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Reading Resolution Report

My New  Year’s Resolutions for the past two years have included reading goals.  I am happy to announce that I have surpassed the goal of reading at least two books each month!

I have been coveting the book Ten Years in the Tub by Nick Hornby for some time now. It’s a collection of his monthly column articles, “Stuff I’ve Been Reading” that ran for a decade in “The Believer.”   I’ll admit that I’ve only read the first two columns but I am already hooked.  He is irreverent, funny, literary and insightful.


I am going to adopt his reporting method and share my reading adventures on a monthly basis.

Without further ado, here’s November 2014.

Books Bought November 2014

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human DietRobb Wolf
Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole HogMatthew McCarry and Stacy Toth
Easy Paleo Gelatin TreatsCaitlin Weeks
Make Ahead Paleo RecipesSarah Swanson
The GriftersJim Thompson
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last ReunionFannie Flagg
The HeistDaniel Silva
Ten Years in the TubNick Hornby
Noro Magazine, Fall Winter 2014Magazine
Debbie Bliss Magazine, Fall Winter 2014Magazine
Vogue Knitting 2014 CrochetMagazine

The abundance in Paleo material was due to Amazon’s Kindle special of Paleo-oriented eBooks for $0.99 and above – well, even one was free!  I could not resist!

One of my book clubs is reading The Heist. I’m not liking it so far, but I keep telling myself that book clubs help me read material other than what I would choose on my own.  It will be interesting to listen to the others’ reviews.

Here is my November Reading Report

You Should Have KnownJean Hanff KorelitzOkay
The Warmth of Other SunsIsabel WilkersonThumbs Down (did not finish)
Twenties GirlSophie KinsellaThumbs Down (did not finish)
The GriftersJim ThompsonReally Liked
The Last RunawayTracy ChevalierReally Liked
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last ReunionFannie FlaggNot enthralled, still reading
The HeistDaniel SilvaStill Reading
Ten Years in the TubNick HornbyLoving it so far
Pros & ConsJanet Evanovich and Lee GoldbergHated it
Beyond BaconMatthew McCarryYUM! Will be a good reference.
Easy Paleo Gelatin TreatsCaitlin WeeksUninspiring

I really enjoyed The Last Runaway and The Grifters this month. The Last Runaway is about a Quaker Woman who lives in a community on The Underground Railroad route.  It’s a fascinating read on slavery, Quakers, relationships, history (and quilting) and was written by the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring (on my To Read list) Tracy Chevalier.

The Grifters, written in the 1970’s, is about a man who lived primarily by conning people, but it is also about how he had a normal life in order to hide the illegal one. Since it was written over 3 decades ago, it also provides a glimpse into the culture and customs of that era (in which I grew up!).   This one was made into a movie (for which Anjelica Houston was nominated for an Oscar).  Some members of my book club want to read this during a busy month, so they can watch the movie instead. I think it would be better to read the book first and then all watch the movie together!

Early note for New Year’s Resolutions

I am admittedly into New Year resolutions.

Sometimes the better resolutions come to mind before (or after?!) January!

I found this in some notations I had made over the summer:

I am going to be true to myself, keep my eyes open, and be open to possibilities.

Food for thought as the new year approaches.


I woke up this morning thinking about how to reframe last year’s resolutions, most specifically the resolution to finish my current knitting project before starting a new one.  That resolution didn’t turn out so well, as I have not yet completed LD’s cardigan, and thus prevented myself from doing any other projects.

So maybe I need to be more specific this year. “Finish LD’s sweater.” Or even “Finish LD’s sweater before the spring.”

Which somehow got me thinking about the Jetsons.  How many of the items in their theme song are actually true these days? Of course, as one up to the challenge at 8 AM, and giving me a chance to put my 2014 Resolutions on the divergent thinking path for awhile, I decided to do a little research.

NO – Live in Space, (My All-Time Favorite when the) Vehicle folds up into a briefcase, Robot Housekeeper, Helicopter Family Vehicle, Drop people at their destinations by having them float down in a capsule, Teenage daughter giving her dad a goodbye hug when being dropped off at school, Moving sidewalk into apartment, Chair automatically appears behind you when you get home from work, Son giving dad his slippers, Daughter giving dad his pipe, (Teenage) daughter giving dad a welcome home from work kiss, Dog going on a treadmill, Cat going on a treadmill.

MAYBE, depending on your family/perspective – Father – Breadwinner, Mother spending all day at the mall, Mother taking most of dad’s money, Family taking teenage daughter to high school, Family greeting dad home from work, kids bring lunch from home, drop kid off at elementary school.

YES – Treadmill for exercise, Robot vacuum cleaner, Standard Family of 4, Pet dog, Moving sidewalk (or escalator/elevator) into office building, highrise apartments, Taking dog for a walk, Dog chasing a cat.

What other mindless activities can I do while I don’t think about Resolutions?

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