• 2022 My Year in Books
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    2022 in Books

    In 2022, I met my Goodreads reading goal of 110 books (just barely)! Here are my top 10 fiction reads for the year, all of which I rated at 5 stars.   Fox Creek (Cork O’Connor, #19) William Kent Krueger Orphan Train Christina Baker Kline Heart Bones Colleen Hoover The Keeper of Lost Things Ruth Hogan Breathless Jennifer Niven The Probability of Miracles Wendy Wunder The Midwife’s Secret Emily Gunnis A Day Like This Kelley McNeil Everything Must Go Camile Pagán The Lighthouse Sisters Gill Thompson I also read several nonfiction books in 2022. Here are my top 6, which I also rated at 5 stars. How to Keep House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing K.C.…

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    Water leaks, house fires, and broken plans

    Big plans turned to broken plans I had big plans for the second half of 2022. But, you know what they say about plans… Our home renovations were finally finished (my bathroom and kitchen), I was making good progress on my 5th novel with plans to finish the first draft by the end of the year. That’s not going to happen because life happened and it happened big. Change of plans: the water leak (part one) Right after the kitchen renovation was finally finished around mid-June, I discovered a dark spot on the baseboard in my laundry room and my heart just sank. The water valve behind the refrigerator had…

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    Desperately Seeking Friendship

    I feel like there needs to be an app for people seeking non-romantic relationships. The Tinder for friendships. Maybe there already is an app like that. I should check since I don’t get out much. Married female seeking friends. Loves books, dogs, and has a manageable obsession with Snoopy®. Enjoys movies, writing, and leisurely strolls outside. Dislikes politics, laziness and most country music. People who are rude to service workers need not apply. Maybe it’s not specific enough? Lonely married female seeks companion for shopping, snarky comments, occasional concerts of hard rock or 90s grunge or alternative, and decent servings of chick flicks or scary movies at the theater. Too…