It's Sunday night as I'm writing this post and I've just returned from a family trip to Saratoga Springs (more to come on that soon!). I feel like I am having physical pains about the thought of having to wake up early tomorrow, dress in a matching outfit, and haul myself off to work to actually think. How can this be?? Not that I should be complaining since technically I just had a 15 day vacation. Still, going back to the routine after a long vacation is tough. Am I right?
I usually try not to buy into New Years resolutions type stuff, since I honestly don't think that we should need to use a new year as an excuse to improve ourselves, achieve goals, etc. It should be an ongoing commitment. But since I am coming in hot after achieving my first ever New Years resolution of reading 50 books in 2015, I decided to outline some more things I'd like to accomplish this year.
- Read 40 books. Fifty was stretching it a bit so I think I can settle for 40. This seems realistic, plus also necessary for career improvement (I work at a publishing company).
- Be healthier overall. I am not going to deny that I have a sweet tooth and like delicious food, but I think I need to learn to balance it a bit more and learn to appreciate healthier ways of cooking. I also want to learn more about cooking in general. New skills!
- Plan an awesome trip somewhere. I am thinking Iceland, Rome, somewhere in South America??? TBD.
- Make my blog better.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the holiday season and end of the year. P.S. if you're looking for some good books to read this year, these are my favorites that I read in 2015 (aside from The Girl on the Train, which is probably on everyone's list):
- All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 5 stars!! This is a beautiful book and as a history nerd this was my favorite. I cannot recommend this enough.
- The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen. I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but I loved it! It still has me thinking.
- Barbara the Slut by Lauren Holmes. My first time reading a book of short stories made me realize what I've been missing.
- My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh . A sleeper hit. I received a copy of this in a YPG mailing to pick it up several months later and be surprised at how touching this coming of age story is.
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. A really important book that everyone should read.
- Spinster by Kate Bolick. Part autobiographical, part historical, Spinster taught me so much about women in history I'd never heard of and how to contextualize them in modern society.
- Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. This one takes a while to get through but it's worth it.
- The Vacationers by Emma Straub. Once I started this I couldn't stop! I love love love it and can't wait for her next book!
- Summerlong by Dean Bakopoulos. Summerlong explores the relationship of a middle aged couple and I couldn't quite get the story out of my head.
- Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum. This one isn't for everyone, but it's kind of addicting once you get started.