Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday Maunder: December 9, 2013


I finished reading Upstairs Girls by Michael Rutter last week as well as Unwritten #1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey.  I am currently in the midst of Unwritten #2: Inside Man as well as my previous two reads:  The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies (with my kids) and Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King (on audio).

I was recently checking the status of my Goodreads Challenge.  My goal was to read a total of 75 books for the year and the last time I checked, I didn't think that I would be able to make my goal.  At the time that I write this, I still believe this ... but, I think I can get pretty darn close!  I currently sit at 62 books for the year.  I have a small stack of graphic novels that I hope to get through this week, as well as a couple of journaling books.  After that, I want to read my Sherlock Holmes book and then whatever suits my mood.  I am thinking that they will be short, quick reads.  With this in mind, I really believe that I can reach at least 70 books.  I believe that to still be quite the success considering the year that I have had!

How was your weekly reading?  How many books do you anticipate reading for the year?


Did you see my review of I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak this last week?  I was very impressed with that book and I think it will make one of my faves of the year!

As the end of the year approaches, I have begun thinking about what my plan will be for 2014.  As I finalize and sort through my ideas, you may see an opportunity for you to share your thoughts before I make the ultimate decision.  Be watching for it!

Have you begun to plan your end of year and/or kick-off of the new year posts?  


I got nothing here this week!  I do have a couple of articles that I need to get done this week though for a little side group I am a part of.  Beyond those projects, I have decided to set aside all writing projects for the year (outside of journaling).  I have decided to re-think and re-organize, starting almost fresh for the new year.  I will still be sticking with my current writing project, but I need to sort out details before I go any further!

How is your writing?


Life is currently filled with holiday preparations.  I spent a large chunk of the day preparing to send our annual family newsletter as well as creating a small stack of cards for a book blogger card exchange.  The rest of this week is also going to entail helping my kids get their crafty on, from cards to ornaments for an upcoming gathering.  If we have time, we may begin a little holiday baking.  I also hope to finish up my holiday shopping and begin wrapping gifts now that my tree is up and the house is decorated.  I can finally start feeling the holiday cheer growing on me around here!

Has your life been taken over by the holidays?


  1. I made my writing goal and have quite a few more that I have read but can't put on sites until the publication date so my list won't be a true number at the end of the year, but that is ok.

    No on my life being taken over by the holidays. :) We have cut way back and with my son being an adult, he is much easier. We just give him money, and he is happy. :)

    Have a great day!!

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  2. Elizabeth ... Great job on your writing goal!! And, it sounds like you have done well on your reading for the year too! Awesome!

    I love the excitement of my young kids at Christmas, but it will be nice down the road to cut back a little. It can be exhausting!! :)


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