A new year is upon us, and with it is an opportunity to try things that we have never before done, go places we have never before been, interact with people we have never before met and read authors we have never before read. I do not generally make a list of new year's resolutions, because they feel too much like a list of chores I must accomplish. I do, however, use New Year's Day as a time to reflect on what I accomplished the previous year (sold a house, purchased a new house, started this blog, and finally saw Paris) and what wonderful things that the new year has in store for me.
I have made mistakes this past year but have no intention of focusing on them. Dwelling on them seems self serving and depressing, so I will learn from them and go forward. I have lost friends this past year, and that will be harder to reconcile with, but their individual personalities and ability to make me laugh will always be with me. I have been brave this year...leaving the comfort of a home we loved for the past two decades to try a different lifestyle is both exhilarating and terrifying, but having Arthur by my side makes everything more of an adventure than a chore. Most importantly, I have been blessed this year, as in all past years, with a husband, children, grandchildren, a sister and brother-in-law, a dad and extended family and friends who make each day a joy. I plan on appreciating them for many new years to come and wish my readers the same blessings and more importantly, the wisdom to appreciate them.
I did give myself a treat this week. I read several books that will be published in 2015, and although I can't formally review them yet, I can say that you are in for a big treat. Over the next six months you can expect reviews (mostly glowing) on the following authors' upcoming novels:
That is just a small sampling, and the few that I have been fortunate enough to read already have been wonderful. I can't wait to share them with you.
I promise that next week I will get back to reading/reviewing current and past books and share my findings with you.
Happy and healthy New Year to everyone.