Merry New Year

Jillian here.  Sorry I missed December’s post. I was out of town and knew it was my day, but I figured I’d post some pictures when I got back. By the time I got back (after experiencing a flat tire on my friend’s truck- she was driving), it was late and I was exhausted. And then it was Marie’s day, so I let it go. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season. I’ve read your posts so I see fun was had!! Yay for that!

I’ve been sick since January 1st and I am so over it, I could scream. Nothing has a taste and that makes eating no fun. I feel sort of human today, but I am so sore from coughing, it hurts to move. Ever had that feeling?  It’s terrible.

While I’ve  been recuperating, I’ve read three books. One was The Paris Architect, by Charles Belfoure set in WWII era. It was okay but it was one of those books where there really isn’t someone you like a lot to root for. The main protagonist wasn’t very likable at all. He definitely had a big character arc and changed during the story, but for so much of the story, I wasn’t a fan of his.

The second one I read was one I got at the Goodwill store so it’s older. It was called The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris. It’s by Jenny Colgan and set in the current day. It was also okay. Not fabulous, just okay. I did at least like the protagonist but there was a lot of sadness in the tale, too.

In case you think I only read Paris set books, I’m about half-way through one set in the English countryside. It’s called The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton. (In the US, it is the 7 1/2 Deaths). I am really liking it. Lots of mystery and the characters are intriguing. I love to try to solve mysteries before I finish and this one is a challenge. One of the blurbs says, “Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day…” A. J. Finn.  I agree with his characterization so far.

It’s been a real treat for me to indulge my love of reading this past week. I’ve had to attend court and pop in the office for an hour or two here and there, but I’ve mostly been resting at home and focusing on getting better. AND being a total reader!!

Hope you all are having a wonderful January so far. I will be as soon as I can breathe, taste food, stop coughing……

8 responses to “Merry New Year

  1. Reading is a BIG part of my life. Sometimes to big. It’s a great way to recover. Enjoy.

    • Thanks Lavada. I love to read. I just don’t usually give myself the luxury when I am going full tilt. I know once I start a book, I don’t want to do anything but read it. 🙂

  2. Oooh, I know that cough. Not fun, and very painful. I hope you continue to improve. My sister’s cough took seeks to filly ebb. Hang in there! And good for you, giving in to the need tor est and recuperate. 🙂

    • Thanks for the good wishes. Yes, this cough is making me hurt, hurt, hurt. Muscles I didn’t know I have are killing me. My parents have both had it for three weeks WITH antibiotics (Dad) and man, I hope mine leaves me before that.

  3. I hope you are well on the way to full recovery, Jillian. These winter illnesses do seem to be hanging around for such a long time. It’s good that you’ve been able to catch up with your reading though. Every cloud…

    • Thanks Faye. I’m doing better each day. Had two good nights of breathing without taking any meds so I am calling that progress. And silver lining indeed on the reading. 😁

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  4. Am sorry to read you’ve been unwell. There are some nasty bugs about this year. Hope you are fully recovered now. Being ill isn’t nice but it is an indulgent excuse to catch up on a lot of reading. Escapism is good for the soul and helps recovery. Best wishes.

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