Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!



It's time! Time to say goodbye to 2018, and welcome 2019. I ended the year on a high note, spending time with family in Ohio for Christmas. I've been home in early December, but this is the first time in thirty years that I was home for Christmas.

I had a wonderful year, with trips to New York City, North Carolina, Scottsdale, Arizona, and St. Petersburg, Florida. There was a family wedding. And, I can't thank the Bouchercon Board enough for honoring me with the David Thompson Special Service Award.

I made multiple trips with my best friend, Donna, to see Celtic Thunder, to go to bookstores, to see plays and movies. We always have a good time together. I've shared wonderful daily chats online with two friends. We talk books, movies, food, toys, trips, anything that comes to mind.

Of course, there were all the good books read during the year. I'm lucky I had the chance to discuss them with all of you.

So, goodbye 2018!


Welcome, 2019!


I already have trips planned for the new year - trips to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nashville, Ohio, New York City, Hartford, Connecticut, Dallas. There's another family wedding in 2019. So, I'm anticipating travel with friends and family in the new year.

And, books! I've started reading books with 2019 release dates. (Tomorrow, I'll be sharing February releases with you.) Of course, the book giveaways will kick off again on Friday.

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I have 2019 wishes for all of us. I wish you good health, love of family and friends, time to spend with loved ones, and, of course, good books.

Thank you for spending 2018 reading about books and authors, and sharing my trips. I hope we all have a good 2019, and the opportunity to share our love of books.

Happy New Year!


31 comments:

Deb said...

Happy New Year! I am so glad I found your blog. I have enjoyed reading it everyday and really do need to comment more often!

Sharon said...

Happy New Year Lesa! Best wishes for all good things in the coming year. Happy Reading.

Charlotte said...

Lesa and everyone else, Happy New Year. 🎈🎊 May 2019 be a blessed year for all of us. With plenty of time for reading all of our books that are stacked up everywhere in our homes.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Happy New Year!

Great seeing you again (however briefly) in St. Petersburg, and I was happy to be able to hook you up with Bill Crider's daughter Angela, as well as see you get your well deserved award.

Let's hope next year is a better one for all of us.

SandyG265 said...

Happy New Year

Lesa said...

Oh, Deb. Thank you so much. I'm glad you found my blog, too. Happy New Year!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Sharon! Happy New Year, and happy reading!

Lesa said...

Charlotte, Have you peeked into my house to see all those piles of books? I love your greeting, and wishes for us for the new year. Sending love and hugs your way, and hoping for all good things for you in 2019.

Lesa said...

Jeff, It was good to see you. Thank you for everything. There were some sad moments in 2018, and you didn't end the year on the best note. You're right. I hope 2019 is better for all of us. Happy Reading!

Lesa said...

Happy New Year, Sandy!

Kaye Barley said...

Happy New Year, sweetie!!! xxoo
Kaye

Beth Hoffman said...

Happy New Year to one of my favorite people ... YOU! Wishing you much joy in 2019. Big hugs and love heading your way.

Margie Bunting said...

Looking forward to another year of enjoying your daily presence, Lesa, and hopefully seeing you in person again sometime soon.

To my fellow blog readers and commenters, please keep it up! I so enjoy hearing from all of you, and I've gotten some great reading recommendations from you.

Happy New Year!

Ingrid King said...

Happy New Year, Lesa! I always enjoy your updates and reviews. One of these days, we WILL meet in person!

Lesa said...

Happy New Year, and hugs, Kaye!

Lesa said...

Oh, Beth. Happy New Year, my friend. You don't know how often I think and talk about you. I'm wishing you a wonderful 2019, with good health and love.

Lesa said...

Margie, I'm with you! I enjoy all the comments and book suggestions from fellow readers. I wish you strength and love in 2019, along with wonderful books to read. Yes, I hope we do see each again, soon.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Ingrid! Yes, someday, we will meet in person!

Netteanne said...

Happy New Year and love to your kitties. Keep those books coming so I can continue to load up my hold list.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, love reading your book blog.

Lil said...

Happy New Year and happy reading! I always enjoy my stop here to see your recommendations/opinions.

Glen Davis said...

Happy New Year everyone!

Sandie Herron said...

I wish all of the same things for you tenfold. Happy New Year Lesa!

Lesa said...

Happy New Year, everyone! And, I'm working on those books. Come back tomorrow for the list of February releases!

donna from ct said...

Happy New Year to all book lovers and I hope so may more find out about the joy of reading in 2019!

Karen r said...

Happy New Year Lesa! And thank you for all of the wonderful reviews.

holdenj said...

Happy New Year!

Gram said...

Happy and healthy New Year to you.

Kay said...

Happy New Year, Lesa! Any chance you'll get down to Austin when you go to Dallas - I'm assuming you are attending Bouchercon. And no, I'm not planning on going. A little too big for me. I am planning on going to Left Coast in San Diego for 2020.

Carol N Wong said...

Hope that you have a wonderful 2019! I had an invitation to Ft.Lauderdale in Florida but it was too a notice so passing up. We will be sticking to short car trips in 2019.

Lesa said...

Kay, I'm not planning on going to Austin, but San Diego in 2020 is on my probably list!