Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 12/29/2019: Happy New Year and Bookish Best of 2019

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Happy Sunday and Happy New Year. Can you believe 2020 will soon be here? I like the sound of it though, twenty-twenty. I hope everyone had a nice Christmas if they celebrate it. Christmas here was nice, I spent two relaxing days at home. I made the peanut butter blossoms I had been wanting to bake. I also baked chocolate chip. If you try the peanut butter blossom recipe, it says bake at 375 degrees for around 8-10 minutes…that’s a big no-no. They bake at 325 for 14 minutes then I let them sit on the baking tray for another 4 minutes before putting them on the cooling rack.

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Book-wise, I’ve been bad with reading and reviewing in December, I just did not have enough time. My last read of 2019 was A Crafter Quilts a Crime: A Handcrafted Mystery so I am going to try and sneak that review in by tomorrow to wrap start fresh for the new year.

Onto more updates….

in my mailbox:

I grabbed two vintage copies for myself while Christmas shopping for my kids at a vintage book and record shop: Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King and The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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I whipped this cowl up as a gift and included a pair of tan gloves to compliment it.
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My Favorite Books of 2019

I read 29 books in 2019 which is 2 more than last year, these were my top favorites.

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Reading/Blogging Stats for 2019

Genres: I read 9 crime thrillers, 4 romance, 4 horror, 3 cozy mysteries, 3 general literary fiction, 1 paranormal romance, 1 LGBT fiction, 1 children’s book, 1 young adult adventure, 1 non-fiction and listened to 1 book on audio. I reviewed 3 crochet pattern books.

Stats: My blog had 72 posts with 48,239 words and 1667 comments!

Reading Goals for 2020

I read and reviewed 8 NetGalley books in 2019. I want to get that number up in 2020. I also want to continue finding great crime thrillers to read which is a favorite genre and I need to tackle my TBR mountain as usual. I’d also like to read more non-fiction this upcoming year.

Favorite Book Quotes of 2019

“It’s hard to accept that you’re the villain of someone else’s story.”-In at the Deep End by Kate Davies

“He paid the driver, then turned and stood motionless under a misty streetlamp’s glow, staring up at the window of the house like a melancholy traveler frozen in time.”- The Exorcist  by William Peter Blatty

“Life was a wheel, and it always came back around.”- Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

“She was gone, and yet she was more present than anyone else.”– Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

How was your reading year? What are some of your favorite books of the year? 

That wraps up my updates for now. Happy, Healthy New Year!


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38 thoughts on “Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 12/29/2019: Happy New Year and Bookish Best of 2019

  1. We had a lovely Christmas and I’m looking forward to a quiet NYE with a couple of friends. They come over to our house, we play games and watch the countdown to midnight on telly. I’ve got to say both lots of cookies look delicious, I wish I was more of a baker to give them a try. 😉
    Happy New Year and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week. Here’s my Sunday Post
    Flora x

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  2. The cookies look so yummy! My husband baked some new cookies yesterday and they turned out delicious but kind of hard. I guess he’ll have to make a new batch. Thank goodness I love to help out by eating. haha… Sounds like a great bookish year. Can’t wait to hear what you’ll be reading next year and of course your crochet projects!

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  3. Oh those cookies look yummy haha! Glad you had a nice Christmas. I can’t believe it’s almost 2020. And ooh love that Gone Girl quote! I just read that book for the first time this year. 🙂

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  4. Those cookies look yummy! Sounds like you’d a wonderful Christmas with your family. Happy New Year and here’s hoping for more great reads next year, Naida!

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  5. Hi Naida,

    Christmas Day went really well for us, visiting with my brother and his family. Watching the excitement of our G.niece and G.nephew was amazing, if rather tiring. I am going to gloss over the intervening days, as a sickness bug which hit me and much of the local population, has meant that I can remember very little else of the holidays! NYE will be as always, a quiet affair for just the two of us, as I am finally back in the land of the living!

    We have so much Christmas food and goodies left over that we are going to have to waste, but I can now appreciate looking at those cookies, as I love peanut butter, even though I am not that much of a home baker these days.

    I haven’t really even felt like reading, although as some consolation, I have managed to exceed my measly Goodreads target for the year. I did have some great reads however, although picking my favourite would be quite difficult. The only book I awarded 5 out of 5 stars to was ‘A Sinner’s Gift’ by Zoe Beesley, so I guess that’s a good place to start.

    I already have a full review and blog tour schedule for the coming weeks, so I need to settle in for some marathon reading sessions. The weather certainly isn’t anywhere near cold enough for snow days in the foreseeable future, so that’s not going to help me any! It has been so mild that we have been out and about in December without jackets most of the time – what gives?

    I hope that you have a happy and peaceful New Year and speak to you in 2020 – a whole new decade and leap year to look forward to 🙂


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    • Hi Yvonne! Happy New Year! I hope you are feeling better. Glad you had such a nice Christmas with your family.
      I almost reached my Goodreads goal again, but maybe this year. I remember your review of A Sinner’s Gift and it sounds like a good thriller.
      Enjoy the mild weather, it’s cold here but today I’ll be home in my pajamas all day. 🙂


  6. As often as I write the date, I am looking forward to writing 20 instead of 19. I think it has a nicer flow to it. 🙂 Those cookies look so delicious! I would really like to read The Exorcist. I hope you have a Happy New Year, Naida!

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