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First Book of the Year 2018 with Sheila @bookjourney

bannerAlmost missed the First Book of the Year 2018, a book blogging meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey! Since I’ve participated in this for the past several years and almost forgot, I obviously need to renew for this year my 2017 New Year’s resolution to get back to book blogging!My first book of the year is Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante. It’s the third book in the Neapolitan quartet, which I plan to finish this year.

Neapolitan Quartet novelsTwo other books I have resolved to read in 2018 are NW by Zadie Smith…

cover imageand The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell.

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I’m going to go out on a limb here and list my other New Year’s resolutions related to books and blogging:

  1. No social media before 11 a.m.
  2. Write something every day.
  3. Read for at least 30 minutes every morning

For Sheila’s “First Book of the Year 2018” photo collages and seeing what everyone else is reading, visit Sheila’s Book Journey blog!

Happy 2018!


First Book of the Year 2017 with Sheila @bookjourney

My New Year’s resolution is to fit book blogging  back into my life this year. I have missed it! (Thank you to Carrie of Care’s Books and Pie for insisting that six months isn’t too long of a hiatus!)

My first book of the year is Swing Time by Zadie Smith. It was a surprise gift that I received for Christmas. I bought her last book, NW, for myself, and still haven’t read it, so that’s on the list for 2017, too.

But first, her newest one, Swing Time!

me reading Swing Time in front of Christmas treeNext up in 2017 will be Crosstalk by Connie Willis, which I have been wanting to read since it came out a few months ago.For Sheila’s giant “First Book of the Year 2017” photo collage, and to see what everyone else is reading, visit Book Journey!

Let’s be optimistic for 2017…Happy New Year!







Spring #Bloggiesta To-Do List @Bloggiesta

Bloggiesta Badge text March 21 to 27
Spring Bloggiesta To-Do List

Bloggiesta starts tomorrow, and runs through Saturday, so there’s plenty of time to join in, and add your own to-do list of book blog spring-cleaning spruce-ups to the Starting Post Page at Bloggiesta Headquarters. Need ideas for your list? There are plenty there!

  • Write a review and schedule it*
  • Write a review and schedule it*
  • Write a review and schedule it*
  • Finish at least one Weekend Cooking draft post
  • Participate in Trish’s A Day in the Life event on March 23 – CLICK HERE TO READ A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BOOK BLOGGER
  • Add to the page of book lists and readalikes
  • Host a Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge – DONE
  • Participate in at least one Twitter Chat
  • Back up blog and computer
  • Update plug-ins
  • Try to figure out how to make the font size for my posts larger  without changing my WP theme
  • Visit and comment on other participating blogs DONE
  • Cross-post five recent reviews to LibraryThing

* I usually put “write 3 reviews and schedule them” on my list and never get to cross it off, so instead I’m putting “write one review” down three times, to give myself a better chance!

bloggiestastart-300x123Sound like fun? Want to get in on it? Get all the details and sign up at Bloggiesta Headquarters. Join in the Twitter chats (@Bloggiesta) or try out a Bloggiesta Mini Challenge!

Some of you may be wondering what exactly is Bloggiesta and/or when is it?


In short, Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing.
Our awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music, and whack a pinata or two! It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta!
— from For more click here.