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Happy New Year!  May the New Year treat you well and even better than last year!  May you make many good memories to cherish.  I lift my glass to all my Bookflurries friends and to all who love to read!  Cheers!!

It is the freshness of the New Year that is exciting, a time when bold new plans can be dreamed up.  I generally would prefer the energy of having a new year in the spring when I could be warm, but with the calendar we use, and since I live in Michigan, I get snow.

Snow can be really pretty when it is first laid down and there are no tracks.  It is a clean white sheet under a blazing sun that can blind you as it reflects.  Heavy snows that cling to every tree branch and stem are lovely.  Deep frost conditions can coat trees and make every weed a jewel.  

The tingle of the cold air can be refreshing and as I child I rejoiced in playing in deep snow.  

Thinking about all the good books that are coming out in the New Year is refreshing, too.  I have favorite authors whose books I am waiting for eagerly.  I hope to discover new authors thanks to all of you at Bookflurries.  I have a pretty good TBR pile by the computer and my challenge books are in the picture above.  I won’t go so far as some shirts that say, “Let it Snow!”, but it is a time of year when I can relax with big books and not worry about how long they will take to read.

I hope you found a book under your tree or received a gift card.  Browsing is so much fun.  I sometimes open a book and fall right into it.  Other times it takes longer to grab hold.  Once in a while I read a book because everybody is reading it and I don’t want to be left out.  Most of the time, though, I read books that will take me away to a new world or an old world where I can watch interesting characters move about on the book’s stage.

What book is in your hand or near by that you are enjoying?

Diaries of the Week:

Write On! Four stages of editing.
by SensibleShoes

From Face Book:

100-Year-Old Negatives Discovered in Block of Ice in Antarctica

The Politics of Dignity: What's at Stake
by Robert Fuller

Robert Fuller says:

Though people can get The Rowan Tree free on Kindle...

I'm still updating chapters on The Rowan Tree web site so those without ereaders can check it out:

My memoir (of special interest to Oberlin alumni) is also still free on Smashwords:
And the Goodreads Giveaway is still running for the paperback:

Belonging: A Memoir
Paperback – October 24, 2013
by Robert W. Fuller


"How did you make the leap from Physics to Dignity?" This question arises at every Robert Fuller talk. Belonging traces Fuller’s personal evolution and suggests that taking one’s questions seriously will lead to a life of meaning and purpose. Accompany Fuller as he meets with “somebodies” like Robert Oppenheimer, Indira Gandhi, Mikhail Gorbachev, David Bowie, John Denver, and President Jimmy Carter, and share in the wisdom he finds in people whom the world writes off as “nobodies.” Belonging shows how transformative quests await anyone willing to learn from somebodies and nobodies alike."

A BIG Congratulations to DKos author Kelly McCullough.  Not long ago his first three Blade books in a three-in-one volume appeared in the Science Fiction Book Club’s Featured Selection and now The Blade Reforged is also a featured selection.  When you realize that only 24 books are featured each year and Kelly has two of those spots…well…that is amazing!!  And well deserved!!!

(In all the years of getting this catalog, I don’t remember this ever happening before).

Broken Blade
Bared Blade
Crossed Blades  
Blade Reforged

NOTE: plf515 has book talk on Wednesday mornings early

Originally posted to Readers and Book Lovers on Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 05:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Progressive Friends of the Library Newsletter.


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