Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday: 01/02/2022 Happy New Year and Yearly Wrap-up

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 New Year! I wish you all a happy, healthy 2022. I hope you are doing well. How was your holiday?

It’s been an eventful week. I got sick this week with a stomach bug which today I’m finally feeling better from. Then yesterday we lost electricity from around noon till almost 9pm at night so not fun at all. The power company had some kind of equipment damage and my neighborhood lost power then it took them forever to fix since it was New Years Day.

So, this is my usual weekly updates post but also quick a yearly wrap-up of my 2021 reading year. Onto my updates….

in my mailbox:

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and these bookmarks were a gift from my daughter for Christmas. How pretty is this edition? And she got me handmade bookmarks one of which has a Stephen King quote on it. Also shown is the yarn bowl I received for Christmas. A yarn bowl is a bowl with a slot where you thread your strand of yarn through as you crochet so that it doesn’t get tangled up and or fall to the ground while you’re working. I love it, this is one of those knick-knacks I’ve always wanted but never treated myself to. This one says “It’s crochet, it’s knot knitting”.

Her Last Affair by John Searles arrived via NetGalley and the publisher.


The Silent Sea on Netflix is very interesting and I recommend. We have just two episodes left.

Also of note, 1000 Pound Sisters is crazy and entertaining and I’m still watching Sister Wives which I’ve been watching since day one. What are you watching?

My 2021 Reading Year

My reading was meh again this year. I read 14 books which is not good but at least I read somewhat. This has been my normal since 2020 hit. Before that I would average around 30. Has this happened to anyone else?

Favorite Book of 2021

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Runners up:

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Later by Stephen King

Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Favorite bookish moment of 2021:

My daughter and I met author Nicholas Sparks!!

That wraps up my updates. Goodbye 2021 hello 2022! As usual, I’m aiming to read more in 2022 and now that my daughter and I have been reading books together to discuss them, I think I will get much more reading in.

What was your reading year like? What was your favorite book of 2021? Thanks for stopping in 🙂

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21 thoughts on “Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday: 01/02/2022 Happy New Year and Yearly Wrap-up

  1. Happy New Year! It seems to have gotten off to a rocky start, doesn’t it? I am glad your power is back on and that you are feeling better after the stomach bug. That is a lovely edition of The Woman in White! Such a good book too. I love the bookmarks! Even with a meh reading year, it looks like you read some good ones. I really want to read Four Winds. I hope you have a great year and read many wonderful books!

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  2. Over the holidays I watched the most recent season of Great British Baking Show. I think its their best season yet.
    My favorite book is probably Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan. The audio was great.
    I want to look for Seven Perfect Things. I like her books.

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  3. I love the bookmarks! I did begin a small collection of my own, however I haven’t added to it in some time now. You have inspired me to take another look at my selection and maybe add a few new ones.

    I hope you are fully recovered from your bug, it totally drains your energy, doesn’t it? I had a very funny tummy for a few days between Christmas and New Year, so I sympathise with you.

    I have never come across author John Searles before, but I have checked out this book and it is definitely heading for my ‘wish list’, so I hope that you enjoy it too!

    I love your yarn bowl, I’m busy checking out UK retail outlets now!

    I hope that you enjoyed your Christmas and I wish all good things for you and yours in 2022! 🙂

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    • Thank you Yvonne 🙂 I love bookmarks also and have been enjoying these new ones. Ugh the stomach bug is the worst.
      The John Searles does look good so I can’t wait to read it.
      How cute is the yarn bowl right?
      Happy New Year too friend!


  4. Happy New Year. After that stumble of tummy bug I hope the new year begins brightly for you.
    I love the crochet bowl. What a nice gift.
    Enjoy your new books and all of your reading!

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  5. Hope the bug is short-lived and that the rest of 2022 is healthy.

    Thanks for the Netflix recommendation. I’ll take a look. I’m always on the hunt for something to let loose the beta waves after five!

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