It seems the posters (that is, the people that post for F5, not pictures on the wall) have been running behind, too. Commiserating is such fun.
- Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, what are yours this year? I stopped making New Year’s resolutions years ago. I never kept them. I make resolutions whenever I feel like it, and for Lent.
- What are you really looking forward to in 2012? I’m hoping our mission trip at work comes together. It’ll be my first trip outside the country in about ten years, so that should be fun, albeit difficult.
- Did you have any life-changing experiences in 2011? What were they? I held a chicken. That was new. I haven’t quite gotten to my year-end recap yet.
- What do you plan on waking up to on the 1st? The sun? My alarm letting me know it’s time to get up for Mass? This is an odd question.
- Do you have any particular traditions for New Year’s [sic]? Eve or Day? I always turn to ABC to watch their Times Square coverage, but that’s about it. I found out a few days ago that Bryan, the other host from the first season of American Idol, left on his own. I thought he got fired. Either way, Ryan Seacrest came out of nowhere and, despite being very peppy, has a great grip on being a TV personality. He’s fun to watch.
Happy New Year, and happy eighth day of Christmas. This post will rapidly be knocked down on the front page, but I didn’t want to miss saying that.
What were your favorite books of 2011?
For me, 2011 was a very good year in terms of books. I joined Goodreads, so keeping track of my reading was much easier and more social. I even picked up a Goodreads friend (who’s not someone I know otherwise) at the very end of the year. I was recruited by Austin Catholic New Media to write (book) reviews, which gave me a reason to read more and faster: both good things.
When I joined Goodreads, I challenged myself to read 20 books in (the rest of) 2011. Altogether, I read 32! I finished 29 new books and re-read 3.
- Bumped was an incredible book. It was perfect because, although I didn’t agree with everything in it, it made me think. (ACNM review and additional material here at LL)
- A Canticle for Leibowitz was remarkable as well. I was surprised I hadn’t heard more about it. My sci-fi side needed a stretch, I suppose. (ACNM review)
- How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul was also really great, although it wasn’t quite what I need in my life right now. (ACNM review)
I’m excited for the books 2012 will bring. This year’s goal is 40 books: 26 for ACNM and the rest just for me. Two of those will be the rest of the Hunger Games trilogy, one will be a theology book I bought several months ago, one will be the second-to-last Alice book, and I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel to Bumped, Thumped. Good times ahead.