Happy New Year! Sunday Post – January 3, 2020

January 3, 2021 Sunday Post 6

The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimberly, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, take a look ahead, and showcase our new treasures—I mean books!

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 2021

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

This Week on the Blog

  • Most Anticipated Releases for JanuaryJune 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

Audiobook cover: The Windsor Knot, by SJ Bennett

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.)

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay kind… and may you find books a haven in the coming weeks.

6 Responses to “Happy New Year! Sunday Post – January 3, 2020”

  1. Angela

    Happy New Year! I love your sentiments and really believe it’s so important to focus on the good things!

  2. RO

    There were a lot of celebrity deaths that hit me hard and included Chadwick Bosman and Alex Trebek among others. And I also lost an ex-husband(my son’s dad). We were still close but it was traumatic to see some of the suffering he went through. It hurt to lose him, but we believe he’s in God’s hands and no longer in so much pain. I’m hoping that we continue to see a mass outpouring of kindness towards those in need this year, and that we get close to being where we used to be. Like you, my goals are to continue to be more active, but I also want to visit a few more new blogs or podcasts. Yay to a healthy family. I know that can be scary. I’ve loved books since I was a young kid, so I’ll continue to update my reading for the year, and yes, they’ll be mostly suspense and thrillers(lol) but of course, I enjoy adding to the mix with Nora Roberts and a few newbies. As always, I wish you joy, safety, fun, prosperity and health this year. Sending lots of hugs, RO
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  3. Lark

    Knowing we have vaccines now gives me hope that there’s light at the end of this endless pandemic tunnel we’ve been living in. I wish you and your family all the best this year! 😀
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  4. Katherine

    We’ve been lucky on the income front as well as my husband was able to work from home since March and there’s no real plan to bring anyone back to the office for now. My mother was furloughed (she works at a museum) but her husband wasn’t and she is now back employed. My daughter’s teaching position did get cut due to budget restraints but it’s one of those things that I think is for the best. She wasn’t happy and it’s given her time to reevaluate what she wants to do. I’m so excited about the vaccines! I’m really crossing my fingers about the pediatric trials and hope they go very smoothly. Enjoy your reading and have a great week!

  5. Berls

    We’ve been fortunate as well – I lost my job, but got a new one without ever actually being unemployed. And we’ve stayed healthy. Trying to remember those blessings and be hopeful as we move into this new year. I’m very excited about the vaccines and super thankful to already have received my first dose. I hope everyone gets vaccinated soon!

    I hope you’re having a great week!
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