The Sunday Salon – December 28, 2014

sundaysalon2I don’t have a lot of time, but wanted to say thank you for all the kind thoughts on last week’s Salon post. We had a really good Christmas in spite of the stress – probably because I simply refused to think about what lies ahead after the 1st! I hope that all of you who celebrate had a blessed, joyful Christmas.

I did manage to write my last two official reviews these past two weeks: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber and A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison. From this point on, any review I write will be by choice, simply because I felt I had something to say about a book I read.

I also managed to post two “best-of” posts for 2014: Best fiction I read in 2014 and The best of the rest. I have so enjoyed reading all of your end-of-year lists.

I did finish The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty this week, and while not as mind-blowing as The Husband’s Secret or Big Little Lies, it was still a terrific read. I gave up on Lisey’s Story by Stephen King. I’m already listening to one of his books on audio right now, so decided to go for something else – The Perfect Paragon: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M.C. Beaton.

This week is another vacation week for us. Thanks to a gift card for the movie theater, given by wonderful friends from church who joined us for Christmas dinner, I am taking the boys to see the last Hobbit movie tomorrow – but first Jonathan gets his braces off! After three years, he is more than ready. On New Year’s Eve, Kevin and I are hosting a party at church: board games and finger foods. I doubt anyone will stay until midnight, but we’ll have fun for as long as people hold out. 🙂

I am working on plans for changing the blog in the New Year. Don’t be surprised if one day there is a new name and layout – and maybe a redirected url. We’ll see. I’m trying to get inspired with some design ideas to pass on to Kevin to at least give him a starting place.

My wish for all of you in the New Year is lots of time for family and friends, for health and contentment, and for peace and love. Happy New Year!

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16 Responses to The Sunday Salon – December 28, 2014

  1. I’m also working on a change for the blog this year…but I don’t know what yet. The only thing I know for sure is that it won’t be a name change or moving to another blog, but it will be something. Best of luck with your changes. I look forward to seeing them in the new year.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Bryan – Thanks. Before I can make the changes, I need to find the time – right?

  2. BermudaOnion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  3. Michelle says:

    2015 is going to be your year; I just know it!! Things are going to get better for your family. Hang in there and have faith, right?

    I am ridiculously excited about any and all changes you have planned. A new design, name and URL? That is so fun!!!

    Have a wonderful week, and if I don’t talk to you before then, have a very happy New Year!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Michelle – I sure hope you’re right! Happy New Year to you and your family, too.

  4. Janine K says:

    Thank you for your great reviews of both books and movies, I really enjoy your blog and my to-read list is growing because of you???? happy new year from Melbourne, Australia!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Janine – Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know you’re reading my blog and enjoying it! Happy New Year to you, as well. 🙂

  5. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    Oh a blog change!!! Exciting. Happy new year!

  6. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    Happy New Year, Carrie! I hope 2015 is better than you can imagine!

  7. Susan says:

    I’m hoping 2015 is a great year for you. Keeping positive vibes. I look forward to your changes and hope you’ll stay blogging (when time permits). I enjoy your blog, cheers!