Sunday, November 26, 2023

BW48: Best Books of 2023


Happy Sunday!  It's that time of the year again when all the Best Books of 2023 lists come out. I'm amazed at some of the lists, especially the ones where I have never heard of or seen any of the books listed. What planet have I been living on?  Hee Hee! I'm having fun perusing the best of lists and adding to my ever growing Wishlist of books to buy before the end of the year and my annual buying ban.  Hubby said since we're redone all our bookshelves that I can't double park anymore, so will be sorting through for another round of what will I never read again books to donate in order to make room. 

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2024 will be the Year of the Dragon which is perfect for me because I love books with all sorts of dragons.  

Rising Shadow's Best Dragon Books of 2023  

Perhaps, Perhaps Not 24 Best Dragon Books to Light Up Your Life

And we can't forget all the books which aren't about dragons 

NPR has published their Books We Love for 2023

Time released their 100 must read books of 2023

Bill Gates talks about Great Books, Courses, and Music from 2023.

Powell's Best Fiction of 2023

BookPage Best Fiction of 2023 .

Have fun exploring! 

Our post is sponsored by the letter E for eager, earnest, eloquent, endeavors. 

Sunday, November 19, 2023

BW47: Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Sunday! Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. We have much to be grateful for and remember this week as our family gathers together this week to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and those who have gone on to eternal rest. I am also thankful for each and every one of you in our 52 Books family of readers.

Thanksgiving Delights


Joanna Fuchs

On Thanksgiving Day we're thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.

For sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.

We're grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.

The list of all we're grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!

Our post brought to us by the letter F for facts and fabulous fables.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

BW46: Share your non fiction shelves


Happy Sunday! Since this is nonfiction month, it's time for something totally different with a peek into our nonfiction bookshelves. Share pictures of your shelves or your favorite non fiction reads so far this year. 

Fascination with History 

Road to writing fiction and non fiction

Discovering ourselves 

Smorgasbord of Non fiction 

1958 World Book Encyclopedia

2002 World Book Encyclopedia 

Our post was brought to you by the letter G which stands for goodness gracious, great balls of fire. 

Sunday, November 5, 2023

BW45: 52 Books Bingo - Hygge


Happy Sunday! Our next 52 Books Bingo category is Hygge. What exactly is Hygge?  Hygge originated from 16th century Norwegian, first appeared in Danish writing in the 1800's and was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2017.   As defined by the Oxford Dictionary, Hygge is 

"a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)."

The ten principles of Hygge according to Meik Wiking who wrote The Little Book of Hygge are: 

"Atmosphere, Presence, Pleasure, Equality, Gratitude, Harmony, Comfort, Truce, Togetherness and, finally, Shelter."

In the mid 20th Century, Hygge in English writing as "cozy and comfortable surroundings that invoke an inner sense of contentment or well-being."

There are quite a few ways to interpret this category including reading a book with Hygge in the title as well as reading a cozy mystery set anywhere. 

Danish literature has international reach so read a book written by a Danish author. 

Have fun!