Borrowed the majority of the books I read this year from the library; it never has all the books I want to read, but I'm very grateful for the ones it does have...especially when there are multiple available copies!
Celebrated my blog's 5th anniversary. I published my first post on Dec. 21, 2012. Can you believe I've been doing this for five years? Because I can't!
Didn't read as many classics this year as I normally do...I'll try and read more than four next year.
Enjoyed doing "buddy reads" with both Bettina and Melody this year and chatting with ALL my blogging friends. You guys are the best!!
Favorite new fictional character: Magnus "Steps" Craig from Spencer Kope's Collecting the Dead. His second book comes out in April and I can't wait!
Genre hopped between mystery & suspense, non-fiction, fantasy, supernatural, dystopian, survival, romance, and then back to mystery & suspense.
In desperate need of more bookshelves...mine are double-stacked and starting to spill over.
Just finished reading: An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
Keeping too many lists of books that I want to read; I'll never get to them all, but at least I'll never run out.
Longest book read this year: The Shining by Stephen King with 659 pages.
Managed to read 10 books from my own TBR shelf this year. Only 39 more to go.
Not my cup of tea: erotica, graphic novels, anything political, and those l-o-n-g multi-generational family sagas.
Popcorn (preferably Smartfood's White Cheddar) along with roasted peanuts are my two favorite bookish snacks.
Quote from a recent read: "...courage and endurance are useless if they are never tested." --Penelope Fitzgerald, The Bookshop
Tried to read more books from around the world this year and managed to read books set in Yemen, South Sudan, Romania, India, Syria, Egypt,
Zimbabwe, and Hungary.
Undecided on whether or not I'll sign up for any reading challenges next year; they're fun, but they can also be a bookish burden. And I didn't exactly finish the ones I started this year. I think maybe it's time to take a year off.
|Solar Eclipse, August 2017|
Viewed my very first total eclipse of the sun back in August up in Rigby, Idaho. It was indescribably awesome!! (And totally worth the 10-hour traffic jam we got stuck in going home afterwards.)
Wasted way too much time watching TV this year; I should really work on changing that habit in 2018.
|X marks the spot!|
Young adult fiction pet peeves: love triangles, instalove, and alternating POVs written in first person. All three have been done to death. I think it's time we all move on.
Zombie read of the year: Can You Survive A Zombie Apocalypse by Max Brailler. Why? Because it's a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book which are always fun. I especially loved the Barnes and Noble ending in this one; although the fan convention detour was also great.
Hope you had a great 2017!
I'll see you in the new year.
And Happy New Year!