Hello, my lovelies.
First off, happy New Year! I could not have imagined five months ago when I started this little project that I could find so many people to hang out with, talk about books with, obsess about books with. Blogging is a ton of work, but it’s more rewarding than I expected, and that is all down to you guys.
This week has been a little exhausting. I stayed at my Mom’s till Tuesday night, then spent Wednesday largely unconscious. I don’t travel well any more. Thursday was the cleaners’ day, so there was early-morning mad scrambling to get Christmas presents stowed and suitcases unpacked, and then we had to take our sick-but-stable cat to her annual neurologist visit. It went well, but was exhausting all around. Thursday night was day one of our three-day end-of-year gaming extravaganza, with our friend Lowell coming over for the day. We played Wingspan and more Jump Drive than I thought possible. Then on NYE, our friends Philip and Jasmine came over for MORE Wingspan, and possibly a little wine. NYD was all Lowell again, and later Philip and Jasmine again. We gamed till the wee hours on Sunday…which brings us current.
I really need to get back to blogging ahead…I have been so crazy the last couple weeks that it’s all I can do to keep the blog lights on. This week should be all about rest, and setting up the blog schedule in a way that I’ll be able to maintain easily.
This week’s Let’s Talk Bookish is all about how the blogging year went, so I’ll not go into too much detail here…more to come tomorrow on that.
I read three books this week. I mistakenly thought that I would do nothing on the holiday week but read…and I could not have been more wrong. What I did instead was play games with friends, eat really good food, and bake with my mom, all of which seems like it might be more important on a rare family week than squirreling myself away with a book. There are 51 other weeks for that, amirite?
Anyway, the three books means that I ended the year with 170, far exceeding my goal of 100. I’ve decided to try to up that next year, which will likely be a huge mistake…but I have set a goal of 185. Fingers crossed.
I reviewed The Matzah Ball last Wednesday, so nothing new there. I liked Duke, Actually quite a bit—it was possibly the slowest-burn romance I have ever read, but that meant that there was plenty of time for me to get 100% invested in Dani and Max—and did I ever get invested. Finally, my New Year’s Eve morning read was Main Street Dealmaker, which was completely PWP—but it was the perfect way to spend a lazy morning. Recommend all three.
OK, that’s all from the 52 rest slab. This week, be extra-gentle with yourself. Stay in if you can—Omicron is no joke. But most of all, start your year with a GREAT book!
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