Monday, December 28, 2020

In "One Word"

 It's time for me to choose my One Word, something I've been doing for the past few years after reading about it on Sheila's Book Journey site. 

Some people might disregard this notion, thinking that it seems like a New Year's resolution that will be thrown to the side after a few weeks. But to me the One Word means more; it is more like a reminder: Hey, keep it up, don't forget, just try.

 My One Word for 2021 is  IMPROVE.

Improve my health. Improve my strained family relations. Improve my outlook on life. Improve my brain health by picking up new hobbies or interests to make the grey matter work harder. Improve my optimism ...improve everything I can... and question what I cannot.

Do you choose a One Word, whether on your blog or in your life?

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All

 

I hope we all find peace and safer and saner times ahead in 2021. We have hit rock bottom and now we will be able to savor all the small victories that come our way.

I hope you find time for reading in the rest of this year. I actually read 105 books according to Goodreads and have at least another book to be added as done before it's over.

I'm not making it a race, but it is my observation that having the most books I've ever read in a year can be contributed to much more downtime at home while keeping distanced. There were some rough patches when I just couldn't find a title that would keep my interest but then off I'd go on a spree so IDK, but I'm happy with most of my choices. 

Hugs and hearts to all my bookish friends! I hope to return to more consistent blogging next month. Peace and Joy, Rita

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Looking Back On My Books of 2020

 Hello all! Still here, kinda sorta, maybe. I definitely am lacking any motivation to write detailed reviews and general posts. Just that kind of year. We're getting our first snowfall of the season today-- supposedly will be a whopper-- so I decided the time was right for hot tea and a look back at my books read. If you read my blog you'll have an inkling about what I like to read. I don't think I'll do another of these by the end of the month, so use this as the guide to my 2020 reading. I welcome and respect any thoughts to the contrary here.  

My thoughts are just that-- my thoughts!

one of my favorite covers, not counting book content

 

First, some fun facts about my year in books:

number of books read: 98 and will definitely hit 100 or more by New Year's

my average rating: 4.2 stars

average length of book:  321 pages

shortest book vs longest page count: 212- 535

most popular book on Goodreads that I read: Untamed by Glennon Doyle

least popular on Goodreads that I read: One of Them by Eti Dayan 

number of male authors vs female: 19 male, 79 female

a part of an ongoing series: just 8, a surprising fact for me because I love series!

number of first-time authors: 49 (!) vs 49 I've read before-- This SURPRISES THE HECK out of me! Due to Kindle Unlimited & being able to take a chance on new-to-me ones.

Favorite covers, judging just by gut feeling: The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs and Find Me by Anne Frasier, both featured in this post. Why-- the colors, and I have a thing for things in a jar, lol, and crows, actually!

 Those titles 

that surprised me and/or more enjoyable for me than I suspected: 

  •  Long Bright River by Liz Moore
  • Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton
  •  Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald
  • The Last Sister by Kendra Elliot
  • Hide Away by Jason Pinter
  • The Last Flight by Julie Clark
  • The Burn by Kathleen Kent
  • Two Truths and a Lie by Meg Mitchell Moore
  • Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber
  • Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
  • No Mercy by Joanna Schauffhausen
  • The Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz
  • A Breath After Drowning by Alice Blanchard
  • Love, Lost, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
  • Emma In the Night by Wendy Walker
  • Don't Turn Around by Jessica Barry
  • This Secret Thing by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
  • A Lily in the Light by Kristin Fields
  • When You See Me by Lisa Gardner 
  • Digging In by Loretta Nyhan
  • Find Me by Anne Frasier
  • Outsider by Linda Castillo
  • The Janes by Louisa Luna 

 

Those Titles 

That Disappointed and/or Left Me Feeling Dissatisfied:

  1. You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley
  2. Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
  3. Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin
  4. Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
  5. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  6. The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian (an author I've read before & enjoyed)
  7. The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs (an author I've read before & enjoyed)
  8. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  9. Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford
  10. The Boy Between by Josiah Hartley and Amanda Prowse
  11. The Survivors by Jane Harper 

The rest (the other titles that add up to 98) were good reads... but maybe not totally engrossing for me. This is my opinion only and sometimes is not the popular one, but I'm being totally honest. If an author sees that I've put their book under the less than stellar heading, remember.... the beauty of reading is that there is always a book for someone out there. If not for me, then maybe for you.




 

I can't pick just one book as my favorite this year. As I look over this list I see that I'm influenced by using Kindle Unlimited and almost no NetGalley. Therefore, some of the books I named were not published this year, but I read them this year. Here are my favorite picks (I think).

  1. Long Bright River
  2. Hide Away
  3. The Burn
  4. The Janes
  5. Find Me
    

my other favorite cover, not counting the content
 
I hope you might find even one title from here that interests you enough to dig in further. I'm fairly eclectic, so I have several genres mentioned.
 
Until next time... stay safe, stay sane, stay reading!