My daughter’s Christmas calendar tells me that there are just 7 more sleeps ’til Christmas… am I ready? Nope! LOL. I love Christmas time… but there’s so much preparation that goes into it, and then you blink, and it’s all over. 😦
I’ve got the majority of my shopping done, but still have a couple of more things to get. Everything I’ve bought, so far, is wrapped and either hidden somewhere (my kids’ gifts), or under the tree, awaiting family gatherings to be delivered to the appropriate people. It was nice to actually get some good gifts for people, this year, thanks to both hubby & I working full-time! I’m sooooo excited about some of the things I’ll be giving to family — they’re gonna be thrilled! 😀
Of course, amidst all of the shopping for others, I had to get a couple of books for myself. Merry Christmas to me! 😛 In my online order, the other night, I added “Illuminated” by Erica Orloff, and “Kiss Crush Collide” by Christina Meredith… and I can’t wait ’til they get here!
ILLUMINATED by Erica Orloff ~ An epic romance full of mysteries that transcend time—fans of Romeo and Juliet and The Time Traveler’s Wife will rejoice!
Some loves are not made to last . . . Like Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard were doomed from the start, and their romance was destined to pass into history. Yet when sixteen-year-old Callie Martin discovers a diary hidden within an antique book, their story—and hers—takes on another life. For the diary leads Callie to the brilliant and handsome August, who is just as mysterious as the secret the diary hides. Their attraction is undeniable. As the two hunt down the truth behind the diary—and that of Heloise and Abelard’s ancient romance—their romance becomes all-consuming. But Callie knows it can’t last . . . love never does. Will their love that burns as bright as a shooting star flame out, or will these star-crossed lovers be able to defy history?
KISS CRUSH COLLIDE by Christina Meredith ~ Leah has the life most high school girls would kill for—popularity, glowing grades, a rich, athletic boyfriend. So why does she feel like she can’t breathe? And why can’t she stop thinking about the boy from the country club? The one who isn’t her boyfriend, the one that her mother would never, ever approve of, the one that her perfect older sisters would never, ever look at twice. The one who is always looking back at her. Irresistible attraction, smoldering glances, the bad boy and the good girl—Kiss Crush Collide has everything that a steamy forbidden romance should, and then some.
With graceful and honest writing and an electric love story, this is a book about growing into your own skin. For fans of Perfect Chemistry, Sarah Dessen, and John Green.
Both of these sounded sooooo good, I just couldn’t help but buy myself copies of them! I found “Kiss Crush Collide” on a fellow blogger’s site, and “Illuminated” on GoodReads.com (while looking up the other book!). 😉
I am currently reading “A Lasting Impression” by Tamera Alexander, and — as per usual, with this author — have been sucked right in, and don’t want to put the book down! LOL. I’ve been staying up too late at night, not able to finish “just one more chapter“, and am really looking forward to my day off, this coming Wednesday, when I can just sit and read for several hours. 😉
Next up, I’ll be reading “The Resolution for Women” by Priscilla Shirer. I’d bought myself a copy of this book a few months back, after finding the book trailer for it online and being very impressed by it! It sounds like the perfect book to start off the new year with! (resolutions, and all that). Then, the other day, one of the blog-tour companies I review for had this book come up for review — along with its counterparts: “Courageous Living” by Michael Catt and “The Resolution for Men” by Randy Alcorn & Stephen Kendrick. I’m excited, ’cause this will give me the motivation I needed to get the book (“The Resolution for Women“) read sooner than it might’ve otherwise. And, my mom has agreed to read the other book(s), as she was really wanting to read “Courageous Living“. I’ll have both of our reviews posted here on my blog in early January.
Next Sunday’s post will be Christmas Day, so I pray all of my readers will have a stress-free week leading up to Christmas, and that you’ll be able to get everything done that you need to, without feeling overwhelmed. 😉
((PS… I was just informed — by WordPress — that this is my 1600th blog post! Wow!))