11. What Child is This?

Athems sweet.

It's our first night of Victorian Christmas here in downtown Thomasville, which means we're battening down the hatches, sprucing our shelves, and locking our bathroom in preparation. If you can't make it into town for the festivities, be sure to follow us (@bookshelftville) and the city of Thomasville (@thomasvillega) on social media this weekend to experience the magic at least in part. The event takes place December 14 - 15 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, and if you're anywhere near downtown Thomasville, you can't miss it. 

It's also the end of the fall semester for me, which means some time between when I leave the Bookshelf at 9:15 tonight and 9:00 AM tomorrow when I start my holiday journey southward, I need to grade 72 more research papers... and I just don't know how that's getting done. [shrug shoulders emoji x3] 

But in the meantime, as an early gift to you, dear patrons, I want to give you an exclusive sneak peek into the next couple episodes of From the Front Porch! Annie and I have already recorded through the end of the year (and traveled through time to do it), so next week is going to be Episode 150 || Mailbag, Vol. 3, in which Annie and I answer your questions. Thank you so much for sending them in! We had a lot of fun answering them on the air. 

Episode 151 is our Best Books of 2017 episode, and as a thank you for supporting us with your monthly donations, I'll let you in on our list two weeks early. Enjoy!

Annie's 2017 Favorites (in no particular order)
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Chris's 2017 Favorites (in no particular order)
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

BONUS: the books from Annie's Long List that didn't make the final cut
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
American Fire by Monica Hesse
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
Last Things by Marissa Moss
Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

Chris's Media Log

I think as the season and the semester get more hectic, I retreat more and more into my pleasure reading, which is largely comic books and which you'll see featured HEAVILY in this week's media log. You'll also see that I finally saw Thor: Ragnarok (I loved it, but it wasn't what I wanted--a complicated feeling) and that I watched a full season of The Great British Baking Show, more comfort food in my regular media diet. On another British note, though... I started The Crown. Someone convince me to keep going because man, I didn't see the appeal at all. I loved Downton Abbey and was told this one was tonally similar but with more political dealings, which is solidly in my wheelhouse, but the first episode had me bored to tears. I want to keep going. Someone tell me why I should. 

Media Log:
Reply All, episode 111
The Shining

Media Log:
Milligan, Venom/Carnage #1 – 4
Milligan, Toxin #1 – 6
Thor: Ragnarok

Media Log:
Slott, Amazing Spider-Man #568 – 573
The Crown, season 1, episode 1

I wrote:
some prospectus material

Media Log:
Reed, Sinister Spider-Man #1 – 4
Wells, Anti-Venom #1 – 3
Wells, Carnage #1
Great British Baking Show, 1 episode

I wrote:
some prospectus material

Media Log:
Wells, Carnage #2 – 5
Slott, Amazing Spider-Man #652
Roupenian, “Cat Person”
Great British Baking Show, 3 episodes         

Media Log:
Slott, Amazing Spider-Man #653 – 654.1
Remender, Venom #1
Great British Baking Show, 4 episodes

I wrote:
some good prospectus material

Media Log:
Great British Baking Show, 2 episodes

I also:
did lots of diss research
wrote some of another paper

One last thing!

Sweet patrons, I regret to inform you that this will be the last From the Front Porch newsletter of 2017! Sad face, I know, I know, but, as I'm sure you're aware and probably experiencing for yourselves on some level, December is flat out bonkers.

I hope you enjoyed hearing Kelsey in this week's intro! Love It or Loathe It episodes are always weird to edit because Annie doesn't have the credits script and I'm not there for cold open banter. I thought about using some of our Deleted Content that hasn't been posted yet, but then I looked across my table at Lucky Goat, saw my beautiful girlfriend, and thought, "Wait a minute..."

We'll be back in the New Year with brand new standard episodes, some prime Deleted Content, a few VERY Unpopular Opinions, and as much neverending book chatter as you can handle. Have a spectacular holiday.


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