This section used to be titled “pandemic gratitude,” but my tendency is to want to talk about weekly highlights, which sometimes don’t sound grateful. Plus, this pandemic has to come to an end. As Lou @ Lou Lou Reads says, “I’m personally looking forward to enough people having been vaccinated for hugs to be legal again.” Right there with you, sister. However, you lovely readers seem to enjoy hearing a bit of non-bookishness about me, so I’m keeping this section that’s about my life.
Nick and I had a four-day weekend thanks to the new year. We’re not big “Happy New Year!” people, oftentimes missing the stroke of midnight. Plus, freezing rain and then snow kept us holed up much of the weekend:
For those of you who have never romped in the snow or have summer during Christmas, this is the perfect snowman/snow ball fight kind of snow. It’s just wet enough that it packs well. When it’s really, really freezing outside, snow doesn’t stick and is more like instant potato flakes. Indoors, we’ve been working through one of my Christmas presents: the complete Tales from the Crypt TV series. I used to love this show when I was younger, and it holds up!
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I compiled a sum-up of my 2020 reading and a few goals for 2021 — nothing truly overwhelming, though I do wonder how many physical books I own that I will be able to get through. That went off the rails in 2020 due to reading along with others. Worth it, but I have this rule: the large plastic tote in my closet is where I keep my physical TBR, and the lid must clasp on. I’m pushing that.
Mira Grant’s mermaid books, the novella Rolling in the Deep and the novel Into the Drowning Deep, were the last reviews of 2020. If you like horror and science fiction mixed, this the perfect duo for you. Just be aware that the novella isn’t crafted as well, but sets you up for the novel.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
For the first review in 2021: Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp by Stephanie Klein. It’s not what I thought it would be, but Klein is straight-up about that in her introduction. Thought it was a tough read, the honesty and humor elevated it above drudgery to empathy.
On Thursday I’ll share the announcement posts for #ReadingValdemar 2021. It’s the third and last year of this reading challenge, and I’m thankful I’ve had Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku partner up with me. Also, thanks to Nick for creating the graphics for this read-along. I can’t wait to share what he created for 2021. If you haven’t been following along with #ReadingValdemar, rest assured that you can jump in now.