For all those who celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a lovely holiday! I certainly did. I drove up to Maine in the rain on December 23rd with my sister and brother-in-law and spent a lovely week and a half with my parents.
I ate my share of cookies, played lots of board games with the family, and on the Monday after Christmas, we took a day trip down to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. It was very cold but clear, which is why we had chosen that day. (Tuesday and Wednesday were forecasted – correctly – to be snowy.) The below picture is from the Wonderland trail on the “quiet side” of the island (though in the winter, the whole island is pretty quiet).
I also received quite a few books for Christmas, which was of course delightful. (It is true that I had composed my Christmas wishlist with not much else than books.)
I read all three of the above books on Christmas day:
Cat Getting Out of Bag and Other Observations: A Cat Book – by Jeffrey Brown
The Arrival – Shaun Tan
Delta Deep Down: Photographs by Jane Rule Burdine
The 40s: The Story of a Decade – a compilation of works written for the New Yorker in the 40s
The Wilderness Reader – compilation of twenty-six writings by conservationists, edited by Frank Bergon (gift from my uncle, who is a retired interpreter from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service.)
Spice & Wolf Vol. 1 by Isuna Hasekura
kira-kira by Cynthia Kadohata
While in Maine, we stopped in a Goodwill store and I found a few books that caught my eye:
Every Man Dies Alone – Hans Fallada (in very good condition)
Two Under the Indian Sun – Jon and Rumer Godden
Moonraker’s Bride – Madeleine Brent (While living with my aunt one summer as a teenager, I devoured several of Brent’s gothic romances. This book and another were my favorites at the time. It will be interesting to see how it holds up. In the intervening years, I discovered that Brent was actually a pseudonym for an author named Peter O’Donnell)