Merry Christmas!

Stom: Adoration of the Shepherds

Well, it’s that time of year again! The TV schedules are groaning with the old classics, the larder is full of more food than seven people can possibly eat, the mince pies are cooked, the cake decorated, and I’m trying to figure out the precise nature of the giftwrapped packages under the tree… Wherever you are, I hope you’re settling in for a day of fine food, time with family or luxurious self-indulgence, depending on your preferences.

I hope that everyone who reads this has a very Merry Christmas and wish you all happiness, good health and success in 2014. Thank you all so much for reading and commenting this year, and for your emails and recommendations. I’ve made some great friends over the past twelve months and have even had the chance to spend an afternoon with Isi, rifling through London’s bookshops. It has been a fantastic year and I can’t wait for many more bookish discussions and discoveries in the New Year in company with all of you.

However you choose to spend the holidays, I hope you have a wonderful relaxing break.

With love,


5 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

  1. Heloise says:

    Thank you for your season's wishes! 🙂

    Your blog has been a constant source of both enjoyment and critical insights throughout the year, and it was definitely one of my personal high points of 2013 to have made friends you. The two shared readings we did were great fun, and I hope we can do some more next year. 😉

    I also wish you a wonderful Christmas, filled with lots of good cheer and time ro read all the books you planned to read! Also: Mmhhmm, mince pies…

  2. The Idle Woman says:

    If it wasn't completely impossible to post mince pies to Germany without them disintegrating en route, I would send you some, I promise! Hope you had a wonderful day yesterday. Father Christmas came up trumps here, and has bought me my own copy of Sagas of the Icelanders as well as the History Channel series on the Vikings, so I'm very happy. 😀

    I really loved doing our shared readings too and it would be great to do more. We'll have to pool our reading lists in the New Year and see whether we've got any crossover! (Well, I think we're both prebooked for the new Robin Hobb novel in any case…)

  3. Heloise says:

    Oops, that reminds me that I still have to read the Robin Hobb novella – somehow, it keeps falling through the cracks of my reading schedule. Well, once I'm done with Mr Norrell and Jonathan Strange I'll get around to it for sure! And, as you said, next year Fitz and the Fool (or whatever else it's going to be called), that's indeed very much on my 2014 reading list. 😉

    On the Christmas pastry front, I can't help but think it exceedingly unfair that you can Spekulatius in England but apparently no mince pies in Germany (at least not near where I live). I guess I'm going to have to console myself with an extra-large box of Bethmännchen….

  4. Isi says:

    Merry Christmas, Leander!

    Hope you are spending a wonderful holiday time with your family and friends.

    My year 2013 has also been good, and I'm very happy we could meet each other, ¡¡¡and buy books!!! 😀

    All the members of my family asked me at the Christmas meal for our afternoon (they still don't believe we could understand each other; they have no trust in my level of English!! Grrrr).

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