Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Little Slips of Paper

     I've been rather absent from this blog lately, which is to be blamed by both a lack of inspiration and broken wi-fi (writing a blog post from my phone is not fun, so I avoid it), but now that the internet is working and it's the end of the year, I'm finally back.     

     Around this time last year, I had seen a pinterest project that I decided to try- to write down all of the good and interesting things that happened during 2015 on slips of paper and put them in a jar to be read at the end of the year. I wasn’t always the most consistent, but I did do it:

Went to the movies with Emily and some friends
Saw Big Hero 6 for Joey's birthday and had a family trip to the Caw Caw Institute
Gave blood for the first time (and almost passed out!)
Aunt Patty’s Tea Party
Won the Five Enchanted Roses Contest!!
Got Valentine’s Day candy from Mom & Dad
Free month of Netflix!
Went to a friend’s 1950s-themed Sweet Sixteen
Published Hidden Pearls
Saw Cinderella with friends
Visited with some missionary friends of ours
Saw Age of Ultron with Mama, Daddy, and Emily
Emily graduated high school!
Started attending a Bible Study
Saw Jurassic World with Mama, Daddy, Emmie, and Harry
Wrote For Elise
Five Enchanted Roses is published!
Went to Illinois
Started College
Got a phone for the first time
“The Wulver’s Rose” is published as a stand-alone by Rooglewood Press
Did the Art Walk in downtown Charleston with my mother, aunt, and sister
Got all As my first semester at college
Went Christmas caroling (I totally just remembered to add this)
Had friends over for dinner and games
Saw Star Wars!!!
Spent Christmas with a BUNCH of family, some of which I hadn’t even met before

     If you’re wondering about all the mentions of movies, well, as a kid, going to see a movie at the theater was a really big deal, and so I still count it as an amazing, note-worthy occurrence ;)

     I also always take note of all of the classic books that I've read during the year, and despite finishing up my classic club reading last year and being in college, I actually managed to get down quite a few, though most of them were on the shorter side of things. In fact, I read most of these after I started college. I've really been getting back into classic, golden-age mysteries, if you can't tell. ;)

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Heretics by G.K. Chesterton
The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery 
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (the movies are much better)
Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (according to Goodreads, this is the longest book I read this year. Surprise, surprise)
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
Along the Shore by L.M. Montgomery
The Road to Yesterday by L.M. Montgomery
Whose Body? By Dorothy Sayers
Have His Carcase by Dorothy Sayers
Asgard Stories: Tales From Norse Mythology by Mary H. Foster
Curious Myths of the Middle Ages by Sabine Baring-Gould
The Communist Manifesto by Friedrich Engels/Karl Marx
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
The Lucy Maude Montgomery Short Stories Collections (5 volumes)
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Father Brown: The Essential Tales by G.K. Chesterton
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (a re-read)
Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie
N or M? by Agatha Christie
The Man Who Knew Too Much by G.K. Chesterton

Total: 23

     I also read several Georgette Heyer Regency novels, but I admit that they don't feel very "classic-y" to me, despite several of them pre-dating the 40s, so I didn't put them on the list. (Now that I think about it, I think I've also neglected the one lonely Jeeves and Wooster book I read this year) One of my reading goals for 2016 is for the classics to make up at least 50% of my entire reading list, so we'll see how that goes. I also read a lot more children's/middle grade novels this year, which is something I'd like to continue doing. I don't have a number of books I want to read for 2016 (believe me, I need to cut back on my reading, not try to beat my last number of books read) but aside from those other goals, I want to read more non-fiction books (especially theological and history ones), as well as re-read the entire Sherlock Holmes canon.

     For Bible reading goals, I definitely want to read the entire Bible through in a year, since it's been a good long while since I've done so. The last few years I've simply skipped around without keeping track of what I read, so this upcoming year I want to start at Genesis and go through to Revelation in a nice, orderly manner. :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

My December Reading List

     I am very much excited for Christmas break--and I have a ton of books on my to-read list to celebrate the end of the semester. (It's those free kindle classics, guys. I have a problem.) Though school hasn't completely shoved my reading out of the way--the YA section of the campus library has kept me busy, mostly with A Series of Unfortunate Events books and some Neil Gaiman--I do miss the freedom to read whenever I want. (oh, those good old days of freedom!)

Here are some of the books I'm planning on devouring during break:


Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden.
     I just got this one in the mail a few days ago, and I'm considering it my treat for when I finish finals. Elizabeth Camden's books rarely disappoint, so I can't wait to dive into this one.


Father Brown: The Essential Tales by G.K. Chesterton
     I picked this one up at a used book store a few months ago, but it has laid unread on my bookshelf for far too long. I haven't read any Father Brown mysteries (although I've seen a few of the television episodes) but I have rather high expectations, which, quite honestly, is never a good thing...


The Man Who Knew Too Much by G.K. Chesterton
    Hey, who says I can't have two Chesterton books on the list? Besides, this one was free on kindle...


A Singular and Whimsical Problem by Rachel McMillan
     Look, a novella with my blog title! I'm practically obligated to read it. (plus, it's about two Edwardian lady detectives. This is appealing.)


Awakening by Tracy Higley
     This one is a little iffy, since if I make it to the library this one might get pushed on to the back burner, and it is longer than what I usually like to read on my phone. Still, I enjoy the ancient history flair that Higley brings to her books, so I'm curious to try this one, which takes place in both modern times and the ancient world.

     There are a few other ebook classics by more obscure authors I may tentatively try, but it depends on how busy this Christmas season gets. Have any of you any particular December reading plans?

Monday, December 7, 2015

A Question & Notification

     This is a sort-of apology and sort-of question: have any of you who signed up to have continued access to my old blog having any success getting into it? I tried to make it private by invitation only, but I've been having quite a time of it for some reason where those emails that I've allowed access to are disappearing every time I try to enter them in blog settings. I just thought I would mention it, because if you've tried to get into it and couldn't, I don't want you to think that I ignored or neglected you or something. Anyway, please tell me if you can or cannot get in, and I'll see what I can do. (I don't think its working, but if it is working for some of you, please tell me)
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