Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, and here’s to a 2021 that is way better than 2020 has been.

We usually spend New Year’s Eve at home, so nothing really changed for us.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Winter Lights in Gaithersburg

I know many of you have already celebrated Hanukkah this year, and I hope you enjoyed a blessed season.

For those celebrating Christmas and Kwanzaa, I wish you the best this holiday season.

We did find time to go skating outdoors with our daughter’s best friend’s family, see the winter lights in the car, and have some fun with Elf on the Shelf. It’s been a unique year for celebrations, but we’ve made it work as best as we can. My daughter will do her annual gift opening with her friends via Zoom this year, but they will still see each other.

I’m looking forward to a little bit of down time at the end of the year. But I’ll be happy to see my daughter open her presents.

I’ll post my Best of List next week.

If you missed the annual Poetry Reading Challenge, you can find that here.

Happy New Year!

Here’s to a splendid 2018!  Happy New Year, everyone.

In 2016, the Most Anticipated Book…

First things first!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Out of the 178 books I read in 2015, nearly 50 of them were 5 star reads for me, which I think is unprecedented.

My one caveat about that is that some of those books were children’s books, for which the ratings are based on both my viewpoint and my daughter’s reaction to them.

For 2016, there are so many books published each year, which can be tough to keep up with.

However, there is always that one book that everyone wants to read, and then there is the book I’m most looking forward to.

My most anticipated book in 2016 is:

This Is the Story of You by Beth Kephart, which publishes in April (so far away!), and I’ve already pre-ordered it.  Kephart’s books rarely receive less than 4 stars from me, and I cannot sing her poetic praises enough.  Her books range from memoir to young adult and adult fiction.

While I still hope for a poetry collection from her someday, I’ll keep reading her books no matter what they are.

During a most-devastating event, reminiscent of Superstorm Sandy that swept away much of the Northeast’s coastline — changing it forever — Mira Banul and her friends, who live on barrier island Haven year round, are forced to deal with the unknown.  A friend obsessed with vanishing disappears and Mira’s mother and brother become stranded.  I expect nature to become a force to be reckoned with here, and I expect Mira’s strength to become a rival, if not champion, over this force of nature that has turned her world upside down.

I want to know about the books you are most excited about.  Please leave the titles and a little bit about why you want to read them in the comments.

Happy New Year!

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. May 2014 be filled with great books, family, and friends.

For those interested in the Best of 2013 list of books, click the image above.

Accomplishments in 2013:

  1. Finished my reading goal of 125+ books, and read 130.
  2. Completed all 4 reading challenges:
    American Revolution Challenge with 5 books read, surpassing my goal of 4
    Dive Into Poetry Challenge with 27 read, surpassing my goal of reading 2 books
    Ireland Reading Challenge, meeting my goal of reading 4 books
    New Authors Reading Challenge, surpassing my goal of reading 25 books by reading 82.

My goals for this coming year:

  1. Read about 100+ books
  2. Finish both the War Through the Generations and poetry challenge (information to come)
  3. Finally read Persuasion by Jane Austen

What do you have in store for 2014?

Happy New Year! And the 78th Virtual Poetry Circle


It’s 2011, can you believe it?  Another year has flown by and it’s time to begin anew.  No resolutions for me this year.  I’m just going to take it one day at a time in 2011 and see what happens along the way.  With the new baby coming and the dog with his same old health problems, I think I’ll have my hands full already.

I’ll try to keep blogging and reading, but commenting on other blogs may be sparse or sporadic.  I hope you’ll all be patient.

I hope you all spent your New Years Eve well and had a great time no matter what you did.  I know I had a good time cosmic bowling for 2 hours with my husband and listening to the PBS Lincoln Center special of music.  I wanted it to be a fun and low key evening and it was.  I even got to pig out on some crab rangoon . . . my favorite Chinese food.


Welcome to the 78th Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

In honor of the new year, lets have a poem about beginnings.  Check out this one from Lord Alfred Tennyson:

In Memoriam

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
   The flying cloud, the frosty light:
   The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
   Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
   The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
   For those that here we see no more;
   Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
   And ancient forms of party strife;
   Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
   The faithless coldness of the times;
   Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
   The civic slander and the spite;
   Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
   Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
   Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
   The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
   Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

Let me know your thoughts, ideas, feelings, impressions.  Let’s have a great discussion…pick a line, pick an image, pick a sentence.

I’ve you missed the other Virtual Poetry Circles.  It’s never too late to join the discussion.