It's a whole new year, bright and shiny and outside things are looking a lot more like the grumpy, stubborn winter we're used to here in Iowa. As a result I've been trying to add some greenery indoors.
|This is called a goldfish plant and I love it's shiny green leaves. You can barely see it but the flowers are orange and puckered like a gldfish:).|
|A florist at the grocery store just gave me this poinsettia this week while I was checking out. I guess they are trying to get rid of their stock. Lucky me!|
|Called a Red Prayer Plant - love the red veins and variegated leaf.|
|A paper white bulb a friend gave to me last night.|
I'm on day nine of being off from work, only one more day left and I feel like a kid at the end of winter break. I don't wanna go back to work! My job is awesome in fact but another week off wouldn't go amiss since I frittered this one away with an insane amount of laziness. It's been peaceful and lovely. I have a few personal resolutions for the year; a couple are carry overs but my big one is to be a little more mindful and grateful for the good stuff in my life. How about you? How are you feeling about the new year ahead?
WATCHING, READING and BLOGGING
It's been a very exciting week in the watching department. First, I saw The Force Awakens which gave me all the appropriate feels that a Star Wars film should give and cleanses away the slimy taste left by episodes I-III. Wahoo! Bring on the next 5 films, please!
Secondly, have y'all seen the third series of Sherlock???!!!! Holy Cow, is it amazeballs! I know I'm like 2 years behind but seriously this series just keeps getting better and better. I was actually not overly impressed with the first series of Sherlock; I liked it but wasn't as gaga over it as everyone else seemed to be. Season two made me sit up and get bright-eyed and now season 3 had me practically panting at the screen. So Great! Sherlock & John 4ever!
Finished Last Week:
- Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley: The 5th book in the Flavia DeLuce mystery series featuring a chemistry and poison loving 12 year old in 1950s England.
- Into the Wilderness by Sarah Donati: Historical fiction/romance (different actually then just a historical romance) I had to wait behind 6 other patrons on the hold list to get this from the library despite the fact it was published in 1998. Not sure why - maybe because it gets compared to Outlander and that's big right now? Even though I did not like Outlander, I am liking this so far. Set in the American frontier just pre or post revolution period (somewhere between 1750 and 1800:).
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater: The third in the Raven Cycle books.
- Steal the Sky by Megan O'Keefe: An ARC and the first in a new science fiction series that sounds Firefly-esque. Publication: January 5th, 2016.
- The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles: I pulled this one off my back-burner list and started it again. I do wish it wasn't quite so long and I am not overly fond of the feisty female lead or the somewhat detached narrative but I also don't want to put it away. This is the first book in a series that follows a family from the late middle ages through modern times.
Added to the TBR:
This is a list of books that I
have added to my Goodreads TBR list this week. It helps to burn the
books I want to read a little more firmly into my mind, maybe get them
on some other folks TBRs and gives me a chance to recognize a lot
of the awesome bloggers that add stuff to my TBR!
First I added a bunch of books from Reading The End Podcast's Gift Guide episode - Many thanks to the Jennys.
- The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne: Described as a romance with a strong plot. Spies during the Napoleonic War.
- Billy Boyle by James Benn: Mysteries set in World War II London.
- Raven Black by Ann Cleeves: Mysteries set on the Shetland Islands.
- Faking It by Jennifer Crusie: Another romance with a strong plot, this one a contemporary which isn't really my thing but I was drawn in by it being said to involve a quirky family.
- East of West Vol. 1: The Promise by Jonathan Hickman: An Alt History Graphic Novel that takes place after the South wins the American Civil War and the country is divided into several countries. It also involves the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse.
- Mort(e) by Robert Repino: The story of a civil war between animals and humans in which the animals win!
On the BLOG LAST WEEK:
- TUESDAY: My Imaginary Friends | Favorite Characters I Met in 2015. A list of my favorite characters from this year's reading.
- WEDNESDAY: Review of Girls Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart.
- FRIDAY: How I read my way through 2015 - A review of my 2015 reading year.