Thursday, January 14, 2016

Book list for the rest of December

I posted some of the books that I read in December when I grouped them in with my late October/November list. Here are the rest of the books I read, the stragglers.

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Alison Jay
I always like to find one new Christmas book to look forward to reading during the Advent season. This year, this one was a delightful find. The couple on the front cover is featured throughout the book as the song/poem progresses through its familiar lines. The artwork captures much joy, delight and romantic love. A fresh rendering of an old favorite.

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson, illustrated by Garth Williams
We started to read this aloud last year during Advent but didn't make it very far. So this December, we started over and managed to finish it the first week of January. We enjoyed seeing the change in Armand, the old tramp as he interacted and cared for the Calcet children and family. A short, but sweet book to read aloud together.

Waiting on the Word by Malcolm Guite
A treat for myself that I bought in November to read through the Advent and Christmas season. I follow Malcolm Guite on Facebook so I knew the quality of poetry he writes. What I did not expect, although I should have, was the quality of the poem commentary he provides in this book which contains both his own original poems and other poets. So much rich theological and literary content, it was a perfect blend. I will be reading this again and again as well as getting his other books for other times of the year.

And finally, this special photo book that Shane assembled for me as a Christmas gift. He hand-picked every photo and arranged them to his liking. I'm sure it must have taken him many late nights since he worked in secret. It came out so nice. I have loved looking through it many times already.

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