Can’t Wait Wednesday: Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

Long running urban fantasy series featuring magic, wizards, vampires, werewolves, fae and great stories

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Peace Talks

by Jim Butcher

Series: The Dresden Files #16

Published by Ace

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publication date: July 14

400 pages

Synopsis: When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, joins the White Council’s security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago–and all he holds dear?

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This is one of my favorite urban fantasy series and it has been a few years since Jim Butcher wrote a new book in the series. And I have several books to read so I’m ready for this one!

Sunday Post: A musical, a deer and more snow

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

Sunday-Post

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

It warmed up some this week. The temperatures stayed around freezing all week, but we still got a little more snow each day and since it was overcast little or no melting. Some of the side roads are still packed snow and ice. Some parking lots are slushy snow. Of course there are mounds of snow everywhere, too. For the most part I haven’t had any problems getting around town though I didn’t go out all that much. (I did almost get stuck in A Starbucks drive through since it was solid, bumpy ice!)

Adore Us! Line (a caucus parody of A Chorus Line)

Saturday night my husband and I went to a musical parody showing the Presidential candidates begging for Iowa voters. The opening song, a parody of the song “I Hope I Get It” from A Chorus Line was great. The whole parody was so well done. I especially loved that the Pete Buttigieg character was played by a very talented 9th grade boy! We stayed afterward for a question-and-answer period with the actors and author of the parody. (The above picture shows the stage during the q-and-a session.)

Elf and Olie

Elf and Olie are getting along better though Olie still chases Elf and tackles her sometimes which leads to swiping of paws, yowling and much indignation. She often acts like a grumpy old lady with a toddler she can’t get rid of.

We did have a scare with Olie one day. We have closed him up in a bathroom at night so he could eat, stay out of mischief and to give Elf a break. That morning he came out of the bathroom limping. As the day went on he began hopping on three legs, sleeping most of the time and putting little weight on his paw. We called our vet and got him in that afternoon. We thought maybe he’d landed wrong when he jumped from the bathroom counter. However, an x-ray of his leg showed no broken bone. (Thank goodness.) However, his leg was swollen so they surmised that in the scuffles with Elf she may have snagged his leg with a claw or her teeth. He got antibiotics, pain killers and other medicine. When we got home he slept for an hour and I guess the pain killers kicked in because he was running after Elf as though nothing was wrong! The next morning he was limping again. However, Olie is fine now and perhaps doesn’t jump on Elf quite as much. Maybe?!?

Cleaning and allergies

Good news? I’m over my cold. Bad news? I’m still having more allergies than I’ve had for the past year or so which is irritating, but usually the runny nose and sinus headache goes away after a couple hours. After I started feeling better I spent a couple hours each day cleaning my craft room so I could finally work on cards again. Since it’s been a month since I’ve done any cardmaking it has taken me a while to get back into the creative zone. Finally on Saturday I was able to make a card so I’m hopeful next week will be a creative one for me.

Blog Life

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard
  • A Conspiracey in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
What I read recently
  • Shattered Justice by Susan Furlong
  • Wyrde and Wayward by Charlotte E. English
  • A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
Books I got recently

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (ebook, purchased)

A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (audiobook/library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey

A dog on the cover–and in the book. I’m excited to read this.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

by Beth Morrey

Series: Unknown

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Publication date: April 7

Genre: Fiction, Dogs

Synopsis: Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. Woman meets dog…

The world has changed around Missy Carmichael. At seventy-nine, she’s estranged from her daughter, her son and only grandson live across the world in Australia, and her great love is gone. Missy spends her days with a sip of sherry, scrubbing the kitchen in her big empty house and reliving her past–though it’s her mistakes, and secrets, that she allows to shine brightest. The last thing Missy expects is for two perfect strangers and one spirited dog to break through her prickly exterior and show Missy just how much love she still has to give. Filled with wry laughter and deep insights into the stories we tell ourselves, The Love Story of Missy Carmichael shows us it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. It’s never too late to love. 

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The dog on the cover caught my interest and then I read about the book and it sounds so good. And I do love that cover!

My favorite books of 2019

In 2019 I read lots of books that made me happy I can read!

I’m finally getting my favorite books of the year completed. 2019 was a good reading year since I read many books I liked and many that filled me with joy. So I have lots of favorites this year!

I had set a goal for myself to read 95 books and only read 90, but that’s okay. I love to read. I think I’m reading a little slower these days. However, the important thing for me is that I’m still reading and that I enjoy most of the books I read.

I’ve added links to the books I reviewed (only three books). 😦

Mystery

Mercy Falls by William Kent Krueger, Cork O’Connor #5

This series takes place in northern Minnesota’s lake country. I love the series which features wonderful descriptions of northern Minnesota and well-written mysteries. However, I need to read them a little quicker since there are already 17 books in the series!

Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima, Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries #4

This is another series I love. I’m up-to-date with this series and have read these books since started being published a few years ago. I love reading about working dogs and Robo is a great example of a K-9 dog in a police department. He and Mattie are a wonderful team.

Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong, Rockton #4

This police procedural is set in one of the oddest towns I’ve read about in a mystery and there’s lots of suspense. Each book ratchets up the suspense a little more.

Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong, Bone Gap Travellers #2

Former Marines Brynn and her K-9 partner Wilco suffer from PTSD and both carry the scars from an IED explosion. Brynn tries to control the flashbacks with alcohol and pain pills–not a good combination especially since she’s now working for the McCreary County Sherrif’s Department. She’s also trying to straddle two worlds–that of the Irish Travellers (a nomadic group from Ireland who came to the U.S. during the Great Famine) and the settled townspeople (most of whom distrust the Travellers.) The mysteries are good in this series and the world of the Travellers is fascinating.

The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman, Leaphorn & Chee #13

I’ve read these mysteries since I was a teenager. My mom and I would talk about the books through the years since we both loved them. One of the best things about this series is that it’s set in the United States Southwest. For a while I stopped reading mysteries so now I’m catching up with this series. And I’m so happy that Tony Hillerman’s daughter Anne Hillerman has continued writing the series after he died.

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #8

The books in this series are so well written. Sometimes they’re difficult to read since heartbreaking things happen to characters I like. Things that happen in one book may have far-reaching impact several books later and then we see how skillfully Louise Penny has intertwined so much into her books.

A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie, Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #18

I was so happy to read this book since it has been several years since Deborah Crombie had written a book in the series. When I read about Duncan and Gemma and their family it’s like having a chat with old friends. And the mysteries are good, too!

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths, Ruth Galloway #9

I’m always happy to return to Ruth’s world. She’s such an interesting character and I love the mysteries which always have something to do with her forensic archaeology work.

Science Fiction

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells, The Murderbot Diaries #4

I’ve loved every single one of the Murderbot books. They are original, an adventure story and also thought-provoking.

Borderline by Janet Edwards, Hive Mind #4

I like everything I’ve read by Janet Edwards. This series is one I especially love. Ms. Edwards has a great way of writing exciting stories about characters I care about. And her world building is so good. It takes place in Earth’s future.

Mantivore Dreams by S.G. Higbee, Arcadian Chronicles #1

I like the way this book slowly unfolds so that it gives readers time to try to figure things out themselves. I also like that by the end of the book there are threads for future books, but that this book is a complete story. I need to get that next book read! The world building is especially good and I like the way Kyrillia grows and changes throughout the book.

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher

I chose to read this book because it was about a dog! I love the bond between Griz and the dogs. However, the book is a post apocalyptic science fiction so the book is good, but also has an overall feeling of sadness.

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley

I feel like a lot of science fiction really makes you think in a different way and that’s kind of what this book did for me. It’s also post apocalyptic, military science fiction and during parts of the book I wasn’t really sure what was happening! It went different directions than I thought it would.

Ascending by Meg Pechenick, The Vardeshi Saga #1

Margaret (Meg) Pechenick is a new author to me. (S.G. Higbee @ Brainfluff reviewed this book. I find out about so many good books from her.) I loved this science fiction about aliens visiting Earth and inviting a group of Earthlings to visit their part of space.

Doing Time by Jodi Taylor, The Time Police #1

This was book one of a new series–The Time Police–that came out in fall 2019. It’s a spin-off of The Chronicles of St. Mary’s series. These are both time travel series and so much fun. I’m doing a happy dance that Jodi Taylor decided to start another series which comes at the time travel idea from a slightly different angle. Can’t wait for the next book!

Urban Fantasy

These are my favorite urban fantasies (which are about the only fantasies I read these days) and I’ve read every book as they’ve been published!

Wild Country by Anne Bishop, The World of the Others #2 (The Others #7)

The world building in these books is one of the most appealing parts of this series. It very different from other urban fantasy series I read.

Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs, Mercy Thompson #11

Mercy Thompson is such a great character. She doesn’t always do the smart thing, but she’s such a loyal friend and she tries to do what’s right for the people she’s responsible for. And I love the world Patricia Briggs has created.

Between Homes by W.R. Gingell, The City Between #5

This series is so unique and the last book has really ratcheted up the suspense. I hope another book comes soon in this world where Fae often come and go in the human world, but very few humans manage to survive a trip either Between or Behind. And most humans don’t even know they exist.

Fiction

Doggirl by Robin Brande

I loved this book! It’s young adult which I seldom like or read, but this book about a high school girl who wants to be an animal trainer for movies is just lovely. And the dogs are wonderful!

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

An out-of-work librarian, a bookstore on wheels and remote towns without libraries all come together in this wonderful book. There’s even some romance in it! And it’s set in Scotland!

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon

I loved all the dogs in this book plus the human characters are great fun to read about.

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

At the end of the book I felt so happy I’d read this which is one of the reasons I love reading. It’s set in Maine which is one of my favorite places and Evvie Drake is a great character. She’s certainly not perfect, but she’s someone I’d love to talk to. Linda Holmes is also one of the hosts of the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast which I love to listen to.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

One of my most favorite books of 2019! So glad I read it. The language flows and the characters are so vivid–especially Kya (aka “Marsh Girl”). The book is heartbreaking at times, but ultimately a wonderful read. It’s historical fiction, almost a natural history of the North Carolina swamps and marshland and a mystery all set in swamps along the North Carolina Coast. It switches back and forth between Kya’s childhood in the 1950’s and a murder that happens in 1969. Cassandra Campbell narrated the audiobook and made my enjoyment of the book so vivid and immersive.

Memoir

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I don’t usually read memoirs or biographies, but I enjoyed this one a lot–especially since I listened to the audiobook narrated by Michelle Obama. By the end I felt like we had met! So interesting to hear about her childhood, her meeting and marriage to Barack Obama, and then her life as the First Lady in the White House. She’s such an inspirational person.

Have you read any of these books? What were some of your favorite books of the year?

Sunday Post: More snow and cold weather

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

Sunday-Post

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

I discovered I forgot to schedule this post to publish this morning. Better late than never, I guess!

More snow this week

We had a dusting of snow one or two days last week, but on Friday it snowed all day. We got nearly 6 inches of snow. And then in the evening we got some freezing rain on top of the snow. The freezing rain was really a good thing since it was really windy on Saturday and further north where there was just snow the wind blew the snow and made it very hazardous to drive. Saturday the temperature also dropped during the day. By late afternoon it was 9 degrees F. (-12.7 C.) and with the wind blowing felt like -9 degrees (-22.7 C.)!

Since it was a cold and snowy week I didn’t go out too much. I did quite a bit of reading and listened to audiobooks while I worked on a jigsaw puzzle. It was quite an easy puzzle, but lots of fun since I liked the picture.

Allergies and a cold

I had more allergies this week and then one day when what I thought was allergies lasted more than 24 hours I decided I have a cold! My husband was sick earlier in the week so it’s not surprising I caught his cold. I hope it goes away soon!

Blog Life

With my cold I didn’t feel much like writing or thinking for that matter…lol. So I still didn’t get all the posts finished that I’ve got started. But maybe this next week.

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Favorite 2019 books
  • 2020 goals
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Shattered Justice by Susan Furlong
What I read recently
  • Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder
  • Interview with the Robot by Lee Bacon
  • Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter
  • On Her Father’s Grave by Kendra Elliott
  • Sovereign by Jeff Hirsch
Books I got recently

Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder (ebook, purchased)

Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews (ebook, purchased)

As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson (ebook, purchased)

Interview with the Robot by Lee Bacon (Audible Original January free audio)

Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter(Audible Original January free audio)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week?

My 2019 reading year

I like to look back at other years (I’ve added a few stats from 2018) and see how my reading has changed through the years so it really helps me to take the time to count everything. My take-away from these statistics:

  • I missed my Goodreads reading challenge last year, but I read some great books which is more important to me.
  • I’m not sure why I read so many fewer books in 2019 than 2018. It’s partly because of some shorter books in 2018, but that’s not the complete reason.
  • I read books in a few genres I don’t usually read.
  • I wrote very few reviews last year.
  • Most books I read were published in the last 10 years.
  • I didn’t keep track of my reading challenges very well.

2019 Reading Goal

I read 90 books (of my 95 book goal) last year. In 2018 I read 104 books.

Ebooks–60 (41 that I own; 9 from Kindle Unlimited; 10 from library)

Audiobooks–27 (12 audiobooks I own; 15 audiobooks from library)

Hardcover books–2 (from library)

Paperbacks–1 (from library)

Genres & Types of Books Read

My favorite genres continue to be mysteries (especially police procedurals), science fiction and fantasy (especially urban fantasy).

Note: These numbers don’t add up to 90 since several books fit in more than one category.

Mystery

  • Police Procedural–23
  • Cozys–5
  • Other–11

Science Fiction

  • Military–1
  • Young Adult–4
  • Space Opera–2
  • Time Travel–3
  • Post Apocalyptic–1
  • Other–4

Fantasy

  • Urban–14
  • Young Adult–1
  • Other–6

Romance

  • Contemporary–1
  • Historical Romance–2

Fiction

I didn’t read these categories in 2018.

  • Women’s Fiction–6
  • Young Adult–1
  • Middle Grade–2
  • Historical Fiction–2
  • Christmas–1

Nonfiction

Another category I didn’t read in 2018.

  • Memoir–1
  • Other–2

Dogs

  • I read 10 books with dogs as major characters. (Nine books in 2018)

Other Stats

New-to-me authors–34 (My two favorite new authors.) (35 new authors in 2018.)

The author I read the most–Katherine Pathak , DCI Dani Bevan Mystery series (four books)

Reviews posted in 2019

  • of 2019 books read–7
  • of 2018 books read–11

Books Read (by original date of publication)

Most books I read were published in the last decade (2010-2019) though I read a handful of “vintage” books.

2019 books read–26

2010 – 2018–52

2000 – 2009–4

1990s–3

1970 and before–5

(1970, 1947, 1934, 1923 and 1894)

Reading Challenges

I signed up for lots of challenges last year, but partly because of problems with my blog last year and then moving it to WordPress.com I didn’t work much on my challenges. Plus as past years have shown I don’t participate in challenges very well. I sometimes complete a challenge if I just have to read certain types of books, but if I have to write a review or go to a blog to show that I read a certain type of book I don’t do it or I forget about doing that.

The only challenge I kept track of was my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I haven’t signed up for challenges other than the Goodreads challenge in 2020. I might try to participate in my local library reading challenge. That challenge has 12 different categories to read one book from each category during the year. I’ll talk more about reading challenges in my 2020 Goals post.

Can’t Wait Wednesday: A Royal Affair by Allison Montclair

A historical mystery set just after WWII in 1946 London

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

A Royal Affair

by Allison Montclair

Series: Sparks & Bainbridge #2

Published by Minotaur Books

Publishing Date: June 9

Genre: Historical Mystery

320 pages

Synopsis: In London 1946, The Right Sort Marriage Bureau is just beginning to take off and the proprietors, Miss Iris Sparks and Mrs. Gwendolyn Bainbridge, are in need of a bigger office and a secretary to handle the growing demand. Unfortunately, they don’t yet have the necessary means. So when a woman arrives—a cousin of Gwen’s—with an interesting and quite remunerative proposition, they two of them are all ears.

The cousin, one Lady Matheson, works for the Queen in “some capacity” and is in need of some discreet investigation. It seems that the Princess Elizabeth has developed feelings for a dashing Greek prince and a blackmail note has arrived, alluding to some potentially damaging information about said prince. Wanting to keep this out of the palace gossip circles, but also needing to find out what skeletons might lurk in the prince’s closet, the palace has quietly turned to Gwen and Iris. Without causing a stir, the two of them must now find out what secrets lurk in the prince’s past, before his engagement to the future Queen of England is announced. And there’s more at stake than the future of the Empire —there is their potential new office that lies in the balance.

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I read book 1 in this historical mystery series and it was a good mystery with fun characters. Plus I love that cover!

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish discoveries in 2019

Favorite new authors, genres I don’t usually read, Kindle Unlimited, WordPress.com and Libby

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

Today I’m talking about some of the Bookish discoveries I made In 2019.

Genres I don’t usually read

Memoir
  • I read Becoming by Michelle Obama. I don’t usually read memoirs or biographies, but I enjoyed this one a lot–especially since I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Michelle Obama. So interesting to hear about her childhood, her meeting with and marriage to Barack Obama, and then her life as the First Lady in the White House.
Nonfiction

I don’t read very much nonfiction, but I read two that were completely different from each other, but I enjoyed them both a lot.

Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage was about dogs used in the military both during wartime and peacetime. I loved the talk about the bonds between the dogs and their handlers and the dogs even help soldiers that aren’t their handlers. The dogs save peoples’ lives and since they are working dogs have a strong drive and love of working.

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff is a completely different type of book. I listened to the audiobook. It’s a series of letters between Helene Hanff and employees of the Marks and Company Bookshop over a 20 year period. They all become friends although they haven’t met face-to-face. I used to write long letters to friends, but these days not so much. This book shows why regular correspondence can be such a joy.

Middle Grade
  • Zero G by Dan Wells and Wish by Barbara O’Connor are both Audible Original books which were free in the program they began last fall for Audible members. Members get to choose two free audiobooks from about six books. I admit I’ve had problems some months choosing two books that interested me. Plus I quit Audible for several months because of the price. I recently rejoined when they offered a reduced price for three months. One of the types of books I enjoyed listening to are the middle grade books they’ve often had in the free program.

Favorite new authors

Lucy Dillon
  • I read both Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts and Walking Back to Happiness by Lucy Dillon.
  • I loved both of these books. There are lots of dogs in the books and some romance!
Linda Holmes
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over was such a good book. At the end of the book I felt so happy which is one of the reasons I love reading.

Apps

Libby

I get as many books as I can from the library. I’m not quite sure when I downloaded the library app Libby to my phone, but it’s so much better than library apps I’ve had in the past. I use Libby to listen to the audiobooks I check out and I really like it.

Other apps I use a lot–Audible, Kindle, goodreads–are all ones I’ve used for a long time.

Websites

WordPress.com

I discovered I could move my blog from a self-published wordpress blog to wordpress.com and keep the name of my blog plus save a lot of money and not have to figure out how to do everything on my own.

Miscellaneous

Kindle Unlimited

Amazon offered Kindle Unlimited (KU) for a reduced price for three months last fall. I’d tried it once before, but didn’t find enough books at that time to continue paying for it. This time I’ve found a lot of books that interest me. Some of the books are from favorite authors, but a lot of them are from authors I haven’t read before. I love to try new authors and KU books are often independently published. And I love finding books like that, too.

Since I’m now paying full price I’m keeping track of the KU books I read each month. I figure I need to read at least two KU books a month to get my money’s worth. (Most KU books seem to cost about $4.99 without a KU membership.)

  • I read a total of nine KU books since October (when I signed up for KU). Four of the KU books are by Katherine Pathak.
  • They’re all in the DCI Dani Bevan Mystery series. I enjoy these mysteries, but I might not have found them if they weren’t KU books since Pathak was a new author to me and one I hadn’t heard of before. And I might not have read that many books so quickly.

Did you make Bookish Discoveries last year? What were they?

Sunday Post: Snow and cold weather

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

Sunday-Post

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

Snow

We had our first significant snow–still only about 3 inches. Originally we were forecast to receive 4-8 inches, but the snow we have may stay around for awhile since the forecast for the next week is for days and nights below freezing. One of the above photos shows my husband snow blowing our driveway after dark. We have to clear off our driveway even if we get an inch of snow because otherwise we can’t get up the driveway! Luckily, he likes to get outside and clear the driveway (and he loves his snow blower!) We might get a little more snow today and tonight.

Allergies

I’ve had allergies showing up during the day and sometimes at night. I regularly take allergy pills and my allergies have been better for months, but this last week was awful. I’m hoping next week will be better. Maybe the snow and cold weather will help.

Canvass and Caucus

My husband spent most of the days last week volunteering for one of the Presidential candidates. Since the Iowa caucuses are only about three weeks away canvassing and getting people out to talk about their favorite candidates is vital. I’m still undecided. I have a few candidates I know I won’t caucus for and two or three that I’m still thinking about. I’m excited to caucus though since I’ve never done it before and I think it’s quite a unique way for the Iowa populace to get together and let their voices be heard.

Television

I’ve started watching The Family Farm on Acorn. I’m enjoying it quite a bit. I like reality shows that show groups of people–especially families–trying something totally different from their regular lives. And I especially like this because it does show a way of life that many people have no idea about.

Blog Life

I’m continuing to read good books which is always a joy especially at the beginning of the year.

Since my allergies were bothering me I didn’t do as much on my blog or visiting other blogs as I’d wanted. Luckily, I had a few posts ready! I’m hoping to finish up my year-end and new year blogging this next week. I’m also hoping to work on a few reviews. I have some started so it would be nice to finish them up and post some in the next few weeks.

Last week
Next week
  • My favorite books of 2019
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • My 2019 Reading
  • 2020 goals
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder
What I read recently
  • Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima
  • “Snow Day” by Andrea K. Höst
  • The Dark Fear by Katherine Pathak
Books I got recently

Shattered Justice by Susan Furlong (Library, hardback)

Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard (Library, hardback)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week?

My favorite books of the last decade

50 Favorite books from 2010 – 2019

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy did her best books of the decade post which I thought was great so I’ve created my own. It was lots of fun to look back at the last 10 years and remember books I’ve loved. I’ve kept a spreadsheet of the books I’ve read every year since 2004 so I went back through my spreadsheets and picked out these books. I didn’t give all of them an A, but these are the ones that have stuck with me.

I’ve listed anywhere from three to six favorite books a year. These books span a number of genres and some are books published that year and some are books published years and years ago. I don’t review all the books I read so if I have a review for the book on my blog I will show a link after the book covers. (I started my blog during 2013 so there are no reviews before that.)

2019

Doggirl by Robin Brande

2018

What the Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard

Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf

2017

The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

2016

Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton

In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany

2015

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal

Lock In by John Scalzi

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Martian by Andy Weir

2014

The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

Iron Night by M.L. Brennan

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

2013

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Death Masks by Jim Butcher

The Touchstone Trilogy by Andrea K. Höst

2012

2011

2010

Have you read any of these books? How did you like them? Are any of them favorites of yours?