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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Reading goals 2017


# 22 Britannia road
A
Bel canto
C
D
Eyre affair
F
G
H
I
Jim henson
K
L
M
N
Other einstein
P
Q is for quarry
The Rook
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Zoo keepers wife

12 book club books
Jan in sheep's clothing
Feb a different class
March
April
May
June
July
August
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec

Whispersync books
1 golden egg
2 rock with wings
3 state of fear
4 murder on the orient express
5 everything you wanted me to be
6 constellation of a vital phenomena
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52

Historical fiction
1 by fire by water
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Non fiction
1 immortal life of Henrietta lacks
2 under a flaming sky
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Oldest kindles
1 sacred hearts
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Really want to read
1 the one in a million boy
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Road trips
1 a daughters walk
2
3

Summer books
1
2
3

Thrillers
1 the snowman
2 mystic river
3 under the knife

Watery books
1 the girl who came home
2 sweet salt air
3
4
5
6

Winter books
1
2
3

Christmas books
1
2
3

Main missed 15
10

Oldest 32
20

Read goal 500
392

To read 300
434



a book recommended by a librarian
a book of letters
a book with a season in the title
a book about an immigrant or refugee
a book set in California
An inspirational book
a book that's been mentioned in another book
a book with a month or day in the title
a book written by someone you admire
a book that becomes a movie in 2017
a book set around a holiday that is not Christmas
a book you bought on a trip
a book recommended by an author you love
a best seller from 2016
a book by an author that uses a pseudonym
a book involving travel

a book with a subtitle
Crossing the bar
The adventures of a San Francisco bay bar pilot

a book that makes you smile
a book from a nonhuman perspective

a book with multiple authors
The finest hours

a novel set during wartime
Between shades of gray

a book that takes place over a characters life time
The story of beautiful girl

the first book in a series
Blue eyes blonde hair

a nyt best seller
Pretty girls

a book involving a mythical creature
The bear and the nightingale

a book with a red cover
The round house 

a book with the main character a different ethnicity than you are
Spider woman's daughter

a book with a family member in the title
Silent sister

an audio book
Little deaths

a book about a difficult topic
Mystic river

a book with an eccentric character
How to start a fire

 book published in 2017
Behind her eyes

a book with pictures
Everything everything

a book based on mythology
Neverwhere

a book by a person of color
Hidden figures 


A book set in the wilderness
State of wonder

a book about an interesting woman
Signature of all things

an espionage thriller
An eye for an eye

a book over 600 pages
Cutting for stone

a book with a story in the story
The bookshop on the corner

a book with a cat on the cover
The lion in the living room

a book with an unreliable narrator
Shutter island 

a book by an author from a country you have never visited
And every morning the way home gets longer and longer

a best seller from a genre you don't normally read
Hidden bodies

A book with a single word title
Superficial

a book you loved as a child
A tree grows in Brooklyn

a book with a title that is a characters name
Pax

a book set in two time periods
Cooking for Picasso

a book set in a hotel
A gentleman in Moscow

a book from a genre you never read
The course of love

a book by or about a person with a disability
Imagine me gone

a book that's been too long on your tbr list
The mysterious Benedict society


GOAL 212!



Per month

2 alpha
Book club
5 Whispersync
Historical
Non fiction
Oldest
Really want
2 challenge
2 genre 

reading goals 2016

~goal 150 books~
READ 219



goal 100 kindles
1… fates and furies ***.*
2… firebird ****.*
3… tomorrowland *****
4… the lathe of heaven ****
5… the storyteller *****
6 ...the bookseller ****·*
7… this is your life Harriet chance ****·*
8 ... the mountains between us ***
9… the betty Davis club ***
10... in the heart of the sea **
11… children of god *****
12 …the lightkeepers *****
13 …the short drop *****
14 ...boys in the trees *****
15…guttenbeg's apprentice
16 good neighbor **·*
17 …the sleeper and the spindle ****
18 …the amazing adventures of kavalier and clay ****·*
19 The man without a shadow **
20 the day the world came to town *****
21 winter garden ***·*
22 second glance *****
23 rosemary, the hidden Kennedy ****·*
24 silver lining playbook ****·*
25 point of direction ***·*
26 girl underwater ****
27 lost cat *****
28 keep moving ****·*
29 an ember in the ashes ****·*
30 salt to the seas *****
31 letters to the lost ***
32 Tracks ****·*
33 the readers of the broken wheel recommend ***
34 upstairs at the white house *****
35 the high mountains of Portugal ****·*
36 the maturalist ***·*
37 the girl you left behind ***
38 category five *
39 angels game *****
40 the nest ****·*
41 Kennedy wives ****·*
42 first wives ***·*
43 border town *
44 lost canyon *
45 the prisoner of heaven ****·*
46 the life we bury ****·*
47 Britt Marie was here *****
48 find a way ****·*
49 the passenger ****·*
50 the improbability of love *****
51 lab girl **·*
52 challenger deep ****·*
53 the lilac girls ****·*
54 the edge of lost ****·*
55 the summer before the war *****
56 wild by nature ****
57 the last painting of Sara De vos ****
58 the underside of joy ****
59 just one damned thing after another *****
60 Roman holiday ****·*
61 the first rule of swimming ****·*
62 barbarian days **·*
63 my brilliant friend ****
64 we are all damaged ****·*
65 end of watch ****·*
66 when breath becomes air *****
67 the rainbow comes and goes *****
68 those who save us *****
69 at the edge of the orchard ****·*
70 eight minutes *
71 little sister ***.*
72 a murder in time ****·*
73 under the influence *****
74 before the fall *****
75 tangled vines *****
76 spill simmer falter wither *****
77 a new name **
78 the city bakers guide to country living ****·*
79 the presidents hat *****
80 the fate of mercy Alban ***·*
81 we could be beautiful ****·*
82 Mr Fox ****·*
83 the woman in cabin ten ****·*
84 the star of the sea ***
85 the wild inside ****
86 all the missing girls ****·*
87 heroes on the frontier ***
89 fall of marigolds ****·*
90 out of sorts ****
91 I am thinking of ending things ****·*
92 ice twins ****·*
93 aviators wife ****·*
94 I still dream about you *****
95 the girl with all the gifts *
96 a week in winter ****·*
97 prayers for sale ***·*
98 and then there were none ****·*
99 the girl with no shadow *****
100 the lost girls ***·*
101 a symphony of echoes ****·*
102 the bees ****·*
103 lost in Shangrila *****
104 I will always write back *****
105 the impossible lives of Gretna wells ***·*
106 the hundred foot journey **
107 the genius of birds ***
108 leaving Lucy pear ***
109 the hike ****·*
110 we are water *****
111 800 grapes ***·*
112 missing presumed ***
113 the wonder ****
114 all is not forgotten ****·*
115 a torch against the night **
116 what she knew ****
117 Henry and Tom.*****
118 tales of the peculiar *****
119 today will be different *****
120 last days of night ****·*
121 two family house ***·*
122 the soul of an octopus ***·*
123 don't you cry ***·*
124 everyone brave is forgiven *****
125 the edge of night *****
126 small great things *****
127 I let you go ***·*
128 the bad ass librarians of Timbuktu ***
129 love and lemons ****·*
130 peaches for monsieur de cure *****
131 this is where it ends **
132 truly madly guilty ****·*
133 poisonfeather ****
134 the good luck of right now ****·*
135 an invisible thread ****·*
136 the city of dreaming books *****
137 dear Mr m ****·*
138 the comet seekers ***·*
139 lost horizon ****·*
140 times arrow **
141 Pioneer woman cooks ****
142 to the bright edge of the world ****
143 the boat rocker  ***·*
144 the fall guy ***·*
145 Atlantis gene ****·*
146 life in a jar *****
147 fortunes ***
148 vanishing year ***
149 crooked liars ***·*
150 the curious charms of Arthur pepper *****
151 Kathy Griffin ***·*
152 the other side of ice ****
153 rejected writers book club ***·*
154 In such good company  ****·*

155 billionaires vinegar ***·*
156 I'll take you there *****
157 the nine of us *****
158 Alice i have been ****·*
159 Terranauts ****·*
160 old ways ****
161 turning tables ***·*
162 handmade tales ***
163 13th gift ****
164 eagle tree
165 christmas present ****
166 a child is born ****
168 the whole town is talking ****·*
169 the faithful ***·*
170 miracles from heaven ****·*
171 shepherd abiding ****
172 gentlemen and players *****
173 Atlantis plague ****
174 the book of strange new things ***·*
175 New England soup factory cookbook ****·*
176 how to be  a wildflower ****
177 down the rabbit hole.  ****·*
178 the Paris architect *****
179 Christmas at the hummingbird inn ****·*
180 obituary writer *****
181 mistletoe at moonlit **
182 the girl in the green beret *****
183 angels in my hair
184 hero **
185 how I spent my time while you were breeding *****
186 cyberstorm ****·*
187 you *****
188 orhans inheritance ***
189 mysterious island *****
190 Disneyland ****·*



goal 25 library books

1 ... gourmet rhapsody *****

2 ranger confidential *****·*
3 harry truman's excellent adventure ***.*
4 grayson ****
5 the thing about jellyfish ***·*
6 where the dead pause and the Japanese say goodbye ***·*
7 at home in the garden *****
8 krakatoa ***
9 blue mind ***·*
10 how the soldier repaired the gramaphone ****·*
11 Blankets *
12 1000 naked people ****
13 the forgetting time ****·*
14 two if by sea *****
15 love letters to the dead ***·*
16 no one knows ***
17 the yellow lighted bookshop ***·*
18 rowing to latitude *****
19 pilgrims guide to Camino de Santiago *****
20 the people in the photo ****
21 bird artist ****
22 the figs table ***
23  a platter of gigs and other recipes ***
24 fig heaven **·*
25 Lily and the octopus *****
26 ways to disappear ****·*
27 beaches *****



goal 25 books i own

1 The city bakers guide to country living ****·*
2 forest feast gatherings *****

additional goals

a book based on a fairy tale
…The sleeper and the spindle…

a national book award winner
...fates and cities...

a ya bestseller
…the thing about jellyfish…

a book set in California
...the betty davis club...

a book translated to English

…How the soldier repairs the gramophone…

a romance set in the future
...the children of god...

a book set in Europe

...firebird...

a book under 150 pages

...gourmet rhapsody...

a nyt bestseller
An ember in the ashes

a book becoming a movie this year
Miracles from heaven

a book a family member recommended
...the moutain between us...

a book you can finish in a day
…Tomorrow land…

a book written by a celebrity
...boys in the trees...

a political memoir
Rosemary, the hidden Kennedy

a book more than 600 pages
…the amazing adventures of kavalier and clay … 627

a science fiction novel
…the lathe of heaven…

a book published in 2016

...the lightkeeper

a book that takes place in summer
…ranger confidential…

a book and its prequel
Book angels game *****

Prequel

The prisoner of heaven ****·*

a murder mystery
…the short drop…

a book written by a comedian
Lost cat

a dystopian novel
The girl with all the gifts

a book with a blue cover
...this is your life harriet chance...

the first book you see in a bookstore
…At home in the garden…

a classic from the 20th century
...and then there were none...

a book from the library
…the storyteller…

an autobiography
1000 naked people

a book about a road trip
...harry truman's excelent adventure…

a book about a culture you are unfamiliar with
…Where the dead pause and the Japanese say goodbye…

A graphic book

…blankets *

a satirical book
...The presidents hat...

an international best seller
The readers if the broken wheel recommend

a book that takes place on an island
…Krakatoa…

a book that's guaranteed to bring you joy 
...grayson…

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

a sparkling christmas

with so much inspiration in this big beautiful book, the novel bakers continue with one more day sharing a christmas all through the south.
now that the santa boat parade is behind us, the lighthouse is lit and the chocolate martini is nothing but a fond memory, its time to make more memories for the season. like taking in ...
living so close to wine country we decided to go on the 9th annual gingerbread house winery contest, where 6 wineries compete with their own gingerbread houses.


oh it sounded so fun, i have seen some stunning gingerbread houses in my lifetime, like the grand floridian hotel in disney world...

face it, wine country is rich, i thought oh what marvelous sites we will see!
are you catching my bah humbug...
it was a total grinch of xmas idea...
only one even used real gingerbread!
 
as a native cal gal i know exactly what they are trying to share here, the vines climbing the rolling green hills, but all I could think about was the volcano we all made in elementary school that looks like its ready to explode!
at least this was made of gingerbread and smelled divine, but rather an odd theme... until you notice the 3 three labs lounging around the vineyards. their dogs are very much a part of this winery!
your could almost think it had been hit by their darling old truck...
 even if the gingerbread houses were not what we were expecting, it is always fun to get out and explore and visit new sights over the holidays ;-)
of course, with all this gingerbread on the brain i could not wait to get home to try...





for this recipe alone, its worth BUYING THIS BOOK!
 



keeping with the lighthouse theme, my holiday table is adorned in nothing but glass with bright lights and silver, the sunlight plays magic all day long dancing beams through the glass, at night, the lights sparkle and shine so bright from the street it looks like a beacon (for nasa)!
 
























time to enjoy our yule time feast, although we pared down the menu, the recipes i tried were ALL excellent! but i am still swooning over the gingerbread soufflé ;-)
 















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