Sunday Post: A New Year


Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

We’ve only had a trace of snow so far this winter and this last week we had several days it was bright and sunny and over 50 degrees.


We had a wonderful Christmas with our three kids. They were here for about a week so we had time to bake cookies, work on a jigsaw puzzle, go to a hockey game, go to brunch and lots of other Christmas activities. So much fun and so nice to have them home!

A new year
Donnie playing with his Christmas present!

We’re taking care of our son’s dog during January. He’s starting a new job as well as moving this month so we have Donnie while he’s getting settled. Donnie is a very cute mini dachshund and I will miss him when my son comes back to pick him up!

December was so busy and January is starting out busy, too. We have the Christmas decorations still to put away and cleaning and organizing to do after all the activity last month.

Personal goals

I’m also working on my personal goals for 2019. I don’t make resolutions. Making goals seems to work better for me. I’m still mulling over exactly what I want to accomplish this year in several areas of my life.

Television & movies

We watched Agatha Raisin on Acorn TV as well as a few different baking shows. We like the British baking shows better than most of the American ones. While our kids were here we went to a couple of movies–Mortal Engines and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Both were entertaining.


Lots to do on my blog. During the latter half of December I didn’t do any blogging. I had planned to schedule some posts, but that didn’t get done.

Blog goals

I’m working on my 2019 goals for my blog and a few reading challenges I want to do. This next week I hope to get all that figured out. I want to visit more blogs and see what other people in the book blogging community are up to. And answer the comments people have left on my blog…I want to get better at that in 2019, because I do appreciate people taking the time to leave a comment.

I still need to upgrade my theme and then upgrade my blog to the new WordPress. I have reviews mostly written so I need to finish them and get them scheduled.

Lots to do. . . .

Recent posts
Next week
  • My 2018 Reading Year
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • 2019 Reading Challenges
  • Blog Goals
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Lost Lake by Emily Littlejohn
What I read recently
  • Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong
  • Hurricane by Janet Edwards
  • What Child is This? by Rhys Bowen
  • A Lot Like Christmas: Stories by Connie Willis
Books I got recently

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White

The Lewis Man by Peter May

Hello Love by Karen McQuestion

Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong

A Pilgrimage to Death by Alex Padgett

The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Denver Moon: The Mind of Mars by William Hammond & Joshua Viola

Hunting Badger by Tony Hillerman

Lost Lake by Emily Littlejohn (ebook, library)

Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger (audiobook, library)

Mythology by Edith Hamilton (audiobook)

The House With a Clock in the Walls by John Bellairs (audiobook)

What have you been doing? Do you make resolutions? Are you able to keep them?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

9 thoughts on “Sunday Post: A New Year”

  1. I also believe in goals more than resolutions. I added a new challenge for myself Beat the Backlist to get to those books I purchase. I’ve done really well with all my challenges for 2018 because I was able to read a lot and I’ve accustomed to listening to audiobooks into my routine.

    Oh you’re on Mercy Falls by WKK. That’s where I am at in the series. I can’t wait to go forward but have some other commitments to do first.

    Enjoy those great new reads! Anne – Books of My Heart



    1. Thanks, Anne! I’ll have to take a look at Beat the Backlist, because that’s one of my reading goals for 2019. I really like WKK so I’m looking forward to Mercy Falls.


  2. I don’t make New Year resolutions for the same reason I don’t join in a multitude of book challenges– I always fail and then I “beat myself up” about it. I usually feel like Sept. is the start of a new year and that one makes me excited. My children are grown now and I don’t work in the schools anymore but still that marks a new beginning for me.

    I love any and all WK Krueger books and read them all so far. I also like Hillerman and May. Enjoy your books and your family!


    1. I’m with you, Rita, about making goals and not resolutions. I do like book challenges, but have to be careful not to commit to too many! I have fun with them except for the ones where I’m supposed to go and link to the challenge blog. I don’t seem to get that done…lol.

      I need to read a little faster so I can get to some of the books I’m wanting to read!


  3. Sounds to me like you need a Donnie of your own. January is all about planning. I go back to work tomorrow after 2 weeks off which is always a struggle. Catching up on laundry today. I read a book over the break I think you’d really like – The Last Woman in the Forest. My review is going up tomorrow. Hope you have a great 2019 and sounds like you had a wonderful family holiday.


    1. Thanks, Barb! I’d love to have a Donnie of my own, but my husband doesn’t want a dog. He gives me most things I want so I have to honor his feelings. I’m happy to be retired. It was always so hard to go back to work after time off. And you’re right it’s all about planning. For us the Christmas decorations are being put away today. Yay!

      I will go take a look at The Last Woman in the Forest and come back and check out your review tomorrow. I also read a book you might like called Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong.


  4. I aim for goals instead of resolutions too. They’re go all year along and are attainable if I work at them. Donnie is precious. I bet you’ll miss him. Your books look thrilling and I see several I’d like to try. Happy New Year!


  5. Yes, I am more in favour of making goals instead of resolutions. I have set my writing and blogging goals for the year and also set a separate list of goals for getting my fitness and health back on track. I see you’ve also recently read Hurricane by Janet Edwards – I hope you enjoyed it, too. Happy New Year, Jan:)


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