Happy Sunday! What’s everyone up to today? Or this weekend for that matter – did anyone do anything extra special? My weekend has been quiet. I’ve got the winter blues I think so I’ve really been keeping to myself. Not usually the best thing to do but it’s what I’ve always done. That being said we are having an unusually warm winter here. We have pretty much no snow left but what we do have is lots of ice because instead of snow we’ve been getting rain which isn’t a good thing here because the temperatures are cold enough that it comes down as freezing rain and makes a skating rink of things. It has been raining on and off here for weeks and unfortunately it doesn’t get quite warm enough to melt. Our backyard is a skating rink and I feel so bad for Sam as he slides all over. I have those little grippy things on my boots so I hold on pretty good but it’s still hard walking in them. But I’m not complaining. I’d take this warm weather over our normally freezing and snowy temps any day!
As for reading I’m doing ok I guess. I’ve read some good ones lately. I posted a review for The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian on Book Trib (my review if you’d like to see it) the other day. Boy that was a good book! I’ll be posting it next month here on the blog as well. I’m going to be starting All the Flowers in Shanghai by Duncan Jepson this week and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve also been reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin as well and I’m really liking it. Has anyone read either on of these? What did you think of them if you did? This year I hope to read a lot more of my own books than I have been. I’m still going to participate in tours but my own books are going to be a priority as well.
As for challenges I’m joining in only a few and I’m going to make it a point to succeed at them this year. I didn’t complete any of the goals I set for myself last year but I’m giving myself some leeway on that. After losing Buddy I was crazy to set any goals for myself in the first place. I think this year should go better in that department. The ones I’m going to do this year are as follows…
The first one is the War Through the Generations which for 2012 is going to be focused on World War I and it will run from January 1 – December 31, 2012 and is being hosted by my bloggy friends Serena from Savvy Verse & Wit and Anna from Diary of an Eccentric. I’ve picked out a few books that I’d like to read but I can’t remember the names of them right now for the life of me. You can sign up here and get all the info for the challenge if you’d like to join in. Oh there is going to be a read-a-long this year for the book A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway and I will be joining in for that so that’s one of my books. Oh geez, I’m getting bad at this but never mind – there are various levels you can join at as well but I’m going in for a Dip which is to read 1-3 books. I should be able to handle that. lol.
The second challenge I’m joining in for is over at another bloggy friend’s which is Naida of The Bookworm and it is the Romance Reading Challenge. Yes I know you’re all thinking that I’m always saying I don’t like romances and I don’t for the most part but Naida is very lenient with her challenges (which I really like) and as long as you’re reading a book where there is a romantic love between your main characters, it qualifies. Well even I read books like that. One book that I will be reading for sure for this challenge will be Gone With the Wind. I’ve been saying I’m going to reread it every year and this year I am. I’m hoping that Naida and I will read it together and maybe we’ll be lucky enough to have others join us. You have to choose at least 5 books for this challenge. Now I’m not choosing my books right now other than Gone With the Wind because I’m sure that as I go along a lot of my books will fit into this challenge. Now if you’d like more information or to join in on this challenge just head over to this post and you’ll find everything you need.
So only a couple of challenges. I may join another one or two yet but I haven’t decided for sure. These two I know I want to do. I’m not going to do challenges like 100+ books, ARC’s, or eBooks like I have previously because I keep track of those anyhow.
Now I’m going to leave you with a few pics of Sam. I got a new camera for Christmas but I have to get my computer fixed before I can download them so these are still from my old camera but Sammy is cute no matter which camera I use. Anyhow he’s doing well. He had his shots this past week though and got sick on me. He was throwing up and scared the crap out of me. I phoned the vet and he determined that Sammy was likely just not feeling well from the shot and wasn’t having a reaction because it was quite a few hours later. Anyhow he calmed me down – have I ever mentioned I have an awesome vet. Well I do – he’s been very good to me in these past 10 years that I’ve known him. You don’t find too many doctors that will give you their home number these days and be patient with you while you’re freaking out over things because you’re still much too anxious over losing Buddy. He’s been very understanding and he’s a very gentle man and Sammy likes him which is all that matters. Anyhow Sammy was fine the next day thankfully and doesn’t seem any worse for the wear now.
I hope you all have a fantastic week ahead and get lots of reading done! I sure hope to. Here’s Sammy to send you off…
I just love those green stringies mommy left for me to chew. I like to pull the chair across the floor once in a while too.
Here I am sitting like the King that I am. Mommy said we couldn’t put the whole picture for you cause the house was messy. I’m not very concerned with things being messy cause I make most of it anyway.