Friday, January 9, 2009

Time Flies!

I was just browsing through some of my old posts and noticed that on February 5, it will be one year since I joined the HYC. I had a fantastic 2008 but did slip a bit towards the end. I'm working very hard to make sure that by February 5, 2009 I can do a bit of celebrating!

Hope to see you then and until then, I'll just keep on trucking :)


Hanlie said...

Nice picture! And so true...

You can make a wonderful impact from now until February!

Natalia said...

Great pic!! :) You can get a lot done in that amount of time! :)

Cammy said...

Love the picture!

You've got lots to celebrate and you'll have even more by 2/5!

MB said...

Love the photo.

I just realized that I responded to your comment/e-mail about book recommendations but it went to "no-reply" (apparently I wasn't paying attention) so here's my response. Sorry for the delay.

Hey Manuela -

Glad you're finding time to read again. I'm sure your book club will be a blast.

I'm not sure what type of book you're looking for but if you still haven't read Marcus Zusak's the Book Thief you have to read that. It was my favorite book last year even though I did love Stephenie Meyers' Twilight series like everyone else too. The second book in her series was slow to start, 1st and 4th in the series were the best, all were fun and easy reads. She also wrote The Host which was a little more sci/fi than I usually read but it was good too.

Right now I'm reading The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl (yes, Shauna is published in the US finally). I've always loved her blog and the book is even better but don't think it is book club material. Now if I would only put her (and your) inspiration to good use ;) ahhhh, anyway ...

For more recommendations, check out my book shelf on Shelfari

to see my other favorites with reviews, ratings and recent reads. Some of my all time favorites are Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (heavy), Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber, East of Eden by Steinbeck and many more.

If you have a thirst for more vampires after ready Twilight, the Blue Blood series was pretty good although they are quick reads that leave you hangin for the next book.

Live a Little by Kim Green was a fun book. This unappreciated mother/wife finds out she has cancer, thinks she's going to die, tells her family, they start treating her nicer and then she finds out the doctor made a mistake and she didn't have cancer but can't bring herself to tell everyone. Similar theme in Venus Envy by Rita Mae Brown. She thinks she is dying so she comes out of the closet and tells everyone what she really thinks about them, and then ...

Some more good ones:

Those Who Save Us
The Space Between Us
When Crickets Cry (sad but so good)
Water Witches (not about witches)
The Time Travelers Wife (a little confusing but excellent)

I could go on and on. You can sort the Shelfari shelf by title and look at the reviews and description of the books.

If I didn't rate a book ask me about it and I'll let you know if it is worth your time. Life's too short to read bad books. I used to force myself to finish them but I'm trying to let go if I have to. Let me know if you want a certain type ... funny, classic, quirky or whatever and I'll find something for you.

Let me know if you have any questions or find any good ones I haven't read yet.

Happy Reading ...


P.S. Savy at Shaping My Way just asked for book recommendations on her site so there are lots of comments in response to her recent post too. I plan on checking a few of them out and I'll let you know if I find a gem.

Anonymous said...

You can do it!!! The picture is lovely

Big Girl said...

Love the picture... and yes, time does go by fast. You have lots to celebrate.

Susie said...

Hope all is well with school! Talk soon!

Grumpy Chair said...

I have enjoyed catching up on all your January posts - I've been a horrible blogging buddy the last six months.

I'm sure you will have a great bit of celebrating to do on the 5th of next month.

Anonymous said...

Hope to see you too.

Mama Bear June said...

So did you ZUMBA? I looked it up online and saw it was Latin dancing, which I do in our ballroom lessons. :-D Hope the rest of your month is fabulous.
Path to Health

Mama Bear June said...

Oh, yeah - HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Saturday! We'll be at a wedding that day.
Path to Health