As I prepare for 2020 Reading, I could just curl up and begin.  But first…I had to prepare my pages here, and that is a task that does take a while.

For the New Year, I created a page for Bookshelves – 2020, and under this parent page, there is one for Books Purchased in 2020; another for Books Read in 2020; and finally, Review Books – 2020.

Of course, there are stacks of books just waiting, including the First Book of 2020, which I will write about tomorrow on An Interior Journey.

This year will begin the Nonfiction Reading Challenge, hosted by Shelleyrae at Book’d Out.  For that challenge, I already have a pretty good stack to tackle.

One of my goals for the New Year is to fill up my Growing Shelves, since I am starting from scratch after my move.



What are your special tasks for the New Year?  Do you have routines you follow?  Or do you just curl up and read?



In a New Year, we often make bookish plans.  Not resolutions, exactly, but goals.  Reading more of the books on my TBR…and buying fewer books.

Well, here’s what I’ve done so far in the book buying department:


1.Becoming Mrs. Lewis (e-book), by Patti Callahan

2.Wallis in Love, by Andrew Morton


And while I haven’t yet dipped into the back of my Kindle, my First Book of the Year was my first read.


1.You Don’t Own Me (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark/Alafair Burke – (288 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 1/1/19- (First Book of the Year)


My current read is Sadie, by Courtney Summers, a book I purchased in November 2018…


Tomorrow I hope to take down the Christmas decorations.  Then I want to curl up with my books, and even watch a few movies.  In other words, my normal routines.

What does your 2019 look like so far?




Making lists is an ongoing part of my blogging journey.  They begin with pages on this blog, from which I gather information I need for the weeks and months ahead.

Since I will be participating in a new Read the Books You Buy Challenge, starting on January 1, I thought it was imperative that I take a look at the target months and the numbers.

What are the target months?  July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017.

Let’s take a peek:

July 2016:

10 Books Purchased, 1 Book TBR (Not bad!)


August 2016:

19 Books Purchased, 4 TBR


September 2016:

9 Books Purchased, 3 TBR


October 2016:

13 Books Purchased, 5 TBR


November 2016:

14 Books Purchased, 6 TBR


December 2016:

9 Books Purchased, 8 TBR


Total Purchased for July through December:  86

Total TBR for July through December:  32


So…32 books to read from 2016.  Not bad.  But guess what the best part is?  2017 is a Clean Slate!  Thanks to last year’s challenge, I feel as if I am in a good place.

What are you planning for the New Year?  Will you be signing up for a challenge or two to whittle the unread books from your stacks?  Good luck, and have fun!