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Favorite Books in January

I read a lot of books in January, 29 of them, which makes me 11 books ahead in my reading goal for the year.  To see all the books I read in January click here.

Here are my favorite books that I read this month.

Cooking for Mr. Right–Susan Volland
This is another fun, romantic comedy, and it had some food writing mixed in, which I always enjoy.  This is about a girl whose boyfriend proposed to her, she said no, and they broke up.  But when he is suddenly engaged to another woman she realizes that she has made the biggest mistake of her life.  The new fiancé can’t cook and the main character is a chef, so she decides to win her man back through his stomach, and things do not go quite as planned.  This book was just plain fun to read.  I highly recommend it.

Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me–Howie Mandel
This book was very funny.  It is an autobiography of Howie Mandel and his struggle with OCD and germaphobia.  I really enjoyed reading about Mandel’s life and his ups and downs with OCD and how it impacted his life and his career.  A very enjoyable read.

Night Film–Marisha Pessl
I guess you would consider this book a thriller.  It was suspenseful, scary, and had me on the edge of my seat.  The story is very well written and the twists and turns really took me by surprise.  A private investigator is nosing around the death of a famous horror film director.  People keep dying around him, shrouded in strange circumstances.  This book was great, and I really enjoyed Pessl’s story telling.

Wedding Night–Sophie Kinsella
This is a romantic comedy about a girl who thought her boyfriend was going to propose, but instead he asks her to go on a trip with him.  They realize that they are not wanting the same things in the relationship, so they break up.  The girl is reunited with a high school sweetheart.  They have dinner, and he proposes to her, saying that she was the best thing that ever happened to him.  They proceed to plan their wedding and their wedding night.  Their friends and family do their best to put a damper on the whole event.  This book is a very funny, well written romantic comedy and I really enjoyed it.





Favorite Books of the Year

As I told you in my last post, I read 222 books this year.  I have been keeping track of my favorites all year so I could share with you the best books that I read this year.  Hopefully you will read one of these and get as much enjoyment out of them as I did.  Click on the photo to be directed to Amazon for more information about this book

My 10 Favorite Non-Fiction Books Read This Year (#1 being my very favorite)

images  #10  Contagious by Jonah Berger
This book is about how to make your stories, your ideas, basically anything catch on and become contagious.  This was a very good marketing and business book, but I could see it’s application taken much further than that.  I enjoyed Berger’s straightforward way of explaining how to make ideas catch on and also his many illustrations were very interesting.creature of the word

#9  Creature of the Word  by Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger, and Josh Patterson
I read about this book on one of the blogs that I follow and it interested me, and it is also very inexpensive on the Kindle.  This book is about how the church is a creature of the Bible.  It is a living, breathing thing.  This book talks about being a biblical focused, Christ-centered church.  I found it very interesting and applicable to life today.

bonhoeffer#8  Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy  by Eric Metaxas
My mother had recommended this book to me and I got down to it on my reading list toward the end of the year.  I recognized the name Bonhoeffer, but I did not really know anything about him.  I really enjoyed reading this book about him, his beliefs, and his life.  This book was very well written and in spite of being very large, a rather quick read.  Reading this book has led me to read several of Bonhoeffer’s writings that I have also greatly enjoyed.
yes, chef
#7  Yes, Chef  by Marcus Samuelsson
I have really gotten excited about cooking since I got married.  One type of books that I have read a lot of this year has been food books.  Books written by chefs, books about food, or other general food writing and I have really enjoyed it.  I recognized Samuelsson because he is a frequent judge on Chopped.  It was very interesting to read his story.  He has led a very interesting life to get him to where he is today.  This book is very well written and engaging.

the glass castle#6  The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
This is a memoir about a girl’s interesting upbringing.  It is a story that many of us would find as abuse, but this story is very much told through the eyes of a child who did not realize that what she was experiencing could be considered abuse.  The story was very well told and interesting.  I highly recommend this book because while the content of the story can be difficult, the tone of the story is very innocent and true.  This is a book that I really enjoyed.
me myself and bob
#5  Me, Myself, and Bob by Phil Vischer
As a child I loved Veggie Tales, so when I saw an advertisement for this book in my Lifeway catalog, I knew I had to read it.  This story is about the creation of Veggies Tales and its subsequent rise and fall.  This was  a very good book.  I enjoyed reliving my childhood and picturing Bob and Larry bouncing around.  it was also very interesting to see the business side of what happened to Veggie Tales in the end.  A very well written and honest book.

dad is fat#4  Dad is Fat  Jim Gaffigan
I got this book from the library for Adam to read, because Adam loves Jim Gaffigan.  Hearing Adam laugh the whole way through the book made me want to read it.  This book is hilarious.  Gaffigan tells many stories about being a father, and the book is very good as a whole.  We ended up buying the book for both of our fathers and my dad also really enjoyed the book.
bread and wine
#3 Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
This book is all about community and connection around the table.  Niequist tells stories about how life is brought together around meals.  I really enjoyed this look at food and community.  It was a very enjoyable and uplifting read for me.

monuments men#2 The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel and Bret Witter
I do not usually read books like this, but I am so glad that I read this one.  I picked up this book because I saw that they were making the movie and it looked interesting.  This book is about a special group of soldiers in World War II saving artwork from destruction.  It is very interesting.  I am excited about the movie coming out in February.  I encourage you to read the book before the movie comes out.  It is just that good!
garlic and sapphires
#1  Garlic and Sapphires  by Ruth Reichl
This is a food writing book that I absolutely loved!  It is about a New York restaurant critic.  She has to disguise herself when going to restaurants to get an honest look at the food and the environment.  What she learns and experiences is amazing and makes a truly great story.  Please read this book!

Honorable Mention:  The Disaster Artist by Greg Sistero and I’m More than the Preacher’s Wife by Lorna Dobson

My Top Ten Favorite Fiction Books Read This Year
I’m not going to go into what these books are about because I wouldn’t want to ruin anything, but just know that they all have amazing stories.  The characters made me want to cry, laugh, fall in love again, scream in anger, and so much more.  These books captivated me this year.  I hope they will for you too.

memoirs of a geisha#10 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
reconstructing natalie
#9 Reconstructing Natalie by Laura Jensen Walker

the green mile#8 The Green Mile by Stephen King

when you were mine#7 When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle





attachments#6 Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

silver linings playbook book# 5 Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

game of thrones# 4 Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin





the royal ranger#3 The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan

city of bones#2 City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

the storyteller#1 The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult





Honorable MentionWalking Disaster by Jamie McGuire and Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I hope that one of these books has piqued your interest and that you will find a great book to read!

Please comment with your favorite books of the year!  I would love to hear what you loved reading this year.  And I will gladly add them to my reading list!

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Why I Haven’t Been Blogging

I realized this morning that I haven’t been blogging very much.  And that made me pretty sad.  I haven’t been blogging because I have been sick and busy.  I went to the doctor yesterday because I hadn’t been feeling well all weekend and it turns out that I have a severe bladder infection.  Great…just what I needed.

I have been trying to catch up on Pretty Little Liars so I can watch it on TV when it starts again in January.
I am trying to reach my goal of 200 books read this year.  I only have around 20 to go.
I am trying to make a dent in my new movie list.  I also requested a bunch of movies from the library and they all came in at once, so now I’m playing catch up.
I am trying to write a 50,000 word novel this month as a part of National Novel Writing Month.  But I am so behind!

Is anyone else trying to meet some of their goals in the next two months?

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By the Numbers

I know that I haven’t written a post in a while, but it is not because I’m lazy.  It’s because I am busy and plagued with migraines.  Here’s my life update, in some numbers.

3 the number of crafts I have done that I can’t wait to show you–planning to take pictures and post tomorrow, or late tonight.
4 the number of books sitting at home waiting to be read
6 the number of movies sitting at home waiting to be watched
1/2 I am halfway through Downton Abbey Season 3
22 the number of items on my grocery list for today
2 the number of migraines I had this weekend
4:30 the time of my chiropractor appointment today (hoping to get some answers)
10 the number of oreos I want to eat right now!

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My 150th Book

I am currently reading my 150th book this year.  I can hardly believe it.

My first goal for the year was 100 books.  When I met that I increased it to 150, and now that I met that I want to increase it again.  I have 2.5 months left, I’m thinking 200 might be a little hard to make.  50 books in 2.5 months?

Think I can do it?


Life Update

ER+s1Here are some quick life updates.  Just to keep you all informed:

–I have an awesome new wardrobe of professional items, I’m just waiting for my photographer to stop studying for tests and playing with new computers before I can share it with you.  I am not a pro at taking mirror photos.

–The first season of ER just came through interlibrary loan and I am so excited to start it!

–I went to the library today and got a big stack of books to read

–I have 9 movies waiting at home to be watched:  Harry Potter 7.2, Shutter Island, Taxi Driver, Memento, Fargo, Dead Poet’s Society, Bridget Jones’ Diary, and Quiz Show.  I’m pretty pumped.  Anyone seen these and want to recommend one for me to start with?

–I am In Season 2 of Pretty Little Liars and it’s amazing!PLL

–I just filled up another journal.  I love new journals.

–There’s a new Grey’s Anatomy on tonight and I get to hang out with my sister!

–I never have to grocery shop.  I wonder what’s for dinner tonight…

–Adam and I got a new computer and it’s so fun!

–You know that I have been wanting to write a book, well I just found out about an event in November called National Write and Novel Month.  The challenge is to write 50,000 words in November, which equals a 175 page novel and I am going to try and do it!  I’m pretty excited, but I have no idea what to write about.  Any suggestions?

–Iallegiant ordered some boots from and they should be here this weekend!

–I preordered Allegiant, book 3 in the Divergent series, and it will be here this month!

–I have an awesome October/Halloween wreath to make this weekend!

–There will be a craft blog post soon, I just haven’t had time to do it!

That’s it for my quick life update, I hope you enjoyed it!

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Well, it’s finally happened

I didn’t think that it could ever happen to me, but this week it has.  I have reached my limit.  I have read way too much.  I need to sit in front of a TV or in front of Netflix for a while and veg because I have reached my reading limit for the week, something which has never happened before.  I don’t want to see another book this weekend.
too-much-readingI know, I have no one to blame but myself.  I am the one who just kept reading.  And now I’ve just read too much.  Since Sunday I have read 5 books for a total of 2232 pages.  I enjoyed all of them, and now I am 170 pages into another book.  But I think I’ll have to put it down for the weekend.  I’m booked out.

So far this year I have read 139 books.  My original goal for the year had been to read 100, then I increased it to 150.  I might have to increase it again before the year is up.  So far this year I have read 46,304 pages.  I don’t even want to know how many words that is.

Okay, now I want to know.  Google search: Average number of words on a page of a fiction book: answer: 50,000 words=a 175 page novel.  Do a little math….

I have read 667,500 words this week.
I have read 13,229,500 words so far this year.

Yikes, now my head really hurts.

I know declare this a book free weekend.  Phew.

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Reading Update

In January when I started Goodreads I set a goal of reading 100 books this year.  Well, I have surpassed that goal and have increased it to 150.

So far this year I have read 107 books.  That is about 13-15 books a month.

I have read a total of 35,565 pages and the longest book I read was 1,177 pages long.

I’m currently 17% ahead of my new goal and I’m hoping to have to increase it again before the year is up!


If you haven’t joined Goodreads, I highly recommend it.  You can keep track of the books that you have read and get recommendations based on your favorite books or from your friends.  Here is a link to join goodreads and automatically become my friend!

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My night in

Tonight Adam went to a friends house to play Risk.  Which meant I had about 5.5 hours in the house to myself.  This is how I spent them:
An evening walk with a walking inspired playlist:
IMG_1958Then, I settled in with a stack of movies and a good book:
IMG_1960I started with Simon Birch and while I was watching I spent some time writing some notes.  (By the way, the movie was really good and made me bawl).
IMG_1962Isn’t that a cute “T” stamp?  I love it!
Then, my delicious Dominos hand tossed cheese pizza arrived.  And boy was it delicious!!  Gotta love extra cheese
IMG_1963After my yummy dinner and my movie was over, I had a nice chat with my mother and then I put in another movie, Top Hat, which I also really enjoyed.  And did some self pampering.
IMG_1964And to top it off, milk’s favorite cookie and mine.  The perfect end to my evening!
It was a great night, but I was definitely happy for Adam to be home.

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Shop til you Drop

I love to go shopping.  Even when I don’t have money (it is more fun with money though).  I like to window shop too.  My favorite stores to shop at are Kirklands, Hobby Lobby, Target and JCPenney.  I could also spend hours in a bookstore.

I love birthdays and Christmas because I get to take myself on a little shopping free.  How fun!

I’m always looking for some new stores to shop at.  What are some of your favorites?

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