Thoughts on books, family, and life in one impressive package.
Image: January 2013 Calendar
2013 is underway as we enter its second month. I end January much like I started it – optimistic, enthusiastic at everything life has to offer, and content with how things stand right now. I like this feeling.
The biggest events this month were the announcement about Jim’s new project and even greater travel schedule and the kick-off of Connor’s high school experience with an informational meeting for incoming freshman. I’m still in shock that my baby is going to be in high school this year, but I am so excited to see him truly blossom and shine in a challenging academic environment.
My resolutions remain intact. I continue to work out every day and count my calories like a good girl. I have had only one 6-ounce cup of coffee since the beginning of the year and have been thoroughly enjoying testing out new teas every day. I have even convinced Connor to work out with me, as I really enjoy working out with a partner who will also feel my pain. I feel great and know that this work will pay off in the end.
With a few winter storms and Jim gone for more than half the month, it was a very good reading month. I managed to finish 16 books this month – 4,706 pages – of which three were audiobooks.
  1. The Uninvited by Liz Jensen
  2. Stasiland by Anna Funder
  3. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
  4. Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman
  5. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
  6. Truth in Advertising by John Kenney
  7. Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel
  8. The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
  9. The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams
  10. You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers
  11. Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
  12. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
  13. Cash Out by Greg Bardsley
  14. Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
  15. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
  16. The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
My favorite book this month was Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel.  I am such a sucker for a well-written vampire novel, but Ms. Maizel really outdid herself with the second book in her Vampire Queen series. All of them were books I’ve had on my shelves before the beginning of the new year – in honor of The TBR Double Dog Dare, and I was able to knock out three categories in the What’s In A Name Challenge.
It’s been a good month. Happy February!
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