Well, my son is back in New York, my nephew is back in Texas, and Thanksgiving is officially over. As nice as it is to return to a normal day-to-day life, I miss the boys and the laughter that always comes with them. Happily we will see them soon. My lovely niece is getting married in January, and both boys will be back.
The past week was a busy one for me, but I did get a chance to read and review 3:10 a.m., the second Henry Bins book, by author Nick Pirog. It is a quick read with a clever hook. Then, because time was limited, I picked a short story to review. Robert Dugoni has always been a favorite of mine, and The Academy is introducing a new character for me to follow. Tracy Crosswhite probably has an ulterior motive for wanting to join the police force, and Dugoni will make her adventure an interesting one to brighten our holiday season.
For our family there has been a great deal of adventure during the last year. Daughter Beth and family moved to a beautiful new house, as did my sister and brother-in-law. Arthur and I are in transition while our new home is being built, and son Michael is planning to move within the next few months. Change is good. We tend to get too complacent when we stay in one spot. We don't challenge ourselves, and if we don't face challenges, we don't grow.
Madderly Review was my challenge for this year, and I have had so much fun writing each week. Having to write reviews has forced me to broaden my genre interests, and that has helped me find some amazing books that I never before would have read. I have some ideas for next year too. Hopefully I can convince you all to get more involved too.
For now though, I look ahead to a bright holiday season filled with good health and lots of laughter...and of course, a pile of great books to read.
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