Resolution Update #5

  1. A Book with More than 500 Pages
  2. A Forgotten Classic
  3. A Book that Became a Movie
  4. A Book Published This Year
  5. A Book with a Number in the Title: April 8, 1964: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death & How It Changed America by Michael Eric Dyson (completed January 31, 2014)
  6. A Book Written By Someone Under 30
  7. A Book with Non-Human Characters
  8. A Funny Book
  9. A Book by a Female Author: Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen (completed January 24, 2014)
  10. A Book with a Mystery
  11. A Book with a One-Word Title
  12. A Book of Short Stories
  13. Free Square  — A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (completed February 11, 2014) Continue reading

Resolution Update #4

Soooo… yeah, resolution update #4 really hits on the fact that I must abandon my third goal, learning two new tours. Why? Because I am resigning from the Chicago Architecture Foundation Docent Corps.  I am moving to Laramie, Wyoming to become the Director of Career & Professional Development at the University of Wyoming College of Law.  So another resolution bites the dust, not even two full months into the new year, but that’s okay because this will be a large enough adventure for awhile!

Resolution Update #3

And one week later, I’m back with another update to my Bingo card.  Here goes – still treating like a dance card that needs to be completely filled (which is good – I don’t have traditional BINGO yet).

  1. A Book with More than 500 Pages
  2. A Forgotten Classic
  3. A Book that Became a Movie
  4. A Book Published This Year
  5. A Book with a Number in the Title: April 8, 1964: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death & How It Changed America by Michael Eric Dyson (completed January 31, 2014) Continue reading

Resolution Update #2

It seems fitting to post my second update on 2/2 while I ignore the rest of the world focused on the Super Bowl.

And its another update to my Bingo card.  Here goes – still treating like a dance card that needs to be completely filled (which is good – I don’t have traditional BINGO yet).

  1. A Book with More than 500 Pages
  2. A Forgotten Classic
  3. A Book that Became a Movie
  4. A Book Published This Year
  5. A Book with a Number in the Title: April 8, 1964: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death & How It Changed America by Michael Eric Dyson (completed January 31, 2014) Continue reading

Resolution Update #1

So I only posted my resolutions yesterday, but I’m ready to update my Bingo card.  Here goes – I’m treating it like a dance card, I need to fill all boxes. GO!

  1. A Book with More than 500 Pages
  2. A Forgotten Classic
  3. A Book that Became a Movie
  4. A Book Published This Year
  5. A Book with a Number in the Title
  6. A Book Written By Someone Under 30
  7. A Book with Non-Human Characters
  8. A Funny Book
  9. A Book by a Female Author (really, this is a category??) Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions 2014

So I was really sick off and on at the turn of the year.  I was also gearing up to take on a HUGE project with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) Docent Corps, which is just now getting under way.  So finally! Here’s my New Year’s Resolutions.

  1. Run a half-marathon in September.  I’ve even talked my baby brother into doing this with me.  So now to register for a 5K in early April, say a 10K in June…. This will also help with a secondary goal of catching up with my s-i-l’s miles on fitbit.  As of today, she has 644 miles, and I 303 have miles.  I plan to match her by the end of June. It will be a challenge as we both continue to accrue miles and steps, and she started 2.5 months before me (her August 18 to my November 8), but if I continue to try to walk 12,500 steps per average daily, there’s hope.
  2. Read more broadly. Continue reading

Backlist Book Suggestions

Several friends and acquaintances have been looking for book suggestions, so I thought I’d do a post when I realized my book suggestions were getting obnoxiously long for anyone’s wall.   BUT because I read a lot of backlist works, that means LIBRARY and FREE, as well as some instant gratification that the”hot now”  hold lists don’t give you.  I also read much more broadly than the list below suggests, especially in the murder or thriller mysteries, so I need to think about how I’d categorize those a bit more for a separate post. I have also started to read more non-fiction, but that tends to be focused on Chicago, so that can also be another post for another day.

 So here’s some author suggestions by category:

  • Literary fiction: Barbara Kingsolver, Chris Bohjalian, Isabel Allende, Julia Alvarez, Abraham Verghese, Khaled Hosseini, Pearl Buck, John Irving, Willa Cather, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott
  • Fiction: Emily Giffin, Alisa Valdes, Maeve Binchy, Audrey Niffenegger, Gillian Flynn, Jamie Ford, Continue reading