Sunday, December 30, 2012

Books Read in 2012

I finished my last book of 2012 today. All in all, it's been a good year for reading. In order of the date I read them, I think my top 10 books read would be the following:

  Miserere:An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock
  Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
  Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  Master of Crows by Grace Draven
  Easy by Tammara Webber
  Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire
  84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Looking back at the books I read, it actually does become hard to narrow it down. Mostly, I think about how I felt when I read the book and if the feeling has stayed with me, and then also if I've re-read the book or certain parts more than once.
I read 79 books this year. A few of those are short stories or novellas but I count them since I don't count re-reads or books I didn't finish, some of which I got quite far before quitting.

For 2013 I've set myself a challenge to branch out a little bit more. This will be the year I finally read North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I adore the movie and the book has been sitting on my shelf for ages. I think it's time to dust it off. I received the book Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol for Christmas from my Russian sister-in-law so I'm going to give that one a try. And then I'm going to read another non-fiction book, although I'm not sure what that will be right now. It's periodically fun to throw them in the mix, although I very much prefer fiction. As for the rest, I have a large collection of books waiting to be read and a big list of books to borrow from the library. It will be another good year for reading, I think.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hope

I’ve avoided much of the news this past week. It hurts so much to watch people I don’t know suffering. Then I think about all the people the media isn’t centered on that suffer for unknown reasons. And that hurts too.  

I can’t begin to know what other people may be feeling but I know that as I have been hurting, I have been praying and I have had an increase of hope and I pray that other people can find hope if they aren’t feeling it now.  
I can’t help but think of the Christmas carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” based on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem:
And in despair I bowed my head; 
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall Fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”
I don’t have all the answers. I don’t really have any answers. But I know who does and that is enough for me.
This is a busy time of year for me and I don’t get much time off work, but I am looking forward to spending Christmas with my family, especially my nieces and nephews.
 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fog & Pho

I woke up to a foggy morning. I love fog. There’s something so deliciously creepy about it. It really puts me in the mood to read some kind of gothic mystery, or something slightly spooky, or anything by Deanna Raybourn.







I’ve gotten over most of my Christmas funk. My sister and I braved the crowds last Saturday and had a great time shopping and then stopped by the Green Papaya for some pho. I love that stuff.
 
 
I’m still not putting up a tree, but I am quite happy to be able to spend Christmas with my family. I’m still wishing for snow, but the fog will do for now.