2017's Word of the Year

2017 word of the year- Enjoy- I will strive to relax and enjoy life more in 2017. My goal is not to get stressed about little details but to enjoy the things that God has given me, big and small.

Saturday, January 3

A Reading Challenge

My youngest daughter and I both really enjoy reading and often discuss what we've read and give each other ideas for our next read. The other day I came across this reading challenge on Rural Revolution. She has a list of 50 different types of books to read each week. I thought it looked like fun and since I need to expand my reading repertoire, I thought it would be good for me. I rather doubt I will be able to read all 50 book, but I think I can combine some of the categories. My daughter has also taken on the challenge and I'm pretty sure she will complete it. She has already made the list of what books she will be reading and you can check it out over on her blog. I'm more of a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl so I'll probably decide what books I'm reading as I go. I do have a few thoughts about a few but right now I'm reading Gone With the Wind for our new book club, so I'll decide what category to put it into. A book a week is a big challenge for me these days but I'll do my best.

Here is the list I found at Rural Revolution:

• A book with more than 500 pages
• A classic romance
• A book that became a movie
• A book published this year
• A book with a number in the title
• A book written by someone under 30
• A book with nonhuman characters
• A funny book
• A book by a female author
• A mystery or thriller
• A book with a one-word title
• A book of short stories
• A book set in a different country
• A nonfiction book
• A popular author’s first book
• A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
• A book a friend recommended
• A Pulitzer Price-winning book
• A book based on a true story
• A book at the bottom of your to-read list
• A book your mom loves
• A book that scares you
• A book more than 100 years old
• A book based entirely on its cover
• A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
• A memoir
• A book you can finish in a day
• A book with antonyms in the title
• A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
• A book that came out the year you were born
• A book with bad reviews
• A trilogy
• A book from your childhood
• A book with a love triangle
• A book set in the future
• A book set in high school
• A book with a color in the title
• A book that made you cry
• A book with magic
• A graphic novel
• A book by an author you’ve never read before
• A book you own but have never read
• A book that takes place in your home town
• A book that was originally written in a different language
• A book set during Christmas
• A book written by an author with your same initials
• A play
• A banned book
• A book based on or turned into a TV show
• A book you started but never finished

While the "rules" for this challenge are fluid, nothing says you can't re-read a book you've read before. Here are the unofficial rules, which include:

• All books are acceptable except children's books (i.e. Run Spot Run) (young adult books are fine).
• All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc.

Friday, January 2

The Books I Read in 2014

I try to keep track of the books that I read each year. I only read 30 books this year, not counting
the ones I read to the boys. If I had to pick the book that I liked best it would be The Secret 
Keeper by Kate Morton. She was a new author to me and I will be looking for more of her books. 
I also really enjoyed reading the books by Philippa Gregory.

The Memory Quilt- T.D. Jakes
The White Queen- Philippa Gregory
The Red Queen- Philippa Gregory
The Secret Keeper- Kate Morton
The Lady of the Rivers- Philippa Gregory
A God in Ruins- Leon Uris
The Potluck Club- Shepherd and Everson
House of Secrets- Tracie Peterson
The Mending String-Cliff Coon
The New Breed- WEB Griffin
The Peacemaker- Ken Sande
The Lemon Orchard- Luanne Rice
Return to Me- Lynn Austin
The Women of Duck Commander- Roberston Wives
The Generals- WEB Griffin
The Berets- WEB Griffin
The All Girls Filling Station Last Reunion- Fannie Flagg
The Colonels- WEB Griffin
The Majors- WEB Griffin
Whole- T. Colin Campbell
All Cakes Considered- Melissa Gray
The Captains- WEB Griffin
Die Trying- Lee Child
Home Another Way- Christa Parrish
The Lieutenants- WEB Griffin
Not Under the Law- Grace Livingston Hill
Face of Betrayal- Lis Wiehl
Pretense- Lori Wick
Made From Scratch- Jenna Woginrich
The Big Disconnect- Catherine Steiner-Adair