I uploaded my first newsletter of the year so check it out right here.
I have big plans for the year -- from my lips to God's ear, right?
Talk about a trip down memory lane!
I decided to go back and re-read every published book of mine (30 or so at this point). There's two reasons for this: (1) just to re-acquaint myself with the characters and (2) cleaning out.
By 'cleaning out' I mean this: for each book I kept a physical notebook with snippets and pictures and house layouts and ... Stuff. I now have several bins of notebooks and when I went back and looked through them, I realized they might not be that useful.
So I'm reading the book, checking its notebook, and making notes about the characters, the plots, the locations, etc. If there's nothing really useful in the notebook, I'm tossing it. The note files are being stored both in One Note and in ReMarkable (my tablet thingie) because I'm paranoid about file backups. 😏
And I decided to post my thoughts about the books on my Facebook page every Sunday. Check it out! My author page is Jaye At Play.
This is a real trip down Memory Lane ...
I worked with Shepherd to come up with my 3 favorite books in 2023. Keep in mind, I listen to books for at least two or three hours a day (while sewing) and I read at least an hour a day, so I went through A LOT of books. These three aren't recent releases, but they were my favorites:
I recently did a little essay at Shepherd, which is a great site to find new books. All the recommendations are based around a theme, and mine was:
Check out why I chose these books for my recommendation!
My counting always get weird because of books that I've revised and re-released, so this is book 30-something!