I love the promise of a blank page, a clean slate, starting over. So today I we be posting my challenge successes and failures and tomorrow I will be starting with a clean slate.
My total number of Challenges was 17 two were personal and there were 15 external challenges.
I am pretty happy with that. As for how successful or how much I failed? Pictures are always better.
This showed me that I underestimated the amount of Young Adult and Fantasy I read and that I never, hardly ever, read things I purchase or that I know I should read.
For a complete 2011 breakdown including what books were included in each challenge, check out 2011 Review.
Over the next few days and into the first week in January expect to see a lot of end of the year summaries, my Best of 2011 list, and my final 2012 Challenges slate. Stay tuned because I am hoping for big things in 2012.
This is the second year I have done Quotes on Christmas. I like it. At year three does it become a tradition?
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“I do like Christmas on the whole… In its clumsy way, it does approach Peace and Goodwill. But it is clumsier every year.”
– E.M. Forster
It comes every year and will go on forever. And along with Christmas belong the keepsakes and the customs. Those humble, everyday things a mother clings to, and ponders, like Mary in the secret spaces of her heart.
– Marjorie Holmes
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
― Dr. Seuss
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring – not even a mouse:
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
– Clement C. Moore
Blessing on you and yours today and every day.
Recently I was talking to The Girl about crushes. I asked her if there was anyone on TV or in the movies that she has a crush on. I remember at about her age I was madly in love with a Mr. Shaun Cassidy. We were driving and she sort of hemmed and ummed a bit before she told me “No, but I sometimes get crushes on guys in books.” It made this Momma proud.
Without to much poking I discovered one of the crushes was Peeta. Double proud, my girl rocks!
You didn’t think I would not give my favorite books of the year some love, did you?