I haven't put in an appearance here in the Sunday Salon for several weeks now. And I really don't have any business taking up everybody's time today, since my reading has been confined to the Book World section of the Washington Post (very nice review by Michael Dirda, of small presses that publish fantasy, mystery, and horror books). And a lot of blogs, of course.
The entire month of December has been almost bookless for me. In fact, I don't think I've finished a single book this month – although I've got several going at the moment. And this remarkable dry spell has mostly been caused by the fact that I've been doing so much Christmasing, I just haven't been able to settle down long enough to get a lot of reading done. With all these Christmas movies to watch on the tube, and several Christmas jigsaw puzzles to put together, the printed page has been getting short shrift around here lately.
But as soon as all the holiday turmoil subsides, I fully intend to get back to reading up a storm. And to spur me along, I've been joining reading challenges right and left. In fact, if there's a competition for getting oneself involved in the most challenges, I could probably compete. I'm already signed up for nine or ten of them, and there are at least three or four more that look really tempting.
Didn't I say something about cutting back on reading challenges in 2009? Hmmmm. No, that obviously must have been some other, much more sensible blogger.
So, I'll let everybody get back to their real reading, and I'll get back to my Christmas flicks. Still haven't watched Prancer or The Man Who Came to Dinner or How the Grinch Stole Christmas yet.
But I've got Rita Mae Brown's new Mrs. Murphy mystery, Santa Clawed, coming from Amazon probably tomorrow, and I'm eagerly awaiting it. So I might still get in some reading before the holidays are gone. Just in time to end that dry spell.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Sunday Saloners everywhere!