I finished my first book of the year the other night! (And yes, that fact is deserving of an exclamation point...because let's face it, who knows how long it will be until I finish another. :P )
Overall, I'd say it was a good book to start the year with. It didn't knock my socks off or anything, but I definitely enjoyed it. It's two stories, really. Separated by 150 years, connected by place and bloodline and a necklace. The stories alternate throughout the book, but it's never difficult to follow either. A Nova Scotia setting, a touch of magical realism, and lovely black and white art--lots of plusses. It kept me turning the pages, but never with an overwhelming enthusiasm.
(Project progress: Misc. Projects--Read the World, setting-Canada, fiction
AND 2012 unofficial-for-me reading challenges, Graphic Novels Challenge, book 1 of 12)
This winter is driving me crazy...it just doesn't feel like winter at all. :( We'll have a day or two of cold weather (like yesterday and today), but then it warms up again to unseasonably warm temperatures. But what's even worse is the severe lack of snow. While December here is not generally super snowy, it's definitely not as lacking as this December was. In fact, it was the least snowy December since 1939. :( And while we're only a few days in, January sure isn't making up for lost ground...and the forecast isn't giving me much hope either. I grew up in the Great Lakes snowbelt, and was so grateful when we moved back nearly a decade ago (though to a different Lake). Not having "real" winters in the South always left me feeling unsettled. And it somehow it just seems worse having that unsettled feeling here in upstate New York.
Will someone please buy our house?!! I am soooooo ready to move. (This is truly not news, is it?)