I suppose it has been called into question that the month of January was named for the Roman god Janus, but it still feels appropriate to me to dedicate today, the first day of a new year, to closing the door on 2015 and unlocking the gates to 2016.
The past year started off, as most seem of mine seem to do, with a flurry of reading activity and an attempt to get caught up with my book reviews. I had squeaked by on my 2014 reading goal by reading lots of children’s books, so I kept to my tradition of making my 2015 reading goal one book longer. In 2015 I was able to better maintain my pace and reached my goal of 55 books several days before deadline. Which is a good thing, because the child whose bookshelf I was in the habit of raiding during every New Year’s Eve party is now 8 and reading noticeably longer books. I did fall behind again on book reviews in 2015, but I am starting in a much better place this year.
Part of what spurred me to a 105% reading goal achievement last year was the 2015 PopSugar Reading Challenge. I allowed for multiple categories per book and it seems I also interpreted some of the categories a bit differently from what was intended, so I’m scoring it on a points system. There were 52 possible points, and I scored … 27? Really? That seems awfully low. But let’s see … There were 50 categories, and I created 29 categories for my personal 2016 reading challenge … And I read 58 books in 2015 … And 58 minus 29 is 29 … So I have some checking to do. For now, I am confident that my score was 28 plus or minus 1. Still, a pretty crappy percentage. I will strive to do better on the 2016 PopSugar Reading Challenge. There are other challenges I wish to do this year, so I think I will do another post sometime this week devoted to my reading challenges.
I also participated in two summer reading challenges, one through the local library system and one through an awesome local indie bookstore. At the Old Firehouse wrap-up party, I won the “artist’s” door prize package, which included (along with some other goodies) these books:
This is particularly cool, not just because, hey, free stuff. You see, I was just then deciding to quit my day job to focus on literature and music, and I had recently joined a book club for writers, and the next selection was The Artist’s Way. So I had “Buy a copy of The Artist’s Way” on my to-do list for that day. Isn’t synchronicity a wonderful thing?
The day is starting to slip away, and I would like to accomplish more than just this blog post today. So here I will just hit the highlights of things I want to explore in upcoming posts in the next week or so.
- Meeting authors at book signings
- Buried steamboats
- The Sigma Alpha Iota triennial convention
- The new geek bar in town
- Going bald
- Pi Day in Winter Park
- Eating like a Viking
- Puzzle rooms, some with zombies
- Performing live music
- Big birds
- New bike
- Ren Faire
- Paw Paw French
- Disposition of my ashes – diamonds or other baubles?
- A recipe to try: mini apple rose pies
- Artist dates
- Steampunk croquet bad-assery
- Mile Hi Con
- Fort Collins Comic Con
- Another recipe to try: Santa Fe soup
- Poetry slams
- Washington and Idaho
- Newly discovered Mark Twain stories
- Music and the brain
- Yet another recipe to try: cuneiform tablet cookies
- A memoir of my mormor
- From bald to blue
Wow, see, I have enough to keep me blogging for weeks!