As the New Year approaches, I find myself changing up my blogs, from the headers and backgrounds to the pages. Here I even changed my theme…and borrowed some photos from my folders that suggest cozy and quirky things. The one above spotlights my Hippie Dolls, Dylan and Harmony, and a country cottage has pride of place on the opposite end. Photos of Ireland, shot by my eldest son when he lived there, circle the room. You can glimpse a couple of those photos in the photo on the left.
Over on Curl up and Read, I’ve added bookshelf pages for 2019: Books Purchased, Review Books, Books Read, and Favorite Books. I photographed some of my personal bookshelves for the header…and my exercise bike next to the shelves is a motivational tool. I could listen to audiobooks while cycling! I still haven’t purchased any audiobooks yet, but it could happen.
Other blog makeovers– I love lofts, so these lofty photos are on this Serendipity blog header.
And Rainy Days and Mondays:
Today I made a list of all the review books I received this year…and looked up the prices. Just so I can realize what a treasure these books are, and how much money I’m saving by reading ARCs. I downloaded 38 ARCs this year!
Today is Book Release Day, and after no purchases last week (I got one e-ARC and a freebie), I very cautiously approached the Book Release page at Goodreads…and discovered one to download, and one to order through the mail.
Just After Midnight (e-book), by Catherine Ryan Hyde (downloaded today)
Book Ordered by Mail (Hardcover): Wallis in Love, by Andrew Morton – I order hardcover nonfiction because of the photographs. E-books, sadly, do not have them.
For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne.
“You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance.” -Wallis Simpson
Before she became known as the woman who enticed a king from his throne and birthright, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish and particular girl from Baltimore. At turns imaginative, ambitious, and spoiled, Wallis’s first words as recalled by her family were “me, me.” From that young age, she was in want of nothing but stability, status, and social acceptance as she fought to climb the social ladder and take her place in London society. As irony would have it, she would gain the love and devotion of a king, but only at the cost of his throne and her reputation…
So…are you ready for Christmas? Does the upcoming New Year motivate you to work on your blogs, your lists, and plan for your 2019 reading?