January 2021 To Be Read

29 Dec

Today we are being pounded with a snow storm. Sounds like a good day to read a book. I am almost done with one of my December reads and plan to have a review posted on Thursday.

This is a fairly ambitious stack of books for next month but hey it doesn’t hurt to stretch ourselves. As always I will always feel good if I read at least four a month. Even though I am retired, I seem to have found so many things to do to keep busy. Besides starting a new writing project next month, I am also President of our local chapter of Sisters in Crime. Though we only meet monthly, and in 2020 most meetings were virtual. We will be continuing that until it is safe to meet in person. This year besides focusing on writing, we will be reading a few books and reviewing, as well.

I will post a follow-up for my December reads early in January. Did I meet my goal of at least four or did I surpass it? You will have to wait and see.

As I said, I am developing a new mystery novel to write and I am excited to start something new. After a conversation at my last Sinc meeting, it became clear most of the authors and writers swear by Hallie Ephron’s – Writing and Selling the Mystery Novel. I am basing my writing goals around using this book. Currently I am reading and filling out the worksheets to develop the story now. I will be aiming for a first draft by the end of June. I will slip a little bit about this goal into my blog posts to keep you informed, just in case you’re interested.

I am enjoying our rather one-sided conversations but it would be great if you could chime in once in a while. I would love to see how many other people out there actually read my blog and either like it or have some suggestions to make it better. I watch a lot of YouTube and the BookTubers on there. I am trying to fashion this blog after some of those. There is something comforting to hear others talk about books. My reviews are deliberately vague because I don’t want to be guilty of spoilers.

I also will be choosing my favorite book read each month and for the year. I will probably slip in more bookish content as I find it to add, as well. I do enjoy writing this blog and I do hope someone finds it interesting enough to follow.

I really would appreciate your comments and if you have a blog that you would like me to support, please comment and let me know.

Until next time, happy new year.



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7 responses to “January 2021 To Be Read

  1. K

    December 29, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    I do so enjoy reading your posts. I have read 94 books this year thanks to covid. Not even going to attempt that many this next year.


    • virginiagruver

      December 31, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      94 books wow. I have never come close to that. I am setting a goal this year of four a month. Look forward to seeing what you read.


    • virginiagruver

      January 4, 2021 at 1:25 pm

      Wow, 94 books is awesome. I am going to aim for 48 books this year and I also want to actually start using Goodreads. So glad to see you following.


  2. Christy

    December 29, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Correction to previous comment – INSPIRED


  3. Christy

    December 29, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Virginia – I read Dicken’s Carol and it was wonderful! It has to Napier’s me to read his other works – some of them I’ve only seen the movies. Thanks for the inspiration!


    • virginiagruver

      January 4, 2021 at 1:26 pm

      Glad to see you following. Hopefully we can share book ideas this year. Looking forward to seeing you at SINC this month.


  4. Margot Kinberg

    December 29, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    It sounds as though you’ve got a really sound plan for working on your writing in the new year. I think that’s great. A lot of books never make it from idea to completed project, and I sometimes think part of that is that people don’t have a plan for seeing it through. I’ll be interested in how your work pans out – and on what you think of the books you read.



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