Hello, friends! Welcome to 2022!

Not sure about you, but as glad as we all were to see 2020 go, I think I was even more ready to kick 2021 out the door! As we ended the year, our house finally got hit by Covid (mild cases, thankfully), so all the newness of January got delayed. But now… onward to 2022!

Here are some random thoughts as we begin this new year…


Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I often do, then they fall by the wayside somewhere around February. (All right, fine, most don’t make it to the third week of January.)

This year, I’m still setting some INTENTIONS… meaning, these are things I’d like to improve or incorporate, and I intend to do my best. Somehow, the wording takes the pressure off. My intentions include:

  • Decluttering – I’m setting small goals to sort through belongings. Less stuff means more organization and more breathing room. For January, I’m throwing away 150 items, and I’m off to a great start.
  • Exercise – This isn’t about fitting into a bikini, cause those days are gone! It’s about feeling strong and taking care of my health a little better. I’d like to get on the treadmill three days a week and get outside and active more when the weather permits.
  • Gardening – When you have the literal opposite of a green thumb, it’s tough to include this one. But, my goal is to learn more and grow something (literally anything) well this season.


Not a resolution exactly, but I’d like to write and interact more this year. Much will still be about books, but I’m hoping to expand to other parts of life. I’ve toyed before with a name change and a slight shift of focus… who knows, maybe this will be the year?


Let’s get down to why we’re all here… the books!

Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

For the 3rd year in a row, I kicked off January with a book by Anne Bogel. This year, it was Reading People, which was all about different ways to evaluate personality and use that knowledge to better relate to yourself and others. It was an interesting title, and I did read through it all but plan to revisit pieces of it when I have a little time to digest. Some of the tools mentioned were new to me so I’d like to dig a little deeper.

Crimes and Covers: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by [Amanda Flower]

I have the newest book from Amanda Flower, Crimes and Covers, waiting for me on Net Galley. It’s the final book in the Magical Bookshop series, and since it’s been three years since I read the first, I’m thinking a reread from the beginning may be in order.

I’m planning a post on further reading plans and challenges for 2022, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I hope you’re having the very best start to this new year. I can’t wait to share reading and life with you as we dive into 2022. As always, friends… happy reading!

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