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The Christmas songs I love most tend to be more somber and haunting, at least to me: “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (I love this rendition), “Coventry Carol,” and especially “What Child Is This?” (On that last, there are at least two variants on the melody that I’m aware of. I prefer the one here.)

Recent reads:

Good to Great, by Jim Collins. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would (having previously had a bit of an aversion to business books). Recommended.

Atomic Habits, by James Clear. Some good ideas here, particularly the push to focus on systems and processes and identity instead of goals.

Quiet, by Susan Cain. Changed how I think about myself and others.

The Light Between Worlds, by Laura E. Weymouth. A lovely, wonderful novel. One of my favorite books ever.

Dark Money, by Jane Mayer. Fascinating book, though the material was disheartening and frustrating.

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. My first time reading this. Definitely darker than I expected (I hadn’t heard about the ending). Not really sure what I think about it.