Happy new year everyone! I hope you had a wonderful year. I’m sure you’ve had your ups and downs; but I hope overall it was a blessed and joyous year. And now for 2014! I can’t believe it. Time certainly does fly. Since I’m in a little bit of denial I’m going to look back at 2013.
It was a wonderful year for blogging. I moved away from Blogger and started my own website; which I absolutely love.
- Templar by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, Alex Puvilland
- The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile by C.W. Gortner
- Matt Archer: Legend by Kendra Highley
- Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
- While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax
- The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
- Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
- The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
- The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
- Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
During 2013, I discovered the amazing world of the graphic novel. Templar and Relish were two of my favorites. I can’t wait to discover more in 2014!
Another big discovery for me is the audiobook. Towards the end of the year I started listening to audiobooks during my commute to work. During my commute I have fallen in love with the Dresden Files! I tried to read the first two in the series and I didn’t like it at all. Then I listened to James Marsters and everything changed! I currently listening to Proven Guilty. I love it!!
On the family, it was another crazy and busy year. My girls danced, played basketball, softball and soccer. Busy, busy, busy! Our big vacation was Walt Disney World. It was the best of times and the worst of times! Lots of good times and lots of hissy fits! I actually posted pics of the girls pitching fits on Facebook as a deterrent and it actually worked. Every time I pointed the camera at them, they started. That’s my parenting tip for 2013!
I, also, ran my first 5K race. In fact, I ran in two races. It was really hard, but I did it!! I really want to continue running and to be able to run an entire race. No walking for me!
And lastly, I’m so excited to have restarted my Barefoot Books business. I love books so much and I want to share them with everyone. With Barefoot, I can share them with children. I love seeing little ones turning the pages and watching their faces. The wonder and enjoyments is precious!
Overall, it’s been a wonderful year. I wonder what 2014 will bring. My goals/resolutions for this year are run a 5K without walking, stop biting my nails, spread the word of Barefoot Books, and of course READ MORE!!!
Happy New Year!!
Man, August was a tough month for blogging. With school starting and the girls’ activities beginning, it is really difficult to find the time to read and blog. Well, let’s see how I did!
Here are the books I read and reviewed:
- Jane Actually, or Jane Austen’s Book Tour by Jennifer Petkus
- Clockwork Cathedral by Heather Blackwood
- The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalain
- The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Audiobooks I listened to and reviewed:
And that’s all she wrote! Not sure if I will have a better month in September because I “volunteered” to be my daughter’s soccer coach. Ask me if I have ever played soccer before. Great question! No, I have not! It will be an adventure to say the least. So excited!! Woo Hoo! Actually, all kidding aside, I am pretty excited to coach a bunch of six-year-old girls. It will be loads of fun!
I can’t believe this summer is almost over. The kids start to school in about three weeks. The summer has just flown by!
Here is what I accomplished in the month of July
I read and reviewed:
The Next Pendragon by Joanne Magnus
My audiobook for this month was Austentatious by Alyssa Goodnight
Wow! I had no idea I read eight books this month! Not too shabby and I thought I didn’t do much this month. I wonder what August will bring?
School is out and the crazy summer has begun! I don’t feel like I have gotten a lot of reading done; BUT we did go to DISNEYWORLD!!! I call it the best of times and the worst of times. Overall, we had a great time, however, I will definitely think twice about going again in summer.
After Disneyworld was behind us, I did get some reading done! And here is this month’s list:
This month I listened to my very first audiobook and I wasn’t impressed at all. However, I’m listening to one right now that I’m really enjoying. I think I just didn’t make a good first pick. June was a fun month and I hope July is even better!
It’s been another great month at Kinx’s Book Nook! I can’t believe April has passed and we’re heading into May. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun.
This month I read and reviewed seven books. Wow, that’s a lot for me!
- All the Appearance of Goodness by Maria Grace
- My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
- Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson
- The Future Mrs. Darcy by Maria Grace
- Darcy’s Decision by Maria Grace
- While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax
- Seduction by M.J. Rose
I, also, wrote several Why I Love to Read posts. I really love writing these! The posts are so much fun!
And last, but not least, I participated in my very first World Book Night. I gave out twenty copies of The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. It was such a great experience. My girls helped out as well and had a wonderful time. I really can’t wait to do it again next year!