Sunday Post: A new decade

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


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’m thinking a lot about the start of a new decade. [I know technically this isn’t the start and that next year is, but this what I’m calling the start of the decade.] This decade needs lots to happen in our world and I’m not sure we’re going to get it done. I guess in ten years we’ll know. In the meantime, I’ll keep reading. (I kind of feel like I’m fiddling while Rome burns.)

Back home
Olie playing with the rearview mirror during a rest break on the drive home

We got back home from Christmas and New Years in Indiana on Friday. We had a wonderful time there, but it’s so nice to get home and know that I can stay home for a while! We took our kitten Olie with us since he’s only four months old. He did great with his first introduction to dogs, small children, lots of new people and long car rides in a cat carrier. We let him out of the carrier when we stopped and he had fun exploring the car–especially the dashboard.

Now that I’m home I have lots of cards to make, but first I need to clean up my craft room which I left in a terrible mess before we left for Christmas. That’s going to take me several days!

My husband and I are getting ready to participate in our first Iowa Caucus. I’ve never caucused before, but I’m looking forward to it.


We finished watching The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition Saturday night. I enjoyed it a lot though I still like the British edition better. I do hope they continue to do more of the American edition though.

Blog Life

I read my first book of the new year–Carrots by Colleen Helme–on New Year’s Day. It’s the beginning of a series and a new author to me. I really liked it and look forward to more books. And since there are already 12 books in the series I will have plenty to read! I like the idea of starting a new year with a new series and new author.

I’ve been working on end of year posts, but didn’t get any finished this last week. I plan to finish and post them this next week. (I hope.) I also want to post a goals post–which I haven’t started yet! And I’m still thinking about what my goals are for the next year.

Last week
Next week
  • Ten Anticipated books for first half of 2020
  • My favorite books of 2019
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Favorite books of the last decade
  • 2020 goals
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima
What I read recently
  • Between Homes by W.R. Gingell
  • Carrots by Colleen Helme
Books I got recently

I got a “few” books…haha! Amazon had an offer that if I bought $20 in ebooks I’d get $5 for more ebooks so, of course, I had to do it and I had no problem spending the $5 either!

The Silver Mark by Sarah Painter (ebook/purchased)

Lost Hills by Lee Goldberg (ebook/purchased)

Wyrde and Wayward by Charlotte E. English (ebook/purchased)

Snow Day by Andrea K. Höst (ebook/purchased)

Balanced Chaos by Charissa Dufour (ebook/purchased)

Cold Noses and Warm Hearts by Laurie Morrow (ebook/purchased)

Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood (ebook/purchased)

Carrots by Colleen Helme (Kindle Unlimited)

Days Gone Bad by Eric Asher (Kindle Unlimited)

Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima (Library, ebook)

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

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.

14 thoughts on “Sunday Post: A new decade”

  1. I’m glad you had such a great time in Indiana and that your kitty coped so well. You have a wonderful haul of books, there. I, too, got a new influx of books, courtesy of gift vouchers and book tokens… Have a great week, Jan.

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  2. You had a lovely holiday but it is great to be home. I have the same sort of cleanup to do of my sewing are caused by me searching for something. I found it and left the mess. I have had Carrots for awhile and not yet read it. I also have Days Gone Bad which I’ve started reading and I loved Tracking Game. I had a hard time settling in enough to reflect with the blur of activity these last 2 weeks to write my goals. Have a wonderful week and enjoy your reads!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   


    1. Thanks, Anne! I’ve finished Tracking Game and I loved it. Lots to get done around the house still. And reflecting on anything has been hard for me to do, too.


  3. 😀 I just checked Tracking Game out of the library! It’s such a great series; I’m looking forward to reading it. And Carrots sounds really interesting.


    1. I’ve finished Tracking Game and it was great. I love the series, too. And Carrots was good. Different enough that I wasn’t quite sure how it would end!


    1. I have been listening to reports coming from Australia about the fires there and I feel so bad for you all. It must be horrible for you all to see this happening even if you’re not in an area where there are fires. I grew up in the western United States and we had several fires close to our house. The fires here in the U.S. have gotten worse in recent years.

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