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December 15, 2014 / Leslie

New Books, Writer’s Block, and the Virus that Won’t Go Away


A Quiet Few Weeks

For the first time in the five years I’ve been writing this blog, I took a week off from posting. I wish I could say I was away on a vacation, but I was right here at home.

It was an unconscious decision. I have lots to write but didn’t feel like sitting down at the computer to do it. I’m blaming, in no particular order…

  • Writer’s block
  • Work
  • Holiday distractions
  • Foggy brain from the cold virus that won’t go away
  • Haven’t seen sunshine in weeks – persistent clouds are keeping temps mild, but it’s oh so gloomy
  • Most of the birds have migrated south.

Anyway, a few new books arrived last week and I have plenty of audio queued up to keep me busy. I was able to write some reviews yesterday and I may even get outside for a walk today.

Mailbox Monday

WinterBirdsMailbox-smlWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


New Arrivals

The Room by Jonas Karlsson from Random House.
Funny, clever, surreal, and thought-provoking, this Kafka-esque masterpiece introduces the unforgettable Bjorn, an exceptionally meticulous office worker striving to live life on his own terms.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven from Random House.
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this compelling, exhilarating, and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen from Penguin.
In the tradition of Alan Furst, the #1 international bestselling author delivers his first stand-alone novel, a psychological thriller set in World War II Nazi Germany and 1970s England.

How was your week?

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  1. I had the cold that would not go away this summer and it was awful. I can’t imagine that mixed with winter cold and gloom. Hope you get to feeling better and your writer’s block goes away. Enjoy your new books!


  2. laurelrainsnow / Dec 15 2014 10:24 am

    Oh, everything looks glum when you aren’t feeling well. Hope you feel better soon!

    Love that vignette you created, with your books, the ducks, and some greenery. I have been noticing All the Bright Places lately….and just today, started noticing The Alphabet House, which sounds so enticing.

    Enjoy! And thanks for sharing. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES


  3. sagustocox / Dec 15 2014 10:38 am

    I hope you enjoy your books. and that you start feeling better. Happy holidays.


  4. Sheila (Book Journey) / Dec 15 2014 12:31 pm

    All the bright places sounds wonderful! Feel better!!!


  5. BermudaOnion / Dec 15 2014 1:33 pm

    Yep, I’m the same way – I have lots to write about but no motivation to do it. I hope that virus leaves you soon!


  6. Mary / Dec 15 2014 2:41 pm

    We have the same weather and I can relate to how you’re feeling. You know what? It’s ok to take time off 🙂 I’ve done it from time to time and I think it helps. Hope you feel better soon and love your new books.


  7. Suko / Dec 15 2014 8:03 pm

    Leslie, I hope you feel better soon. We’ve actually had some clouds (and rain!) here so I know how it can be without the sun. Enjoy your new books. I love the photo.


  8. Pat @ Posting For Now / Dec 16 2014 11:13 am

    Hope you feel better soon.


  9. Elizabeth (Silver's Reviews) / Dec 16 2014 2:54 pm

    I keep seeing The Alphabet House….it sounds so good. ENJOY!!

    Get better….I have had a cold with a temperature for a week. Finally going away, but still a lingering cough.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


  10. Holly (2 Kids and Tired) / Dec 16 2014 8:16 pm

    Sometimes you just need a break. I hope you’re feeling better! Enjoy your books.
    2 Kids and Tired Books MM



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