Happy New Year, Dish Readers!
My knee replacement surgery was a success and I am now working hard on rehab. I'm not back to full speed - that will take several weeks - but I am making progress and for that I am very grateful. I didn't read much over the holidays; you kind of lose your focus when they take you off pain meds while your pain level is still high. Ouch. I still have pain but it's becoming much more manageable so I hope to dive back into my stash of books soon. There are several new ones that have caught my eye.
If you follow me (PJ) on Facebook, you know that I have chosen a watchword for 2023. My word for this year is kindness. Kindness has always been an important part of my life going back to my earliest years and the treasured teachings of my grandmother. She was a woman who felt strongly in living your life according to the Golden Rule. For myself and all of you, this is what I hope we all will manifest this year: May you extend kindness to others. May you receive kindness from others. And, when in doubt, may you always lead with kindness in your heart.
I hope to be back at some point this week with January Coming Attractions along with two reviews. One of those reviews is Nice Earls Do by Susanna Craig. If you have not yet discovered this 92-page novella (December 27, 2022), I enthusiastically recommend it. It's a heartwarming, quick-read, prequel that launches Craig's upcoming Goode's Guide to Misconduct series and it gave me all the feels.
The second review to watch for is Jayne Ann Krentz's Sleep No More (January 3, 2023). This launches Krentz's The Lost Night Files trilogy and once I started reading, I could not stop. If you enjoy romantic suspense with paranormal overtones, do not miss this book!
So, that's the update from me. Though the rehab and pain are not fun, I'm deeply grateful for the medical team who guided me through a successful surgery and continue to guide me as I slowly regain strength and flexibility. And I'm doubly grateful for my brother and sister-in-law who have been my dedicated and untiring emotional, and physical, support through this process.
I'm entering 2023 with hope in my heart and joy in my soul, eager for new adventures on the horizon. I wish the same for each and every one of you.
How were your holidays?
Have you been reading any good books?
Any special plans for 2023?
Do you choose a word for the new year? Make resolutions or set goals?