January: I have already pulled off my shelves three books that I bought in 2012 and that I have been saving to read this year.
February: Here is what author Jean Hersey has to say about February in her book The Shape of the Year (1967).
March: March is restless and wild and windswept.
April: For most Major League baseball teams, today is opening day.
May: Happy May Day! Did you ever circle 'round the May Pole when you were a kid?
June: There is an urgency in April and May in both man and Nature, an urgency that quiets during June.
July: Here's the thing: I grew up watching television shows such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and Have Gun...Will Travel.
August: I took two years of French in high school and then quickly forgot the headache of deciphering the feminine and masculine nouns, the use of pronouns - je, tu, il, elle, on, and the days of the week - lundi, mardi, mercredi...
September: I have added two destinations to my travel itinerary - armchair travel that is - for this long weekend.
October: Here is a link to some helpful suggestions - from a librarian no less - at Design Sponge on how to style your bookshelves.
November: It's funny how similar themes seem to arise from books that one is reading.
December: My at-home, no-writing retreat went something like this:
In review, I know that these lines don't touch on the posts on vintage dictionaries, the Letter a Day Month in February, my four-day retreat from writing and technology, the Kentucky Book Fair, The Grand Southern Literary Tour of 2013, author events at the library and other venues, used book sales and bookstores, my research and paper on the female Victorian archaeologists, attendance at The Jane Austen Festival, my 500 Posts Giveaway, and book lists from the past.
It also doesn't tell me - and this is a good thing - how many books I bought this past year. I would estimate at least fifty but that is low-balling it. I will have to go on a book-buying diet this year to give me a chance to read the stockpile that I have acquired. (Oh, yeah...we'll see how long that lasts!)
Happy New Year to all of you. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting here at Belle, Book, and Candle.