2019 January Book Dump

January found me with stacks of half finished books. This usually isn’t my MO however, I have had outside forces influencing me. I’ve hired someone to help me clean my house and she picks up my books and stows them away. She is a lifesaver in getting me and keeping me organized. She has made finishing books difficult.

In addition to the large pile of half finished books, I am trying to work my way through all the books I purchased in the past year. Most notably all of my Odyssey Bookshop First Edition selections. I also had some time off from work and visited friends. Each friend I saw gave me at least one book to read. Sharing books you love with people you care about really is the best.

Little by Edward Carey is a delightful historical fiction novel about the origin of Madam Tussaud. Madam Tussaud left conflicting information about herself. Carey creates a lovely tale about how he imagined her life was. Note: This was an Odyssey Bookshop First Edition Selection

Girl Wash Your Face– Everyone loves it. I did not. She did have some interesting takes but some of them were wildly off. I find the origin story of her and her husband to be the most disturbing. Look for my blog post later this month about it.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – This is my book club’s February selection and it was GOOD. Moriarty pokes fun at the wellness industry showing how crazy it can be but you can also see yourself in any one of the characters. Or at least I can.

It was a wild January and I’m looking forward to a more relaxing February. What did you read in January?

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I like to use the New Year and my birthday as the times to reflect and refocus. It also helps that they are about 6 months apart from each other.

I am proud of myself for starting this website. I have grown my audience on the website, instagram and twitter from zero to about one hundred. I’ve been able to keep up a semi-regular posting schedule on all of the platforms. This has been a great project for me.

Which brings me to 2019 and my goals for the Literary Lady with Libations site. My goal is to post at least three posts on a month on here, grow my followers on Twitter and get my Instagram feed on a more regular posting schedule.

In terms of my personal, I am ready to crush some books this year. I really want to focus on reading more diverse books. I have a tendency to read a lot of fiction. I want to read more non fiction. I want to read more authors from different backgrounds than mine. I want to read more short stories. More poetry! And the only way to accomplish that is by making a conscious choice to pick books that are a little bit outside of what I would normally pick up.

And lastly, I want to get out more and explore the different offerings my community has. I have to up the libations game! There are so many new places popping up. I have to get out there and frequent them.

What are your goals for 2019? Reading or otherwise. Travel goals? Let me know in the comments! Let me know if there is anything different you would like to see on here too! I’d love to have suggestions of what you want to see here other than book and restaurants posts.