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.


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

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

    Netflix has the first two seasons. :)

  3. 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!

  4. barkingkiten3:13 PM

    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

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

  6. Lovely gifts! Merry Christmas!


  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. Thanks Susan.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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 :)


"I don't believe in ghosts, but I see them all the time."

Sherman Alexie cancels book tour for memoir about his mother.