Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I plan on spending tonight much like I spend every night (wow, the Brain just popped into my head) reading a couple of good books!

I don't know how much (or how little) I'll be blogging over the holiday weekend. I know I have three or four books I *need* to review this weekend--William S. and The Great Escape by Zilpha Keatley Synder, Lucky Breaks by Susan Patron, and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick. (Yes, I know I said four. I am over halfway finished with another Richard Paul Evans Christmas book. If I finish it tonight, I *may* pop in tomorrow with a quick review. It just seems a bit sad to review a Christmas book after Christmas. Though that may just be me.)

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Miss Remmers 3:55 PM  

Merry Christmas Becky! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Anonymous,  3:58 PM  

Happy Holidays! :)

Amy 4:46 PM  

Merry Christmas Becky!

Suko 4:46 PM  

Merry Christmas, Becky!

Robin of My Two Blessings 5:05 PM  

Merry Christmas Becky!

Amanda 6:29 PM  

Merry, Merry Christmas Becky!! Enjoy your reading and your family :)

Anonymous,  11:11 PM  

Merry Christmas, Becky! I hope you have a lovely time with your family, and lots of wonderful, cosy books to enjoy! L.

Popular Reads! 11:45 PM  

I just found your blog. It's sweet!

Carl V. 1:07 AM  

Merry Christmas Becky. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Chris 7:06 PM  

Merry Christmas my dear Becky :D

DesLily 6:23 AM  

I hope your holidays are filled with fun and laughter and good health!

Nymeth 6:35 AM  

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Becky :)

Anna 12:49 PM  

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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Kailana 12:25 PM  

Merry Christmas!

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