Hello, 2015! Goal: Read 30 books this year.
Do you have a reading goal too?
For the year 2014, I was only able to read 11 new books even though I aimed for 30. Mainly because I got very busy with work and I kept re-reading my favorite books. The competitive side of me is pretty bummed about this, so this new year, I’ll aim for the same number of 30 new books and try harder to achieve that goal.
And so we have reached number 1 on the 12 days of Christmas series! (Also, I’m sorry if ever the same post appears more than once in your reader. I think there’s some kind of glitch going on with my posts…)
the 1st day before Christmas Day, Hazy (and Weatherly) recommend:
BOOK – Being Happy! by Andrew Matthews
This is a wonderful book. It’s simple, funny, uplifting, engaging, and inspiring. It offers wonderful advice on how to live a happier life and encourages us to keep a positive outlook in life. And it has illustrations done by the author himself. It’s a very enjoyable and helpful read.
- When we see the news stories which portray the plight of starving around the globe, we all ache inside for them. Each of us may have a different view as to how they can be helped, but we all care.
- The happiest people don’t worry too much about whether life is fair or not, they just get on with it.
- You deserve love and respect just because you are you.
SONG – “Angels We Have Heard on High” by Pentatonix
Glooooooooooooooooria in excelsis Deo!
Merry Christmas, everyone! 🙂
On the 2nd day before Christmas, Hazy (and Weatherly) recommend:
BOOK – Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
I love this book. It’s definitely one of my favorites. It’s a wonderful and touching story that makes us re-evaluate your priorities in life. It reminds us how precious and short life is, and how we shouldn’t take things & people we love for granted. We should learn how to slow down in our busy lives and take the time to appreciate how lucky we are to be alive and be surrounded by people who care about us. We should always try to love one another and make a positive difference in each other’s lives.
- “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” – Morrie
- “This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It’s knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.”
- “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”
- “Dying is only one thing to be sad over. Living unhappily is something else.”
SONG – “Mary, Did You Know?” by Pentatonix
Amazing. Just. Wow. The first time I listened to their version, it gave me goosebumps because of how beautifully they sung the lyrics.
Go on, please take a listen. 🙂
Being the often forgetful person that I am, I forgot to schedule the last three posts to publish automatically. Oh, well. Here we go!
On the 3rd day before Christmas, Hazy (and Weatherly) recommend:
BOOK – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
My favorite book in the trilogy. Mostly because Eowyn was awesome. And of course, good prevailed over evil.
- “What do you fear, lady?” Aragorn asked.
“A cage,” Éowyn said. “To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.”
- “I wished to be loved by another,” Éowyn answered. “But I desire no man’s pity.”
- “Do not throw your life away rashly or in bitterness.” – Gandalf [to Faramir]
SONG – “Silent Night” by Pentatonix
Beautiful arrangement. Seriously. My favorite part starts around the 1:57 mark. 🙂
On the 4th day before Christmas, Hazy (and Weatherly) recommend:
BOOK – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling
When I first read this book back in 2000, I got sucked into its world. It wasn’t a difficult read, and it was interesting. I thought the characters were fun and relatable (even though I’m a muggle). And so, every time Ms. Rowling released a Harry Potter book, I eagerly read it and usually finished it in a day because I found it very hard to put it down!
SONG – “Sleigh Ride” by Pentatonix
I’ve never ridden a sleigh. Have you? Looks like fun.
On the 5th day before Christmas, Hazy (and Weatherly) recommend:
BOOK STORY– “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Because of the animal element, the story reminded me a bit of Dupin and the orangutan situation in “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe (I read that story first before this one). Though I think I liked this one better than Poe’s.
Quite an interesting case; a locked room kind of case. I wish I were as excellent at deductions as Mr. Holmes. He’s amazing, isn’t he?
SONG – “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Pentatonix
Like Santa, I like giving away presents on Christmas day (but I’m a bit more thrifty than Santa, I think. Budgetary restrictions 😀 )
Are you all done with your holiday shopping?