Prior to my recent Fave Photo Friday: Edition No. 30 post, it had been a little while since I had last posted. But I do have some pretty valid reasons for my absence.
For one, this time of year had me plenty busy helping my company with Adopt-A-Family, a Family Services Association event. For a tiny office of only 15 employees, we were able to help 3 families, 15 individuals, of which a whopping 10 were children under the age 11.
I couldn’t be more proud of a group of people. We were able to outfit all 10 of the kids with at least one pair of jeans, several new shirts and for many of them, jackets too! Along with new clothes, we were able to gift them with several different toys from their wish list. I learned that Hot Wheels are still a big deal!
So other than shopping for Adopt-A-Family and my family, I was busy trying to make good on a resolution I had set at the beginning of 2015. That would be my Reading Challenge, of course. Procrastinators will procrastinate!
With a measly 3 days left in the year, I have left myself with just enough time to finish up two more books to complete my goal of reading 30 this year. Earlier in the month, I had updated y’all and luckily I have done lots of reading since.
To be honest, it’s a good thing I went to drafting up this post. I had it in my head that I only had one more book to read, but after double- and triple-checking my reading list, I have read 28 books, not 29! Yikes. But it’s a darn good thing that I was already well into both an audiobook and a paperback, so I still feel good about completing the challenge.
On the “currently-reading” list:
- Two Bits a Day by Elmer Kelton
- Margaritas & Murder (Murder, She Wrote, Book 24) by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
Reading two books at a time has always worked out for me. The only rule I follow is not to read two westerns at once. My brain is not advanced enough for that! And it just wouldn’t be right rounding out the year with anything other than an ole cowboy western and Murder, She Wrote. I guess I’m just a strange nut or something!
Been there, done that. Books I finished up since my last post:
- Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari << my review >>
- Playing for Pizza by John Grisham << my review >>
- The Trail to Seven Pines by Louis L’Amour << my review >>
- The Riders of High Rock by Louis L’Amour << my review >>
- The Pumpkin Rollers by Elmer Kelton << my review >>
- Trouble Shooter by Louis L’Amour << my review >>
Notice a trend?? Ok, ok. I admit it. Westerns are, for me, quick reads. And when you’re down 8+ books and you’ve got way to much pride to fail at something so easy, you do what you’ve got to do! Next year, I “promise” I won’t procrastinate so much.
To spare you the trouble of reading through all of my recommendations, my favorites from this month are The Pumpkin Rollers, Playing for Pizza, Trouble Shooter and Modern Romance. See only two westerns made the list, progress. But I must credit Mary Hollon for her superb recommendations. I would have never picked up a Elmer Kelton book if not for her and it would have been a darn shame to both my imagination and stomach if I had never read Playing for Pizza!
Alrighty, wish me luck, I’ve got Have you got any recommendations for my 2016 reading list? I’ve already got some books in the queue, but I’m always looking for more!
Happy Tuesday peeps!