I wish I could say that I am kicking butt on my goals so far this year. WAIT! Why not? Yes, I think I will just go ahead and say it and maybe it will come true.
Actually, I can’t say I’m doing poorly on the goals thing, especially considering I haven’t posted/written any goals for public viewing or even in-my-own-mind sorted out exactly.
I keep thinking I want to read a ton more books published in 2016 and that probably means I need to do more research, because:
- I don’t have the best method for finding out which of these books I need to know about and want to read. Does that even make sense? How do you all get your MUST-READ-CUZ-PUB’D-SOON lists? I can honestly say that if you tweet about it and I see it, I might thus be aware. Otherwise, I have never sought this information and thus don’t know where it should come from. [I am not even sure how you all people know about the Hamilton soundtrack and how it is best acquired. I’m can be so OUT OF IT. I know you can probably buy a CD of it? Do people do that anymore? Is it on Pandora? I really need a nice teenager in my life to explain pop culture and how it works these days. It’s funny how as you age, you really don’t know how far away from NOW stuff you can get…]
- I need to know other bloggers who do fabulous job of reading the “recently published”.
Go ahead, give me that look and ask: “Care, why are you wanting to read the newest books? What has gotten into you?!” OK, here it is. I was so sad that I hadn’t read ANY of the books on the LONG LIST of the Tourney of Books that I want to be ready for the one that happens in 2017. That means I have to read all the cool 2016 books. Right? RIGHT.
Now, let’s talk movies.
I must see The Painted Veil starring Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber. Now. Today. It’s a MUST. Finished the book yesterday. O.M.G. Very good.
It’s awards season and I haven’t seen many of the hot flicks. And then Shannon publishes a read/watch list for 2016 and I haven’t even read the books!
Rant: I swear, when people ask me what I do all day, since I don’t have a J-O-B “Aren’t you bored?” and I have all these books to read and movies to watch and dogs to walk and fitness goals to fit in and pies to bake and volunteer things to do, I know I must give them the dirtiest of looks. Bored?! HELL NO, I’m not bored! It doesn’t cost money to be entertained if you have a library. BORED?! Seriously. If you have to ask that of me, you don’t know me at all and I don’t know you. Plus, I do have a job; I substitute teach. Not every day, of course because of all stuff I have somehow signed up to help with. I’m running three websites, two of which need major attention, a Tech group to plan fun things for, and a seed of an idea to be a one-on-one tech trainer as a business, and holy guacomole… And I do send resumes out for that possibly J-O-B, I do. Lightening hasn’t hit yet there. No company has been deemed worthy of my talents yet. Whole ‘nother topic. End-rant.
I’m trying to keep up, really I am.
Movies I want to see because I read the book: The Book Thief, Sister Carrie, Slaughterhouse Five, Apocalypse Now (Heart of Darkness), Dark Places, The Martian, Me Before You (March 2016)
Books to read soon! Americanah, Child44, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, HHhH, The Zookeeper’s Wife, The Wife (by Meg Wolitzer – I don’t think I have read any buzz of this — I have yet to read this author. Yikes)
And Colin Firth plays in Genius. Just last week, when I was researching Cry, the Beloved Country – which is on my Classics 50 list and I wrongly assumed as a bad stupid American that Alan Paton was black because he was from Africa – yep. Anyway, the movie Genius is about the Max Perkins, the editor of Cry, the Beloved Country and Hemingway and Fitzgerald and … So I had read the Wiki page on him only to find out they are doing a movie about him starring Firth. And then Shannon suggests we read the book upon which the film is based. Interesting? coinky-dink? See, I do know stuff sometimes, I do.
RIP David Bowie. I’ve read nine of the books on his list of 100 Favorite Books. Cool.
I will be tracking books I read that mention pie. Officially tracking, that is. Just adding another column to the tracking list. Oh, you noticed my new title for the blog, I assume? Working on it!
January 23 is a Pie Day. Put it on your calendar and start thinking of what kind of pie you might want to bake or seek out to purchase from a reputable pie pastry bakery or restaurant.
I will continue to read classics and work on the What’s in a Name Challenge and the Back to the Classics Challenge. I am looking forward to more readalongs and open to suggestion. Andi and I spontaneously erupted into a buddy-read of The Painted Veil last weekend – what fun! There is chat for a Germinal read in the fall.
Happy 2016 – may it be a wonderful year of exciting reads.
That is all. Thank you.