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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

reading wrap up 2013~

2013 year i gave myself a set of reading rules... i failed :-( i am a happy reader, which means when life is good i am always enjoying a book. when i am in flux, reading falls the wayside, i cannot sit calm or long enough to get lost in words... this was a year of transition. in august my reading fell off a cliff, just when my husband decided it was time to change jobs. good-bye the regular routine, hello big changes, good bye books.

my rules were simple,

1~i will read 100 kindle books

2~i will read 25 books i own

3~i will only order 25 books from the library...

4~i will only buy a new book for every 10 i read on kindle

i did allow myself to slide with this simple escape

exceptions...

if i meet 1, there is no limit on 3

regarding 4, you can add if they are really cheap and just to irresistible ignore...

and my results were~

#1 i read only 44 out of 100, i was saving them for year end :-(

#2 i met goal of 25 and read 33

3# i cheated and read twice as many plus, 56... i will not spend over $9.99 for kindle books, when new books come out i always use the library according to kindle price. i like new books...

#4 that was a huge joke, technically i should have only bought 4 books, i bought 191 new books in 2013~

i only read 133 books this year, with all the changes i understand why, i would have been on target with my normal 160-175 books, but life in got in the way. this year things are still fractured, we live between 2 houses now, never really settling in by being on the move all the time, plus i am dealing with a terminally ill dog, which has me sobbing almost daily. i just don't read when times aren't smooth and easy.

i don't think i will worry to much about my reading goals this year. i miss good books like old friends, i know i will find my way back to them, i have purchased so many wonderful books i am eager to get lost in time where i read 2 and 3 books in a day. it will come. my plan for 2014 is to read 150 books, at least 100 on my kindle. i love my kindles, so many features books lack, its my go to format now, i even bought kindle books when i own the hardcopies, i just love the dictionary and internet connection so much more i couldn't resist a good sale.

wishing you good reads in 2014~

below was my original post jan 1 2013







1~i will read 100 kindle books

2~i will read 25 books i own

3~i will only order 25 books from the library...

4~i will only buy a new book for every 10 i read on kindle









exceptions...

if i meet 1, there is no limit on 3

regarding 4, you can add if they are really cheap and just to irresistible ignore...



~~~current results and ratings~~~

kindle
1 on whale island *****
2 mamans homesick pie *****
3 under the sea wind **
4 married to bhutan ***
5 the girl who fell from the sky *****
6 child 44 ****
7 two old fools on a camel ****
8 the family fang *****
9 to the field of stars *****
10 french dirt ***.*
11 fearless *****
12 the lake of dead languages ****
13 swell *
14 pigeon pie murder **.*
15 mr rosenblum dreams in english *****
16 the frozen Rabbi **
17 the eigth scroll ***.*
18 miss dreamsville... ****.*
19 seeing things ***
20 antonia and her daughters *****
21 inbox full *** lending library
22 mermaid of brooklyn **.*
23 me and mrs kennedy *****
24 adrift 76 days lost at sea ****
25 inbox full 2 ***.* lending library
26 life after life ****
27 the hare with amber eyes ****.*
28 the olive harvest *****
29 the olive route ***
30 the ocean at the end of the lane ****.*
31 the roots of the olive tree ****
32 under the olive tree novella ...
33 the egyptian ***
34 the last camellia ****.*
35 the art forger *****
36 one last thing before i go *****
37 11-22-63 *****
38 when i found you ****.*
39 the mermaid collector ****
40 the apple orhard ****.*
41 when we were the kennedy's ***.*
42 when you were older ****
43 where we belong ****.*
44 top 10 ca wine country ****

library
1 tell the wolves i'm home *****
2 the bartender's tale ***.*
3 the lion is in ****
4 sacre bleu ****.*
5 the middlesteins ****
6 memoirs of an imaginary friend *****
7 kitchen table wisdom **
8 the lavender lovers handbook ****
9 lavender ****
10 eight girls taking pictures ***
11 lemons and lavender **
12 lavender ***
13 ten years later ***
14 the edible flower garden ****
15 something missing ****.*
16 joseph anton a memoir ****
17 the honey thief ****
18 drinking and tweeting ****
19 the wave *****
20 the dinner *****
21 the netsuke *****
22 the end of the point ****.*
23 the supremes at earl's all you can eat ****
24 inferno *****
25 a tale for time being *****
26 death of bees ****.*
27 me before you ****.*
28 on the map ****
29 garden pools fountains and waterfalls ***
30 stylish sheds and elegant hideaways ****
31 gathering in the garden *****
32 the 50 mile bouquet ***
33 garden bouquets and beyond ****
34 ideas for great backyard cottages ****.*
35 slow flowers ***
36 jams, preserves, & edible gifts ****
37 grow cook eat ****
38 the garden table ****
39 pie it forward ****
40 the astronauts wife ****.*
41 food in jars ****
42 bake it like you mean it *****
43 homemade *****
44 homemade summer *****
45 homemade winter *****
46 dad is fat *****
47 from the kitchen of half truths ****.*
48 the picnic ****
49 picnic ***.*
50 the boys in the boat ****
51 picnic! ****
52 the worlds strongest librarian ****.*
53 frozen in time *****
54 the french market ***
55 the all girls filling station's last reunion ****.*
56 dog tripping ****

own
1 flowers ****
2 the lavender cookbook *****
3 lavender ****
4 cooking with flowers *****
5 to the last breath *****
6 the vanishing act ****
7 how to be an explorer of the world *****
8 coming back alive ****
9 come thou tortoise ****
10 may gibbs more than a fairy tale****.*
11 may gibbs mother of gumnuts ****
12 pistoulet *****
13 stories for nighttime and some for the day ***.*
14 the legend of the villa della lunna ****
15 dancing with the moon ****
16 circle of kindness ****.*
17 lavender fields of america *****
18 they draw and cook *****
19 illustrated cocktail recipes ***.*
20 the colorful vegetarian ****
21 garden parties ****
22 picnics of provence *****
23 picnics of tuscany *****
24 national geographics guide to public gardens ****
25 picnics and tailgates *****
26 the beach house cookbook ****
27 the picnic cookbook ****
28 winter cocktails ****.*
29 private edens
30 in and out of the garden
31 homemade *****
32 homemade summer *****
33 homemade winter *****

purchased
1 cheated already, 1/6, karen's fault, cheap kindle, what the heck, the family fang~ (loved it!)
2 kindle, a bargain, read it in 99, just want to own things i loved now, poisonwood bible (know i love it!)
3 legally bought swell, kindle sale a whale of a tale (horrid, awful purchase)
4 kindle sale gave rose garden a try...
5 kindle rook, price drop and over 500 pages
6 kindle, read some crummy books, just needed to get whole again, the pigeon pie mystery. (oy another bad choice and i so loved her first 2 books... )
7 kindle, sale on lamb, loved that book! (loved it, just want it to live in the clouds~)
8 flowers, just needed a spring splurge, ready to by scads of fresh new gorgeous hardcopies in prep of a new green house at the beach. (beautiful book)
9 oy, went on an amazon book splurge, 9-17, sometimes i just gotta have more! how to be an explorer of the world (loved it!)
10 the sweetness of forgetting
11 coming back alive (very tense reading! love me them sea tales...)
12 lavender: practical inspiration (wonderful book)
13 kindle, too bright to hear, too loud to see
14 kindle, roots of the olive tree (enjoyed it)
15 kindle, the mermaid collector (good book)
16 kindle, miss dreamsville (good book glad I did it!)
17 kindle, seeing things (so religious and i thought it was about huck...)
18 kindle, on sale, want to reread the classics, the magicians nephew, the chronicles of narnia 1
19 kindle, the lion, the witch and the wardrobe, the chronicles of narnia 2
20 kindle, the horse boy, the chronicles of narnia 3
21 kindle, me and mrs Kennedy, price reduction (excellent book!)
22 cooking with lavender, needed to spend for free shipping :-) (loved it!)
23 kindle, antonia and her daughters, had the library book but the font to small, besides i LOVE her books and just wanted to own it. downloaded on a rainy night in bed, does it get any better? (excellent!)
24 kindle, the silver lining playbook, they put it on sale...
25 shopping at amazon, i always add books when that happens... edible flower garden (read from library and loved)
26 lavender lovers handbook (love it)
27 just got amazon prime... look out below! the good dream
28 the vanishing act (very good)
29 summer and bird
30 telling the bees
31 may gibbs more than a fairy tale (such gorgeous prints!)
32 kindle, ahabs wife, price reduced 700 pages
33 binging, between kindle sales and prime i went wild this morn... kindle, the good house
34 kindle, an invisible thread
35 kindle, still alice
36 kindle, life after life (not as good as i hoped, like rewrites)
37 kindle, the orchardist
38 may gibbs, mother of gumnuts (really enjoyed it, too bad none of her work)
39 to the last breath (excellent, riveting)
40 come thou tortoise (oddly good!)
41 forgot i preordered mermaid of brooklyn for april 1st (could have skipped it...)
42 double oy, looking at managing my kindle and see on jan 1st i bot 3 books... kindle, to the field of stars (loved it!)
43 kindle, every last cuckoo
44 kindle, the moon flower vine
45 kindle, orphan train
46 kindle, the book of lost fragrances
47 kindle, sale thirteenth tale
48 kindle, reduced the round house
49 thanks to mary and her darling table i ordered the trilogy ... dancing with the moon (opps same as della luna)
50 the legend of villa della luna (just adorable)
51 the secrets of pistoulet (love love love this, adorable book, needs to be played with)
52 kindle, adrift 76 days lost at sea, price drop! (tense reading, wanted day 76!)
53 kindle, sale on a prayer for owen meany (loved it and just want it again)
54 the circle of kindness, so loved the others wanted them all for novel bakers (darling series!)
55 my abuela's table, looked enchanting at anthropolgy and enjoying my prime...
56 the hare with amber eyes, was talking to a friend about it, decided to just get it after on wish list for 3 years... (very good!)
57 this cold heaven, friend suggested it, and for a penny, sure!
58 kindle, one last thing before i go, was on sale (laugh out loud writing)
59 kindle, under the olive tree, it was free~ (repeat of under the olive tree)
60 lavender fields of america, bought at lavender festival :-) (loved it, written by the family that hosts the festival)
61 kindle, sale the ocean at the end of the lane (very good didn't know i knew this author already and was pleased)
62 kindle, sale the silver star
63 kindle binge, sale... animal dreams (love all her books)
64 kindle, sale pigs in heaven (read this decades ago, love her books)
65 kindle, sale bon courage
66 kindle, sale the promise of stardust
67 kindle, sale chaising fireflies
68 kindle, sale last camellia (loved it!)
69 finish this book
70 they draw and cook (very fun, laughed often)
71 the lavender cookbook (bot twice i love it for each house)
72 wreck this journal
73 this is not a book
74 mess
75 the best illustrated cocktail recipes (more like a pamphlet...)
76 the colorful vegetarian (some good recipes but not a book at all...)
77 garden parties (dated but good)
78 gathering in the garden (darling little book)
79 the illustrated olive farm, shopping spree for the novel bakers (loved it)
80 the olive farm (loved it)
81 a garden of fragrance
82 garden bouquets and beyond (wonderful ideas)
83 beatrix potters gardner yearbook
84 beatrix potter country cooking book
85 regional foods of southern italy
86 regional foods of northern italy
87 picnic
88 jams preserves and edible gifts (really loved the mix of recipes)
89 ideas for great backyard cottages (great ideas to build from)
90 the garden table (got if from the libray and wanted it)
91 kindle, pie if forward (got it from library, wanted recipes and good price)
92 kindle, where is my picnic basket (free and good!)
93 picnics of provence (very enjoyable!)
94 picnics of tuscany very enjoyable!
95 national geographics guide to public gardens (dated but great reference and so many pic ideas~)
96 kindle, love anthony, on sale
97 kindle, when we were strangers, on sale
98 kindle, walk me home, sale
99 kindle, tea and bees milk
100 kindle, anansi boys
101 kindle, a 1000 days in tuscany, (sale and loved it!)
102 kindle, measure of love sale
103 picnics and tailgates (really good ideas)
104 beach house cooking (liked it!)
105 kindle, as always julia
106 the picnic cookbook (good book)
107 kindle, the apple orchard (needed an apple book and really enjoyed it!)
108 kindle, when we were the kennedy's (wasn't as wild about as others)
109 everything is connected
110 kindle, sea creatures
111 kindle, never change
112 kindle, the valley of heaven and hell
113 kindle, the husbands secret
114 kindle, my life from scratch
115 kindle, behind the scenes at the museum
116 kindle, the night villa
117 kindle, the seduction of water
118 kindle, tender
119 kindle, v is for victor
120 kindle, unexpectedly milo
121 kindle, in arabian nights
122 kindle, an abundance of katherines
123 kindle, the midwifes confession
124 kindle, the chrysalsis
125 kindle, jesus, my father, the cia and me
126 kindle, forgotten country
127 kindle, the bakers daughter
128 kindle, the life list
129 kindle, i'll be seeing you
130 kindle, the book of secrets
131 kindle, lets take the long way home
132 kindle, the first rule of swimming
133 in and out of the garden
134 picnics
135 crazy ladies (loved it)
136 she flew the coop (loved it!)
137 hunting daylight
138 a perfect day for a picnic
139 picnic! recipes and menus for outdoor enjoyment
140 coastal living cookbook
141 kindle, the lion in the lei shop
142 kindle, serpent
143 kindle, don't let me go
144 kindle, to the moon and timbuktu
145 kindle, bel canto
146 kindle, a house in the sky
147 kindle, cherries from chauvets orchard
148 kindle, the avaitors wife
149 kindle, the habit
150 kindle, the girl who fell to the earth
151 kindle, the translator
152 kindle, girls like us
153 kindle, whatever you do don't run
154 kindle, blue-ribbon jalapeno society jubilee
155 kindle, the spare room
156 kindle, saltwater buddha
157 kindle, top ten ca wine country (for a local i really liked!)
158 kindle, the enchanted life of adam hope
159 kindle, galore
160 kindle, we are water
161 kindle, the memory thief
162 private edens
163 kindle, signature of all things
164 kindle, the last runaway
165 kindle, tomorrow there will be apricots
166 kindle, the gravity of birds
167 kindle, the universe vereses alex wood
168 kindle, comets tale
169 kindle, a week in winter
170 kindle, calling me home
171 homemade *****
172 homemade summer *****
173 homemade winter *****
174 kindle, the night rainbow
175 kindle, i cpature the castle
176 kindle, the valley of amazement
177 kindle, bake it like you mean it
178 kindle, the impossible life of greta wells
179 kindle, state of wonder
180 kindle, the sweetest hallelujah
181 kindle, the morning hours
182 kindle, the constellation of vital phenomena
183 kindle, second star to the right
184 kindle, goodnight june
185 kindle, peaches for monsieur le cure
186 kindle, the goldfinch
187 kindle, the kite runner
188 kindle, invisible girls
189 kindle, the soul of it all
190 kindle, man up
191 kindle, i like you

scotts kindle, they don't count for me at all, just want to see how many books we buy in a year~

1 argo
2 the flight of the century
3 the savage factory
4 blue gold

reviews are very subjective, i am a moody reader, i seek out what i feel or need at the moment, i average a book every other day. how i rate my books is not how well its written, its how it makes me feels, some books are glorious, others numb my senses. my ratings feel like this~

****** excellent, different, quirky, need to get back to it, made me cry
***** very good book, engaging, refreshing
*** just average, mainstream book, so so
** not for me, dull...
* forget it