Not only are we starting a new week, but we are starting a new year as well. And, unlike most years, where I am kicking off the new year with reading challenges, I'm kicking off the new year with a Sunday/Monday post.
As usual, I'll be linking up to:
When we last checked in, I was in northern California for Christmas. I'm back home now. I drove down Tuesday. After saying that traffic wasn't usually an issue driving around Christmas, I got stuck in traffic for several hours. Not anything like those stranded due to weather have faced, but it was still pretty frustrating.
Worked Wednesday through Friday, although we did get off a couple hours early on Friday, which was nice.
And I really need to get moving on writing reviews. I haven't written any before Christmas, so I've got three books I need to review. That isn't like me. I'm going through Christmas time burnout. I just don't want to do anything, which is usually a pretty good sign that I shouldn't do anything.
Of course, I'm also thinking about the year ahead and how I can ease up on my posting schedule a little. I've posted something every day, sometimes more than one thing a day, for 10 years now without any real days off. I need some down time. Hopefully, I will figure out a way to do that this year.
Not that you'd know it from the reading challenges I signed up for this year. I believe I signed up for 17. Of course, I kept my commitments to them low. Most of them are just things I will naturally do as I read this year anyway, but we'll see what happens with them.
So what reading challenges did I sign up for this year? Here's the list:
Cruisin' Through the Cozies/Craving for Cozies (similar themes, so all the same books will count)
Cloak and Dagger
Calendar of Crime
Finishing the Series
Virtual Mount TBR
NetGalley and Edelweiss
52 Books in 52 Weeks
Reading by the Numbers
Coyer Chapter 1 (although I plan to sign up for the others as the year goes along)
As I said, that should keep me busy, although most of those will be easy for me to hit my goals. All the posts for these will go live tomorrow.
About half of these are new to me, too. The other half are the ones I did last year and I'm doing them again.
This Past Week on the Blog:
This Coming Week on the Blog:
Sunday - Happy New Year (You are here)
Monday - Reading Challenge Sign Up posts (multiple posts)
Tuesday - Fatal Fascinators by Jenn McKinlay
Wednesday and Beyond - That is a great question
Honestly, I don't have much planned beyond Tuesday yet. And I need to write a couple of reviews, but I'm not sure which will be posted when. Hopefully, I will at least get Gone for Gouda reviewed on Thursday.
As expected, I got books for Christmas.
Yes, there are two non-fiction books in there. I'm a fan of Matthew West's music, and I really love his song "The God Who Stays," so I was interested in reading the book. Meanwhile, I thought Life on the Mississippi by Rinker Buck sounded like a lot of fun.
And I got two historical mysteries. Both are set in England in the 1940's. A Peculiar Combination by Ashley Weaver is set during World War II, and The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair is set after the war has ended.
And because those books weren't enough, I stopped by Barnes and Nobel while they were having their 50% off hardcovers sale. I was looking for a couple of books, but the only one they had in stock was Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn. I've been hearing lots of great things about it, so I'm looking forward to reading it.
As I type this, I've just barely started Aerobics Can Be Deadly by Ryan Rivers. I've had a lazy Saturday, not doing most of what I planned today, including reading and writing reviews. I had hoped I might get it read over Saturday and Sunday and been ready to start my next book, Oh Danny Girl by C. Michele Dorsey on Monday. But we'll see if that winds up happening or not.
Once again, Happy 2023! Hope you have a great start to the year this week.