Hello book friends! Well, Christmas has come and gone and our daughter gave us the ornament pictured above as part of our Christmas goodies. I love it, but wonder whether I'll want to display it after 2020. We shall see. Our Christmas Day itself was very nice. We did the 'porch drops' and visited with area family in the outdoors. Happily, the weather cooperated and we had a good time visiting for a few minutes with each household. We went to our daughter and son-in-law's house last and enjoyed some fun time with their two dogs. Both Cody and Max (the pups) came and sat with their heads on my knee and just rested there for a while. We hadn't seen the grand-dogs for a long time. And, yes, we also enjoyed visiting with our kids.
Another happy thing is that our daughter just texted and said she got her first dose of the vaccine this morning at her hospital. I'm very relieved about that and am hopeful that we all will be able to get the shots in upcoming months.
So, reading in 2020 and stats. I have them, but honestly, I read so many books that were not 'new-to-me' - aka 're-reads', I'm not going to do a 'Top 10' list. I will say that I think my favorite book this year was Louise Penny's newest, All The Devils Are Here. I also enjoyed reading Kelley Armstrong's Rockton series, David Baldacci's Memory Man books, and Sherry Thomas' Lady Sherlock series. I read 130 books in 2020 and that's about normal for me. What it doesn't reflect is the number of books that I began and then set aside. I have no idea how many of those there were. Lots.
As for reading goals and other goals for 2021 - I think I'm going to just 'go with the flow' in that regard. Read what I want and that might be new books and it might be 're-reads'. I do want to get back to sharing at least a short paragraph about my thoughts for books that are new-to-me reads. And who knows? I might even share a bit about older books that I'm revisiting.
I'm not going to pick a focus word for this year either. I've done that in the past, but again, this new year will be as stress-free as I can manage. I'm planning on more yoga, especially in the breathing and meditation area. Continuing my walking. Better choices in my eating because those have not been very helpful in 2020. Just healthy in mind, body, and soul 2021 - that sounds good to me.
I feel like I've had way too much 'news' in 2020 and am going to attempt to create my peaceful place here while I'm visiting with all you about books and good stuff. Take care and wishing everyone a safe New Year's. Let's bring on 2021!!