Hello friends, and happy Friday! It’s that time again… here’s another edition of Friday Favorites!
I did the first in this series a couple weeks ago and had a lot of fun with it. Last week, I didn’t manage an encore. I’d really like, though, to make it a habit… if not every Friday, at least a couple times each month.
So… with a nod to a great holiday song… these are a few of my favorite things, this week!
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Christmas music (with some favorite tunes)
Last time I shared that a new Christmas music station was available, and now, the holiday music is EVERYWHERE! Whether you listen to satellite radio, Pandora, Amazon Music, Apple Music, or whatever… the Christmas stations are rockin’ around the Christmas tree already!
Now, some years I’m not in the mood for Christmas music this early. But for some reason this year… I *really* am. So I’m trying to get my fill, but mixing in other music so I don’t burn out on it too quickly!
There’s one group whose Christmas albums I’ve downloaded and listened to over and over again: Pentatonix! I’m sure most of you have heard of them… they are an a capella group that does utterly amazing things with their voices! All their music is fresh and fun, but I love their holiday tunes most of all. I just learned they released a NEW Christmas album a couple weeks ago, for a total of three in all. (Not counting regular vs. deluxe versions of the same album… always go for the deluxe!)
Here’s a link to their new one to check out: Pentatonix – Christmas is Here!
Also… if you’re already an Amazon Prime member, *all* the Pentatonix Christmas albums, including the new one, are free to stream through Amazon Music! (Kind of feels like an early gift right there.)
Not a Prime member yet? Check out the benefits and sign up for a special 30 day free trial! It’s billed as the only music streaming service with free 2-day shipping… just in time to order all your holiday gifts! Try it here: Amazon Prime 30-day Free Trial
I’m including links to the other much-loved Christmas albums from Pentatonix… I’ve listened to these over and over! In addition to Amazon Prime listening (or of course iTunes), you can download the mp3 version, or buy a physical copy on CD or vinyl.
One thing I really love this time of year: gift guides! We can all use inspiration to find the perfect presents, and everywhere you look, there are lists of goodies to give you ideas for holiday giving. I’m planning to publish a few of my own gift guides here in the coming weeks, but for now, I want to highlight a few that I’ve discovered from other bloggers.
This Bookish Gift List from Amy’s Book-et List is sure to have something to delight the readers in your life!
Jessica at Bows & Sequins has an entire *list* of gift guides. Many are from past years, but even if you can’t find the exact item that was featured, chances are you’ll be able to find something similar for the perfect gift!
Finally, because people who love books also (sometimes) love other things too, Christine at The Uncorked Librarian has put together a delightful list of Gifts for Book Lovers That Aren’t Books!
As I look back over my reading in recent weeks, I’m seeing a steady stream of cozy mysteries! I read this genre fairly often anyway, but I think there’s something about this time of year that makes them even more appealing. Combine a good ‘who-dun-it’ with quirky characters and a homey small town setting, and you’ve got the perfect book for cuddling up on the sofa with a blanket and your favorite hot beverage!
Here are a couple I’ve enjoyed recently:
Champagne & Catastrophes by Agatha Frost: The newest in the Peridale Cafe mystery series, this one sees our main character Julia welcome an old high school friend back to the small village of Peridale… along with her surprise that many other townspeople are far from eager to see the returning resident. It was interesting to uncover all the secrets being kept. And although I did mostly guess the “who-done-it” aspect, I didn’t get all the details and it was an enjoyable journey to get to the final reveals. This is a fun series, and they are quick reads! You can find this title on Amazon as a Kindle book or paperback.
Murder at Harbor Village by G.P. Gardner: In this series opener, college professor Cleo decides to accept an early retirement offer after visiting, and opting to move to, the resort town of Fairhope. Through a series of events she quickly finds an apartment and a job… along with a mystery. In her new senior living community, a woman is found dead, a boatload of business problems have been discovered, and Cleo must learn who she can trust to get everything going in the right direction again. I really liked this book, and the main character, Cleo. She was strong and mature, and seemed like the kind of woman you’d love to befriend! Available in paperback or e-book.
And that’s a wrap on another edition of Friday Favorites!
Now a question for you: what kinds of content are you hoping to see over the coming holiday season? Great Christmas book reviews? Gift guides galore? If you have thoughts, share them in the comments! As always, happy reading!