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    Just finished Dixie & Blizzard. I didn't think I'd really like the series (my sister and I tend to have different ideas on what constitutes a good book), but I'm actually considering buying the rest of the books. The two I just read were books 7 and 9, so I'd like to read the complete series in order.

    I'm not sure what I'm going to read next, though. I guess I'll have to make a trip to the library soon!

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    I have changed a few things about my reading goals.
    At my count, it is around 80 with duplicates (books that
    can fall in to more than one category), so am altering my "goal" to eighty.
    At one time, I could have done it easily, not so much now with
    the computer ... so going to try to expand my horizons a little.

    1. I have a shelf full of books (18 books) that have been in my TBR
    pile for over a year.
    2, I also picked out 13 "classics" to read over the year.
    3. I am forming 2 groups of reading lists based on authors' names,
    one group of before 2004 (A-Z), the other group (A-Z) after 2004.
    4. I forgot ... 12 "spiritual" books, one per month. This will be
    "fun" because I have two full bookcases under that category LOL

    With all that said, I finished book #3 for the year last night.
    7 was written by Jen Hatmaker. I liked the book, which is about
    cutting down spending, being kinder to the earth, etc. by choosing,
    seven items to use or do without during each month. The first month
    she chose 7 foods that she would eat, only those foods for the entire
    month, with minimal spices and drink (water). The next month was
    7 items of clothing, only. She is a pastor's wife and does group lectures
    and traveling. One month they gave up all electronics".

    Although she gets a little "preachy" sometimes, I thought it was a good book,
    well written, and timely for me and probably others.

    Next book up is The Happiness Project. by Gretchen Rubin (from #1 above).
    I started it last year but got sidetracked. Since I started late, I picked 2 fairly easy ones
    for Feb. The "classic" will be The Red Badge of Courage (#2)
    Haven't decided on #3 or #4 yet.

    I am getting excited again about reading!
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    Finished George Washington's secret six by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager

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    I haven't read a book that wasn't to learn something or a self help type book for years.
    I hope I remember to stop at library after work tomorrow to pick one out to start this challenge.

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    I am not doing this challenge (I read enough as it is), but I would like to recommend a book. It is called Room by Emma Donoghue. I found the first couple of chapters a bit boring, but then I was hooked. It is a great read. I'm just sad I finished it.

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    Halfway through "Divergent" now...can't wait for the movie next month! Hoping to finish it within the week.

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    Still working on the The Happiness Project.

    I found a new site called DailyLit.com,
    you can signup to receive daily portions of
    books ( most are classics) but lots of choices.
    You can choose to receive long, medium or short
    passages and you can receive one a day or
    more if you want.

    I am reading:
    Anna Karenina
    The Awakening
    Under the Lilacs
    An Old Fashioned Girl
    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
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    Quote Originally Posted by EmilyD View Post
    Still working on the The Happiness Project.
    I received that one as a Christmas gift last year! It looked really interesting...I'll probably get to it end of March or early April.

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    still haven't started reading a book for pleasure. Now I'm reading the 8_week cholesterol cure. Another self help book.
    It is reading and I am learning so I'll give myself credit for reading something.

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    I wasn't in the "mood" for The Happiness Project,
    so put it down for now. Have to decide where I am
    going for the next one.

    Also cut back on the Daily Lit. going to
    choose 1 and work on it. Also need to
    choose it as well.

    I have finished reading:
    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

    I am getting scattered again, so need to
    go a little slower and easier.
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    Major declutter house
    Major declutter garage

    2020 Stash Management
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    2020 Meal Planning Challenge
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    Finished "Divergent" on Saturday and now I'm starting on "Sugar Busters." I like to alternate between fiction and nonfiction.

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    Finished Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich. Need to look at my stash to pick my next read

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    Reading BELLE CORA by: Phillip Margulies.

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    Last night I started reading "Mountain Sanctuary" by Lenora Worth.
    I read 5 chapters last night. Good book.

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    I haven't posted in quite a while. I been through a number of books, including a Crichton binge.

    Gillon. Pearl Harbor.
    Graeber. Debt.
    Crichton. Jurassic Park.
    Crichton. The Lost World.
    Crichton. The Andromeda Strain.
    Pratchett. Feet of Clay - an all time favorite.
    Egan. The Worst Hard Time.
    Bugliosi. Helter Skelter.

    I didn't quite finish Debt, but I'm taking credit for it. It was a long audiobook, 17.5 hours, and I bailed an hour or so before the end. I was certain he had said everything he had to say - several times over. It wasn't what I was expecting, and mildly interesting, in parts, but on the whole, a hard slog. Gold star for staying with it that long.

    I had never read Helter Skelter before, but enjoyed it more than I expected to. It was an audio as well.

    All the Crichton, the Pratchett, and the Egan are re-reads. I've been in the mood for going back to oldies but goodies.

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