This Week’s Topic: New To Me Authors I Read in 2020
V.E. Schwab- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue- This book ruined me in the best way possible. I absolutely loved it.
RK Phillips- Complications of Pi- I’ve known the author for a few years now. She just recently published her first book. I was so proud of her. I’m honored that I got to read her very first book.
Carolyn Brown- The Ladies’ Room- Somebody very important to me wanted me to read this book. I’m glad that she talked me into it now.
Jennifer Cruise- Agnes and the Hitman- The same important person wanted me to read this book as well. It is downright comical. I loved it dearly.
Darynda Jones- A Bad Day for Sunshine- I’ve been wanting to read this author for awhile. I still need to read her one series. This book was amazing. I’m so glad I got to read it.
Krys Fenner- The Dark Road Series- I met this author in 2019. I am so glad that I got to read her work. She’s an amazing writer.
Holly Jackson- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder- I was introduced to this author and book because a person wanted to buddy read it with me. They wound up ghosting me midway through the book. It’s okay though. I really enjoyed the book. I am excited to see that it has a sequel coming out.
Kate Quinn- The Huntress- Another author that I really wanted to read for a long time.
Sherilyn Kenyon- Night Pleasures- Was given the book as a gift. Never heard of the series or the author before. Really enjoyed it.
Tilly Greene- Highland Heat- I’ve been familiar with this author for a very long time. I’ve actually had the honor to meet her. She’s so beautiful. Inside and out. I was afraid to read her books because I was afraid they wouldn’t be for me. I did enjoy it though and look forward to reading more.
People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd: I was almost done with this but wound up setting it down for some reason and then never picked it back up. I’ll probably start it all over again in all honesty.
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson: I had this on my list to read. I just didn’t get around to it. I even bought an audiobook to listen to it. I’ll get to it. It’s still on my list.
Prisoners of History by Keith Lowe: I’m not sure the reason I never got to this. I know it was on my list because I got a review copy to read it. It looks like it will be a great and very educational read.
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell: This book was a book club book for November of last year. I think. I wound up not really reading that much in November so I never really got to it.
In The Lion’s Den by Barbara Taylor Bradford: This is a sequel to a book I read awhile back. I won a copy of the sequel a long time ago. The release date has been pushed back a few times because of Covid. I still wound up not being able to get to it somehow.
More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn: This is another book that I was really excited to read. I’m very disappointed with myself that I never got around to reading. I hope to read it really soon.
Diamond City by Francesca Flores: I can’t say why I didn’t read it when planned. I did check out an audiobook from the library. I’m hoping that gives me the push I need to get it read.
The Escape Room by Megan Goldin: This is a book I was curious about. I think I was kind of afraid to read it . Not really sure why. I’ll read it soon. In all actuality.
Topic I Chose: Top Ten Christmas Traditions Around The World
People in Iceland will often exchange books on Christmas Eve, then spend the rest of the night reading them and eating chocolate. The tradition is part of a season called Jolabokaflod, or “The Christmas Book Flood.” As a result, Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country selling most of them between September and November.
Mistletoe was held sacred by the Norse, the Celtic Druids, and Native American Indians, because it remains green and bears fruit during the winter when other plants seem to die. Druids thought the plant had the power to cure infertility and nervous diseases, and to ward off evil.
According to old English folk tales, the Devil died when Jesus was born. So some developed a Christmas Eve traditions of ringing the church bells near midnight to announce the Devil’s demise. In England, this custom was called tolling or ringing “the Devil’s knell.”
In Peru, December 24th, which is known as La Noche Buena (“the Good Night”), is the main day for celebrations. After mass, families go home to feast, open gifts, and toast each other at midnight. The most important decorations are pesebre- Nativity scenes intricately carved from wood or stone. Gifts are spread around the manger rather than a tree, and it’s considered lucky to be the one chosen to put the figurine of baby Jesus into the manger on Christmas Eve.
Roast turkey didn’t appear consistently on Christmas Day menus until 1851, when it replaced roast swan as the favorite dish of Royal courts.
“Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” originally written in Latin in the 17th century, has been attributed to King John IV of Portugal. One of the most popular American songs in the world, “Jingle Bells” wasn’t intended to be a Christmas carol at all. Composed in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont, the tune was actually written for Thanksgiving, and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh.” Although Pierpont was the organist and music direct at a Unitarian Church in Savannah (where his brother was the minister), the song is decidedly secular. It was often used as a drinking song, with revelers jingling the ice in their glasses as they sang.
Spider webs are common Christmas tree decorations in Poland because, according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. Many Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity.
Bolivians celebrate Misa del Gallo (“Mass of the Rooster”) on Christmas Eve, with people bringing roosters to midnight mass to symbolize the belief that a rooster was the first animal to announce the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christmas cards, which originated in England, were first sent in the 1840s.
Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas an official holiday, in 1836. It wasn’t declared a national holiday in the United States until 1870.