Sunday Post: 2022–A new year

Connecting with others to talk about books plus a little about our personal lives


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

2022 begins. And hard to believe we start a third year with Covid-19 still causing many deaths and consuming our thoughts and changing our lives.

My Christmas

So fun with our children and our animals here in our new home. I know how lucky and blessed we are–we’re vaccinated, healthy, we like and love each other, our kids have good jobs, my husband and I have enough to live a comfortable life.


I read 103 books in 2021 so I exceeded my Goodreads Reading Challenge by three books! I decided to keep my 2022 challenge at 100. That’s a comfortable number for me. I have plans to do a few more things in 2022 besides my blog and reading though reading remains one activity I would have a hard time giving up. That is why I’m a readerholic after all. . . .

Louise Penny is one of my favorite authors. She writes the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series–a wonderful well-written mystery series. Each month she sends a newsletter to subscribers and I have come to admire not only her fiction writing, but also her candidness and thoughtfulness in her newsletters. I received her January newsletter yesterday. One of the things she includes in every newsletter is a quote and I love quotes!

Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Year’s prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.

Susan Sontag

At the end of her January newsletter Louise Penny took the quote and adapted it slightly: “Kindness, dear friend… Kindness. And courage. And health.”

And that, dear friends, is what I wish for all of you in 2022!

Posts for next week
  • January 2022 books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt
Books read
  • The Wicche Glass Tavern by Seana Kelly
  • Moorings by David Moore
  • “Warms You Twice” by Craig Johnson (2021 Walt Longmire Christmas short story)
New books

What are your plans and hope for 2022?

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate

‘Twas Christmas broach’d the mightiest ale;
‘Twas Christmas told the merriest tale;
A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
The poor man’s heart through half the year.
–Walter Scott

“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day.
— Jean Fritz


My three kids are with us and I feel very lucky to have them here to celebrate our first Christmas in our new house.

I made cards this year and had lots of fun making them though I got a late start. I didn’t get my  cards sent out until this week, but I did get them sent out with a short note so that made me happy!


I haven’t posted much in December. It has been a very busy month plus I’ve had various computer problems most of the month. My son is here for Christmas and has solved the last of the computer problems…at least for now.

I plan to get back on schedule after Christmas. For now I hope you all have a wonderful day!

How are you spending your day?




Quotes inspire!



Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week. This week–the quotes which inspire. These quotes encourage me, remind me to do better and inspire.

1. I love Dr. Seuss. And this quote reminds me not to be sad something is over. Such good advice.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

2. This quote reminds me of the wedding from this last weekend. My husband and I had so much fun dancing!

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey

3. Yes! Life goes on and we need to get on with it and enjoy it.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

― Robert Frost

4. I love Eleanor Roosevelt and all she did during her life. Her life is inspiring. She had people try to make her feel inferior, but she soldiered on. A quote for everyone to remember. We all have people we compare ourselves to and we need to remember to do the best we can.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

5. This is something I always remember. The truth is so much easier! Mark Twain is so funny, but also so wise.

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
― Mark Twain

6. Maya Angelou is so right. I want to make people feel good about themselves and their lives.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

7. This is a hard one to remember. I tend to worry about what might happen. But I want to live life to the fullest. And  education and learning are part of my mantra. I never want to stop learning.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

8. Martin Luther King Jr. is so inspiring. We so need to remember him and remember to love one another.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

9. So true and something for me to remember, because I’m a cautious person. I need to remember to stretch myself.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

10. Yes, Neil Gaiman! One of the reasons I love fairy tales . . . but also maybe dragons are real. I want to prepare.

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline


What quotes inspire you?

Favorite book quotes

uniquely-portable-magicTop Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week. This week is a rewind week meaning I pick a past topic to write about.

I love quotes and haven’t collected my favorite book quotes here before so that’s what I have this week! I also love the way quotes are often paired with illustrations so I’ve included some of those.

The quote to the left by Stephen King is one I love.

fangirl-quoteAnd the quote at the right from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is from a book I haven’t read yet, but have in my TBR pile. I hope to read it this spring!

The following quotes aren’t necessarily my most favorite book quotes. There are too many for that…LOL. These are some I like quite a bit and in no particular order!


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

“Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”
― Mark Twain

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice robert-frost

“We read to know we are not alone.”
― C. S. Lewis

The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
― Robert A. Heinlein

“No woman really wants a man to carry her off; she only wants him to want to do it.”
― Elizabeth Peters (said by character Amelia Peabody)


Some quotes I like because of the book or the author they are from (Pride and Prejudice and Elizabeth Peters, for example). Other quotes I like because of what they say to me. Still others I think are funny (the Heinlein quote and Mark Twain). A few I memorized in school (the Shakespeare quote) and still remember them.

The quote to the right…because I love Dr. Seuss and love reading his books and others to children!

What about you? Do you like quotes? Do you have favorites?