Monday, January 2, 2012

Mailbox Monday

~Mailbox Monday~  

is hosted by At Home With Books
 during the month of September.
We share what books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring meme (details here).

As I am focusing on reading books of my own choosing this year,
 this is what I received in my mailbox:

The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan (Bought for Kindle for .99 after reading this fascinating story about the author "How I Became a Best-Selling Author")

Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam (Bought for Kindle as a Kindle Special offer for $1)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012!!

A friend posted this on their Facebook wall today and it spoke to me. I love what it says about the need to enjoy life, read good books, make art and surprise ourselves. I am still searching for an answer on how my blog will flow this year. I decided that some things had to change for me to continue blogging when I found that I wasn't enjoying reading as much due to the pressure I was feeling to write reviews. I actually stopped reading for awhile and knew that things had to change. I love reading and it has been a constant in my life since the first grade. My plans for certain in 2012 are to read whatever I choose and from my shelves as well as the library. I plan to make art in some way as well. I pulled out my book of Mandala art:

I find it relaxing and calming to color the drawings. A few other ideas are to expand my basic knitting skills and explore scrapbooking. It's about balance for me, finding a way to have fun but not feel stressed about what I am involved in. 

Thanks to everyone for sticking with my blog in its ups and downs. I appreciate your friendship and wish you all peace, love, happiness, and the joy of wonderful books in the New Year!