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2015 Reading List

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I haven’t done this before, though I LOVE lists, so I’m surprised I haven’t. Here’s a list of books I am definitely going to read in 2015. A lot of these just showed up on ‘Best of 2014’ book lists (which I can’t get enough of) but some of these are books that have been on my to-read list on Goodreads for a long time.  I set a goal of 12 books this year, which seems really low compared to the enormous goal lists I’m seeing out there. I don’t really care. I’m finishing my last semester of college. I have two kids. If I can read a book a month, I consider myself a smashing success. I may bust through this list with lightning speed, who knows. Anyhow, here it is:

1. The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer – disclaimer ( I am already cheating. I got this book for Christmas but am only about 1/2 way through. I’m counting it for this year. It’s pretty good.)

2.  Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson

3. Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe, Yumi Sakugawa

4. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, Anne Lamott

5.Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

6. Father of the Rain, Lily King

7. We Are Water, Wally Lamb

8. White Teeth, Zadie Smith

9. Yes Please, Amy Poehler

10. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry

11. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, David Sedaris

12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

What an odd list, eh? If you know me you’re probably like, “Where’s all the horror and murder?” Truth be told, I’ve kind of lost my taste for it lately. I’ve been super into biographies and memoir. Novels. Less violence. Also, as you can see by my last entry, I have a renewed interest in reading the classics. True confession, I am woefully, woefully lacking in classical reading. Thanks to a set of ‘Read The Classics Comic Books’ my grandmother gave me when I was about 10, I at least have a pretty good idea of the major plot points of all the greatest hits. I have never read the Brontes, either one. No Dickens. No Tolstoy. Moby Dick? Nope. I know. I’m a horrible creature. Luckily I can get most of them for free on my Kindle.  Well, that’s the list. I have no idea what order I will read them in. Oh, well actually I take that back. I am currently reading The Art of Asking, and next will read Traveling Mercies because I just got it at the library. Other than THAT I have no idea what’s next. Probably I’ll work my way through depending on what’s at the library – aka free.

Very Superstitious

     I’m superstitious. I throw spilled salt over my shoulder, knock on wood, try not to start new things on Fridays, don’t walk under ladders, you know that usual. In addition to being superstitious, or because of it, or vice versa, I also have a touch of OCD. Not the cleaning kind, if only. No, the I really like even numbers and have to have things done a certain way, and always try to be the most efficient. Hmm now that I describe myself, I sound les OCD and more control-freaky. Either way, you get the picture. 

    Every year on NYE I have  fit. Because you see, I have this thing about starting the year with a clean house/clean slate. Why do I freak out? Why don’t I just spend the week before cleaning and preparing? PFFT. That is NOT how I roll, people. I like to try to clean everything all at once.  
     I have been doing this NY/NYE cleaning thing for a long time. Maybe ten years, after I read something about cleaning out your house at the begining of the year to make sure it would be clean for the rest of the year. Now every year I’m all, “Fuck, I’m destined to have a gross house AGAIN!” 
    Also this year, as an added bonus, I want to get my blog moved over to my new domain. To start the new year there, fresh. I think this is a good plan. I think initially I just keep this blogger format and then point to my new address (which I might add, I bought 5 years ago). 
   So, if you wonder where I am tomorrow, I’m cleaning, freaking out, and moving my blog to a new domain. Ok really, I’m probably drinking coffee, messing around on twitter, and THINKING about cleaning and freaking out.  Although, get ready, cause tomorrow I’m going to publish my list of unreasonable goals for 2011! I know you can’t wait. In the mean time, enjoy Stevie Wonder: