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The New Year, So Far


This photo was taken yesterday during the 2nd wave of three El Niño storm cells. There was one point where the hail sent the Otter Pup AND The Girl upstairs to find me. It was loud and the wind kicked up something fierce. I was sure the power was going to out but it held.

Right now, the sun is peeking through and things are drying out a bit. More rain is coming but it’s nice to have a small break just to give the storm drains a chance to catch-up. EVERYTHING floods here when it rains like this.

I am still off from work. I return on Monday but right now, I am in denial. This is the time of year where I really hate being a working mom. I feel so frazzled when my schedule resumes. I think a lot of it is my lack of sleep. Waking early and going to bed late for years on end has taken its toll. I’ve been sleeping in nearly every day and I feel so much better. I’d like to work more sleep into the plan but there is always so much that needs to be done when I get home from work.

What have I been doing? I’ve been reading. Not really watching too much TV. I finished The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and will be posting the review soon. I am currently reading The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson.  It’s a fun read. I love Bryson! I am about to pick up Joyce Maynard’s new one, Under the Influence. It comes out in February. I’ve loved everything she’s written so far.

Under the Influence

Tonight, I have a book club meeting to discuss Norwegian by Night and then on the 21st is our big, yearly selection meeting where we choose our books for the entire year! I’ve got my list but need to narrow it down to two! So tough.

This weekend, I’d like to do something fun with the family as our last hurrah before we return to work and school, but the injured toe holds me back. It’s better. I can get around on it if I go slow but I still can’t wear a shoe all that well or walk around for too long. There are so many museums offering free entry this month but I am not sure I can navigate the crowds that well.

One thing that really gets me pumped up are all the 2016 releases. What books are you excited about? I am trying to get a review copy of Justin Cronin’s new one, The City of Mirrors but so far, no luck. Has anyone gotten a review copy?

Best of 2015: My Favorites

Book Chatter's Best of 2015

The new year is just around the corner so it’s time to wrap-up 2015. Here are my top eight books read this year.

I had a hard time coming up with books because I liked many of them but there were a few that really stuck with me in some way.

Here’s my list in no particular order:

West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagahira
The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Summerlong by Dean Bakapoulos
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller

I hope you all have a safe and wonderful New Year’s Eve!

Happy New Year 2016