Wednesday 1 January 2020

First Book of the Year 2020

Can you believe it's this time of year again?!

2019 was a year of working hard, staying close to home and change.

Mr Books and I have both had significant changes in our work situations throughout the year. Ultimately positive for both of us, but stressful in the lead up and execution of said changes.
B22 and B19 left home within 6 months of each other (one because he was ready to be independent and the other to go to uni - so he will still be coming and going for the next few years). Mr Books and I are adjusting to the empty nest.

I finished 2019 with a magnificent reading binge, but my blogging mojo is sadly still on holidays!
I have three reviews outstanding plus several Moby-Dick posts to catch up on.
Oh well, as Scarlet O'Hara would say, tomorrow is another day.

But one thing that doesn't change is The First Book of the Year hosted by Sheila.
For a trip down memory lane, here are my First Book of the Year collages (as collated by Shelia) from the past five years. Can you spot me in each one?

2015 | Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History

2016 |  The Story of a New Name

2017 | Salt Creek & Our Man in Havana

2018 | Les Miserables

2019 | Boy Swallows Universe & Don Quixote

2020 sees me finally emerging from behind my books into the full glare of a Sydney summer's day! I will be starting War and Peace (chapter one) and Bridge of Clay | Marcus Zusak today.

Happy New Year!


  1. Our fireworks have just started....welcome 2020!
    Happy New Year....down under! XO

  2. So good to see you. You are beautiful. Congratulations on your boys growing up. Hope you adjust to the empty nester new status and the changes.

  3. Happy New Year Brona ­čą│

  4. Happy New Year, Brona! Wonderful reading choices to start the new decade.

  5. Happy new year! I submitted a photo this year but it wasn't posted - it's on my blog now. I had several books in view so that was probably some kind of transgression. Hope you have a super 2020 and I have my Aus book lined up for November already!

    1. I had that happen one year. I was 'late' in sending my pic in & Sheila had to wait for a a few more pics to roll in on NYD to complete another square. Keep checking back just in case.

    2. It's there now! My email went into her spam. Phew!

  6. Happy New Year. I'm afraid you'll find empty nesting is mirage - and that's mostly a good thing!


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