It’s here! February approaches and it’s time to sign up for Carolyn’s reading challenges. In order to allow us time for fun during the holidays rather than posting challenge stuff, she runs her challenges from February to February. I really like this because the end of the year seems hectic to me with all the end of the year posting. If it’s a limited challenge and I finish early, I try to post during the year, but many that I sign up for go the entire year, causing a last-minute flurry. So this one can be enjoyed until the end of January! This year I am again repeating The Gentle Spectrums games A & B, and adding the Mystery and new Celtic Coasts, bringing my total to 17 for the year. This is a new personal high and I am very selective in what I choose, but it might be overwhelming. We’ll see.
Another reading year has come to an end and here’s the tally for the year.
Books read: 141
Pages read: 50,971
Of the books read:
New-to-me authors: 29
Continuing series books: 45
Various book club reads: 8
Challenges completed: 10 of 10
Ongoing tally of Newbery winners: 71 of 94
Books set in states: 27 of 50
5 star ratings by me: 24
With the last-minute flurry of reading challenge finds at year-end, I carefully looked through and decided to join a few more. Because……why not? This makes my total challenges 14, plus the two from Riedel Fascination that end in Feb 2016. That’s the most I’ve ever joined, so here’s to a great reading year. My other 2016 sign-up posts are here, here, and here.
It’s time again to choose my word for the year. It’s an attempt to choose a word that influences my state of mind throughout the year and creates a structure and framework for my life.
Here are my past choices:
I had high hopes for 2015 and then my life jumped the tracks and the entire last half of the year turned out completely different than I had anticipated. It turned out that EMBRACE was the perfect word as I ended up embracing “whatever new adventure comes along and ride the wave”, as I wrote at this time last year. I also wanted to “do lots of intentional things to make me happy” and that didn’t happen as much as I had hoped. I started Ali Edwards OLW workshop and did great but it broke down the last half of the year and I stopped even looking at the prompts. That was sad for me because I had made such a great start.
I signed up for the workshop for 2016 and will make a valiant effort to work through it. I will also finish up my 2015 album as I did collect photos throughout the year to put in it. I have thought long and hard about my word for 2016 and have decided that I am going to embrace my tendency to get involved in a project and stick with it. So rather than try to hit many projects so I feel like I’m making progress everywhere, I’m going to focus on a few and really dig deep to get them to completion. So my 2016 word is FOCUS and here’s the meme I created.
Thanks to She’s Got Books on Her Mind for hosting. I did a challenge similar to this in 2012 and managed to get all the states with some work. Since then, I’ve kept track of my states each year in my regular reading and usually get more than half without trying. Because I read a lot of series that are set in the same locale and many books set in England, I don’t have a ton of diversity, so I set my goal for the Wayfarer: 21-30. I got 27 states without doing anything different in my reading and some states got many hits.
I signed up for this challenge instead of one about finishing series because I had many ongoing series that I wanted to work on without necessarily finishing any of them. I signed up for 25-50 points: Amateur and totally blew that out of the water by getting 230 points which is over twice the threshold for Veteran.
Now that Christmas is over I can do the big reveal of my recent finishes! The first is a lap quilt for Mark who loves all things beachy. I began it in January as a project with my quilting partner who made hers of bright pink, teal, and mustard prints with a white background. We worked on them every other week. The pattern is called “Pow-Wow” by Cluck Cluck Sew and I used prints from the “Shore Thing” and “Going Coastal” collections by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller fabrics. The gray pindot background is “Here Boy!” by Abi Hall for Moda Fabrics, the blue solid on the back is “Solids” by Polly Minick & Lauri Simpson for Moda Fabrics, and the binding is “Best.Day.Ever!” by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns for Moda Fabrics.