Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Little Slips of Paper

     I've been rather absent from this blog lately, which is to be blamed by both a lack of inspiration and broken wi-fi (writing a blog post from my phone is not fun, so I avoid it), but now that the internet is working and it's the end of the year, I'm finally back.     

     Around this time last year, I had seen a pinterest project that I decided to try- to write down all of the good and interesting things that happened during 2015 on slips of paper and put them in a jar to be read at the end of the year. I wasn’t always the most consistent, but I did do it:

Went to the movies with Emily and some friends
Saw Big Hero 6 for Joey's birthday and had a family trip to the Caw Caw Institute
Gave blood for the first time (and almost passed out!)
Aunt Patty’s Tea Party
Won the Five Enchanted Roses Contest!!
Got Valentine’s Day candy from Mom & Dad
Free month of Netflix!
Went to a friend’s 1950s-themed Sweet Sixteen
Published Hidden Pearls
Saw Cinderella with friends
Visited with some missionary friends of ours
Saw Age of Ultron with Mama, Daddy, and Emily
Emily graduated high school!
Started attending a Bible Study
Saw Jurassic World with Mama, Daddy, Emmie, and Harry
Wrote For Elise
Five Enchanted Roses is published!
Went to Illinois
Started College
Got a phone for the first time
“The Wulver’s Rose” is published as a stand-alone by Rooglewood Press
Did the Art Walk in downtown Charleston with my mother, aunt, and sister
Got all As my first semester at college
Went Christmas caroling (I totally just remembered to add this)
Had friends over for dinner and games
Saw Star Wars!!!
Spent Christmas with a BUNCH of family, some of which I hadn’t even met before

     If you’re wondering about all the mentions of movies, well, as a kid, going to see a movie at the theater was a really big deal, and so I still count it as an amazing, note-worthy occurrence ;)

     I also always take note of all of the classic books that I've read during the year, and despite finishing up my classic club reading last year and being in college, I actually managed to get down quite a few, though most of them were on the shorter side of things. In fact, I read most of these after I started college. I've really been getting back into classic, golden-age mysteries, if you can't tell. ;)

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Heretics by G.K. Chesterton
The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery 
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (the movies are much better)
Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (according to Goodreads, this is the longest book I read this year. Surprise, surprise)
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
Along the Shore by L.M. Montgomery
The Road to Yesterday by L.M. Montgomery
Whose Body? By Dorothy Sayers
Have His Carcase by Dorothy Sayers
Asgard Stories: Tales From Norse Mythology by Mary H. Foster
Curious Myths of the Middle Ages by Sabine Baring-Gould
The Communist Manifesto by Friedrich Engels/Karl Marx
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
The Lucy Maude Montgomery Short Stories Collections (5 volumes)
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Father Brown: The Essential Tales by G.K. Chesterton
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (a re-read)
Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie
N or M? by Agatha Christie
The Man Who Knew Too Much by G.K. Chesterton

Total: 23

     I also read several Georgette Heyer Regency novels, but I admit that they don't feel very "classic-y" to me, despite several of them pre-dating the 40s, so I didn't put them on the list. (Now that I think about it, I think I've also neglected the one lonely Jeeves and Wooster book I read this year) One of my reading goals for 2016 is for the classics to make up at least 50% of my entire reading list, so we'll see how that goes. I also read a lot more children's/middle grade novels this year, which is something I'd like to continue doing. I don't have a number of books I want to read for 2016 (believe me, I need to cut back on my reading, not try to beat my last number of books read) but aside from those other goals, I want to read more non-fiction books (especially theological and history ones), as well as re-read the entire Sherlock Holmes canon.

     For Bible reading goals, I definitely want to read the entire Bible through in a year, since it's been a good long while since I've done so. The last few years I've simply skipped around without keeping track of what I read, so this upcoming year I want to start at Genesis and go through to Revelation in a nice, orderly manner. :)


Ashley said...

Yesss! I barely went to the theater as a kid, so all the movies I saw this year are verrry noteworthy occurrences! Happy New Year!

Lydia S. said...

If it makes you feel better I have been to a theater a grand total of three times...and I'm not a kid any more! :) I think I just got into the habit of waiting until the movie came to Redbox or better yet, the library.

I saw the "Jar Project" on Pinterest just a few days ago and loved the idea! I am planning on doing it in 2016! I liked all of your little joys. Thanks for sharing with us.

We must have pretty similar reading tastes! Many of the books on your list I have either read, or have on my Goodreads, to-read list!

Natalie said...

Happy New Year!
I too count going to the movie theater a big occurrence. I even count discovering a new-to-me movie and loving it as big occurrence. ;) heehee
Star Wars was definitely one of the biggest this year!! :D

Savannah Perran said...

Happy New Year!
The 'Jar Project' is such a good idea, I'll have to try it this year!
And I agree that going to the theater is definitely a note-worthy occurrence :).

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