Happy New Year

Happy New Year

We stayed home on New Year’s Eve and our daughter came over for dinner. We watched a movie–Death at a Funeral (the 2007 British version and loved it)–and played a card game. We had lots of fun and my husband and I went to bed before midnight. I guess that’s kind of pathetic, but we don’t go out on New Year’s Eve and we usually don’t stay up until midnight. New Year’s Eve isn’t a big holiday for us.

We had a very low-key day on New Year’s Day–watched a little football and ate leftovers. I started a reorganization of my craft room for the new year.

I hope everyone has a very happy year. I know many people are glad 2016 is over and it did have difficult moments, but there were also lots of good times, too. I’m trying to remember those good moments!

I’ve spent the last week since Christmas pondering what I want to accomplish in 2017. I’m not making resolutions, but I am setting goals. I’m not sure there’s a lot of difference, but goals seem more positive to me.

Over the next week or so I plan to state my goals for my blog. I’m still creating them and they are a work in progress anyway.

Anyway, I’m hoping the year is starting out well for all of you.

 

Today is a good day for my husband and me since it is our 35th wedding anniversary. We tend are low-key about our anniversaries, but we are going out to dinner to celebrate. Looking forward to that since we haven’t been out too much since my husband was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. (He’s doing well, by the way so we have lots to celebrate.)

What did you do for New Year’s Eve? On New Year’s Day? What are your plans for 2017?

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Sunday Post: Jan 3

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This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Last Week–home and bloghappy new year

New year 2016!

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.

― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

My husband and I went out to dinner on New Year’s Eve, but we were home early and in bed before midnight!

Television

We caught up on TV shows we hadn’t watched in the last couple of weeks. We also watched all the episodes of The Expanse that are available now and watched the science fiction mini series Childhood’s End which aired in mid December on the Syfy channel. It was adapted from the book by Arthur C. Clarke.

The blog

I’m working on end-of-year posts as well as posts for the new year. I even made an infographic to illustrate my reading summary for 2015. I still have a number of reviews to post for books I read in 2015.

Blog posts

What I’m reading

 Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

What I read last week

Death in a Red Canvas Chair by N. A. Granger

Radiance by Grace Draven

New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

Fire Touched by Paricia Briggs

Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney

Library books

None

E-books

Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy

Born in a Burial Gown by Mike Craven

Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace

 Audiobooks

The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan

Next Week–home & blog

We’re going to New York City to visit our son and see a few theater shows at the end of the week. We’re looking forward to that. But I have quite a bit to do to get ready. We’re taking the train round trip so that will be fun.

Blog posts

  • January books on my list
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • 2015 reading challenges–how’d I do?
  • 2016 reading challenges
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

2016 here we come . . .

I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I like poetry for reflection (although I’m not very good at seeing some of the nuances!) New Year’s Day is a good day to reflect upon the past, present and future. A bit cliché perhaps . . . oh, well

Ogden Nash is a favorite poet of mine–I think because I mostly understand him! I read some of his poems to my kids when they were little.

Tonight’s December thirty-first,
Something is about to burst.
The clock is crouching, dark and small,
Like a time bomb in the hall.
Hark, it’s midnight, children dear.
Duck! Here comes another year!
― Ogden Nash, Collected verse from 1929 on

2016-here-we-come

The next poem seems pessimistic. And the beginning is what I think when I try to write anything about the new year!

The Year

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

And then we have the classic writers:

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.

― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…

― Alfred Lord Tennyson

2015 was a good year for me, but for the world as a whole it’s hard not to hope “it will be happier”…

I don’t make resolutions, but I do like to take a look at the last year and the year to come. Over the next few days I will take a look at my blog during 2015 and what I hope to do during 2016.

So . . . I hope it’s a happy year for all of you . . . .

Sunday Post–Jan 4

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 Happy New Year!

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

 

Last Week

Home & blog

I’ve stayed with my older daughter in Illinois this last week. it was a great week. I rested up after the hectic, but fun Christmas week and managed to get my end of year posts completed and posted!

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff

What I read the this week

Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (audio)

Books, E-books, Audiobooks–NetGalley, library, purchased or free

 

Kindle e-books (bought or free)

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia Macneal

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Defy by Sara B. Larson

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

Audiobooks

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Next Week

Home & blog

I leave for home Sunday afternoon. My husband is picking me up and we’ll have the evening together then he leaves on a business trip. At least I get to see him for a few hours! I know I’ll have lots to do when I get home so I’ll stay busy while he’s gone!

Blog Posts

  • January books on my radar . . .
  • TTT: Most anticipated debut novels
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

What books did you collect last week? What are you planning next week?

New Author Challenge 2013 Wrap-Up

Happy New Year to Everyone!

I hope you all had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve and will have a wonderful year.

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New Author Challenge
Disclaimer: Artwork used (with permission) for the button is Anglerfish by Vlad Gerasimov.

I participated in the 2013 New Authors Challenge which is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. I’ve really enjoyed the new authors I’m reading this year!

The Literary Escapism Blog is hosting another New Author Challenge for 2014. Check it out and join the challenge!

I challenged myself to read 25 new-to-me authors in 2013. I won my challenge and actually read and reviewed 32 new authors in 2013!

On December 17 I even wrote a post (for Top Ten Tuesday) of my favorite new authors of the year.

Since I wrote that on Dec 17 I have another favorite new author: Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches)!

This was the only Challenge I participated in this year, but since this was a favorite part of my year this year I’ve decided to participate in several more challenges in 2014! I will write a post about them in the next week.