Happy New Year!
I can’t tell you how glad I am to see the end of 2020. It was a terrible year in so many ways, for so many people, and my heart goes out to everyone who has struggled or lost someone they love this year.
On a personal level, Mr. Bookwyrm and I have had it relatively easy. He remains employed but can work from home. My work dried up in the fall, but I have several projects lined up for the next few months. And other than a scare when our niece and her husband got COVID (they are recovering well so far), all our family remain healthy and employed. For all of that, I am deeply thankful.
I am also hopeful that 2021 will be better. We are still in for a long, tough fight against the virus, and it’s going to take time to get enough people vaccinated to make a difference, but at least there are several effective vaccines now. That gives me hope.
I’m keeping my personal and reading goals simple this year. I posted my reading goals a few days ago. In the rest of my life, I’d like to make more time for creativity (knitting, spinning, writing), and not let my perfectionism keep me from taking creative risks. I’d like to exercise more. I’d like my house to be a little less cluttered, my spirit a little more joyful, my mind a little more disciplined, and my heart a little more generous.
I wish you all a happy New Year and a better year than the one we just had. May it bring you joy, peace, comfort, strength, and blessing.
The Backlist Reader Challenge
The Backlist Reader Challenge sign-up linky is live, and it’s not too late to sign up. Come join me in 2021 as we read books that have been on our TBR lists or piles for a good long while.
Last Week on the Blog
- Sunday Post – 12/27/2020
- My Favorite Books of 2020 – Top Ten Tuesday
- My 2021 Reading Goals and Challenges
- The Backlist Reader Challenge 2020: Wrap-up Posts Linky
- Sunday Post – 12/27/2020 – this post
This Week on the Blog
- Most Anticipated Releases for January–June 2021 – tentative
- All the Colors of Night by Jayne Ann Krentz – review
- My Winter 2020-2021 TBR List – tentative
- Sunday Post – 12/27/2020 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I continued my Krentz/Quick/Castle binge-reread, finishing the Arcane Society series (Quicksilver, Canyons of Night) and continuing the Harmony series with The Lost Night, Deception Cove, The Hot Zone, and Siren’s Call. With the new year beginning, and with it my 2021 reading challenges, this week I plan to start reading one of the books I was given for Christmas. (Click titles for Goodreads page or, if bolded, my review.)
Listening to: The Windsor Knot, a mystery by S. J. Bennett featuring Queen Elizabeth as the amateur detective. It’s more serious and less fluffy than I thought it would be — not really a cozy, but more of a traditional amateur-detective mystery. I think I’m going to enjoy the series.
Watching: We watched several episodes of Discovery, season 3.
Playing: Pokemon Go, Carcassonne, Merge Magic, and DragonVale.
Added to the Hoard
Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)
Kindle: An Artless Demise; Hideaway; Network Effect; Circe; At the Gates and Other Stories; A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking; The Left-Handed Booksellers of London; Last Writes. (Click title for Goodreads page.)