Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sunday Post #75 Luminaries and Snow



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey

It's a crisp, clear Saturday morning and it's hard to believe Christmas is this week. Where has December gone? I actually am looking forward to a white Christmas, although it can make traveling difficult. But it wouldn't be the same for me without snowflakes drifting down and the hush of new fallen snow. When I was growing up we used to have luminaries all through the neighborhood- everyone would get paper bags filled with sand and a candle and line them up along the driveways and along the road. On Christmas Eve they would be lit and it really made the evening special. Do you have a holiday tradition that you especially cherish? 

didn't read much last week but I have been planning my reads for January.  I have a few challenges in place so I'll be reading lots of vintage science fiction and mysteries in January. 

This past week I had a discussion post on my favorite Game of Thrones characters- stop by and let me know your favorites. I focused more on the secondary characters as I thought it would be fun to explore those a bit. I also had two reviews this week and have a few in the works for between now and New Years. 

I also joined tsu this past week and am enjoying it so far- it's like Facebook but all my friends are book bloggers. It's invite only so feel free to join or add me as a friend- I'm at BookHaven.  

I hope everyone has a great Christmas and a happy New Year! 

LAST WEEK

Discussion Post: Favorite Game of Thrones Characters

Review: Mistletoe and Murder- a fun, easy Christmas cozy. 

THIS WEEK

Tuesday: Best of 2014

NEW ARRIVALS

AROUN THE BLOGOSPHERE:

Read Read Read reviews My True Love Gave To Me. It's a great looking holiday anthology. 

The Hiding Spot posts her favorite YA reads of 2014- broken down by genre. A great list. And definitely check out her Best of Show post.   

The Avengers sing Christmas carols- sort of. I first saw this over at Bea's Book Nook



Last week I talked a little bit about about Marvel changing their publishing to reflect the movies. Karen over at Bronze Age Babies had some thoughts on this as well. 

Here's what happens when a TIE fighter breaks down on the highway, I guess. 



This is awesome- the Lord of the Rings mythology explained in 4 minutes. Don't want to read the Silmarillion- watch this! 



Over at fantasy artist Michael Whelan's site you can get a print of Dragonsbane FREE if you order one of his Brandon Sanderson prints (he does the cover art for Brandon Sanderson's books). So if you're a fan of those cover you may want to check his site out. Oh, and the quality and breadth of images on his site is just stunning, if you've never been there. 

Here's a clip from one of my favorite Christmas movies. As we get closer to the holiday I always am in the mood for this- it just has the perfect mix of humor and music. Happy holidays! 



And here is my last Peanuts Christmas of the year- I hope you've enjoyed these as much as I have. Merry christmas! 

35 comments:

  1. I love the videos you posted this week. I hadn't see a few and that LOTR one is a big help. The Silmarillion is so boring to me. I just can't make it through that book!! I love watching holiday shows. Right now I am watching Christmas Vacation!

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    1. Christmas Vacation, fun! I love holiday movis this time of year. And yes the Silmarillion is a tough slog- I read it once and don't plan on doing that again. I love that world, but it's too much... :)

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  2. Those videos are great, thanks for sharing, I shared the one with the Avengers ! Happy holidays ;)

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    1. You too, hope your holidays are fabulous!

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  3. Trust in me, I'm lying looks fantastic, I need that book! And I love Danny Kaye movies, they always make me feel goofy and happy :) Have a great Christmas Greg.

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    1. I think it looks good too, I keep thinking I'll read it next and something else comes up. Soon! :) I've heard it;s good. I agree about Danny Kaye, I like him in that movie and it wouldn't have been the same without him. That movie is like comfort watching for me. Merry Christmas!

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  4. Great post, loved the Marvels singing Christmas carols..lol I love that Christmas movie too! :)

    Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!
    Stormi
    Week In Review

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    1. I liked that too, it was funny. White Christmas is a favorite of mine this time of year. You have a merry Christmas too Stormi! :)

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  5. Looks like we'll be having a rainy Christmas here. My favorite Christmas weather is when we get a dusting of snow, just enough to put everyone in a holiday mood, but not so much that it interferes with travel.

    Have a great week and enjoy the holidays.

    My recap: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/12/weekly-book-recap-91.html

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  6. It's going to rain on Christmas eve in NJ so no white Christmas for us and I am super jealous ;)

    Love the peanuts videos, I listen to it when I am writing your comment :)

    I haven't seen that Christmas Movie and I love those kinds of movies. I might have to now look it up :)

    Have a very Merry Christmas Greg! I do hope Santa brings you everything you want this year!

    Have a great week!!!

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    1. Aw, well I hope you get a little snow anyway (if you want it, that is). :)

      The movie is White Christmas, and I just discovered it a few years ago. I like old movies, but for some reason had never seen that one. I liked it right away and it's a fave now. :)

      Merry christmas to you too!!

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  7. White Christmas is my all time favorite Christmas movie. I watched it yesterday while finishing up my Christmas cards. Bing Crosby singing White Christmas gets me every time...

    Terri M., the Director
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    1. Mine too. All four leads are perfect in this movie, I think. I love when they go to Vermont and when they're on the train, and of course the numbers are great. And I agree about the song at the end...

      Have a merry Christmas!

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  8. I just joined Tsu, but haven't done much there...Hope to explore it later, but I'm worried that here is another place where I spend too much time...LOL.

    Enjoy the holidays, and I hope you do get your snow; just enough to give you the ambience you seek. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. I was a little ambivalent too, and I think the monetary part of it is gimmicky... but it seems nice in the sense that it's like facebook for bloggers. :) So I'm going to play with it bit and see.

      Have a great holiday!

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  9. We're going to be watching our Christmas favorites this week. :) Christmas Revels looks good. I'll have to add that to the TBR. Stand back in case it tumbles. lol I hope you have a fantastic holiday! :)

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    1. You as well... it's a good week for last minute christmas watching I think. Have a great holiday!

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  10. It sounds like we're getting a wet, messy Christmas here.

    I just joined TSU, too. I'm finding my way around and just sent you a friend request :)

    I hope you have a great week and Merry Christmas!

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    1. You too, merry Christmas! I'll head over to tsu now, it's kinda fun so far. We're supposed to get snow here for Christmas...

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  11. I hope you'll get a white christmas! Here it's very stormy and I don't think we're getting snow anytime soon. Your holiday tradition with the luminaries sounds very magical, it must be amazing to see all those candles lit. When I was little my mom used to take a detour when driving to go throguh streets filled with lights, it was always fun and magical to see.

    I really like Tsu so far, especially as most of my friends are fellow book bloggers or authors.

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    1. Tsu is interesting, it's nice to see so many bloggers there. I hope we get a white too, we're supposed to get some so that would be nice.

      Hope you have a great week, and happy holidays!

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  12. I posted a video of animals singing Jingle Bells. LOL Last night I watched White Christmas and got in the mood.
    I just started TSU but haven't done much. Trying to figure out how it works. Been so long since I was on Facebook.

    Have aM<erry Christmas!

    My Sunday Post - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/12/21/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-90-and-the-sunday-post/

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    1. I saw that, very nice. White christmas always get me in the mood for the holidays, too. Tsu is so much like facebook, minus all the old high school friends' updates stuff. :)

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  13. I have not checked out TSU yet. I really enjoyed Trust Me, I'm Lying and I think you will too. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    1. Tsu is kinda neat, not sure if it will last and the monetary part of it is gimmicky to my mind (you're not going to make much LOL) but so far my friends are all bloggers, and that's kinda nice. Like Facebook for the blogging crowd I guess. :)

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  14. Danny Kaye is one of my favorite actors. Haven't seen him dancing before a la Astaire.

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  15. the luminaries sound beautiful! I've always been home for Christmas and it's usually a sweltering, beach, pool or aircon kind of day, you'd probably hate it lol. Great videos, I liked the Avengers 'singing' more than the Star Trek one I saw somewhere haha. Have a joyous Christmas and a safe, healthy and happy holiday break.

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  16. I can do without snow until my company arrives. My guest is a winter-driving wimp. Come see my week here if you get a chance. Happy holidays!

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  17. What a wonderful idea that was - the luminaries - would add such a sense of wonder to this time of year. I am holding back on tsu, I see many bloggers (book) signing up for it, but hanging back.

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  18. The Avengers is so cute. Haha! I think I need to share that :) Have a great week babe ♥

    WeeklyWrap@EverythingNyze

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  19. I love that Silmarillion clip! I may have to reference this every once and a while to refresh myself. I read The Silmarillion once and thought it was good but not like LOTR or The Hobbit, which are amazing! :) I have managed though to forget a lot about The Silmarillion, which in my opinion is unsurprising considering there's so much to remember. ;)
    White Christmas is one of my favorite if not my favorite Christmas movies! In my opinion much better than Holiday Inn, which it's based off of I guess. Most people prefer Holiday Inn but I get so frustrated with it because I just feel like all of the characters are basically jerks. It still has great moments though. :)

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    1. I agree about the Silmarillion. I read it and while I enjoyed the depth of it (amazing!), it didn't grab me like the Third Age stuff.

      I love White Christmas! It's my favorite Christmas movie and I never get tired of it. I much prefer it over Holiday inn, and I think your assessment of the characters in that one is spot on. :)

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  20. I always enjoy all the links you add, Greg! So much fun to explore. And I love snow at Christmas, too. I try not to wish too hard since so many people travel...LOL. But on Christmas day it would be wonderful!

    We've done luminaries in some of the neighborhoods we've lived in through the years and they're always so lovely. When I was growing up we always had a party on Christmas Eve at our house with Dad's side of the family. We all had presents for each other and it was so much fun...especially as a child.

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  21. I've also joined TSU too, I will friend you there. I like it that all my friends are book bloggers too.
    I hope you enjoy your Christmas Greg!
    Cheers,
    Sharon

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  22. The weather has been strange here in California - cold but sunny some days, raining on others. Everyone has been talking about TSU so I need to check it out. I love the Avengers video and I hope you have have a great Christmas!!

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