Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 goals

Well, I haven't blogged since the 4th of July.  Obviously a lot has happened since then: school started up, Katie had a birthday, Liam had a birthday, Evie had a birthday, I had a birthday (it's amazing I don't weigh 300lbs just from all the cake that's consumed over here in a 3 month period,) Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year! Phew. Blog backlog. I'll put it all on here eventually.

But todays posting is about goals.

I had a few for 2014.

Have more quality quiet time (this I could have done better at. But I got more QT with the Lord than I have years past)
Lose 30lbs (umm, yeah. I lost 3. It was all the birthday cake.)
Make stuff (I started a TON of projects and didn't finish any of them. Not how I usually roll.)
Blog more (I did well till July!)
Watch more movies and read more books (this I accomplished and it's probably why I didn't finish my craft projects and so yeah, lose more weight. Too much sitting.)

Most everyone knows that I love to watch movies, but folks may not know that I equally love a good book. Now that the kids are older, gone at school and Finn naps like a champ, I have more time to read.

I became good friends with the library here.  I took full advantage of the holds system and the only book I had to wait a looong time for was "A Fault In Our Stars" which originally popped up saying I'd have a 54 week wait.  Luckily people read faster than anticipated and it was only a few months till it was up for grabs. (And then I finished it in a day and wondered what all the fuss was about.  I was not impressed.)

All said and done my eyes got a workout in 2014, scanning 15,185 pages. 30 books total. 28 fiction or autobiographies I've never read, one devotional, and one re-read.

Oh and I watched 14 movies I've not seen before.

I've written a list of all the books and movies down below and I've added a short review to almost all of them.  Scan it and see if there's anything you should put on your "to see or read" list.


The Giver
Gathering Blue
So good!  I had the movie on my watch list, so I thought I'd read all of the books first. Make sure you read this series in order!

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Hollow City
These 2 books are weird. They are young adult (YA) and we're recommended by the children's librarian. They have REAL freaky vintage pictures in them that the author used to write his totally fictional story around.

The Maze Runner
Scorch Trials
Death Cure
Kill Order
The Maze Runner was made into a movie this year, so again, I read the entire series first.  I wasted my time on the last book. It was a prequel and just one violent story after another, and didn't really add much to the first 3 books.

Dragonfly in Amber
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone
Written in My Own Hearts Blood
If you like time traveling, fictional historical romance novels - this is THE series for you! I read all 8 books, 7,712 pages in about 2 months. If you DON'T like time traveling, fictional, historical, or romance novels, this is so NOT the series for you.

Individual Books

The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire
(this one is apart of a series, it's the last one, I read the others in 2013. It's YA and ok.)

Gone Girl
Dark Places
(both books written by Gillian Flynn and they made me want to throw up. Wish I had a do over and made them a do not. I did not see Gone Girl and have no plans to see Dark Places when it comes out.)

A Prayer for Owen Meany - there are no words for me to describe this book
The Outsiders- cried my eyes out
Tuck Everlasting- one of my favorite movies and a quick, easy read.
The Fault In Our Stars- ehhh
P.S. I Love You- good movie, book is totally different
Unbroken- biography of Louis Zamperini and the best book I have a read in a long time. Get your tissue box ready and be prepared to be inspired! A must read. (I've not seen the movie yet. Not sure I want to ruin the book experience.)
Rocket Boys- biography of Homer Hickam and friends.  The movie October Sky is on my favorites list and this is the book it's based off of.  Couldn't put it down!

Creative Counterpart- the lone devotional
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- my re-read


Some of these came out in 2013, but I didn't see them till 2014

HER- trippy and I would just love to meet Joaquin Phoenix someday
Winter's Tale- ummm, I liked it. I like odd things and I cannot lie.
Emperor- this came on when we had a free Starz weekend. It was good, very sad, kinda slow.
Stories We Tell- again thanks to free Starz I saw all but the last 30 minutes of this. I feel no urgent need to finish it.
American Hustle- Jennifer Lawrence did not deserve an Oscar nom for this.
Crazy, Stupid, Love- what would I do without free Starz weekends?
X-Men: Days of Future Past- I liked it! My husband is a walking comic book encyclopedia. So I've seen allll the movies about allll the mutant/superhero/iron/godlike men.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt.1
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day- saw it for E's birthday, super cute!
Maleficent- not bad!
The Maze Runner- good book to movie adaptation
The Giver- another good book to movie adaptation, I wasn't sure if I would like the changes they made, but I did and needed tissues at the end - you really should read the book before you see the movie. It'll make more sense.
Interstellar- this I loved. Bring kleenex. And just let go of all your science-y opinions and enjoy the ride. It is make believe after all folks.