I’m “overdue”for an update…

. . . so I’m sharing a photo of my new coffee cup along with general news (below). Due dates range from 1965 to the late 1970s.

I’ve joined the Goodreads Reading Challenge with a reading goal of 50 books in 2021. I hope to double that, which is very challenging but not unreasonable if I include audiobooks which I listen to when doing household chores, walking, and driving. You can follow me on Goodreads if you like; click on the word GOODREADS. Even if you don’t want to follow me, still check them out to join the challenge! So far I’m behind, mainly because I joined just a couple weeks ago so have some catching up to do.

I’ve started reviewing books on Netgalley, and just submitted my first review for the audiobook edition of Fiona Lucas’ The Last Goodbye. Published by Harper Audio, it’s due out in June of this year. You can read the review HERE if you’re interested; it’s women’s fiction and follows a pretty standard formula, but it’s well-written.

My sister website Your Book Group has some updates; I’ve changed the appearance, so recent reviews and posts are visible from each page, to right of the main text. I’ve also added links in the menu for book discussion questions and series lists; both have minimal conent right now but they’ll grow. Future work on that website will be focused less on posts and more on adding other content – reviews, reading lists, discussion questions, and other resources. I will continue the regular Monday morning poetry post (those are pretty popular) and monthly posts on site updates, along with the occasional posts on book news – and, of course, reviews.

What am I reading right now, you ask? My friend and mentor Linda W (Hi Linda!) recommended The Secret, Book, & Scone Society, and I’m 80% through it right now. This is the first book in a mystery series which has three books to date, and the main character is a bookstore owner and bibliotherapist. The book is liberally sprinkled with current and classic book titles and authors, which means that the reader could use this fun read as a resource for suggested reading. I’ll post a review on Your Book Group soon, and I’ll share it on Goodreads as well. You’ll be able to see it either of those places, and it will also show up on my Goodreads feed to the left of the text on this site.

Once I’ve finished and reviewed this book I will plow through the other titles in my Kindle library and on my nightstand; the 2021 Reading Challenge is the perfect incentive. I’m going to tackle Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens next.

Thanks for reading! Spring is almost here, but until then we are warmed with stories.

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