Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The best day of the year

Is it wrong for the day after Christmas to be my favorite day of the year?

We had a very good Christmas (and I hope you did, too!) and other than one to-be-expected minor sour note, everything went very well and everyone was in good spirits, but it is always such a relief to have all that stress behind me for another year.

I didn't get many books as presents this year (certainly not necessary since I've read only one of my birthday books yet), but the ones I got look excellent:

Susanna Clarke's The Ladies of Grace Adieu
William Kittredge's The Willow Field
Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise

I strategized my reading for the remainder of the year early last week and realized I was going to make the 75 Books Challenge after all in addition to knocking out great portions of The Brothers Karamazov and the Proust. But I didn't count on not picking up a book--except to wrap or unwrap--from Wednesday on, so it's doubtful now that I manage to finish three books plus great portions of BK and Proust between now and Sunday unless I ignore all the other stuff I'm supposed to do between now and the first of the year.

Our great new find last week:

Bernard, Manny and Fran are hilarious. So hilarious, in fact, that it's like looking into the eye of a duck.


Stefanie said...

Black Books looks like fun. I will have to see if I can find it here. Glad you had a nice Christmas!

SFP said...

Thanks, Stefanie. I'm sorry your kitty was ill.

Netflix has the first two seasons. :)

MLight said...

I love the day after Christmas too. In fact, I love the whole week after. The holiday spirit lingers on (well, as long as you don't fight the after-Christmas crowds in the mall), the traffic is lighter because lots of people are out of town, and the people who are here are much more relaxed. And I suddenly have all this time!

barkingkiten said...

If you haven't read Suite Francaise yet, be prepared...it's a masterpiece. But unless you are brave about crying in public places, be sure you finish it at home.

Barking K

Carl V. said...

Merry belated Christmas to you! You may have not gotten many books but you got some good ones!

Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

Lovely gifts! Merry Christmas!


Anita said...

Okay, so am I reading you write that you are going to have finished 75 books this year. More than one per week!


Don't visit my blog. It's shockingly spartan . . .sigh.

SFP said...

Well, I should finish no. 73 tonight. Whether I make it to 75 depends on which books already in progress I concentrate on for the rest of the week--the short ones or the long one.

I'm glad you're posting again, Anita. Don't worry about how many you read--I had a decade of low numbers--just enjoy the ones you do.

Mlight--it's about time to have some time! I need to get better organized so that the week prior is not as stressful.

BK, I will choose my reading locations carefully. I think SF is the Feb. or the March selection at Readerville, although I don't know if I'll be finished with the Classics Challenge in time to make the discussion.

Merry Christmas, Heather and Carl!

danielle said...

I didn't get many books either, but at least they were the ones I wanted and I have gift cards now, too!! I really want the Nemirovsky book and may break down and buy it, though at this point I should wait until it comes out in paper. I will have to check out Black Books--it is time I updated my Netflix queue. And I totally agree with liking the day after Christmas!! It is nice now to just relax!

Stefanie said...

Thanks Susan.

I am not a member of Netflix but the world seems to be conspiring to make me one!

Dorothy W. said...

Nice list of books -- glad you enjoyed the holiday! I'm impressed with 75, or 73 or 74 or whatever it ends up being. That's a lot.

iliana said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! And, no, best day of the year can certainly be day after Christmas. When all the madness is over :)