Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Everyday Life

I haven't been up to much lately - just getting through January, really. I don't love January. It seems so long and cold and there is nothing to look forward too. I like February for it's short length and my birthday and a long weekend, so I've just been biding time until the calendar flips over to February 1.

What else can I tell you?

Our little Glen Valley has been socked in with frozen fog for the last week. We miss the sun.

I am SO CLOSE to being done another chair project. This one I am doing for a friend, and while I am pleased with the results, I need to be done this project and get it out of my house! It's staring me down and mocking me every time I go upstairs. Which is everyday. I'll try to post a finished photo when the time comes. (This week perchance?)

I got a Kobo for Christmas! (Good old husband read the blog!) I've really been enjoying it and am glad to have it for my upcoming worldly adventures. 

Speaking of, our travel day can't come soon enough! Looking forward to sun, sand, and blue ocean. We're going here. We're flying a red eye and I've been looking for those U-shaped travel pillows without luck of finding them. Anyone seen any around somewhere? My only requirement is they aren't covered in that velour/fleece fabric. Yuck. I want the nylon-y ones.

What about you? Do you hate January as much as I do? What's getting you through the days? 

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Books I Read in 2012

Last year, I read 41 books. That works out to 1.25/week! (Oddly, last year was the first time in my life that I was charged late fees from the library. Never again will they get my $3.75!!)

Here's what I read:

  1. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom 
  2. The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton
  3. Foursome by Jane Fallon
  4. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  5. Half a Life by Darin Strauss
  6. Husband & Wife by Leah Stewart
  7. Requiem by Francis Itani
  8. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
  9. Great House by Nicole Krauss
  10. Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
  11. The King of Torts by John Grisham
  12. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen
  13. The Confession by John Grisham
  14. Now You See Him by Eli Gottlieb
  15. The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
  16. A Painted House by John Grisham
  17. The Summons by John Grisham
  18. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfullness by Alexandra Fuller
  19. Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  20. At Home by Bill Bryson
  21. Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  22. Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
  23. Irma Voth by Miriam Toews
  24. The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollen
  25. The New Republic by Lionel Shriver
  26. Save Your Own by Elisabeth Brink
  27. The Brethren by John Grisham
  28. Everybody has Everything by Katrina Onstad
  29. The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
  30. The Client by John Grisham
  31. Why Men Lie by Linden MacIntyre
  32. The Testament by John Grisham
  33. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  34. Somewhere Inside by Laura Ling & Lisa Ling
  35. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  36. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  37. Sweet Jesus by Christine Pountney
  38. Smoke by Elizabeth Ruth
  39. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  40. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  41. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
It's a pretty mixed bag. I (obviously!) discovered John Grisham this year. Looking back over this list, my favorites were The Kitchen House (1), Stolen Life (10), A Painted House (16), At Home (20), Five Quarters of the Orange (22), and The Patron Saint of Liars (29). I'm pretty sure all of these have review posts over here, if you are interested in reading that kind of thing. 

Do you have any titles to pass on? I'm always looking for my next read!