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Showing posts from December, 2012

Read a Latte in 2013

Goal: Cappuccino level of 100 books.
Books read in 2013 are: Ashton Park - Murray PuraZora and Nicky - Claudia Mair BurneyAustentatious - Alyssa GoodnightThe Calling of Emily Evans - Janette OkeSleeping in Eden - Nicole Baart (netgalley){manuscript by Sara Horn}Moon Over Tokyo - Siri MitchellHelp Thanks Wow - Anne LamottThe Snow Child - Eowyn IveyThe Do What You Can Plan - Holley GerthThe Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen ChboskyBread & Wine - Shauna NiequistReinventing Claire - Darian WilkHoliday Buzz - Cleo CoyleGreat-Aunt Sophia's Lessons for Bombshells - Lisa CachThe Good Daughter - Jane PorterHome Front - Kristin HannahStalker in the Shadows - Camy TangThe House at Riverton - Kate MortonJennifer: An O'Malley Love Story - Dee HendersonA Royal Pain - Megan MulryRumor Has It - Jill MansellThe Memoir Project - Marion Roach Smith

Reading Challenges 2013

I completely failed at this year's reading this year I'm hosting my own! I plan to read 12 year-long memoirs as a part of my Year-Long Memoir Reading Challenge (which can be found here).

I generally read a minimum of 100 books per year, and of course I wish to read at least 100 this next year. (Currently for 2012 I'm at 105!)

That said, here are my reading challenges for 2013:

The 2013 Year-Long Memoir Reading Challenge

Kimberly's Read a Latte Challenge (books+coffee=awesome)

Goal: Cappuccino level :)

Up for a Reading Challenge?

If you like to read and like to be challenged to read memoir, perhaps this is for you? I'm beginning a reading project in 2013 to read year-long memoirs..... join us?

Reading Challenge in 2013

My first challenge to host and to do: The Year-Long Memoir Reading Challenge

Let me know if you would like to join us!


For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end. ~Isaiah 9:6-7a, New King James Version~

Fall Into Reading 2012 Wrap-Up

Year six--complete.

Thoughts: I still read fiction really quickly. I still read nonfiction really slowly. In some cases with books I know will be convicting, my inner procrastinator takes over and I don't get to them. For evidence:

My original list:
Seven by Jen Hatmaker

I really, really do want to read this book. I just need the motivation to do so.
I have read the intro about three times now.Letting Go of Perfect by Amy Spiegel

Sometimes, I cling to my perfectionism and use it to beat myself up. This is a pattern I can't seem to break out of. Perhaps in the new year.Bittersweetby Shauna Niequist

I am about 2/3 of the way through. Most of Shauna Niequist's essays are so poignant, I can only read one or two before needing a break---then I get distracted by one or three fiction books and soon I'm off and reading something else. But I have loved this book a lot. I *will* finish it.Happier at Home by Gretchen RubinWings of Glory trilogy by Sarah Sundin {need to reread the firs…

Yes, it's true...I connect people

My friend Angela was known on the now-closed Women at Home board as AGK, and she began a photography business a few years back. It's grown and changed along with her, and it's been a joy to watch from afar (because it can't be from a-near!).

I saw this morning that she posted some photos of my other online friend Kristen, whom I met through the (in)Courage blog as well as through my college friend Teri Lynne (if we'd had sororities in college, we'd have been sorority sisters--as it is, we shared a dorm and are two of many lovely Leslie ladies!).

So yes, I am in the business of connecting people. It's what I do, and it's fun.

Day 1: Scripture

Good morning! Time to start the Wives of Faith 12 Days of Christmas Blog Carnival.
Today's topic: What is your favorite verse of scripture at Christmastime and why?
My favorite Christmas scripture passage is Luke 2. I think it hearkens back to Linus on the Charlie Brown Christmas special. You know the part I mean, don't you?

Anyway, this is my favorite. It's the gospel in a manger-sized package, with love that cannot be contained even by a stable, or a town, or even the earthly heavens.