Family have left, friends have gone, the leftover food has all been eaten up or turned into soup and frozen, and I’m resolving to lose what I put on over Christmas without doing anything too drastic so I end up eating more to compensate.

Thank you for my dear friends and family for the gift of six new books, all of which I had on my wish list, although not necessarily on my TBR, so I still need to get some off it to put those on!  Either that or I admit I’m a failure and start the year by going over the 500 mark and seeing whether I can get below it by the end of 2017.  There’s a Challenge!  Maybe I’ll do that, since I discovered, when tidying my bookshelves before my party, that there are books on there that I haven’t read and are not in my TBR already.  Do these books breed at night?  Is it a consequence of putting tomes on the history of science next to space exploration – are they seeding the universe or just going forth and multiplying?

I am of course looking forward to reducing my TBR through my reading challenges for the year.  I read very little in the last two weeks of the year – too much watching tv with my companions.  It seems more sociable than reading, although I have no idea why.  Other new year tasks that crossed my mind:

  • plan the vegetable garden and sowing schedules
  • put the calendars up and the Christmas decorations down
  • rewrite The Perihelix before Willoughby the Narrator comes back from my editor
  • start preparing my A to Z posts

AH-HAH!  Yes, I’m planning my April A to Z Challenge already.  It’s never too early to start, especially as I owe an M post for someone who asked for it last year but then stalled.  I’m on it, truly!  But my own theme for the year is… to be revealed in March.  The A to Z sign-up list should go up around January 24th at the A to Z Challenge website.

So do those ideas above count as New Year’s Resolutions?  I hope so, because there aren’t any others.  What are yours?

photo is of the City of Norwich including the spire of the cathedral, taken from the roof of the RC cathedral.

The Happy New Year Post

16 thoughts on “The Happy New Year Post

  • 2 January, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I wish you a very Happy New Year.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • 3 January, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks, David. Happy new year to you too
      xx 2017 hugs! xxx

  • 2 January, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Hi Jemima – Happy New Year and 2017 ahead … wonderful to have the veggie garden to look forward to … and I’m so grateful to get your M post … I sincerely hope my A-Z won’t be derailed this year … looking forward to the matching photos – when you can. Cheers and take care … Hilary

    • 3 January, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Thanks, Hilary. Hope it turns out a good one for you too.

  • 2 January, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Happy New Year Jacky! I hope it will be a good one, and you will fit in reading a few more books!! 😉

    • 3 January, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Happy new year, Julie. Love from me and the boys!

  • 2 January, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    My resolutions will be the same as last year: eat less sugar, declutter the house, and write more fiction. Good luck to us all on our resolutions!

    • 3 January, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Ah, yes – I should do all those too! Good luck with them – let’s compare notes on progress from time to time!

  • 2 January, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Do books breed on shelves? I think so because TBR piles never shrink, they only grow. I have a lot more books to read now thanks to the hop yesterday, but I feel like I’m coming out of my reading slump and am ready to tackle it.

    • 3 January, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      Yeah – my TBR has leapt up to 518 now. Thanks for the book hop yesterday – every little helps!

  • 2 January, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I think your theory about the books breeding solves a mystery I’ve been puzzling over. If all the unread books on my shelves were on my TBR list, it would be a really daunting prospect!

    Like you, I have rewrites, uncluttering, and getting diet back on track so I can lose the Xmas cookie padding, all on my agenda. And reading. I can always read. Which requires a cup of tea and a…uh-oh!

    • 3 January, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Let’s just call those things uh-ohs from now on!!

  • 3 January, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Happy New Year to you and the fur balls! I have a topic for A-Z, only hope I can manage it. Is there a signup yet? Managed to get a couple of books off my TBR over the holidays but added a couple, so the situation is static!

    • 3 January, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks, Noelle, happy new year to your and yours too. I think sign-up is usually on the Monday nearest the 25th of the month.

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