Happy 2020!

It’s 2020 and the last day for my lame quip about not having 20/20 vision when asked about my resolutions. I disappeared at the end of 2019 for a few reasons:

  1. book writing (I’ve got a second draft, er, most of one)
  2. lack of reviewable books
  3. card collecting
  4. carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel IS as bad as they say so that put a pin in my writing for a while and pushed me to read more.

I won’t promise to blog regularly in 2020 because while I can control how many books I read, I can’t control how many of those books are reviewable. I’ve long had a policy of not reviewing non-fiction or memoirs, but I want to also now exclude books that don’t leave a strong impression either way. I realized the other day that my stack of “to review” books was stressing me out and I still didn’t have much to say about any of them. How could I get back into blogging when I was always thinking “I want to review _____, but I need to work on the stack first”?

2020 begins by wiping that particular slate clean. There were a couple interesting reads in the stack so I wrote reviews in December and scheduled them for 2020. Sitting down to write five reviews of interesting books was doable, but twenty?

Coming up in January/February:

  • The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  • Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

…and some others.

I hope you all have a happy, healthy, and otherwise wonderful 2020!!

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