Sunday Post: A new decade

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’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.

Television

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?

Sunday Post: Jan 3

Sunday-Post

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: Dec 27

Sunday-Post

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 blog

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Christmas!

My husband, three kids and I were all together for Christmas this year. So nice. Doesn’t happen so often when the kids are grown. We even had a bit of snow for a white Christmas!

We saw Star Wars on Christmas Eve and played Exploding Kittens card game on Christmas! Swedish pancakes for Christmas breakfast, pork loin for Christmas dinner and Mocha Pudding Cake for dessert. We all had a wonderful time together.

My husband and I drove to Illinois on Saturday for our flight home from Chicago on Sunday. Lots of fog and rain. Hard to believe up to 70 when we arrive in Maryland on Sunday.

Television

We caught up on Dr. Who. We don’t get BBC America and my daughter has all the episodes saved so we have watched the current season including the Christmas special. Yay!

The blog

Not much on the blog this week–it was Christmas. I hope to catch up on my commenting next week.

Blog posts

What I’m reading

Radiance by Grace Draven

What I read last week

Murder Fir Christmas by Joyce Lavene & Jim Lavene

“Magic Stars” by Ilona Andrews

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

None

Library books

None

E-books

 Stiff penalty by Annelise Ryan

Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Anthology edited by Jennifer Brozek

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Audiobooks

If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell

Tinsel Talk: Favorite Holiday Stories from NPR by National Public Radio

Next Week–home & blog

Back to Maryland on Sunday and lots of catching up at home. Can’t wait to see my cats and spend some one-on-one time with my husband.

Hard to believe 2016 arrives next week!

Blog posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Happy 2016
  • Sunday Post

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

Sunday Post–January 5

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kim 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 participate in every week and I thank Kim for hosting it!

Last Week

Around the House

We had a pretty quiet week. New Years was nice. We watched some football games on New Years Day and throughout the week. We’re Green Bay Packers fans so we were happy they won last Sunday. The game today may be harder…it will certainly be colder since it’s in Green Bay, Wisconsin (supposed to be below zero).

It was our anniversary this week and we had planned to take a long weekend trip, but my husband was sick and the weather was snowy and cold. He stayed home from work and went to the doctor a couple times, but is on the mend.

I spent lots of time reading and not much blogging. The Touchstone series by Andrea K. Höst I read is wonderful and all I wanted to do was read!

Blog

Sunday Post–December 29

New Author Challenge 2013 Wrap-up

Favorite Books & Reading Summary–2013

What I’m reading

The Silvered by Tanya Huff

What I read this week

Lab Rat One by Andrea K. Höst

Caszandra by Andrea K. Höst

E-books bought

I went a little wild with all the books I bought–so many good sales!

Caszandra by Andrea K. Höst

The first eight of the In Death series by J. D. Robb–Naked in Death is the first

Promise of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst

Secrets of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst

Stork by Wendy Delsol

Dead Set by Richard Kadrey

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Loving a Lost Lord by Mary Jo Putney

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Next Week

Around the house

We’ve put away most of the Christmas decorations so I’m hoping to get more done next week. I need to break out of the holiday mode and move into the January and Winter mode!

Posts on the blog

I still have several books from 2013 to review. I hope to post all those reviews by the middle of the month.

  • Books on my radar…January
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Review: Bloodfever & Faefever
  • Reading Challenges–2014
  • Review:
  • Sunday Post

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Are you making resolutions for the new year? Other new year plans or posts?

Sunday Post–December 29

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kim 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 participate in every week and I thank Kim for hosting it!

Last Week

Around the House

This week was family time. We played games (dominoes and backgammon), watched a few movies (Elf, Despicable Me), walked around the neighborhood especially at night (looking at Christmas lights), talked, cooked, baked, ate a lot…it was all pretty relaxed and fun.

Our son was only here Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. His allergies and our cats don’t get along. Our two daughters left yesterday (Saturday) and that was a sad day for me. I miss them so much, but they are happy in the Midwest and our older daughter just got a full-time job, but will continue with her Master’s program. The job is 90 minutes away from where she’s living now so she’s moving (her Master’s program is available online).

Our neighbors invited us to a get-together at their home on Saturday night and that was lots of fun. We met more people in our neighborhood and enjoyed lots of great food, drink and conversation.

Blog

Sunday Post–December 22

Review: Poltergeist by Kat Richardson

Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

What I’m reading

Lab Rat One by Andrea K. Höst

What I read this week

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

E-books bought

Through the Evil Days by Julie Spencer-Fleming

Genesis by Bernard Beckett

Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She’s Dead by Christiana Miller

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King (Christmas gift)

A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie King (Christmas gift)

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen

Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak

Geek with the Cat Tattoo by Theresa Weir

Lab Rat One by Andrea K. Höst

Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen by Lindsay Ashford

Next Week

Around the house

My husband goes back to work for two days and then takes the rest of the week off. Our wedding anniversary is on January 2 so we plan to spend some time in Baltimore, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore. I hope we can stay in a bed and breakfast in Annapolis!

Posts on the blog

I’m preparing end-of-year and beginning-of-year posts and preparing to move my blog to my self-hosted site. I’ve still got a few things to do so we’ll  see how it all goes.

  • New Author Challenge 2013 Wrap-up
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Review: Bloodfever & Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
  • Review:
  • Sunday Post

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What are your end of the year plans? New year plans?