Nest n’ News: December Wrap-Up

Posted December 27, 2014 by Kara in Kara, Lyn, Nest n' News, Stacking the Shelves / 3 Comments

nnnNest n’ News is a new feature here at Great Imaginations. Instead of doing weekly Stacking the Shelves posts, we’re going to be doing a monthly wrap-up on the last Saturday of every month. This will open up the weekends for more posts from us, and is also another way to bring the three of us together in one post – which is one of our favorite parts of co-blogging! Nest n’ News will include our book hauls, past posts, challenge updates, and more.


 Bekka:  Obviously this month means Christmas! This year I got to celebrate twice. First was on Monday, because Mike had to work Christmas itself. We had a big dinner with my father-in-law and Mike’s two teenage siblings. It was the first Christmas we got to spend with them since we moved to North Carolina, so that was great. Also, I cook amazing stuffed shells, so there’s that. 😛 Then on Christmas day I went to my mom’s house and spent the day with her and my sister binge-watching Orphan Black. It almost felt like being a kid again, having my mom be the one to bake all the cookies and cook the dinner. It was a great, relaxing day.

Bad news about this month is that a couple weeks ago I started having toothaches that quickly turned to full on sinus explosions. I’d never felt that kind of pain before – I’d wake up feeling like I was being stabbed in the cheek. I’ve dealt with ear infections and sinus infections before, but nothing was helping this. It finally did go away on its own though, a few days ago, and I am so freaking relieved. I think it probably came from the superflu I had at the end of November. But it’s finally gone and I feel so much better now.

Kara: Well…most people know that I have gotten a cat! My December has been taken up by Haymitch. He’s so spoiled and affectionate and needy, and I LOVE IT. He jumps in the bathtub after every bath and shower I take because he likes to wade in the water left in the tub. He’s a weirdo, for sure. We got him a monster cat tree, and he has two of them now–there is a smaller one on the balcony for him to look out the window.


In other news, Dan had his surgery, and yeah, it was a crappy month and a fairly  stressful Christmas this year. But at least he was home for the holidays in time so I didn’t have to spent that alone. He is doing much better now, and is able to walk around by himself. I still have to do some stuff for him, but that is fine. It’s nice to feel needed.

Other than that, I am just trying to finish up my Harry Potter post for New Year’s Eve!

Lyn: Christmas is over, yahh! I was mostly ready for it, but the lead up is HORRIBLE! This month was a busy month, with our yearly concert, a trip to the tiger park up in Oklahoma, a visit from an old friend, a showing of the Nutcracker, and preparing for a long vacation by cleaning up some loose ends at work. I ended up with a severe illness, which the doctor though was the flu, but it turns out to be just a horrible ear infection and sinus infection that was spreading down into my lungs. On the plus side, I am losing weight for the holidays.

In November, our family expanded. Poor Maxwell was so lonely and bored that he just needed a pet of his own. At the end of October, I ran over to my local PetsMart store to get Max a new pack of cat vitamins (I swear by them). A local resue group was packing up, and there was a cart of cat carriers. I stopped dead in the middle of the isle and ran right over to a carrier with a young kitten-cat, who was waving at people as they went by.

He was beautiful and sweet and intelligent, and I can’t say why, but I wanted this cat. He is coming up on month two in January, and he feels like a missing piece that has finally been found.

I also have a new painting from December:



The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Cut Me Free by JR Johanssen
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
Lady Thief by AC Gaughen
Some Girls Are
by Courtney Summers
Gone Too Far by Natalie D Richards

Discussions & Features

Kara does the Sisterhood of the World Tag
We introduced the Forgotten Fridays Book Club
YA Characters & Their Fave Reality TV
Lyn reflects on this year’s NaNoWriMo experience
Kara reread and rewatched Harry Potter!
There is still time to enter to win Stranger!


Bekka’s Haul

From Mike
The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
Ask Again Later
by Liz Czukas
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
Afterparty by Ann Stampler

From Kevin
Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Two editions of Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, because I am a hoarder

From Lili
Scarlet and Lady Thief by AC Gaughen

From Jessie
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

From Kara
The Abhorsen box set
Compulsion by Martina Boone (SO BEAUTIFUL OMG)
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

With the Gift Card from Lyn
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Other Gift Cards
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas

dbWith Giftcards (ebooks)
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Captive by Aimee Carter

For Review
Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
The Cage by Megan Shepard
Paperweight by Meg Haston
The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams
Oblivion by Kelly Creagh
Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

And.. *drumroll*


Kara’s Haul

PicMonkey Collage

From Kat
Nameless by Lilith Saintcrow

From Bekka
The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill

From Lyn
Orchards by Holly Thompson
Merciless by Danielle Vega
Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

From Dan

A Year in Japan by Kate T. Williamson
Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Bought For Myself

Japanland by Karin Muller

For Review

No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown
A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen (but I read it already!!)

E-Books For Review

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The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton
The Cage by Megan Shepherd
99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Lyn’s Haul

From Kara:

Compulsion by Martina Boone

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

(not pictured: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson and In Real Life by Cory Doctorow)

Bought from Black Friday Sales:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Sublime by Christina Lauren

A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey

The Blessed by Tonya Hurley

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han

For Review: 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Random Purchases

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

Undeniable by Bill Nye

From Bekka

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

Kindle Books

Winter Queen (Fairy Queens 1) by Amber Argyle

Jackaby by William Ritter

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Hostage (The Change #2) by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith

Inherit Midnight by Kate Kaae Myers

Bones & All by Camlle DeAngelis


Just a reminder that January’s Book Club pick Is The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee

3 responses to “Nest n’ News: December Wrap-Up

  1. PHEW! Lots of great books and updates! I hope you feel better for good, Bekka. I also have ACOTAR, The Cage, The Storyspinner… I loved Dreamer’s Pool, Compulsion, The Winner’s Curse, Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, the Throne of Glass series… and thought Captive, Cut Me Free, Lady Thief were okay. I hope you all enjoy all of your new books!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a fabulous weekend 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!
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  2. Bekka and Lyn, I’m sorry you’ve both been so ill, and glad you’re feeling better now! Sinus infections suck!!
    It seems like you all had a peaceful Christmas, with some great books arriving to keep you company on these cold winter nights (not so cold for you, Kara, eh?)
    I hope you’ll have a great last few days of the year, and that 2015 will be filled with good health, love, success, happiness and many new friends (be they ‘real’ or book-friends).
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