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text 2017-05-25 06:01
Part 3: What's On Your Library Wishlist?
Daughters of the Moon, Volume 2 - Lynne Ewing
The Countess - Lynsay Sands
The Blades of the Rose Bundle: Warrior, Scoundrel, Rebel, & Stranger - Zoe Archer
Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris
Crazy Love - Candace Gold
Kissing Santa Claus - Donna Kauffman,HelenKay Dimon
1,000-Year Voyage - John Russell Fearn
Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored - Mary Gabriel
The Misenchanted Sword: A Legend of Ethshar - Lawrence Watt-Evans

Still updating my shelves to reflect and to work thru the wishlist.  Any recommendations to immediately read anything currently borrow-able?


(Backfiring as a way to clean up some reading lists because I stupidly keep glancing at the "also enjoyed" and adding more to the TBR but working to remind me I wanted to read something or continue some series.)

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review 2017-03-13 01:53
Book 5/100: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus - L. Frank Baum

When I was young, the toy-mation movie adaptation of this book was one of my favorite Christmas movies ever. It still is, although I don't watch it with the regularity of, say Muppet Christmas Carol. It was always a bit obscure -- it was not played every year like Rudolph or Frosty, and a lot of people had never seen it. I was thrilled to finally find it on VHS and later on DVD so that I can enjoy it for every Christmas and share it with my own kid(s) someday.

All of that preamble is to say that it was impossible for me to read this without my perception being clouded by nostalgia. Because the movie actually follows the book very well, reading the book was like seeing the movie in my mind once again -- and we've already established that I love the movie. Objectively speaking, if I read this without the context of my fondness for it, it may have felt a little like one of those books that was just one thing happening after the other without a really clear through-line. On the other hand, the prose was very often quite beautiful and it was easy to get swept away in the magic of the setting and the nostalgia of a Christmas origin story. I do think it's a pity that this is not as well known as Baum's Oz books, because I found it to be just as magical (although, like the Oz books, it did get a little clunky at the end.)

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review 2016-07-25 09:30
Falling for Santa Claus (C.J. Anthony)
Falling for Santa Claus - C. J. Anthony

3.5 stars

This is the third Christmas in July collection from Dreamspinner Press, and despite the same rating I've given with Counting Fence Posts, but I can say that this was my favorite so far.

My biggest issue and why I couldn't give it higher was because of the romance. I couldn't help feeling that Jack and Nick hooking up was caused simply because they were the only two gay men at Great Falls. I couldn't feel the chemistry between them. Something lacking to make me believe that Jack and Nick truly fall with one another. Maybe because Nick was mysterious to me, even until the very end.

I love grumpy characters, I really do. But Nick was bordering a little rude to Jack. And I couldn't really understand his rudeness. Yes, he said he thought Jack was going to leave, so he didn't see the reason for them starting relationship of short. But hey, what about friendship? He could start with that, no?

APART from that, I loved the story. I loved the town and its people. I thought Anthony has written a very good small town and its quirks, and also painting a fabulous feel of Christmas. I also loved Jack's narration. I loved the fact that he was a 40+ years old character. I will say this, we need more people above 40 years old too :).

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review 2016-04-07 00:00
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus - J.T. Marie 3.5 Stars.

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review 2015-12-27 00:00
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus - J.T. Marie

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Daddy, Papa and maybe Santa ??
It's good to see two kids growing up with such great role-models!!

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