Uprooted by Naomi Novik: Several friends recommended this young adult fantasy novel to me and I can see why they loved it. It is one of the most inventive stories I have read in a long time! Novik tells the story of Agnieszka, a plain daughter of a woodcutter. She lives in a valley protected by a cold and driven wizard from the encroaching and evil Wood, called the Dragon, who selects one girl to come live in his tower every 10 years.
What I Watched: Christmas Vacation, A Muppet Christmas Carol, Elf, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story