Draft posts

While I was on my trip, I started many draft posts. Ideas for future posts, the beginnings of posts that I had in mind and outlined, and posts that I wrote, tagged and just needed to publish. When I got home, I could see that I had over 100 posts that were partially written.

Part of them were from the 20 books and the 40 books topics, so I’m not too worried about catching up there. There are 50ish of them right there. They won’t be ready to go until I actually read the book, so they’ll be sitting there a while.

I am working my way through the posts today, so you’ll be seeing quite a few in the next day or two.

Book seat

I received a book seat for Christmas. I wanted one for a long time, but couldn’t justify the price. The reviews of the seat mentioned to add some marbles inside for weight so it wouldn’t tip over.

I took a look at the zipper, but it was child proofed. I would have had to open the seams to get the zipper open. I decided to try it without the marbles. It works beautifully.

The book, or kindle, can be positioned any way I want it. And it stays. The plastic thing to hold the book open easily moves to turn pages. I have to tip it a bit to see the last line of the kindle page, though. Minor issue.

I can lie down to read. I can put it on my lap. Wherever it settles is perfect. The only issue is that I still can’t see through the cat who wants to sit between my face and whatever I’m reading.

The currently shown position is comfy and shows my Snuggie. The cats love to fight over it. It’s apparently comfy for them, too. I suppose the book seat would be comfy, too, but I try to not let them try it out. Unfortunately, the tag shows in the photo, too.

Verity, by Colleen Hoover

Verity

Verity by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book, but it got very intense for me at certain places. I had to put it down and go back to it a lot. It was worth finishing, mostly because I needed to know what was going to happen.

From word of mouth, I knew the ending was going to leave me thinking. It certainly did. I think it’s going to be on my mind for a while.

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Verity

Verity by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book, but it got very intense for me at certain places. I had to put it down and go back to it a lot. It was worth finishing, mostly because I needed to know what was going to happen.
From word of mouth, I knew the ending was going to leave me thinking. It certainly did. I think it’s going to be on my mind for a while.

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Baby steps in goal setting

My reading goal for 2019 is 75 books. I was asked why. Because I didn’t have a lot of trouble with 62 books in 2018. The 62 was chosen as a book a week, plus ten audiobooks. I fell behind for a while because of lack of concentration after my surgery. I caught up and surpassed my goal.

I feel that a goal should be a challenge, but not unattainable. Sure, I could set my goal for 1 book for the year, and meet it almost immediately, but there’s no challenge in that. I’d finish right away and be bored the rest of the year.

One of my Goodreads friends set a 2018 goal of 2018 books. She read 10. That’s not even close. Why set such an unattainable goal? Six ish books a day? Not going to happen, really.

I do have friends who set their goal over 100. I am not yet that brave. That would stress me out, so I add to my goal little bits at a time. I met that goal, next year try a little more. Maybe in a couple of years, I’ll be over 100. Not this one.

My retiree friends have 365 books set as a goal. And make it by early December. Please note… retiree. I don’t make time for a book a day yet. Maybe one day.

75 books in 2019. I think it’s doable for me. As those of you who read me frequently know, I have many halfway finished, so I have a little head start. I can do this!

63/62

I met my reading goal for 2018. In fact, I exceeded it. I slowed down on the reading because of it. I shouldn’t, but I did.

Last night, I ended up going to sleep before 8 pm. My eyes were just too tired to read. Couldn’t focus on anything. So I just bundled up and slept. I will get back to it today.

2 books behind schedule!

I am almost caught up!  Just in time to end the year right.

I have an Agatha Christie book going as an audiobook in the car.  I may finish it this week.  Definitely by boxing day.

I have a Meg Cabot book going as a library book.  It’s short, so it’ll be finished quickly, if I sit down and actually get into it.

I have several e books going.  They may be finished by this weekend.

I can do this!  Five books to go by 12/31.