Some of the dedications in the above linked article are funny. They are definitely not what you’d expect to see in a book’s dedication, but the majority of them are semi memorable anyhow.
The above linked article tells about the leading ladies and men in literature who would make the best Valentines, and why. Some of these are funny, and some are serious, but it’s a great reminder of those characters we have loved.
Our Molly does this. Cardboard boxes are not her friend. Attack!
She only got one book so far. It was delivered and she got to the package first. I found all but the corners of two pages. I put it together, but haven’t read it yet.
Every year, I set goals. Health goals, general life goals, reading goals, etc. This year, I’m starting to think about them a little earlier than New Year’s Eve.
I have set a goal of 1000 miles between 1/1 and 12/31 this year. It breaks down to just over 2.5 miles a day. Doable. The challenge here is to remember to log the miles.
I am setting my book goal at 100 books for 2020. I easily hit my goal of 75 books this year. I can do this.
I am going to seriously work on shrinking my book stack. My plan of attack is to have a book stack book, a kindle book, a library book, and an audiobook going constantly. This sounds impossible, but I pretty much do this anyway. I also have to add in the bookclub books, which have deadlines. I am going to try harder to get my “What Are You Reading Wednesday” blog posts posted weekly, and on time. We’ll see.
I have a general organization goal. I still have to define exactly what I’m trying to get accomplished, so I am still thinking on this one.
I am going to attempt exercise 5 days a week, which involves getting my daughters and the dogs involved. I also have to get myself up and out of the house early to get to the gym and showered before work. This is a two part project. Organization the night before, and getting to sleep on time. I know I feel better when I’ve been to the gym. I have managed to get the majority of my foot pain under control, so that helps a lot.
I have signed up for a 5k in January. At this point, I’m walking it. I have also signed up for a half marathon in November, which means I need to get myself moving, soon, to train.
I have a lot of big plans for the year. Let’s hope I can take chunks out of the goals and make it happen.
The above linked article talks about an author in the Netherlands who writes a book for a book festival every year. This year, anyone carrying the book gets free train rides when they show the book. I thought it was kind of a fun idea.
The above linked article talks about a restaurant that makes sure its customers have books to read. Interesting idea.
Connecticut’s Traveler Restaurant Gives Diners Free Books With Their Meal
Well-traveled bibliophiles know that books can sometimes be found in unusual places, like barges, abandoned sheds, and decommissioned postal trains. In northeastern Connecticut, you can find free books in a place where you’d normally just expect to find a hot meal. The Traveler restaurant lets customers take home up to three free books to read after finishing their meal, the Hartford Courant reports.
Traveler Food and Books, an unassuming diner off I-84 in Union, Connecticut, gives away roughly 100,000 free books to diners each year. The restaurant’s original owner, Marty Doyle, started adding books to the “menu” in the mid-1980s, when his personal library became too big to fit in his home. He kept his collection under control by bringing excess books to the Traveler and offering them to any guests looking for new reading material.
The restaurant has been owned by Karen and Art Murdock since 1993, and today books are donated by libraries and community groups in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Visitors get to pick out up to three free books from the restaurant’s collection, either while waiting for their meal or on their way out the door. And if that isn’t enough for them, there’s a used bookstore downstairs called The Book Cellar, where they can browse and purchase additional titles.
I am everything in the left column. I read many books at once, and tend to finish a bunch all at once. This is how I misplace books, too. I put one down to start another, and don’t get back to it quickly enough. The book is never lost, just not exactly where I thought I left it.
I definitely read a lot of different genres. I am not a big fan of horror, though. I have read several Stephen King books, but I know what to expect with them, for the most part.
I love giving and getting book recommendations. My poor family and friends have to listen to me drone on and on about my books and which ones they’d love.
As you probably already know, I have a stack of unread books that make up my book stack, or as others call their stack, the TBR (to be read) pile. A friend and I are very much the definition of book worms. We don’t usually read the same genres, though. Every once in a while, we hit the same book around the same time. We read “Vinegar Girl” together, and “The Hate U Give.” This time, we are both attempting “Lab Girl.” It’s fun to see what we each think of the book. We aren’t doing a full bookclub, obviously, since it’s just two of us. Just for fun.
I usually just skip over the ads for book signings when I see that they are Tuesdays or Thursdays, since it interferes with class. Thankfully, this time my cousin drew my attention to this one.
I knew Jasmine Guillory from her book signings and I have read her books. My cousin was thrilled to be seeing Jacqueline Woodson. Perfect event for us!
Before the reading, we went to dinner. We parked after circling the block. We got out of the car and ran to the restaurant. Then, we ran to the book signing. When we left the book signing, neither of us remembered where the car was parked, so we had a little adventure looking for it. We found it within a few minutes, though.
It’s always a fun evening with my cousin.
My original annual goal was 75. Then I read 36 children’s books over the year. I am 3 books away from my adjusted goal of 100 books. With those 36 books added to my original goal, I should be reading 111 books to make 75 real books. So, I am adjusting my goal to 120. I still have three months, so why not?