Hiatus Interrupted

It’s been a long five years.  Why the silence?  Oh, lots of reasons.  Life became too intense to maintain what was essentially a fun hobby.  I put a husband through business school, built a business, then left it to move 3,000 miles away where we then experienced a few months of unemployment and illness, compounded with pregnancy.  Besides moving three times in five years, and having another baby boy, I did manage to read a few hundred more books.  Some days it was the best, most productive thing I would accomplish! If you’re my friend on Goodreads, you’ll have seen some of those books float up in your newsfeed, but since I rarely wrote reviews on those ratings, I’ve been silent on my book opinions.

Not that I don’t have opinions.  Please.  You should know me better.  It just felt overwhelming to keep this blog up while keeping the home fires burning.  The question is then, why stir the pot when I’ve long since abandoned it?  Because I need it.  I love to write about books, almost as much as I love reading them.  I love to think about what makes a book good or bad, what messages they share with me, what lessons I can learn from their goodness or badness, and how they change me in the end.

For the last two years, I’ve made a challenge for myself to read 50 books a year.  In 2016, I barely made it by the skin of my teeth and with counting several picture books into the pile.  In 2017, I have read 59 books so far, with a few weeks to go.  Not bad, but I want to do more.

In 2018, my goal is to read 100 books and write about each one.  Ambitious, I know, but I’m ready to try something big.  Give me a little cheer of encouragement now and again, won’t you?




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