My Year in Books ~ 2016

I logged a lot of pages on Goodreads this year – 32,786 to be exact! I almost doubled my initial challenge of 52 books by reading 99 – 99!!! I don’t think I’ll have the opportunity to reach that number again. I’ve already made a resolution not to spend 2017 with my nose stuck in a book . . . too much of the time 🙂

If you’re interested, check out the books I read during my 2016 reading challenge. And, as always, if you share my love of books, feel free to add me to your friends on Goodreads!

Here’s to a wonderful 2017 to all – happy reading!

 

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The Travel Tag ~ What’s Your Adventure?

A huge thanks to K.M. from over at Ankor You for nominating me for the Travel Tag. If you haven’t been by her highly endearing, super entertaining blog, you’re missing out. So head on over and let her give you an eye full!

I love exploring new places, plain and simple. Whether traveling near or far, I’m always up for a new adventure, and my wish list is miles long. Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to eventually check all the places off my list, but until then, writing about it (living vicariously) will have to do!

1) You are leaving tomorrow to start a life in a new country, where would you go?
This is a really hard one, because I have a top three of other countries I’d love to live in, but I’m going to have to go with New Zealand because the country offers enough to keep me busy exploring for a long time and they speak English (I am, unfortunately, horrible at speaking and audibly translating other languages.)

2) You can take someone for a weekend away to the place you had the best holidays ever, where would that be and who would you take to go with you?

I would take my husband to Lymes Regis in England to go fossil hunting on the cliffs and beach.

3) You can get married wherever you want to, your budget is limitless, what is your choice?

I would have LOVED to have gone to Iceland to be married! Standing on the edge of a volcano, underneath the aurora borealis . . . is that weird?

4) During your travels you can bring back home one animal as a pet, which one would you pick?

Another hard one! Among many animals on my wish list, I always wanted a monkey (new world, with a prehensile tail so it could hang from things, like a Capuchin), and if it could learn to pet my dogs I think it would fit right in, so I’d have to go with that.

5) You can go back in time and relive one family trip, which one?

I had a blast going to the National Museum of Natural History and the National Zoo while visiting my grandparents in Washington, D.C. I’d love to go back to all the same places and do it all over again! (Including that Mexican restaurant!)

6) What is the first thing you would pack for a one year travel around the world?

My kindle, so I would have endless books to read in the down time traveling between one spot to another.

7) What would your fantasy 100th birthday destination be, and why?

Norway. I think my 100 year old self would look awesome in a Viking helmet, and after I failed to wake up the next morning after consuming too much chocolate in celebration, they could launch me out on a boat for my funereal pyre.

 

8) During your travel you can learn one sport to become a pro, what would that be?

Image result for rare animal photographyWildlife photography! Crawling on my belly through the grass on the Serengeti, wedged in a tree in the woods, camouflaged in all white on the arctic snow plains, I would chose to become a pro at finding elusive animals and taking spectacular pictures of them. If that doesn’t count as a sport, then something medieval, like jousting.

 

This is the most fun I’ve had with a tag in awhile! I hope you had some fun reading it, and if you’d like to share some of your answers, I’d love to read them! I hope my nominees enjoy this one as much as I have! Don’t forget to check out their answers as well!

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The rules are easy and fun. Just answer the questions below, repost the questions and tag fellow travel lovers, let them know you tagged them and let your blogosphere travels begin!

  1. You are leaving tomorrow to start a life in a new country, where would you go?
  2. You can take someone for a weekend away to the place you had the best holidays ever, where would that be and who would you take to go with you?
  3. You can get married wherever you want to, your budget is limitless, what is your choice?
  4. During your travels you can bring back home one animal as a pet, which one would you pick?
  5. You can get back in time and relive one family trip, which one?
  6. What is the first thing you would pack for a one year travel around the world?
  7. What would your fantasy 100th birthday destination be, and why?
  8. During your travel you can learn one sport to become a pro, what would that be?

 

Book Quote Challenge ~ Day 3 of 3

A big thanks to The River of Books Blog for nominating me for this challenge! It’s been a blast!

The rules are:

  1. Post for three consecutive days
  2. Pick three quotes per day
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day

 

For my third day of the challenge, I’ve picked 3 quotes from books that have had movies made from them:

1) “It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters.”

~ Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

2)”Being smart spoils a lot of things, doesn’t it?”

~ The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

3) “Destroying things is much easier than making them.”

~ The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I nominate:

  1. So Many Books
  2. Darren Sharp Writes
  3. The Caffeinated Writer

 

Book Quote Challenge ~ Day 2 of 3

A big thanks to The River of Books Blog for nominating me to do the Book Quote Challenge!

The rules are:

  1. Post for three consecutive days
  2.  Pick three quotes per day
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day

 

For my second day of the challenge, I’ve picked 3 quotes from books written by some of my favorite authors:

1) “All major changes are like death. You can’t see to the other side until you are there.”

~ Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

2) “Very few of us are what we seem.”

~ The Man in the Mist by Agatha Christie

3) “Human beings, as I know better than most, can get used to anything. Over time, even the unthinkable gradually wears a little niche for itself in your mind and becomes just something that happened.”

~ In the Woods by Tana French

 

I nominate:

  1. BOOKWORMANIAC
  2. AJOOBACATS BLOG
  3. CAFE BOOK BEAN

 

Book Quote Challenge ~ Day 1 of 3

I was nominated to do the Quote Challenge by The River of Books Blog.

The rules are:

  1. Post for three consecutive days
  2.  Pick three quotes per day
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day

For my first day of the challenge, I’ve picked 3 quotes from books that are timeless classics:

1) “For we pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won, but exact their dues of work and self-denial, anxiety and discouragement.”

~ Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

2) “If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.”

~ Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

3) “Burdens are for shoulders strong enough to carry them.”

~ Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I nominate:

  1. The Storied Life
  2. The Bookshelf of Emily J.
  3. The Sarah Doughty