Kicking off my 2023 reading year…

January 2023 Reads

I’ve been doing a lot of writing since the start of the new year, but I’m still squeezing in a fair bit of readng. While the new year is all fresh and shiny, I thought it would be a good time to look back at the books that have kicked off these first weeks of…

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Visiting Durham Cathedral, UK

Durham Cathedral, UK / Kimberly Sullivan

The spectacular Durham Cathedral is a stunning monument that dominates the Durham cityscape on a rocky prominotory next to the castle high above the Derwent River. I’ve already written about the stunning views afforded by climbing those daunting 325 steps to enjoy tower views over all of Durham and the surrounding countryside. Today, Durham Cathedral…

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Author interview and new book launch for Kerry Chaput

Kerry Chaput photo

I’m lucky enough to know author Kerry Chaput from the wonderful Women’s Fiction Writers Association and its lively sub-group on Historical Fiction. I love her work and am impressed by her versatility across genres, so I’m especially honored to have her as a guest this week. Born a California girl, Kerry now lives in Bend,…

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Enjoying the nature in the Bronx’ Van Cortlandt Park

Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, New York City / Kimberly Sullivan

Last week, I wrote about the picturesque Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale . This neighborhood also boasts a sizable public park (think Central Park of The Bronx) that’s worth exploring when you’re here. I’ve always been here on hot summer days, and have witnessed huge lines to enter the free pool, so if you want to…

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Researching 1920s and 1930s Italy

Historical newspaper research/ Kimberly Sullivan

One of my writing projects is a novel I’d like to work on this year – a triple timeline story set in Rome, Italy and centered around sports. One of the timelines I plan on having in my story is 1920s and 30s Italy, the Fascist era leading up to WWII. I’m reading interesting books…

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Luxury Bronx – in Riverdale

Riverdale, Bronx, New York / Kimberly Sullivan

When mention is made of the Bronx, most aren’t thinking of graceful, single family homes and leafy, shaded streets. And yet, that exactly describes the exclusive Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale. The Bronx is one of the five boroughs that makes up New York City, and The Bronx is directly north of Manhattan. Riverdale began to…

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Happy 2023! Wishing you a travel-filled year

Bali, Indonesia/ Kimberly Sullivan

Happy 2023! Hoping you’re facing a new year with plenty of travel – whether it be to new countries, or exploring new regions in your immediate surroundings. Travel does the soul good. Like many, I’m pretty angered by what we went through during these almost three (wasted) years of Covid hysteria, when it became almost…

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My 2022 in books

2022 Goodreads

I always love the Goodreads end-of-year round-up. It’s always so much fun to look back at your year in reading. I overshot my 2022 Goodreads Challenge by quite a bit, pledging to read 45 and instead reading 59. And I read a whopping 18,835 pages. You can see My 2022 Year in Books here. As…

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