Reading Round-Up: January 2021

It’s a brand new year and I’ve promised myself to read 61 books in 2021. If you’re part of Goodreads, have you signed up for the 2021 Reading Challenge? If you’re not part of Goodreads, hop on over to, sign up, and join the challenge! There are no winners or losers—just people who love to read.

Christmas Cow Bells

Christmas Cow Bells (A Buttermilk Creek Mystery Book 1) by [Mollie Cox Bryan]

I was so happy to start off the year with a five-star read by Mollie Cox Bryan. What a great way to end the holidays and kick off 2021! Christmas Cow Bells (a Buttermilk Creek Mystery #1) is the terrific tale of a dairy farmer who has recently moved to a small town in Virginia to live and build her cheesemaking business. With a staff of three lovable cows, Brynn is determined to make a success of her cheeses and her involvement with the local CSA (community-supported agriculture) members to bring a healthy organic and agricultural revitalization to the area. But there are members of the community who prefer to dwell in the past…can they make enough trouble to force Brynn to up and move? Are they willing to resort to murder to do it? You’ll have to find out for yourself in this wonderful Christmas mystery. Read my review here.


The Spirit Woman of Lockleer Mountain

The Spirit Woman of Lockleer Mountain by [Elaine Faber]

The Spirit Woman of Lockleer Mountain, by Elaine Faber (see her guest post from last week here), is a page-turning read that I found most interesting because it’s a story I could see happening in real life (with the possible exception of the paranormal element, which Ms. Faber handles extremely well). I figured out whodunit (at least for one of the crimes), but still enjoyed going along for the ride as the main characters figured it out, too. You can read my review here.


Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries

Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet by [Sally Cronin]

I read Sally Cronin’s blog frequently and I find that the array of topics she covers is mind-boggling. She has interests in everything from music to nutrition to travel to holiday customs to…you name it. I have found that her writing style is easy to read and fun-loving—it’s just like you’re having a conversation with her over a cup of tea in the back garden. That’s why I knew I would enjoy Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries, and Ms. Cronin didn’t disappoint. I didn’t just enjoy it—I devoured it. The book is comprised of poignant short stories and beautiful, descriptive poetry. You can read my review here; I’m excited that Sally will be on the blog to discuss the book in February.


The Art of War

The Art of War illustrated by [Sun Tzu, Lionel Giles]

This book, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, was written in the sixth-century B.C. and has been read by countless military leaders, business leaders, politicians, and regular people down through the centuries. Though is may have been written as a military treatise, approaching its lessons with an open mind proves that it holds relevance today in situations we all face. It proves to me that people twenty-six centuries ago are not all that different from people today. We may look different and act differently, but our hearts remain the same. Read my review here.

What have you been reading?

Until next time,


27 thoughts on “Reading Round-Up: January 2021”

    1. I read your beautiful review of Sally’s book, so I knew how you felt about it. It is a delightful read. We’re all good, and I’m hoping you and your hubby are, too. Hugs to both of you.

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  1. Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang, set during the Spanish Flu pandemic. Murder Most Sweet by Laura Jensen Walker, a cozy set in Wisconsin with lots of recipes!

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    1. I have Laura Jensen Walker’s book queued up on my Kindle. I love a book with recipes! I haven’t heard of Beautiful Poison, but I’m surprised at the number of books that were already slated to come out in 2020 and 2021 about the Spanish Flu! Eerie….

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  2. I’m always impressed with the variety of books you select. I tried The Art of War a year or two ago, and just couldn’t get invested in it. I might give it another go after reading your take on it.


    1. I probably wouldn’t have been so keen to read it if it had been much longer. It really packs a punch in under a hundred pages. My husband wants to read it when I’m done with it, so I look forward to discussing it with him, too.


  3. You always have such an eclectic selection of books!

    My goal for this year is 40, and so far, so good. I just finished Melanie Benjamin’s The Children’s Blizzard, and while it was difficult in places for me to read (as you can imagine by the title, sad things happen), it was a page-turner for sure.


    1. I have to space out my sad books because they stay in my head for so long. And as for them being eclectic, since joining a book club my reading interests have expanded. These folks have really opened my eyes to great books I wouldn’t otherwise read!


    1. I find that the more I leave my comfort zone, the more my comfort zone enlarges. The Art of War was given to me by someone in my book club as a Christmas gift, and it’s not a book I would otherwise have read. I’m so glad she shared it with me.


    1. Sally’s books bring a warmth to my heart. I’m sure you’ll agree that her writing is like talking to a good friend. I feel like this year has gotten off to a slow start for me, too, but I soldier on…


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