FF: Christmas Letters

Kel Claims the Limelight Again

Yes.  I like receiving Christmas letters.  I’ve “met” many of my friends’ kids that way, and have enjoyed “watching” them grow up.   Sure, there are Christmas letters I don’t enjoy.  The thinly veiled advertisements that some of my writer friends send aren’t appreciated.  The occasional clueless brag still happens.  But usually these annual updates are well-balanced and amusing.

Jim and I send out our own Christmas letter.  I used to write handwritten notes.  Then in one year my dad, grandfather, and several beloved pets all died.  I realized I’d slit my wrists if I had to keep writing that over and over again.  So I started a Christmas letter, and now enjoy the challenge of squeezing a year down to a single page.  And I still write personal notes.

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.

The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Audiobook

Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper.

In Progress:

The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Audiobook.

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper.


Christmas letters.  See above.  I like having them in print, so I can cuddle up on the sofa with a cuppa and savor.

6 Responses to “FF: Christmas Letters”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I just finished reading Od Magic by Patricia A. McKillip. It was good! I enjoyed her writing. The sentences were delightful and her descriptions were so vivid that I could visualize all the people, places and things. My library also has Cygnet, so I plan to read it next. Thanks for the recommendation!

    I am still reading Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson. A chapter per night is about all I can manage.

    I just started The Invasion of Heaven, (The Newirth Mythology #1) by Michael Koep. I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. It is listed as a fantasy. So far it is kinda spooky and creepy.

    I also just started The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton. He writes BIG books. This one is 1273 pages, so I will be reading it for a while.

    Thanks for your blogs! I really enjoy them and get lots of good ideas of new things to read! Merry Christmas!

    • janelindskold Says:

      I really enjoy your responses. I’m glad you enjoyed Od Magic. I hope you enjoy The Sorceress and the Cygent and the Cygnet and the Firebird, which is what I am guessing “Cygnet” may be!

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Still reading the “Laundry Files” series by Charles Stross. Recently finished book 5.

    Taking a break from that to read “Snipers” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. She uses the term to mean any apparently random shooter. It’s a book about a shooter from the future who travels to 1913 and kills some people, the 1913 cop hunting him, and the people in the present (2005) who are researching what actually happened. To say more would be to spoil it, because part of of the story is discovering stuff on your own as you read it. It’s not a quick read, but it’s interesting.

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    Finished that Current Archaeology number that I picked up a couple of weeks ago: pretty well done, I’ll have to keep an eye out for it. The focus is on British sites or workers, so it might be rather narrow for some tastes, but I’d say that the writers have a better grasp of the field than seems typical for Archaeology.

    The highlight was an article on Stonehenge. Some may have seen the Nova program on Mike Parker-Pearson and his team’s work there and at Durrington Walls [it was on PBS last night] This article takes that investigation a step further: isotope analysis of the cremated remains he reexcavated from Aubrey hole 7. Without going into details, it appears that some of the individuals in that collection of remains not only lived in the area of Wales where the bluestones were quarried, but died and were cremated there [yup, they can tell that too]. So it appears that the people who brought those stones to Salisbury plain brought some of their ancestors as well. The plot on that monument gets thicker every time somebody does new research.

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