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February 7, 2023


top ten debut books i’m excited about in 2023
posted by soe 5:51 am

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In this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl, we’re considering debuts. Here are ten books by new authors I’m looking forward to in 2023:

  1. If Tomorrow Doesn’t Come by Jen St. Jude (romance)
  2. Always the Almost by Edward Underhill (romance)
  3. Ashes by Álvaro Ortiz (graphic novel)
  4. The Davenports by Krystal Marquis (historical fiction)
  5. This Bird Has Flown by Susanna Hoffs (romance)
  6. The Possibility of Life by Jaime Green (nonfiction)
  7. Hijab Butch Blues by Lamya H (memoir)
  8. To Shape a Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose (fantasy)
  9. Fake Dates and Mooncakes by Sher Lee (romance)
  10. Scorched Grace by Margot Douaihy (mystery)

How about you? Are there any debut authors you’re hoping to support this year?

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February 3, 2023


sun, pickup, and yeti mug
posted by soe 1:56 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Dogsitting means I’m up earlier than usual, so I’ve gotten to see the sun on several days when it would normally have already been hidden behind the clouds by the time I’ve risen.

2. My friend Chris and his fiancee, Julie, were playing volleyball on Saturday on the Mall, so I joined them for a couple hours, even though the ground was muddy and the grass a bit slick. Since it rained Sunday and both of my indoor games were cancelled this week, I’m really glad I made it down there.

3. Neal doesn’t drink a lot of hot beverages, which means his mug collection is small in both quantity and stature. The first couple days here, the water barely had time to cool before I was turning it on again for my next cup. Then I remembered I’d gotten a travel mug in my stocking and it holds almost three times as much liquid as his cups. Plus, it keeps my tea hot on days when I get distracted.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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January 31, 2023


top ten books i’ve got checked out from the library
posted by soe 1:54 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl is a freebie, and while I ought to deal with the top ten list from 2022, it’s been a long day and that will take more energy than I have. There’s another freebie week in mid-February, so maybe I’ll aim for then.

Anyway, I figured I could give you ten of the books I currently have checked out from the library that I’m likely to read in the next little while:

  1. Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan
  2. Whiteout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon
  3. The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff
  4. Gene Luen Yang’s The Search
  5. Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson
  6. Emily Brightwell’s Mrs. Jeffries and the Midwinter Murders
  7. The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev
  8. Rachel Hartman’s Tess of the Road
  9. My Life as a Villainess by Laura Lippman
  10. Amor Towles’ Lincoln Highway

What do you currently have checked out from your library?

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January 28, 2023


end of january weekend planning
posted by soe 1:41 am

During this final weekend of January, I’m hoping my time includes:

  • Hanging out with a pup (I’m dogsitting this coming week)
  • Talking on the phone with my BFF
  • Playing pickup volleyball with friends
  • Shopping at the farmers market
  • Getting some writing done
  • Putting the Christmas ornaments away
  • Reading
  • Hanging fairy lights
  • Knitting
  • Baking something (unless Neal has left me the rest of the cookies I left with him last week)

What are you hoping to get up to before we turn the calendar page next week?

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January 27, 2023


on our calendars, lunch date, and heat
posted by soe 12:49 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Two friends and I have decided to establish a weekly game night.

2. Sarah and I have lunch and then meander through the sunshine to eat ice cream outside.

3. I add more cayenne to my chocolate chip cookies than I really mean to, and am surprised that it is still noticeable after baking. I fear the slight warming that comes from eating one makes them even more addictive.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world this week?

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January 24, 2023


top ten new-to-me authors i found in 2022
posted by soe 1:24 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl invites us to share our list of authors we discovered last year. Here are ten of mine that I’d gladly read more from (I’ve included the genre of their book I read to make it easier for you):

  1. Freya Marske, A Marvellous Light: Historical fantasy
  2. Claire Keegan, Small Things Like These: Historical fiction
  3. Amber McBride, Me: Moth: Contemporary fiction/verse
  4. Ryka Aoki, Light from Uncommon Stars: Science fiction
  5. Malinda Lo, Last Night at the Telegraph Club: Historical fiction
  6. Jane Pek, The Verifiers: Mystery/Light suspense
  7. Rachel Smythe, Lore Olympus: Mythology/graphic novel
  8. Claudia Gray, The Murder of Mr. Wickham: Historical fiction/mystery
  9. Stephen Spotswood, Fortune Favors the Dead: Mystery
  10. Laura Taylor Namey, A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow: Romance

How about you? Did you encounter any new-to-you authors in 2022 you’d recommend?

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