December 30, 2017

I just returned from our public library with 4 books.  I am a tad nervous, because I’ve never read any of these authors and the library will not be open again for 2 days.  If I do not like them, I am in trouble!  At 58, I have decided, that I never have to read anything I do not like, one of the perks of being a grown up.  However, I love to read and am lost without being in the middle of a book.

I am not a voracious reader.  Truth be told, I am actually a fairly slow reader.  I am, however a consistent reader.  This year I carved out more time for reading, many days over the summer, I even added ‘reading’ to my ‘to do’ list.  Alone often in the evening, I read instead of watching TV.  I am glad I did. I have discovered new authors, looked at life differently and learned some new stuff.  I managed to read 46 books this year, the most I’ve read since my days at UCLA as a history major where the reading requirements were overwhelming.

I used Pinterest to keep track of books I want to read.  This might be one of the smartest things I’ve ever done with that site.  This has been so helpful in remembering books I’ve heard about from friends and reviewing books on Amazon and then adding them to my book ‘board’.

In no particular order, here are a few of my favorites this year…

I love to buy books for others for almost any reason.  You might say, that I am a book pusher.  Actually, that is sort of my job at school, book pusher and book put away-er.  Here are some of my favorites for the kids.

Age 9-10

Age 7…

Age 5 or 6…


So, what great books did you enjoy this year or do you plan to read next year?

I also want to say how much I appreciate your coming along side me in this blog.  May you have a very Happy New Year.

  • Diane

    Trying to catch up on my life a bit, I haven’t read your blog in too long. I also enjoy reading but have had difficulty fitting it in this year. 🙁 Lately, I have been listening to books as I drive (to work, to Vegas, to Utah). I just finished, The Boys in the Boat (recommended by friends quite a while ago). LOVED it!

    • Books on tape are a beautiful thing! I too read Boys in The Boat after much urging and was completely enthralled by it!

  • Sandy Ravana

    I have enjoyed the ElmCreek Quilts series by Jennifer Chaverini. The 1 st book in the series is The Quilters Apprentice. Happy New Year to you my friend… may 2018 bring many blessings your way! ❤️

    • Thank you, dear Friend!
      I am adding it to my list!
      Many blessings to you as well!

  • Miriam

    Thank you for your book suggestions! I am always looking for good books. Unlike you and Pinterest I keep an unwieldy list of books on my Notes phone app. No order at all, just a list of possibly over 100 books I’ve heard about. So I will be adding your suggestions to that list today. And, I too, am lost without a book to read. When it happens that I’ve run out, I try to fill in the gap with Time magazine articles, which however informative, do not have the character and plot development I look for in a good book. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, The 13th Tale by Diane Setterfield, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. And here’s to a book filled 2018!

    • Thank you Mims! I’ve never read Peace Like a River, so I am adding it to my Pinterest board. The whole reason for the Pinterest board, is that it is in my pocket on my phone, much like your Notepad. I was pretty sure we are brilliant!
      Happy New Year dear friend!

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