Saturday, January 10, 2015

What I Read in 2014

Okay, I know it's taken me a little bit longer, but I've finally put together my list of books that I read in 2014! This is becoming somewhat of an annual tradition for me, and I really enjoy the opportunity to look back and reflect on what I've read over the last year.

Some of these are going to look a bit familiar to you. After all, I wrote about 6 of them for my Librarian's Corner series, they're highlighted so that you can find them, and if you click on the (**) symbol next to them, it'll take you straight to the post!

I kind of wanted to do a big break-down of what I read, like I did last year, but it seems a bit too overwhelming with this many books, plus, I kind of want to move on with my life. So instead, let me take just 1 minute (ok, maybe 2) to tell you about some of my favorites this year.

Favorite GN (graphic novel) series I finished this year: Preacher by Garth Ennis, and you can read all about why I loved it in my Librarian's Corner post about it.

Favorite "new" series I started this year: The Temperance Brennan novels by Kathy Reichs. You probably know Dr. Brennan from the TV show Bones, but this Tempe is a completly different woman, and the series has almost nothing to do with the show. Very enjoyable though. I'm on book 9 right now, and I can't put it down long enough to write...

Favorite book by new author: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (and other lessons from the crematory) by Caitlin Doughty, AKA Ask a Mortician on YouTube. Her channel is awesome, and not for the faint-of-heart, or those not into talking about dead bodies. Her book was everything I had hoped it was going to be, filled with gory details and touching stories. Just like the show.

Favorite book that made me cry: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. There's so much I could write about this book, that I'm not even going to try. Just go read it, seriously (if you haven't already), and bring a tissue, or 20. And then see the movie, trust me.

Okay, you're bored. On with the list:

  1. The Walking Dead: This Sorrowful Life by Robert Kirkman
  2. The Walking Dead: The Calm Before by Robert Kirkman
  3. Faked to Death by Dean James
  4. No Time to Lose by Peter Piot
  5. The Walking Dead: Made to Suffer by Robert Kirkman
  6. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
  7. Decorated to Death by Dean James
  8. Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy Frost & Gail Steketee
  9. A Curious Man by Neal Thompson
  10. Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  11. The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  12. Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman
  13. The Walking Dead: Here We Remain by Robert Kirkman
  14. Baked to Death by Dean James
  15. Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood by Leah Vincent
  16. My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places by Mary Roach
  17. Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween by Melissa Atkins Wardy
  18. Round Ireland With a Fridge by Tony Hawks
  19. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  20. Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson
  21. Ruby's Diary: Reflections on All I've Lost and Gained by Ruby Gettinger
  22. Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth
  23. Operation Beautiful: Transforming the Way You See Yourself One Post-it Note at a Time by Caitlin Boyle
  24. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Chris Hadfield
  25. Paper Towns by John Green
  26. A Long Day at the End of the World by Brent Hendricks
  27. The Fault in Our Stars
  28. Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
  29. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  30. Call the Midwife
  31. Breath by Donna Jo Naopli
  32. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
  33. The Walking Dead: What We Become by Robert Kirkman
  34. This Bloody Mary is the Last Thing I Own: A Journey to the End of Boxing by Jonathan Rendall
  35. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  36. Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt (**)
  37. The Walking Dead: Fear the Hunters by Robert Kirkman
  38. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
  39. The Walking Dead: Life Among Them by Robert Kirkman
  40. Preacher: Dixie Fried by Garth Ennis
  41. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum
  42. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
  43. Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs
  44. Preacher: War in the Sun by Garth Ennis
  45. The Bookseller of Kabul by ├ůsne Seierstad
  46. The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates
  47. Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs
  48. Xenocide by Orson Scott Card (**)
  49. Yes Means Yes by Jaclyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti
  50. Mommy Man: How I Went from Mind-Mannered Geek to Gay Superdad by Jerry Mahoney
  51. Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
  52. Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
  53. Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
  54. Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity by Anne Elizabeth Moore (**)
  55. The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by Dee William
  56. Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
  57. Like No Other by Una LaMarche (**)
  58. Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs
  59. First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen by Charlie Lovett
  60. The Snarkout Boys and The Avocado of Death by Daniel Pinkwater (**)
  61. Feminism Encounters Traditional Judaism by Tova Hartman
  62. Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman
  63. Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs
  64. Victoria: A Life by A. N. Wilson
  65. The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman by Ben H. Winters
  66. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  67. The Mathematician's Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer
  68. Ex Machina: The First Hundred Days by Brian K. Vaughan
  69. Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudson
  70. Ex Machina: Tag by Brian K. Vaughan
  71. Preacher: Salvation by Garth Ennis
  72. Preacher: All Hell's A-Coming by Garth Ennis
  73. Ex Machina: Fact v. Fiction by Brian K. Vaughan
  74. Preacher: Alamo by Garth Ennis
  75. Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull
  76. Ex Machina: Smoke, Smoke by Brian K. Vaughan
  77. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
  78. Ex Machina: Power Down by Brian K. Vaughan
  79. Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life as a Country Vet by Dr. Jan Pol
  80. Ex Machina: Ex Cathedra by Brain K. Vaughan
  81. Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal by J. Jack Halberstam
  82. Ex Machina: Ring Out the Old by Brian K. Vaughan
  83. Ex Machina: Term Limits by Brian K. Vaughan
  84. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  85. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
  86. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
  87. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  88. The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years by Rebecca Hains
  89. Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado
  90. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg & Hannah Green
  91. Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
  92. Ex Machina: Dirty Tricks by Brian K. Vaughan
  93. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
  94. Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek & T. J. Mitchell

My husband and I are both doing a reading challenge for 2015,  so expect to see a post about that at some point in the near future. And of course, we'll be back to our regularly scheduled Librarian's Corner on the 21st of Jan, see you then!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2014 Wrap-Up

Okay here it is, my year-in-review post for 2014. Just a few days late, no biggie. I had a lot of fun sitting down last year (err, 2 years ago? err, Dec 2013) and thinking about all of the wonderful things that had happened to me, and that I had done over the year. I got married in 2013, so I figured that was going to be the highlight of my year, but when I sat down, I got a chance to review all of the other amazing things about the year.

So of course, I couldn't wait to do it again for 2014. I didn't get married this year, but it was still pretty damned fun. Let me tell you all about it.

In January, my husband and I got to go to Washington D.C. for a conference. We turned the whole thing into a mini-vacation that we both badly needed. We got to see the National Zoo, and more Smithsonians than you can shake a stick at. (Seriously, all of the Smithsonian museums have free admission, you're welcome). We also got to spend time with my aunt & uncle who the train up from Baltimore to spend an afternoon with us at the National Air & Space Museum.

The National Air & Space Museum, and yes, it was free!

In March I celebrated my 26th birthday (and my 1st as a married lady), and got my brand new Asus laptop (it has a touch-screen & a back-lit keyboard), that I love so so so much!

In May we went to New York to dance at my niece's wedding! It was so much fun, and so beautiful, and it was a wonderful chance to get to celebrate a happy occasion with my husband's side of the family. I also got to meet my sister-in-law (who lives in Israel) for the first time. It was a wonderful time, and I know that the "new" couple is happy because.... baby is on the way! She's due this March, and I've already got plans for a baby-blanket for her!
Of course we visited the New York Public Library!

May was also the month that I started graduate school. I'm working towards getting my Master's in Library and Information Science (yes, I want to be a librarian... shocking). This is by far the single biggest thing that happened to me in 2014. Graduate school was a big decision for me (historically, school and I have not gotten along all that well), and it took the rest of the year for me to figure out whether or not it was the right decision.
Even though it's still sucking up all of my free time, I'm 4 classes in (1/3 of the way through), and I finally know that I made the right choice. (Remind me of that in about 3.5 months when finals roll around again, will ya?)

In July we went to the 43rd Pennsic War, my second one ever. We had a blast, and got to spend time with some friends who I hadn't seen in over 5 years. I'm already making lots of plans for next Pennsic, and we'll have a lot of SCA-related projects coming up over the next few months, so keep an eye out for those.

The field battle

In August we celebrated our first anniversary. It was a very special day, and of course, we spent it at the zoo.

October brought a promotion at work. I went from being a page to being a Library Assistant. I'm working in the same department, with the same people, but more hours, more money and benefits! It's an amazing job, and I love it every single day. Even when I'm dealing with "Problem Patrons".

In November my mother and I made our own Thanksgiving for the second time ever! It was a little stressful since my in-laws were coming over, but it was a lot of fun and everything came out delicious, if I do say so myself.

These are just the leftovers!

And I think that's about for big events this year. I did a lot of crafting this year, and of course, made a lot of delicious food (I'm looking at you turkey), played some amazing video games, and over-all had a blast. I don't want to talk about every single awesome thing, 'cause that's what the last year of blogging was for! Go browse, take a look. I'll wait.

In the mean time, I'm going to go ahead and get started on making 2015 just as amazing (if not more so) than 2014 was! Bye!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

I really don't know where the last year has gone. It seems like the time has just flown by since I was here writing my Happy 2014 post. Seriously, has anyone seen the last 365 days?

This time last year I resolved to make 2014 as awesome as possible. And do you know what? I pretty much did! I had an amazing year packed with so many fun and amazing things, I can't possibly tell you about them all right now.

I wanted to write a year-end wrap-up post in December, like I did for 2013, but like I said, the time flew away from me before I even had a chance to sit down and open up my lap-top. But don't worry, I'm still going to recap and reminisce. Stay tuned in the next few days for that post. And stay tuned also for my upcoming What I read in 2014 post. Spoiler alert: It was a lot.

But for right now, I'm just going to wish you all a happy and healthy new year, filled with amazing times with family and friends.

Happy 2015!