Farewell, 2014. Hello, 2015!

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.

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[12 Days of Christmas] #12: A Mouse and a Sugar Plum Fairy

Christmas is my favorite holiday, so I thought, “Why not do a countdown to Christmas 2014?” And here we are. A song and a book recommendation to try and brighten the holiday/winter break.

Since it’s a countdown, I figured I should probably start with #12.

On the 12th day before Christmas, Hazy (and Weatherly) recommend:

The_Tale_of_Despereaux_coverBOOK – The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s a very nice story of love, hope, bravery, forgiveness, and redemption. The story has a good flow and the narrative is easy to follow.

Quick Quotes

Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. – Gregory

Forgiveness, reader, is, I think, something very much like hope and love – a powerful, wonderful thing. And a ridiculous thing, too.

“Despereaux,” she whispered. And then she shouted it, “Despereaux!” Reader, nothing is sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name. Nothing.

SONG – Well, technically, music.  Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Pentatonix.


I love Pentatonix! They’re an awesome a capella group.

I think all the holiday songs I’ll be posting would be their version. Yes, yes, I think that’s how it’s gonna be. 😀

[Book Review] The Tale of Despereaux

The_Tale_of_Despereaux_coverTitle: The Tale of Despereaux
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Published: 2003 by Candlewick Press
Recommended for ages 7-12 and up


Here’s a description from the author’s website:

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. And what happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: “Reader, it is your destiny to find out.”

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