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!