I can't confirm for sure if it was exactly one year ago, but I seem to remember that last year on March 5th, Papa Greg's birthday (happy birthday, Papa Greg!), I was standing in our 5' x 5' kitchen, waiting for the movers to arrive to unload all of our
A year later, same weather, but seemingly totally different life. Things are just so different (easier) after you've had a year to settle in, and you no longer have a newborn on your hands (or 300 cardboard boxes, filled with who knows what).
Now, a reading update. Falling into the category "a book recommended by someone with great taste" is Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It was recommended by the author of the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy (and creator of the 2015 Reading Challenge), and I was truthfully skeptical. It's a Young Adult novel (not an issue for me though -- I'm not above reading YA), and falls into the Fantasty/Sci-Fi genre, which is what made me the most skeptical. But I decided to give it a go, because I think Modern Mrs. Darcy has great taste. It was an enjoyable book -- easy to read, but well written, and very clever. I'm currently reading the second book in the series, Scarlet. I'll probably take a break from the series after I finish this one though. I like the books, but I don't love, love, love them.
I finally finished the Harry Potter series, therefore Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows falls into the category of "a book you've been meaning to read." Considering it took me 11 years to read the entire series, I think it's a title well earned. I keep a list, which I started in May 2003, of all the books I finish. I searched the document for "Harry Potter": I finished the first book in the series January 3, 2004. I was appalled to discover that I read the 6th book twice: the two finish dates were 8/11/11 and 9/24/14. Obviously 9/24/14 was fairly recently, but I had no recollection of reading the book before then. Embarrassing.
My cousin Laura gave me some recommendations, one of which was Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (this book has also been recommended by Modern Mrs. Darcy). I decided just to go ahead and read it already, and it was amazing. Read it! Thank you, Laura!
I've tentatively chosen some titles for a couple of the other categories of the reading challenge:
--Matilda by Roald Dahl ("a book from your childhood")
--The Help by ("a book 'everyone' has read but you")
What do you, my readers, recommend for "a book you should have read in high school?"