Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy during the holiday season.
It’s been really encouraging this week to see news about our medical personnel having access to the new COVID-19 vaccine, but we likely have several more months before it becomes available for the general public. So be sure to continue social distancing, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and (as much as possible) please try to stay at home.
This week has been a pretty busy one, as I’ve been continuing my preparations for Christmas. I’ve made a total of three kinds of Christmas cookies (and will be making a fourth this afternoon), plus holiday pretzels, and Oreo truffles. It’s been a lot of work in the kitchen, but it has definitely been worth it!
I’ve also been watching a ridiculous number of Christmas movies and holiday specials since the first of December, and I’ve managed to complete my Christmas shopping and wrap all of this year’s gifts.
But despite my need to keep busy, I’ve still made time to read by the light of my Christmas tree each evening. It’s been one of the most relaxing and enjoyable parts of my day, and I’ve had the opportunity to read some fantastic books (which I’m looking forward to sharing with you in the near future)!
Mum was able to come home from the hospital on Thursday afternoon, and is continuing to recover from her recent surgery. She is very happy to be out of the hospital! According to her doctor, the post-surgery MRI looked good. She is still having a significant amount of aphasia, which is making communication very difficult for her, as well as some confusion about how to complete various tasks. We’re hoping that some of this will subside as the swelling continues to decrease, but we don’t know for sure if it will.
If you are willing, we would greatly appreciate it if you would keep her in your thoughts and prayers this week. Thanks!
This week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update is focused on the prompt “a book with a bird on the cover.” The book I chose to read for this prompt was The Little Book of Liz Climo, by Liz Climo. If you’d like to learn more about this adorable collection of cartoons, please check out my Week Eleven update.
As I was browsing my home library in preparation for writing this post, I came to the realization that I really don’t own many books that have birds on their covers. I’m not really sure why that is, but I found it interesting nonetheless.
If you’re currently looking for a book to fulfill this prompt, here are some of my suggestions…
- Odin’s Ravens (K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr) — This is the second book in The Blackwell Pages trilogy, which begins with Loki’s Wolves.
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Richard Atwater)
- The Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins) — This trilogy includes the following books:
- The Hunger Games
- Catching Fire
- The Ballad of Songbird and Snakes (Suzanne Collins)
- Let the Dead Sleep (Heather Graham) — This is the first book in Graham’s Cafferty and Quinn series.
- Rose Daughter (Robin McKinley)
- Spindle’s End (Robin McKinley)
- Uprooted (Naomi Novik)
- Black Bird (Kanoko Sakurakoji) — This 18-volume shōjo manga series will definitely appeal to fans of paranormal romance.
We’re just about to enter the last full week of this year’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge! If you are currently participating in the challenge yourself, I hope that you are continuing to have a wonderful time and that you’re not feeling stressed out by your remaining prompts.
I’ve had a lot of fun with this year’s challenge, and I’ve especially enjoyed having the opportunity to share so many great titles with you all over the past 51 weeks. As I mentioned last Saturday, today’s post is my final prompt-focused update for the year. However, I hope you will join me here on The Unapologetic Bookworm next Saturday for one last 2020 Reading Challenge update, during which I will finally reveal my decision regarding the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.
In the meantime, please be sure to stop by frequently next week for book reviews and a special Christmas Eve post.