My goal for 2020 was to read at least a book a week. I did brilliantly in January. And then didn’t read a thing in February. Ahh well. I’m going to try to catch up since I’m in between WIPs.
So, here’s what I’ve been reading lately.
1. Lavender Blue by Laura Childs – I have mixed feelings about this one but overall I enjoyed it.
2. Thicker than Water by Becca Seymour – Adored this. 5 stars!
3. Follow My Lead by Louisa Masters – Also adored this one.
4. Julia Chase’s Kitty Couture series for a second time. Such a fun cozy series.
5. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
I have not read as many books this year thus far as I hoped. Well, I’ve read a lot of cosy mysteries, but not much else. Sometimes with my reading, my autistic obsessive passion kicks in, and I’ll fall down a rabbit hole of reading ALL the same things over and over.
And usually, throughout a year, I’ll read a lot of non-fiction.
Not so much in 2019.
But I thought I’d share my top three so far, which might change.
I wouldn’t say these are my favourite non-fiction of all time. I did enjoy them for different reasons, though Jason Fox’s book probably makes it into my top ten non-fiction of all time. Or, maybe top twenty. (I’ve read A LOT of non-fiction over the years.)
- Battle Scars by Jason Fox – Solid 10 out of 10 read. Not a book everyone will enjoy, but I found his battle with PTSD to be inspiring.
- Newsletter Ninja by Tammi Labrecque – makes the list because not only was it highly useful but it made me laugh.
- Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind edited by Jocelyn Glei – so, I have mixed feelings about this book. It did give me a powerful new perspective on adjusting my daily schedule in a way that works for me and encourages my creative process. On the other hand, I found a lot of it to just…be nonsense (from my perspective.)
I’ve read a lot of military memoirs up to this point so far in 2019. One was because my hubby got it for himself and I wanted to read it. He’s a slow reader so I got it first.
How about you?
Do you read a lot of non-fiction?
Just a fun post this week with a few of my favourite book covers from 2019 thus far. I couldn’t include all the ones I loved and there is no particular order here.
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (A fellow Autistic, yay!)
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
The Candle And The Flame by Nafiza Azad
Broken Bone China by Laura Childs
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
A Divided Mind by M. Billiter
Zed by MV Ellis
There have been so many beautiful and/or interesting book covers this year. What have been some of your favourites?
Can I be honest?
2018 has been a bit of a trash fire of a year, hasn’t it?
Stepping away from the chaotic whirlwind of bad news has been a struggle. Being creating in 2018 has been even more difficult. It’s important to write, even in the middle of the muck.
I think, more than any other time, it’s also important to find happy moments and pursue them.
This weekend, that meant baking, reading, and video games.
Baking? That went brilliantly. I made Mary Berry’s recipe for profiteroles, photo evidence above. They tasted AMAZING. They also didn’t last the weekend lol. Yum.
Reading? I finally got around to reading Alison Weir’s Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen, which I enjoyed immensely. I love a good historical fiction. And this one was definitely half fact and half fiction. Brilliantly done though.
Video games? I’ve gotten completely obsessed with the latest Assassin’s Creed game, Odyssey. Epic, brilliant, amazing. Love it so much.
Now, I’m back to writing on my new work in progress–an urban fantasy. Should be great fun.
How about you? What moments of joy are you finding for yourself this year?
The weatherman told us we’d get a little bit of snow on Friday. The bastard lied. We got non-stop thick snow for most of the day and wound up with around eight to ten inches. My dog was not amused.
She hopped around in it for a bit, completely disappearing.
I loved it…right up until the point when both our power and internet decided to go out.
I handled it fairly well. I lived in the Dominican Republic for two years when I was in my twenties, dealing with power outages was a daily occurrence, so I have loads of experience.
What do I do with my time? I reread the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs (the ones I had in paperback in any case.) I also read a few of Mary Balogh’s novels. Oh, and I made some headway on a less exciting non-fiction book that I’ve been putting off.
My beloved hubby did NOT handle being without power and internet. Accurate depiction of him:
He also whined a bit (and by that I mean constantly), and I ended up feeling a bit like this:
Did you get any snow this weekend?
(And five reasons to love Aled.)
As the release date to The Botanist approaches, I thought I’d share a bit about the two main characters. I fell in love with both of them and hope you do the same.
- He’s a hero.
- Hilariously funny.
- Incredibly hot.
- A Navy SEAL. Who doesn’t love a SEAL?
- Genuinely cares about helping others.
- Great hair. He’s got better hair than I do.
- Plants. More plants. All the plants. He talks to them and treats them like his pets.
- His brilliant mind.
- Courage in the face of a terrible event.
- His optimism.
What makes you a love a character?
Author: Randi Perrin
Title: Virtue and Honor
Series: Earthbound Angels, Book 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: July 29, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Angela Waters juggles two high-stress jobs: nurse and earthbound angel. On a rare girls’ night out, she intervenes and saves the life of Mason Kearney, a stripper with southern charm and a secret. It’s a move that will force her to contemplate why in all the heavens she puts up with the injustice of being an angel, which leads to a bombshell that challenges everything she’s ever known.
In the midst of falling for the Alabama boy, she’s in for the fight of her life when a demon, hell-bent on taking her wings, shows up at the most inopportune times.
With a family of angels rallying behind her, she’s sent on a mission to learn everything about them, herself, and evil, to save all the earthbounds from an untimely demise.
Can Angela survive with her heart and her wings intact?
Randi has spent her entire life writing in one form or another. In fact, if she wasn’t writing, she’d likely go completely and utterly insane. Her husband has learned to recognize when the voices are talking in her head and she needs some quality time with an empty Word file (the key to a successful marriage with a writer).She lives with her husband, daughter, and four-legged children—all of which think they are people too.
A pop culture junkie, she has been known to have entire conversations in movie quotes and/or song lyrics.
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