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New Year, New Books: 2022 Reading Challenge!

Well, it’s already the middle of January, so it looks like the days continue to fly by! How’s your reading life going so far this year? I’ve read a couple of books so far, but have a long list of titles I’d like to dive into… so a challenge to focus and stretch my reading is always a good idea!

For 2022, I’m once again doing the A to Z Challenge. This was formerly a hosted challenge, but not this year… so if you like, consider this an invitation to join! If you want to read along with an alphabet challenge of your own, drop a note in the comments!

This will be my running post that I will update and link back to throughout the year. Below, I’ll list the alphabetical challenge and continue to come back and add books as I check letter off the list. I’ll also share some overall reading goals, and at the end of the post, I’ll add any mini challenges I complete throughout the year.

Bookmark this, and check back anytime to see my progress! (If I have a review here on the blog I’ll link it after the title… otherwise you can check out my Goodreads page for ratings!)

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Book Notes: Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

You know how sometimes, a book gets so much hype that you’re almost afraid to read it? I’ve had a few of those moments, where I’m scared I’ll hate the hot book of the day.

Friends, I’m happy to report that this is NOT one of those times! I just read a book I’ve been hearing about for months and it was DELIGHTFUL!

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Last, Now, Next: Christmas Edition!

Hey, friends! Are you into the full holiday swing yet? Need some books to get you in the right frame of mind? Help is here!

Today, I’m sharing a “Last, Now, Next” post… featuring what I last read… what I’m reading now… and what’s next on my list. And, these are all festive holiday reads! Pick one up and it’s sure to help you find your seasonal spirit.


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Friday Favorites

Hello, friends! Back with another edition of Friday Favorites! Here’s what I’m loving this week…

The Power of Imperfect Starts

This article popped up in suggested reading recently. It’s several years old, but new to me, and just as applicable today. Do you ever feel like you can’t make changes until you’ve purchased the proper tools, done all your research, or chosen just the right time? (Raises hand and waves it about vigorously.) Then you might enjoy this quick read. (Click article title for link.)

Unseasonably Mild Weather

It’s now November (how did THAT happen?), and here in the Midwest, that could mean nearly anything weather-wise. Snow? Thunderstorms? Seventy degrees and sunny? Sure, we’ve had it all depending on the year.

But this weekend, we’re slated to have the most perfect fall weather. High 60’s for temps, sunny, and a light breeze. Perfect time to do some yard work, go for a walk, and enjoy the warm sunshine. Maybe I’ll finally plant the daffodil bulbs I purchased weeks ago then promptly forgot. Because all too soon we’ll be in the throes of winter, days like these are to be savored!

(Then there’s Daylight Saving Time, also this weekend, so a reminder to set your clocks back. Don’t get me started… if I ever do a post of Friday Un-Favorites, we’ll talk more about DST.)


Speaking of planting bulbs and otherwise playing in the dirt… I’ve never been much of a gardener. In fact, we’d all agree my proverbial thumb is less green, and more black as the darkest midnight. But lately I’ve had a craving to learn more about gardening. I look out the window and see the beautiful flower beds my neighbors have cultivated, or I see the harvests of vegetables that friends have grown in their own backyards, and I want to figure this out. I’m going to do a little prep now, and some research over the winter, to see if I can finally accomplish something in this area.


One book that is helping me is Kitchen Garden Revival. This gorgeous book makes a kitchen garden look gorgeous, yet simple and manageable.

Re-reading Old Favorites

Now and then, when you get in a slump, there’s nothing like revisiting an old favorite book or series to draw you back into reading. One thing that always seems to do it for me are Nora Roberts trilogies. I wrote about this over the summer, when I was apparently going through a certain NR series that I’d read several times before. They have magic, romance, quaint settings, and plenty of action.

The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

This week, I’ve started another: The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, which kicks off with Dark Witch. It’s the story of family drawing together to defeat an ancient evil, and like several of Nora’s other stories, it’s set in a delightful Irish village. Highly recommended as an escape whatever else you’re supposed to be doing! (Although it makes me sad I never got that Hogwarts letter.)

How about you, friends? What are you loving this week? Any great finds, bookish or otherwise? Feel free to share in the comments. As always… happy reading!

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