10 Books on my TBR

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I have an incredibly long TBR on my kindle. Books I’ve bought that have languished unread for months (or years in a couple cases.) So here’s a least of ten, in no particular order, that I’ve bumped up in the hopes I’ll read them this month (or next, if I’m honest.)

  1. The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
  2. Get It Right by Skye Kilean
  3. The Plot is Murder by V.M. Burns
  4. Deep Fried Trouble by Tyora Moody
  5. Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon
  6. Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
  7. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  8. Furiously Happy by Jenny Trout
  9. I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagán
  10. The Psychopath by Mary Turner Thomson

Books I re-read in the past year.

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Both last year and this year thus far, I’ve honestly found it hard to read ‘new’ books at times. I wanted/needed the comfort of stories where I already knew the conclusion.

Granted, I’m autistic and often find comfort in re-reading stories.

Here are the books I’ve re-read at least once in the past year and a half.

  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • The Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series by Kerry Greenwood
  • The first four books in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

There are a few other ones that I’ve re-read. And actually, I think I re-read the Miss Fisher series at least twice. I’ve even watched the TV adaptation and the movie a few times.

Last year was a cosy mystery sort of year.

Didn’t we all need something cosy? It can’t just be me.

Favourite Reads of 2020

2020 was an odd year for reading. I usually read on average a book or two a week. This year I went through phases were I didn’t read for ages then I read five books in a week. So I thought I’d share a few of my favourites from the past twelve months.

They are in no particular order. (Well, technically I’ve put them in alphabetical order)

  • A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau
  • Demons Do It Better by Louisa Masters
  • Finding Joy by Adriana Herrera
  • Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman
  • Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
  • Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspooon
  • The Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series by Kerry Greenwood – No lie, I read the entire series about three times this year.
  • Thicker Than Water by Becca Seymour

What about you?

What were some of your favourite reads this year?

What am I reading?

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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

What am I reading?

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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.)

  1. 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.
  2. Newsletter Ninja by  Tammi Labrecque – makes the list because not only was it highly useful but it made me laugh.
  3. 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?

Find Your Joy.

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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.

For me?

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?

Snow.

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?