Word by Word

Practical insights for writers from Jessica P Morrell

Books We Love

Written By: Jessica Morrell - Nov• 24•23

Don’t know about you, but I’ve long ago stopped shopping on Black Friday except for online. When my granddaughters were young it was an up-at-dawn adventure and endurance test searching out bargains with my daughter. As they grew older I started hosting a sleepover and we spent the day making Christmas ornaments, drinking tea and just-baked banana bread, with turkey soup for dinner. It was especially sweet when Georgia the youngest, joined us when she was about one.  Freeing their parents for the day-after hunt.

I’ve been stockpiling books for the winter–mostly fiction I’ll confess. My bedside table is an ever-evolving jumble and some are there simply to dip into from time to time and savor.  But there are piles all over this place, including those with beloved characters I need to revisit. And did I mention I’m having some new shelves built?

And then there are the books I’m tucking away to give at Christmas.

And in case you’re book shopping, here is a link to NPR’s Books We Love. And it’s SO easy to use.  Talk about a cornucopia.

The Washington Post Book Club published their list of 10 Best Books of 2023. Here’s the link.

The Post also released their 50 Notable Works of Fiction. Some of my current favorites are included here.

Happy book gathering and reading to all.


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