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Weekly Wrap-Up (44)

Hey all, Dani here.

Hello and Merry Christmas! I’ve already fulfilled all of my familial obligations for the day, so I’m going to spend the rest of my time relaxing, reading, and watching some stuff (probably going to introduce Damian to “Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather,” so that should be fun.

Also, hey, this is apparently the 800th post that I have written on this blog. Wow, 800 posts in four years; that’s pretty impressive. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up my blogging momentum in 2020.

Anyway, welcome back to my weekly post where I talk about what we’ve done, watched, read, and anything else I want to mention from the past week. One of the important events from the past week is that we went to our local animal shelter to participate in their “Foster for the Holidays” program. We went in to bring home a single dog for the holidays but apparently the only dog our dog would tolerate happened to be one-half of a bonded pair of sisters, so then we met the other dog and that went okay too…so we brought home two extra dogs for a week of naps and cuddles on the couch and walks. All three dogs got delicious gristle covered bones for Christmas, and it has been an interesting experience. I’ll just give you a couple of the many many photos I’ve taken of our foster dogs over the past five days. They’ll be going back to the shelter either tomorrow or Friday, but we can say that we would definitely consider fostering again. I’m sure our dog is ready to be the only one vying for attention again, though.

The other important event from the past week is that on Dec 22nd, Damian and I celebrated our two year engagement anniversary, so we did almost a repeat of our engagement day by going to the Columbus Zoo for Wildlights. It was a nice day.

First up, let’s talk watches. Obviously we are all caught up on “The Mandalorian” on Disney+ and are waiting for the first season finale, which is coming on Friday. We also decided to do a Star Wars marathon before going to see Episode IX, so we have watched “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones,” “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” “Star Wars: Rogue One,” “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,” “Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi,” “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi,” and “Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.”

I also decided to try and watch some of Season 4 of “The Magicians,” because that recently dropped on Netflix. It’s the only season I don’t own on DVD, but it is a show I really enjoy. And I think today we’ll be starting to watch Season 1 of “The Witcher,” so we’re both really looking forward to that.

Next, hey, it’s time to talk about everything that I’ve read in the last week. I started this particular week off by reading Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins: Series 2, Issue #4 by Matthew Mercer, Jody Houser, Olivia Samson, Msassyk, and Ariana Maher, My Hero Academia Volume 22 by Kohei Horikoshi, and then my watch of “The Magicians” made me pick up the book The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

Then I decided to create a last minute readathon, which I call the Jolabokaflod Readathon. Out of respect for the holiday tradition of Jolabokaflod, this took place on the evening of Christmas Eve, and I decided to make it a 12 hour readathon, so from 6pm until 6am. Sadly I ended up falling asleep a little after 2am, but I did still manage to read 4 books, so I’m pretty happy with that. I will do some more planning and announcing and such for next year, but I think I’m going to keep up with #JolabokaflodReadathon, because it was a fun way to spend the night before Christmas: books and chocolate.

Anyway, during the readathon I read Forbidden Scrollery Volume 1 by Zun and Moe Harukawa, Strange Planet by Nathan W Pyle, We Met in December by Rosie Curtis, and Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw.

As for my current reads, I am in the middle of reading Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger, and the final book I picked up for my readathon Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. They are both super interesting reads so far, so I plan to do more reading over the next several days and finish them plus other books.

Speaking of other books, what I’m planning to read after this includes Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao, The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco, The Toll by Neal Shusterman, and Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron. If I get a couple more good reading days in, I have no doubt that I’ll be able to finish most of my December TBR in time, which is awesome because I had a huge stack of books and many of them were thick books.

Anyway, I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas. That is all from me for today, but I will be back soon with more bookish content.

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