One of my New Year's resolutions this year (and basically the only one I actually did) was to read two books a month. There was one month where I only read one book, but overall I accomplished my goal of getting back into reading. Here are the books I read this year. The italicized ones are ones I've read before 2012 and the underlined ones are my favorites from the year (some of which have been added to my all time favorites).
The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
That Was Then, This Is Now - S.E. Hinton
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (x2) - Jonathan Safran Foer
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Tex - S.E. Hinton
Knight's Castle - Edward Eager
Look Me In The Eye - John Elder Robinson
The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing - Melissa Banks
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - Ishmael Beah
The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham
The Journals of Sylvia Plath - Sylvia Plath
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
Cards on the Table - Agatha Christie
Endless Night - Agatha Christie
Ordeal by Innocence - Agatha Christie
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
Flipped - Wendelin Van Draanen
The Giver - Lois Lowry
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
Tomorrow Will Be Better - Betty Smith
The History of Love - Nicole Krauss
The Hollow - Agatha Christie
The Well and The Mine - Gin Phillips
The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
My Life in France - Julia Child
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick
Culture Shock: France - Sally Adamson Taylor
The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Nancy Drew, the Secret of the Old Clock - Carolyn Keene
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams
Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
Peter Pan- J.M. Barrie
Pride and Prejudice (yes, again) - Jane Austen
So Long and Thanks For All the Fish - Douglas Adams
Fahrhenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
The Pleasure of My Company - Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin)
Rumble Fish - S.E. Hinton
Flickering Pixels - Shane Hipps
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane
The Man in the Brown Suit - Agatha Christie
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Mostly Harmless - Douglas Adams
Theater Shoes - Noel Streatfeild
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
I would recommend every book on this list, though some of them do have adult content. What was the best book you read this year?
I absolutely love Jane Mount's Ideal Bookshelf series. This particular one is James Franco's (found here). Someday I'm going to have one of my own. These are the books I'd put on it so far:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Howl's Moving Castle
The Poetry of Robert Frost
A Beatles book (just about any will do)
The Journals of Sylvia Plath
Pride and Prejudice
Life of Pi
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Winnie the Pooh
Agatha Christie (again, any will do)
A book of Norman Rockwell paintings
Other potentials include: Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Dracula, The Man Who Was Thursday, My Life in France, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. These books all meant something to me at some point or other, but I'm not sure if they'd still be on the list.
This past weekend I went to Virginia Beach to take my friends' engagement photos. It was so much fun! We ate doughnuts and wandered around, laughing and taking photos. I met Justin and Meghan in college and love them both so much. They are so hilarious and an incredibly photogenic couple. I couldn't have asked for a better photo session - we had so much fun, and it was nice to have their permission to get up in their grill and take all the pictures I would have wanted to take anyway :)
I've lived on the east coast my whole life and I've never been through a hurricane. I mean, I was around during hurricanes, but we only ever got rain. Thankfully, things weren't bad for my family this year, either, but we did get a small (small, small) glimpse of what a hurricane is like. We lost power for about 8 hours and had tons of wind which knocked down several of our huge pine trees and our neighbors roof! I took refuge in the living room because a) my room is the loudest when it's windy (one time it was so windy that I was expecting to see Oz when I opened my bedroom door) and b) there's a huge tree in our front yard that is definitely going to destroy my room when it falls. I didn't want to take any risks.
Wind. Activities during the storm. Candles. Knitting. Camping out in the living room. Life of Pi. Watching the storm. Reading by lamp. The aftermath.
Did you guys make it through the storm?
Today I finished reading Life of Pi. That book blows my mind. It's disturbing, but it's so amazing.
Ellen dressed up as Sophia Vergara for Halloween.
I am trying to convince myself that I can, in fact, conquer Les Miserables. Watching this trailer helps.
I'm probably going to watch It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (I love Peanuts!), and maybe a spooky movie, since, yanno, it's Halloween and all. Maybe I'll try to summon the spirit of a dead ficus.
Showers. Clean sheets.
Not working (not to be confused with "not having a job").
The smell of roasting garlic.
The taste of roasted garlic.
Re-reading a book you love (and avoiding any guilt over all the books you should be reading).
Not setting an alarm because you don't need one the next morning.
Not having bug bites (I happen to have plenty).
That Capt. Jas. Hook will be on Once Upon a Time tomorrow.
Not having a presidential debate on the night of my favorite television shows.
Jazz music - Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble, Julie London (thanks, Sarah!), and Blossom Dearie (who can tell me what else she's in?).