day sale on. Mr. Fine's daughter will be joining us for the trip but may come for a shorter time than us so we'll figure out those logistics today. Turkey soup for dinner (Mr. Fine already has the carcass boiling on the stove and it smells good).

What I'm reading: Finished Emily's Quest last night and started Sleeping Murder this morning.

What we're watching: Did a double feature of Enchanted and Disenchanted. The sequel is decent and has some sweet moments but I didn't love it like I do the first. That said, 90% off Amy Adams' outfits are fantastic.

153MickyFine
Edited: Dec 28, 2022, 7:40pm

What's on the agenda: Weird sleep last night meant we got up really late this morning. Just finishing breakfast and then I'll head out to shovel. Planning to run a few errands today including going to the library, Canadian Tire (for a short extension cord for my car), a yarn store (for crochet hooks), and the comic book store. Once we're home again we'll probably pull out a board game (trying to do one a day during vacation) and build some Lego. Takeout for supper tonight is my pick but I have no clue what I want right now.

What I'm reading: Made it through over half of Sleeping Murder yesterday and should wrap it up today.

What we're playing: While Mr.Fine's daughter and her boyfriend were here we played Mario Party Superstars (Mr. Fine won).

What we're watching: Mr. Fine picked Willow, which I'd never seen before, as he wanted to rewatch it before starting the new series.

154norabelle414
Dec 28, 2022, 2:04pm

Has it warmed up a bit for you?

>153 MickyFine: I saw the movie Willow a long time ago and the only thing I remembered was "there's a special baby", which turns out to be the only thing I needed to know going into the series.

155curioussquared
Dec 28, 2022, 5:27pm

Good to know Disenchanted isn't a must-watch.

156MickyFine
Dec 28, 2022, 7:44pm

>154 norabelle414: It's much warmer, thankfully. It was a balmy -10°C (14°F) while we were out and about today.

LOL. Good to know that magic baby is all I needed to take from that movie.

>155 curioussquared: Not a must-watch but also not a terrible choice if you want something on in the background.

157foggidawn
Dec 29, 2022, 9:48am

>142 curioussquared: A Muppet Family Christmas is my Christmas must-watch! We taped it in childhood, too, and my brother digitized it, so I now have it on a USB drive. Good to know it’s on YouTube, too.

158curioussquared
Dec 29, 2022, 12:28pm

>157 foggidawn: It was SO good. I'm definitely adding it to my annual rotation. I love the muppets in all forms so really I'm just surprised I had never seen it before!

159richardderus
Dec 29, 2022, 1:11pm

Greetings from the balmy shores of the North Atlantic! It's 43°/6C here, and I am delighted! Tomorrow's reviews are all gay fiction, today's gay bio/memoir, and Saturday hasn't shaken itself out yet. I'm sure none of them will fascinate you, though, being as they're fine-quality work by terribly talented writers and you are a librarian. We all know about the taste of the librarians...

:-P

*smoochings*

160MickyFine
Dec 29, 2022, 1:38pm

>159 richardderus: Yup, I read all of the worst books. :P I'll make sure to swing by your thread (although I'm in there lurking most days).

161MickyFine
Dec 29, 2022, 1:48pm

What's (been) on the agenda: The best kind of vacation day where there's almost no must do things. Really must do more lazy staycations in the future. So far this morning I have played phone games, rotated dishes out and back into the dishwasher, had breakfast, and then did a long overdue clean-up of books in my personal collection listed here on LT. I owe a couple reviews and once I've typed those out, I'll go for a shower (still lounging in PJs). This afternoon we'll play a board game and probably do some more assembly of Mr. Fine's Lego lighthouse. I'm on cooking duty this evening and making quiche for supper. Crafting in front of the TV likely this evening.

What I'm reading: I've got the final issue of The Variants to read after my trip to the comic book store yesterday and then I'll start Happy Ever After.

What we're playing: We got about halfway through a game of Ex Libris but the logistics of booking flights, rental car, and places to stay in St. John's for our trip to Newfoundland next spring meant we didn't finish (I probably would have won).

What we're watching: I picked up season 2 of Miss Scarlet and the Duke from the library yesterday and we watched the first half of the season last night. Still really enjoying. Also watched the first two episodes of Our Flag Means Death and am (unsurprisingly) enjoying it so far.

162MickyFine
Dec 29, 2022, 1:57pm

Book 112



Emily's Quest - L.M. Montgomery

Emily has returned to New Moon to live with her aunts as she pursues her goal of becoming an author. Through successes and failures her love of New Moon never fades but her relationships with her childhood friends continue to evolve as they all become adults. At the same time, Emily also strives to determine just who the best partner for her future life might be.

There's plenty of charm as always in L.M. Montgomery's writing as she so beautifully paints word pictures of the PEI landscape. She also brilliantly evokes the highs and lows of Emily's life and knowing that Montgomery herself struggled with depression makes her descriptions of Emily's own low moments particularly realistic. At the same time, Montgomery will always give her characters a happy ending and while this novel's ending felt a bit rushed and not quite as satisfying as I could have hoped, it still leaves Emily in the best place.

Rating: ***

163MickyFine
Dec 29, 2022, 2:06pm

Book 113



Sleeping Murder - Agatha Christie

Newlywed Gwenda Reed has arrived in England with the goal of purchasing a house for herself and her husband, Giles, somewhere in the south of the country. As she tours the countryside she falls in love with Hillside near Dillsmouth. But as Gwenda lives in the house she is increasingly spooked by how familiar the house feels. While visiting distant relatives in London, with whom Miss Marple is also staying, a stray line in a play brings back horrific memories for Gwenda that seem to indicate a murder may have taken place in her home. While Miss Marple advises to leave everything be, Gwenda and Giles can't resist the mystery and so Miss Marple comes to town to keep the young couple from stumbling into too much trouble.

The final Miss Marple mystery is just as delightful as all that came before. While I did deduce the whodunnit just a page or two before the final reveal, the reading experience was in no way diminished. Christie's mysteries are always an excellent choice and I can't recommend them enough if British mysteries are at all your thing.

Rating: ****

164curioussquared
Dec 29, 2022, 2:14pm

Yesss Our Flag Means Death! So excited for season 2.

165MickyFine
Dec 29, 2022, 2:17pm

Wordle 558 5/6

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Ugh, this one was a bear for me to solve. PEONY, SOLAR, AUDIO, LOATH, HAVOC

166norabelle414
Dec 29, 2022, 4:34pm

Miss Scarlet and the Duke!!! I'm glad you're still enjoying it. I think some people find it too slow of a burn, but not for me!

167MickyFine
Dec 29, 2022, 11:06pm

>166 norabelle414: I like the slow burn of it all. Plus I'm a sucker for tall, dark, beardy men.

168MickyFine
Edited: Dec 30, 2022, 3:15pm

What's on the agenda: Mr. Fine has requested breakfast out so we'll be going to our local favourite restaurant in an hour or so. Afterwards we need to pop by the Italian Centre to pick up a few ingredients for our NYE plans with friends. Once we're home again I need to sort out month/year end bill stuff. I also plan to set up my 2023 thread today although I think I'll squeeze in one more book and maybe one more comic this year so not quite done with this thread yet. Reading and crafting time with whatever time I have left in the afternoon after all that. Lamb chops and veggies for supper tonight. Board game and Lego for this evening's entertainment.

What I'm reading: Happy Ever After is off to a solid start

What we're watching: Mr. Fine's picks last night included Minions: The Rise of Gru, Lethal Weapon, and the first episode of Willow. He's a man of eclectic tastes. 😆

169richardderus
Dec 30, 2022, 12:53pm

I luuurve the Minions movies, they are *so*random* and utterly unconcerned with poky, puny ol' Reality. And yes, I am the Boomer who uses Minions GIFs. #sorrynotsorry

I hope OFMD works its magic on you. Rhys Darby and Taika Waititi are brilliant together. You can tell they're old friends...they trust each others' timing implicitly.

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve celebration!

170klobrien2
Dec 30, 2022, 8:19pm

>169 richardderus: Agree with you on all the above, Richard. Have either of you ever seen "Flight of the Conchords"? Rhys Darby played a wonderful character in that, and Taika Watiti was involved as a director and writer. Very fun show!

171MickyFine
Dec 30, 2022, 11:04pm

>169 richardderus: So far I'm really enjoying OFMD.

172MickyFine
Dec 30, 2022, 11:05pm

The temperature blanket is officially complete! Finished a day early because I thought I was smarter than the pattern (spoiler alert: I was not).

In December, the coldest temperature was -31°C, the warmest was -2°C (on 4 separate days), and the most frequently used colour was Kiwi (-4-0°C).

Over the course of the year, I used every colour at least once and used approximately 7,735 m of yarn (yes, over 7 km - it shocked me too). Final dimensions roughly 5 feet wide and 8 feet long.

173Berly
Dec 30, 2022, 11:38pm

>161 MickyFine: Now that's my kind of lazy vacation day!! And now you have a really cool blanket to snuggle under for the next one. Perfect.

174drneutron
Dec 31, 2022, 9:06am

That’s really beautiful! I love all the colors.

175katiekrug
Dec 31, 2022, 10:14am

Well done with the blanket!

176MickyFine
Dec 31, 2022, 11:55am

>173 Berly: It was a pretty great vacation day.

Thank you, Kim, Jim, and Katie for the blanket love. I'm very proud of it.

177richardderus
Dec 31, 2022, 12:03pm

>176 MickyFine: Me too, me too! >172 MickyFine: is gorgeous and practical. What could be better?

178MickyFine
Dec 31, 2022, 12:05pm

What's on the agenda: My phone had a system update yesterday and I didn't realize its new sleep feature included an alarm. 😖 So there was alarm at 5 a.m. and it took me until 7 to settle back to sleep. Slept until 9:30 at least. Mr. Fine is currently working on breakfast and we'll watch church online this morning. I intend to do my December and year-end wrap up here late this morning/ early this afternoon. We'll also pack an overnight bag as we're going to our friends', M&A, for NYE gathering. We're making homemade pizza, there will be board gaming, and then we're sleeping over as driving on NYE night is fun for no one. In between the thread wrap up and our departure, I'm going to try to get some crafting time in but we'll see. Wishing you all a lovely NYE!

What I'm reading: Finished Happy Ever After last night and holding off on starting something new until tomorrow.

What we're watching: Friday afternoon we watched the 30th anniversary special episode of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which was fun.

What we're playing: I picked Calico last night and Mr. Fine won.

179MickyFine
Dec 31, 2022, 12:10pm

>176 MickyFine: Thank you, Richard. *smooch*

180MickyFine
Dec 31, 2022, 2:56pm

Book 114



The Variants #5 - Gail Simone & Phil Noto

In the final issue of the story arc, Jessica Jones goes toe to toe with the version of herself who has been traveling through the multiverse and ruining the lives of other Jessicas.

Not bad as resolutions go but not as much of a showdown as I was anticipating. The creators have fun creating alternate versions of Jessica that are mash-up of her and other Marvel characters but there's little time to truly dig in to all these other Jessicas. That said, our Jessica gets some great development through this series so I'm ultimately glad I read it.

Rating: ***

181MickyFine
Dec 31, 2022, 3:07pm

Book 115



Happy Ever After - Nora Roberts

Parker Brown knows exactly what she wants and has a plan for how to get it. Which is a fantastic skill as the head wedding planner at Vows, the wedding and event company she runs with her three best friends. However, she has no clue what fascination Malcolm Kavanaugh, a local mechanic, holds for her but she can't seem to stop herself from melting when he snags a kiss. Can Malcolm fit into Parker's meticulously ordered life and will Malcolm let Parker in enough to satisfy her desires for a true partner in life?

The final book in a quartet and while I largely enjoyed it, I was a little disappointed. I found Parker's character most interesting (possibly because I am also a meticulous planner) and felt like the conflicts between her and Malcolm in the novel weren't much of anything. Also, the book shows it's age a bit as there's a lot of grabbing and kissing that doesn't feel particularly consensual all the time. Those issues aside, the friendship of the four women who run Vows continues to be the highlight of the series and it is a delight to see all of them get their happy endings.

Rating: ***

182MickyFine
Dec 31, 2022, 3:26pm

December Summary





Numbers in parentheses are for year to date.

Books read: 10 (115)
Books abandoned: 0 (5)

Fiction: 11 (99)
Non-fiction: 0 (16)

Adult: 9 (98)
YA: 0 (12)
Children's: 1 (5)

Library: 7 (92)
Mine: 3 (23)
Borrowed elsewhere: 0 (0)

Canadian author: 1 (13)

Re-reads: 0 (9)

Female authors: 7 (88)
Male authors: 4 (46)
Non-binary authors: 0 (0)

Pages: 2,453 (28,985)
Hours: 0 minutes (2 days, 20 hours, 49 minutes)

Average rating: 3.82

Average time to read a book: 4.2 days

Favourite book(s): All solid reads this month but I'll give the prize to Bella Poldark for wrapping up a 12-book saga in a really satisfying way.

183MickyFine
Dec 31, 2022, 3:33pm

Year Over Year Comparison

My reading trends for the past five years. Some categories were new in 2020 (thanks to the Book Riot reading log) so only three data points for those.

Books Read
2022: 115
2021: 133
2020: 170
2019: 164
2018: 116

Pages Read
2022: 28,985
2021: 32,455
2020: 33,853
2019: 46,462
2018: 35,832

Time Listening
2022: 2 days, 20 hours, 49 minutes
2021: 4 days, 13 hours, 21 minutes
2020: 11 days, 7 hours, 33 minutes

Format Breakdown
2022: 94 print, 10 digital, 11 audio
2021: 98 print, 16 digital, 19 audio
2020: 75 print, 40 digital, 55 audio

Audience Breakdown
2022: 98 adult, 12 YA, 5 children
2021: 100 adult, 31 YA, 2 children
2020: 130 adult, 21 YA, 19 children
2019: 120 adult, 37 YA, 12 children
2018: 92 adult, 20 YA, 2 children

Fiction Books
2022: 99
2021: 110
2020: 109
2019: 133
2018: 101

Non-Fiction Books
2022: 16
2021: 23
2020: 61
2019: 31
2018: 15

Most Read Genre/Topic
2022: Fantasy
2021: Fantasy
2020: Fantasy

Re-reads:
2022: 9
2021: 20
2020: 18
2019: 6
2018: 2

Author Gender Breakdown
2022: 88 female, 46 male
2021: 87 female, 59 male
2020: 102 female, 73 male, 2 other*
2019: 123 female, 49 male
2018: 76 female, 42 male
*other are works authored by institutions/organizations

Owned vs. Borrowed
2022: 92 library, 23 mine, 0 elsewhere
2021: 104 library, 28 mine, 0 elsewhere
2020: 150 library, 20 mine, 0 elsewhere
2019: 121 library, 33 mine, 0 elsewhere
2018: 91 library, 9 mine, 16 elsewhere

Average Time to Read a Book
2022: 4.20 days
2021: 3.89 days
2020: 3.72 days
2019: 2.76 days
2018: 5.12 days

184MickyFine
Dec 31, 2022, 3:52pm

And finally the book meme!

Describe yourself: A Woman of No Importance

Describe how you feel: Adult Assembly Required

Describe where you currently live: The Garden of Small Beginnings

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Troy

Your favorite form of transportation is: Better Late Than Never

Your favorite food is: At Bertram's Hotel

Your favorite time of day is: After the Wedding

Your best friend is: Gallant

You and your friends are: Book Lovers

What’s the weather like: A Closed and Common Orbit

You fear: Flying Too High

What is the best advice you have to give: I Was Told It Would Get Easier

Thought for the day: Am I Overthinking This?

What is life for you: A Likely Story

How you would like to die: Bloodlust & Bonnets

Your soul’s present condition: Seven Stones to Stand or Fall

What was 2022 like for you? All of the Marvels

What do you want from 2023? Happy Ever After

185MickyFine
Dec 31, 2022, 4:04pm

And that's a wrap on 2022. Please join me on my 2023 thread!

186humouress
Dec 31, 2022, 10:05pm

Happy New Year Micky!