Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2023! Time for fresh starts, sunny outlooks, new hopes and dreams! I love how each January 1st feels like a brand new chance to embrace joy, love, and health. Here’s hoping all that optimism lasts well into the year!

I originally shared a “Happy New Year” book collage in 2020, then refreshed it in 2021 — but now that it’s been two years, I thought I’d dust it off, spruce it up with some more book covers, and share it one more time! 

Wishing one and all a 2023 filled with sunshine, good friends, well-being, and lots and lots of great books!

Happy New Year!


Oh, friends, 2020 was quite a year! It’s lovely to get a fresh start. Wishing all a HEALTHY and happy new year. Onward to better times!

I originally posted this “Happy New Year” book collage last year, but I like it so much that I thought I’d do it again, new and improved and with a few more covers added for the start of 2021.


The Monday agenda

Not a lofty, ambitious to-be-read list consisting of 100+ book titles. Just a simple plan for the upcoming week — what I’m reading now, what I plan to read next, and what I’m hoping to squeeze in among the nooks and crannies.

It’s New Year’s Eve morning, last day of 2012! Heading out of town tomorow for a few days in the snow with family before work, school, and real-life kick back in. Meanwhile, there are books to read! Onward with the reading agenda.

From last week:

Cold Days by Jim Butcher: Done! Terrific new addition to the Dresden Files series. My review is here.

Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel: Done! Review still to come.

I did not get a chance to flip leisurely through my two new coffee table books (My Ideal Bookshelf and Buffy: The Making of a Slayer), so I’ll look forward to savoring them in the New Year.

And this week’s new agenda:

I have two library books left on the pile before I dig back into my collection at home, in keeping with my #1 resolution — maintain a healthy balance between reading library/new books and books on my shelves. So, first I’ll finish up the library books:

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: A YA novel by the author of the very charming Anna and the French Kiss.

This One Is Mine by Maria Semple: The earlier novel by the author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which I enjoyed tremendously. (My review is here).

After that, I’ll dive into something I already own — either The Round House by Louise Erdrich or one of the Susanna Kearsley novels I’ve been waiting to read.

So many book, so little time…

That’s my agenda. What’s yours? Add your comments to share your bookish agenda for the week. HAPPY NEW YEAR!