It’s been a year. 

I’ve gotten no writing done since school let out on Friday, March 13th. 

I just… couldn’t. 

I haven’t edited the books I unpublished. 

I haven’t written anything new. 

I’ve spent a LOT of time creating content for my online classes and trying to keep my high school students engaged.

I’ve spent a lot of time looking at pictures of my new granddaughter and getting happy.

I’ve spent a lot of time doom scrolling and getting depressed.

My husband and I have talked about moving to Canada. 

I did read some good books:

Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh – which helped with the doom feelings.

Shatner Rules by William Shatner – that was a surprisingly interesting and fun read.

The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis – different than, but as good as, the series. Now I am reading his Mockingbird, which is creepy-good.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – good story, although not as amazing as the reviews made it sound. 

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab – good story, although the ending was disappointing.

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – some of it was hilarious and some of it was not. 

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – so, so good that I read it three times, bought a copy for my son, and bought the sequel, Harrow the Ninth and read that twice.

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinsonstarted out great, but kind of lost its way. 

The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison – intriguing and enjoyable, although not as touching as The Goblin Emperor.

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu – a good and very challenging read. 

The Delightful Life of a Suicide Pilot by Colin Cotterill – which I would have enjoyed more if I hadn’t read that it was the last in the series and I do not want this series to end. 

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin – I enjoyed it, although not as much as I enjoyed The Fifth Season.

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody – lots of good advice which I have not yet taken.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine – great start to a good series.

Hand to Mouth by Linda Tirado – depressingly accurate picture of middle – and sinking – class America. 

Lockwood & Co.–The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud

 – good continuation  of a great series. Feed by Mira Grant – I had to re-read this because  a scary real virus can only be combated by a scary fictional virus.

Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu – I love Aunty Lee!

Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCreary – Excellent for helping me increase my understanding of autistic students.

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis – What could be better during a pandemic than reading about the black plague?

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters – The flu of 1918.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – Listened to the audio and it is so good!

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells – Murderbot never disappoints!

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer – Good, but strangely enough, the movie was better. 

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey – Ultimately pretty sad. I enjoyed her other books much more. 

The Power by Naomi Alderman – wow. Such a powerful story. No pun intended. 

Mort by Terry Pratchett – How could I have known that the best way to start 2020 was with a funny book about death?

I read more, but those were the highlights from a year with a lot of lowlights. 

May the new year bless you and yours.