Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Toast - To Resolutions and 2014



I had a wonderful 2014, if trips alone are counted. I was lucky enough to go to Left Coast Crime in Monterey, Book Expo America in New York City, and make a second eight-day trip to New York to see ten Broadway shows. I went to two book festivals, one in Kentucky, one in Nashville. Wonderful! And, 2015 means a trip to New York in June with my mom and sisters, and Bouchercon in Raleigh. I'm rooming with a long-time online friend, Kaye Wilkinson Barley at Bouchercon. We've never met, but I think we're related in spirit.

It was a good year. My mom, my sisters and I are all healthy. The cats are great.  I have wonderful friends all over the country, and a wonderful friend here in Evansville who loves theater and books as much as I do.

But, this year, I'm making a resolution for 2015, something I never do. I've found my blog a little boring this last year, and I worry readers will lose interest if I do. I haven't lost interest. What I have lost interest in is participating in as many blog tours, and committing to so many reviews. Done. I'll still do a few when the book or author really interests me. But, I found I'm too committed to reviewing certain books on certain dates. It spoils the surprise and serendipity in reading. I like to stumble across a book I didn't expect to enjoy as much as I did, or a new author, or a subject I normally wouldn't read.

In January, I'll have written Lesa's Book Critiques for ten years. I still enjoy it, and I still love sharing books and authors with other readers. But, I want to find surprises, and I want you to find them as well. The book chats will still happen. (Readers may go up in arms if Jinx doesn't appear once a month.) I'll still run contests, and introduce you to the Treasures in My Closet. But, I'm not going to commit myself to as many dates on the calendar.

I have trips and family and friends, cats, concerts and theater, and lots of good books to enjoy in 2015. So, my resolution is fewer commitments in 2015, and more serendipity.

Here's to 2015, and good books for all of us!




16 comments:

Janet c said...

It's funny how something you love can become a chore when you have to do it. Your plan sounds just right to me.

Patricia T said...

Do what you love and LOVE what you're doing!

Beth Hoffman said...

Brava to you, my friend ... *cheers* to the magic of serendipity and to following your heart!

Lesa said...

I do love what I'm doing. I just think it got a little stale this past year. So, I want a little more magic this year.

Kaye Barley said...

Happy New Year, my friend!!!!!!

I've had another fun year following you and enjoying all the books I have added to my TBR stack thanks to your delightful reviews.

Wishing you a peaceful and magical 2015 and I cannot WAIT till October!

xxoo
Kaye

Lesa said...

Happy New Year, Kaye! Thank you. I can wait, but only because there is a NYC trip or two in there first. Really looking forward to finally hugging you, though!

I ove following all of your adventures, books, and, of course, Harley. A happy, healthy 2015 to all of you!

Carol N Wong said...

Ten years is amazing for a blog! Congratualations and Happy New Year to you. I am looking forward to following your blog again, this year in 2015!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Carol. Thank you for being here with me for a number of those years. I appreciate it! Happy New Year!

Reine said...

Happy New Year, Lesa!

I hope your trips count, because they were fun to read about, and I learned from them—especially from your comments regarding the Peace Statue at St. John the Divine.

Before I had seen it as good conquering evil, but after reading about your observations, I came to see it as an attempt to fight force with force which is a concept I have difficulty with—something I had not considered after 9/11, even during that eight months' time when St. John the Divine was a peaceful home to hundreds of volunteers serving the needs of rescue workers.

All these years later I see the concept of fighting back very differently yet somehow was unaware that I held this ugly place for anger in my heart. I feel a lot of things now about that day but it does not include the desire to destroy in retribution.

Thank you for helping me have a better year.

Lesa said...

Reine, What fascinating comments! I'm always impressed with your observations here on my blog. I'm very grateful that you take the time to read it, and respond with such thoughtful comments. Thank you. And, you're welcome, my friend.

Sandie H said...

Hey Lesa. I'm glad I could help you with your resolution by popping by with a review on a book you wouldn't normally pick up! I want to thank you for the opportunity. Sandie

Lesa said...

Thank you, Sandie! I appreciate the review. And, just so you know, Victoria Laurie retweeted my tweet saying you had reviewed the book.

donna said...

Much as I love reading your blog, I can certainly understand the pressure you have put on yourself and the need after 10 years to pull back a little. I will look forward in 2015 to reading about new discoveries you have made. I just finished reading Wolf by Mo Hayder and what a great read it was - I am very excited to have found another author to add to my list of ones to follow - that is what keeps the joy in reading alive. All the best to you for 2015.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Donna. I'm not really pulling back from the blog itself, just the pressure I've put myself under by agreeing to too many blog tours. Then I was "forced" to read books by a certain date. That's no fun. I'll do a few here and there, if I want to read the book, but most of them will be on my time schedule, and what I want to read. You're right. I want to continue the joy I have from reading books. Thank you! All the best to you as well in 2015!

Clea Simon said...

You know, you're allowed. Have a wonderful new year.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Clea. I know you understand. Happy New Year to you, too!