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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!







Hearts Warm on Cold Island: A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer

cover imageJudging from A Nantucket Christmas, author Nancy Thayer has mellowed over the years since the earlier novels that I remember reading about marriages or long-time friendships breaking up, family secrets revealed, the occasional crime of passion, etc. (She is described by one reviewer as “queen of the beach book.”) Her earlier women’s fiction, as I recall, had more of a bite to it. this Christmas story set on the cold island of Nantucket is short and sweet – in a word, heartwarming. With food! But no recipes.

There is some realism in evidence here, especially in the almost-caustic thoughts of Nicole, a retired nurse, when she sees her first Christmas with her new (also handsome and wealthy) husband being ruined by the extended visit of his hugely pregnant and unpleasant adult daughter and her family, but mostly it’s a heartwarming story about the ups and downs of marriage and blended families. Maddox – Nicole’s new, four-year-old step-grandson – gets his own story line, and so does an abandoned, little dog.

Dogs, baking, Christmas, and quaint Nantucket…That about sums it up! I enjoyed the story and the setting and recommend this to anyone who enjoys domestic fiction and is looking for a pleasantly undemanding holiday read.

cover imageA Nantucket Christmas was released last year, and this year there is An Island Christmas, about a family and a holiday wedding. (Also described by the publisher as “heartwarming,” so you can count on a happy ending.)

A Nantucket Christmas
Thayer, Nancy
Ballantine Books, 2013
224 pp.
$18, hardcover
$9.99 (e-book)

Disclosure: I received a free print copy of this book for purposes of review from the publisher through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program.

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