Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Top 10 Books I Read in 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books I Read In 2013











Friday, December 27, 2013

Today I...

**a little different spin on my usual "currently" posts**

today, I..."walked" what should be the equivalent to a 1/2 marathon on crutches...in other words...not as far, but it sure felt like it since I was on crutches.
today, I...had a physical therapy appointment & my 1st post-op appointment from knee surgery. All going well.
today, I...enjoyed having lunch on my own at the hospital between my PT and doctor appointments.
today, I...received a text message from my doctor which included TWO pictures he took DURING my surgery. Ewwww!! But yet, so neat to see.
today, I...spent a couple hours with a sweet friend, who I also work for part-time. Always good to have "girl-time"
today, I... managed to put in a load of laundry all on my own...thanks to the handy push-scooter-thingee my mom loaned me.
today, I...rode around Kroger in one of the handicapped carts...and thoroughly enjoyed it.
today, I...made Ethan an appointment with my Ortho doc since his foot problem has flared up in past few days.
today, I...watched Despicable Me 2 for the 2nd time in as many days. Good thing I enjoy the movie.
today, I...have completely worn out my triceps...ugh, crutches.
today, I...am surprised to say that I felt pretty happy & really enjoyed my day...crutches & all.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me

1. My Mother's Secret - Holocaust/WWII time frame...enough said.

2. Crossing on the Paris

3. The Uninvited Guests

4. The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe

5. The Girl in the Green Sweater

6. The Kitchen House

7. In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

8. Once We Were Brothers

9. The English Girl

10. The Lavendar Garden

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - New-To-Me Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Top 10 New To Me Authors I read in 2013

1. Kristin Harmel - I was fascinated with The Sweetness of Forgetting and can only hope she writes something else similar in the near future.

2. Charles Belfoure - I could not put down The Paris Architect...such a fresh & unique story from a much-written-about time period. Pretty sure this is his first work of fiction.

3. Jodi Picoult (I know, I know!!) - yeah, so I had never read anything by her before, always seemed too "sappy" or "depressing"...anyway, a friend told me about The Storyteller and the Holocaust story line...so I HAD to read it. And it was a fabulous book. I'm not necessarily sold on reading any of her other works, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Storyteller.

4. Julia Heaberlin -I absolutely loved her book "Playing Dead" and it looks like she had another published this year. I may have to try it!!

5. Rob Buyea - great middle school books, especially Because of Mr. Terupt...which I used with a group of 5th graders as book club. Everyone loved the book!! Bonus: filled with great school & life lessons.

6. Beatriz Williams - I really enjoyed reading A Hundred Summers...great characters and great writing.

7. John Green - yeah, I'm late to the game on this one too, but I finally DID pick up The Fault in Our Stars and it was just as great as everyone had said. Not sure I'll read everything Green has written, but I was pleased with what I have read!

8. Mary Alice Monroe - I read two of her books this year and was pleased with both. I will likely read more of her works as she tends to write alot about South Carolina, specifically the Charleston area and I LOVE IT THERE!!

9. Liz Trenow - I read The Last Telegram this year and found it to be a great WWII story. Creative story line for a much-written-about timeframe...and just happens to be my favorite type of historical fiction to read. 

10. Adriana Trigiani - ok, so I'm cheating here because I actually read The Shoemaker's Wife late December 2012, but close enough, right? I would DO anything to find another book like this one. Holy Moly! Amazing! Loved it...I figure when I can still remember ALOT about the book an entire year (and 50ish books) later, then it must have been good!!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Bout of Books 9.0

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 9.0!!!

Sign up begins today!! 

I didn't miss the deadline to sign up like last time so I'm officially "IN"!!

This is great timing for me too since I'll be on crutches the ENTIRE MONTH of January, I should be able to get LOTS of reading done!!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins at 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.

For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team