2018 is here and I am ready to make this a great year! A few highlights from the first month the year:
St. Louis Blues game in my company’s box! Plus they won!
Running in the cold! One 6K in 5 degree weather, a 10K in 2 degree weather. Total monthly total was 25 miles.
But I did get one 4 mile run where I only needed one layer!
Aunt Erin and Uncle Jake focused on experiences for Christmas instead of gifts. We found experiences that fit their current interests.
Brooke got tickets to Paw Patrol. It was a great show- and so was the popcorn!
Lucas got an overnight stay in a hotel. We had dinner in bed, went swimming and had a big breakfast the next day!
It was so fun to have one on one time with each of them. I want to soak up this time while they still want to hang out with us. At this stage in my life, we are still considered fun and cool. #auntlife
I found the library’s audiobook app and I listened to 11 books! Increased running and new projects at work that requires some manual processing have allowed me to have my earbuds in a lot!
- Commonwealth – This left me feeling meh, there are a lot of characters and family trees to keep track of and for me, the story felt flat.
- The Nest – This was the story of family drama and money. It was pretty good.
- Elsewhere – It was pretty good, it was a YA book so it was pretty simple.
- Book of Speculation- I thought this was going to better than it ended up being. I found the characters hard to relate to. It has the aspect of historical fiction but fell short for me. Fun fact my mom read the book for her book club and was not a fan either.
Most the time I read fiction but I also like to read about real people’s lives.
- Does this Bible Belt Make Me Look Gay- This was a super short set of true stories written by a person detailing her story of coming out in a small town. It’s only an hour but it’s funny and uplifting. If you know someone struggling with coming out I recommend this set of stories.
- Capital Gaines – This is Chip Gaines book (of Chip and Joanna). He reads the audiobook so of course, I was going to listen to the audiobook. He is open and honest about his life and growing his business. It was a great listen!
- Mom & Me & Mom – This a written by Maya Angelou and read by her. This is the story of the impact of women on her life. I am always amazed by the lives some of these authors lead!
I am a sucker for a good thriller. These all fit that bill and were pretty good about keeping me guessing. They are listed in the order I enjoyed them.
- Arrowood – loved it! Highly recommended
- The women in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I have read her other books, this was pretty good.
- The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson. It took awhile for me to get into this one, but it has a big twist at the end.
- Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris. This was OK, the main character is just an awful person so at times I was ready for the story to be over.
I set a goal in my Goodreads app to read 100 books this year. I want to try to actually read 100 and not include the ones I listened to. So January total so far is 2
- Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro – I loved this book! It’s told from the different perspectives during one summer in a small town.
- I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet – This was a total girl power book. It tells the story of a reporter who put herself in many dangerous situations to report on terrorism without bias. She stood up for what she believed in and for her colleagues. This was an inspiring story despite all the sadness she witnessed while reporting.
One month in the books, looking forward to next month – birthday month!