Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodreads Challenge 2016

Going over to Goodreads just now to link the books I read, it was asking me if I'd read books in 2016 and most of them I had read years before, but one was in 2016 so now I'm 1 book over the goal I set. :) I'm so proud of myself.

Here are the books I read in 2016. Here are my lists of best and worst; just lists for now, and in future posts I'll break down each list with my comments.

These are my 10 favorite:
1. The Ghost Writer - Philip Roth
2. Wild - Cheryl Strayed
3. The Princess Bride - William Goldman
4. Doc Epitaph - Mary Doria Russell
5. This Dark Road to Mercy - Wiley Cash
6. The Blessing of a B Minus - Wendy Mogel
7. Everyone Brave is Forgiven - Chris Cleve
8. Shutter Island - Dennis Lahane
9. Lila - Marilynne Robinson
10.  I Feel Bad about my Neck - Nora Ephron

And here are the 10 Worst:
1. The Darkest Secret - Alex Marwood
2. The Woman Upstairs - Claire Messud
3. And Then She Was Gone - Christopher Greyson
4. Dead to You - Lisa McMann
5. Before I Go to Sleep - S. J. Watson
6. When I'm Gone - Emily Bleeker
7. Wreckage - Emily Bleaker
8. The Butterfly Garden
9. Woman with a Secret - Sophie Hannah
10. Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica Knoll
11. Broken Grace - E. C. Diskin
12.Vanishing Girls - Lauren Oliver
13. The House by the Lake - Ella Casey
14. Everything We Keep - Kerry Lonsdale
15. The Storyteller - Jodi Picoult

And the Most Disappointing:
1. Me Before You - JoJo Moyes
2. The Hangman's Daughter - Oliver Potzch
3. In the Woods - Tana French
4. Good Things I Wish You - A. Manette Ansay
5. The Paris Wife - Paula McLain
6. The Night Circus - Erin  Moregenstern
7. I am the Messenger - Marcus Zusak

And books I'd call Pleasant Surprises:
1. The Bookman's Tale - Charlie Lovett
2. Ella Minnow Pea - Mark Dunn
3. Those Across The River - Christopher Buehlman
4. The Madwoman Upstairs - Catherine Lowell
5. The Likeness - Tana French

Well. That's more than two lists. I guess I have some explaining to do.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Two Years Later

Lately I've been thinking about blogging again so I came over here and noticed the last post was almost 2 full years ago. A LOT has changed in two years (although those pictures of a clean house are very satisfying).

Here are some of the changes in the last two years:

1. I started working everyday (30 hours, so not exactly "full time").
2. We moved to a new house (same town).
3. We started skiing/snowboarding with the children.
4.  My baby (the first one) became a teenager.
5. I started using essential oils.
6. I got involved with Girls on the Run.
7. I ran a 10K. Twice.
8. I went to Target too many times to count.
9. I got to level 2055 on Candy Crush (that's dedication).
10. I realized how much I like things to be organized by color, alphabetical order, or both. And for lists to be 10 things or at least even numbers.

My next plan for a post is to recap my year in reading. I joined the Goodreads challenge and read 89 books this year . . . I thought I might not make it but finished the 89th one yesterday, with 3 days to spare.