Monday, December 31, 2018

Adios 2018 - Bienvenido 2019


Well, I may have been lax in posting lately but I'm not going to miss my end of year post, telling you what I thought about 2018 and to share the books I read. Books first...

Books Read 2018

1. The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
2. The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
4 After Life by Marcus Sakey
5. Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
6. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman*
7. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
8. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.A. Schwab
9. A Gathering of Shadows
10. A Conjuring of Light
11. Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer*
12. Blackout by Connie Willis*
13. All Clear by Connie Willis*
14. A Piece of the World by Christina
15. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
16. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
17. The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble
18. Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
19. One Damn Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor*
20. Wayward Pines by Blake Crouch
21. Story Genius by Lisa Cron
22. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I am currently reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and though only part way through, I can tell you this will probably be among my favorite books of 2019. I also read more four books than last year so I'm suggesting to myself that I up that number by four me because my TBR list is not getting any shorter. Stars indicate the books I enjoyed the most.



As for 2018...

I hate it because it's the year Jonah died, and I still miss him more than anything, and think constantly about all the things he taught me. What, you think dogs can't teach you a thing or two? I'll tell you something, every dog I've had has taught me to be a better person. If I could live long enough, I might actually become perfect. Unfortunately neither my dogs nor I will ever live as long as I would like.

On a happier note, 2018 ended with a new puppy who is snuggled up behind me on the chair as I write. His name is Bruno and yes, I know he isn't going to fit behind me like that for long (weeks if we're lucky), and I won't be able to pick him up and cuddle him as he get heavier, and I am certain he will not be able to fit in my lap when full grown. But for now we are going to snuggle and cuddle and fawn over the baby puppy and savor the joy he brings.

Happy New Year!

33 comments:

  1. Gone, but never, ever forgotten. And yes, I have also learned from every one of the animals who has enriched my life.
    Hooray for reading. And writers. This greedy reader is endlessly grateful to them.

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    1. "Hooray for reading. And writers."

      I concur!

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  2. Welcome, Bruno!
    It sucks to lose a furry friend, as they are family. They don't live as long as we'd like.

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  3. A Happy New Year to you and Bruno!

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  4. judging from the books you read last year, you're in your prime teen years, sister :PPP
    I had a dog named Bruno, he was about 25 when he died.

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    1. I sure hope my Bruno lives a good long life!

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  5. Bruno is so sweet! How wonderful that he has come to live with you! I'm impressed with your book list of 22 books read. I'm posting mine next week. Spoiler alert -- I read a whole 7 books in 2018, LOL!

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    1. Well, as a writer, I really should read a lot! I used to read like a book a week so 22 is a bit low for me. Looking forward to seeing what you read :)

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  6. And yet dogs are born knowing, it seems. Amazing creatures.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. I love dogs. And cats. Though my 2 are not terribly impressed with the new addition.

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  7. Bruno is a cutie!!!! You'll be great for each other! :)
    2018 was very tough on our end as well - hope 2019 brings you all kinds of joy and love!

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    1. I hope 2019 brings us both a ton of love and joy!

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  8. So sorry for your loss of your dog, but glad you got a puppy. Loved seeing what you read! Happy New Year! Hope you'll continue to share what you're reading.

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    1. I definitely will. And I'm glad Bruno has come to live with me, too:)

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  9. That's an impressive list of books that you've read. I myself polished off 28 books for the year. I'd like to read more but many of the ones I read were more than 600 pages. It takes a while to get through those.

    That's a cute puppy. Happy New Year.

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    1. I don't know as though I'd call it impressive, not for me anyway. But it's better than last year's list so I reached my goal to read more! Happy New Year!

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  10. Your puppy is a cutie. I've read five of the books you did in 2018. I read about two books per week so I don't keep track, though I try on Goodreads.

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    1. If I didn't work I could easily read two or three books a week. Retirement can't come soon enough!

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  11. Pets are part of the family. I don't get why people don't get that. Enjoy the puppy. And that was a lot of books. Good job.

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  12. I am enjoying him! Thanks :)

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  13. Bruno looks to be a great dog! Sorry about your loss. We lost our dog in 2017.

    According to Goodreads, I read 41 books last year and looking at your list, not a single one of them were books you wrote! BUT, I read "All the Light We Cannot See" a couple years ago and it is incredible!

    www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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  14. Bruno is so adorable! Have a great 2019!

    www.ficklemillennial.blogspot.com

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  15. Awwww! What a precious puppy! (And if he's like every dog we've ever had, no matter how big he gets, he'll still want to be your "lap dog.")

    Happy New Year!

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  16. just read your review for #19 & now i'm interested in reading it. I've always looked for fun books because sometimes I really just want to read books for fun and not try to decipher their meanings.

    bruno is cute. I could see him getting real huge.

    thanks for your visit to my blog, have a lovely day.

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  17. Perfect book for just a fun read with fun characters, a bit of intrigue, and time travel (always fun in my opinion!)

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  18. I'm sorry to read that Jonah died last year. Dogs are the best. They become part of the family. Some people get that. Others never will and it's a waste of time to try and explain dogs to some folks. Like I say, some get it, some don't. Nothing wrong with that.

    The new pup is looking darn cute.

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    1. Thank you. He was a pretty awesome dog and I still miss him awful. But Bruno is a joy and oh, boy, way too cute!

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    2. Tim and I still miss Peanut and she died awhile back. We'll never forget that little monkey. Dogs are the best.

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