Happy Christmas Eve’s Eve! I can’t believe the day is upon us – this entire month has moved so quickly. But since it’s Wednesday, I’m joining up with Kat to share my weekly reading and stitching projects. I had a week of 5 star finishes and played with some beautiful fabric. Please keep reading to see what I’ve been enjoying!

Finished Reading This Week:

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
I’m going to be bold and say that this was my favorite book of the year. I couldn’t stop reading! This is about Gifty, a brilliant 20-something neuroscientist who is researching how to stop addiction. She grew up in Alabama within an immigrant family – her beloved older brother and parents were born in Ghana. As a young child, Gifty was deeply rooted in her evangelical community. As an adult and a scientist, Gifty grapples with her early religious identity and what it means for her now. She also thinks about how racism affected her family and contributed to her brother’s addiction and eventual overdose of opiates. This was beautifully written and thoughtful. A future re-read! Also – a lot of this book takes place in Gifty’s lab, which made me think about the scientists working on the coronavirus vaccines, so it felt like a timely tie-in!


A Promised Land by Barack Obama
Oh, President Obama. A Promised Land chronicles Obama’s campaign through the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound – part 2 is forthcoming. Listening on audio was an excellent choice – he narrates, so it’s like sitting in an armchair, in front of a fire, and listening to all of his stories. He also does accents and little impressions, which are perfect. A Promised Land was a much needed glimpse into his life in the White House, a nuanced take on world issues while following an internal moral compass, and a walk down memory lane. It also felt really raw and honest in some places, which was refreshing. I can’t wait until the next part is released!


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab
This was just plain fun. In the 1700s, Addie LaRue makes a deal with the devil. She wants time to explore the world, so he gives it to her. She will be immortal until she’s ready to trade in her soul to him. The trade-off: she’s cursed to be forgotten by everyone she ever meets. This makes things like getting a job, making money, and living any kind of normal life difficult. But throughout the centuries, Addie finds ways to make do. Her face shows up in countless works of art, her melodies find their ways into classical pieces of music, and she spends multiple lifetimes learning ancient languages and reading books in their original versions. Until one day. 300 years after she makes a deal, a handsome young man remembers her on their second encounter.


Stitching this Week:

I finished my Patchwork Swoon quilt top! Friends, I am so pleased. Thanks to the jelly roll, this came together so quickly! This project was addictive and I found myself itching to go down to the basement all of the time to sew a few seams. I’m already thinking about how I want to quilt it… I think I’m going to have to break out some free motion quilting, but I haven’t even attempted that in nearly a decade. So I’m nervous.

(I keep calling this “Scrappy Swoon,” and I have no idea where I got that. Sorry!)

The next few days will be full of cooking and cleaning. Last night I finished wrapping presents. I finally mixed the gingerbread dough yesterday and today we’ll roll it out, bake, and decorate our gingerbread people! This afternoon I’m planning to mix another batch of sugar cookie dough and we’ll do the same tomorrow. Plus – all of the other cooking that I’m going to work on in the next few days (baking bread, preparing breakfast casseroles, pies, prepping veggies for cooking on Friday, etc). So I’m not sure if I’ll make it back here on Christmas morning or not. If I don’t, then I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! Please stay safe, warm, and happy!

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  1. The quilt is so beautiful!

    Sounds like you had an excellent reading week, and frankly I’m a little jealous. The book I’ve been reading is a bit of a slog, but I’m determined to finish it to get to 100 for this year. I really want to read the first two books and have Transcendent Kingdom on hold at the library. I was going to buy a copy of Obama’s book, but now I’m wondering if I should just wait to get the audio from the library!

    If we don’t talk before then, I want to wish you and your family a very happy Christmas!

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  2. I felt exactly the same way listening to Obama… it was so intimate and brilliant and just what I needed! His interactions with his girls made me laugh so much. And Michelle… those moments were so candid, unexpected, and PERFECT! I too can hardly wait for the second part to come out!

    Your quilt top is gorgeous!! I love it! 🙂

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    1. I really, really laughed at his family’s responses when he won the Nobel Prize. What a way to stay humble!

      I cannot wait to hear all of his honesty about witnessing the 2016 election season. I’m not ready to re-live that yet, but maybe I’ll be ready by the time the second book is published.

      Happy Christmas Eve, Kat!

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  3. I LOVE your quilt!!! OMG it’s SO BEAUTIFUL, I’m just sitting here thinking WOW. And I am so glad that you liked Obama’s book – my mom put the book on her wishlist for Christmas and will get it tonight from my sister! I hope she’ll like it as much as you did. 🙂

    I hope that you have a wonderful day with as little stress as possible!! Happy holidays!!

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      1. We saw my parents earlier today (just shortly, exchanging presents) and she told me that she is super happy that she gets to read the English version, because it turns out that the German translation is 20€ more expensive. XD Don’t ask. It’s nuts. 😉

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