Me: Confession time.
Aurelia: Let’s hear it.
Me: I have not been blogging because I have been reading.
Aurelia: I noticed.
Me: The entire Maximum Ride series.
Aurelia: I noticed that too.
Me: And also because I have been immersing myself in the three levels of Christmas time book shopping.
Aurelia: I wasn’t aware there were three levels.
Me: Of course there are. First there’s the pre-Christmas book shopping, i.e. buying books while one is supposed to be shopping for someone else (nasty habit—also irresistible). This year I bought Forged in Fire by Ann Turnbull, The Eunuch’s Heir by Elaine Isaak, Dating Ophelia by Lisa Fieder, and A Sweet Disorder by Jacqueline Kolosov (though I’m afraid UPS has lost this one because it STILL hasn’t arrived).
Aurelia: Poor you.
Me: Umm . . .
Aurelia: And the second level of Christmas book shopping?
Me: That would be gift card shopping!
Aurelia: You sound a little too excited about this.
Aurelia: Go ahead. Reel them off. I can tell you’re dying to.
Me: That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake, A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer, At the House of the Magician, By Royal Command, and The Betrayal by Mary Hooper, and Cast in Chaos by Michelle Sagara.
Aurelia: And that wasn’t enough for you?
Me: Well, some books weren’t in the bookstore and I had to re-order something from Amazon anyway .
Aurelia: So . . .
Me: So I also purchased A Time to Dance by Karen Stickler Dean and Spyglass and Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder.
Aurelia: Why do I have a feeling I haven’t heard everything yet.
Me: Maybe because I ordered some books from the library?
Aurelia: Of course.
Me: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner, Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Envy by Anna Godbersen . . .
Aurelia: And . . .
Me: Once a Witch by Carolyn McCullough.
Aurelia: Guilt is just pointless right now; isn’t it?
So readers, what are your holiday books?