I want to thank you all so much for your comments yesterday. I never hesitate to keep you updated on Ben’s health because I always receive a flood of support. I really appreciate the kind words, long distance hugs, and prayers. And I’m happy to hear how many of you already organ donors! If there is any more news to share in Ben’s journey, I’ll be sure to let y’all know.
On to the next! Can you believe it is already February? In my experience, January is usually one of those months that just draaaags on, but not this year. I hope it flew by for you, too. I’ve loved reading people’s progress on their monthly goals and New Year’s resolutions thus far. I didn’t have any resolutions this year, but I did decide to set a goal for myself: I want to read 50 books by the end of the year.
One month in, I’m doing pretty-pretty good. I’ve already read 6 and I’m halfway through numero 7. Books I’ve completed in 2013:
- Lost At Sea by Jon Ronson
- Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly
- Second Helpings (Jessica Darling #2) by Megan McCafferty
- Charmed Thirds (Jessica Darling #3) by Megan McCafferty
- Fourth Comings (Jessica Darling #4) by Megan McCafferty
- Do Less, Achieve More: Discovering the Hidden Power of Giving In by Chin-Ning Chu
Currently reading – Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow.
Three of the books I read are part of a five book series that I read in college. (I skipped the first and last book because I don’t own those and I don’t really like them as much.) Some may think that the JD series is childish, but I loved re-reading the books. McCafferty is wickedly witty, and I enjoy the self-discovery sans mushiness that the books provide. Plus, some of the books take place just long enough ago to provide some nostalgia. (References to boy bands, Miss Cleo, James Frey, the W. years, oh my!) I can never have too much JD in my life, and it had been a while since I read those. Definitely worth the re-visit.
All the other books on the list are non-fiction! I like to mix it up, and I feel like I’m doing that. I’ve even got opposite ends of the political spectrum on my list from O’Reilly and Maddow. (I can tell you that both of them have very distinctive voices, which totally come through in their writing.)
I’m a little bit stuck in the mud with this Maddow book. I’m still in the middle of it, but I can tell you that so far some of it I found fascinating (like the portion about Vietnam) and some of it I have found snooze-worth (Iran-Contra, not as sexy as Vietnam). I’m hoping to suck it up and plow through to the finish soon.
I’ve got a few books on their way to me in the mail (huzzah!) and I plan to hit up the post library after I finish Drift to see what else it out there that might tickle my fancy. Project: read 50 books in ’13 (catchy name, right?) is off to a swell start.
Do you re-read books you’ve already read? or are you a one-and-done kind of reader? I re-read a lot of the books I love; they are just too good not to!*