Thursday, April 30, 2015

2 DOWN .... 40 MORE TO GO!

I can add two more books to my wimpy list of books I've read in 2015.  A FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green and THE HUSBAND'S SECRET by Liane Moriarty.

A FAULT IN OUR STARS ... it was fine. Honestly, I closed the virtual cover on the thing and was left wondering what all the fuss was.  I mean, yes.  It was a well-written book, and the dude that wrote it?  Props for nailing the female voice without it being all sugary sweet, antithesis of a modern female and whatever.  But I am finding it EXTREMELY hard to believe that the modern American teenager speaks like the two main characters do.  Seriously.

I've been a keen observer of teenagers, and I have to say, their limited grasp of the English language (unless, of course, it requires the prerequisite use of vulgarity) is astonishing.  With that in mind, I'm just not convinced. Not. At. All.

Plus, I have to be honest.  The plot was predictable.  I knew the outcome before I'd even gotten past the 30% mark of the book.  I do enjoy being surprised/blown away/sucked in/whatever you want to call it.

Someone asked me the other day, "yeah, but you cried, right?"

Ummm, there was one tiny, inconsequential part that I got sorta teary-eyed. That was it.

THE HUSBAND'S SECRET ... Liana Moriarty is one of my new faves!  I love her smart, witty writing.  I really do.  The very first book I read of her's was BIG LITTLE LIES, and that book was stupendous!  I loved every last word of it!  I'm not going to say that this book captivated me quite as much as the other, but man! This girl can write!  I just loved the way she flirts with weighty topics without getting all "in your face" with it.  It was a a great read, and I highly recommend it.

Now, I am off to whittled down that 50 BOOKS IN ONE YEAR goal.  I mean, ten books in four months!?  I might actually get there this year, people!

Cross your fingers, y'all!

A REVIEW OF MY "MORE OR LESS" LIST

I stole a MORE OR LESS list from a friend for my unofficial NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS.

I don't do resolutions.

No.  Seriously.  I don't do them.  I end up failing at them miserably.

However, these seemed reasonable.  The appealed to my lazy sensibilities.

To refresh your memory, all five of you that read this blog, they were as follows:


  1. Smile more.
  2. Stress less.
  3. Encourage more.
  4. Worry less.
  5. Write more.
  6. Procrastinate less.
  7. Make more.
  8. Spend less.
  9. Move more.
  10. Eat less. 
Sooooooo, I bet you're wondering how I've been doing on these little more or less items, right?  

Wellllllll, I'm doing okay on it, and that's being generous, I fear.

I did spend less this month. However, we have lived through four months in 2015 so far, and I've gotten paid twice in each of those months.  So, by my calculations, I've had eight paychecks in which to spend less.  One out of eight seems like a poor number, no?

I am trying to smile more.  Today wouldn't be one of those days.  I am crabby.  People have generally made me angry.  I will attempt to smile more later. 

I will say, I am making progress on the stress/worry less frontier.  There may be some of you who are all, "YEAH RIGHT!" right about now, but seriously.  If you could crawl into my inner being, you would see that the amount of stuff I used to stress and worry over is much less these days.  Do I still stress and worry?  Absolutely.  It's human nature.  But it's less. 

Moving more and eating less.  This is the eternal struggle, is it not?  My moving more is hindered by two things:
  • I am in constant, chronic pain.
  • I am lazy.  
This week, I have started walking.  It's painful, but I'm doing it.  So, four months into the new year, it's a bit pitiful, I will admit.  But, I am turning over a leaf ... a dried ... brown ... crumbled ... last year's leaf ... but a leaf none the less. 

I have been making a concerted effort to encourage more.  I feel my poor attitude flies in the face of my encouragement, however. 

Geez.  As I read through this, it seems I'm failing more than I'm succeeding.  

Par for the course, I suppose.  

See.  This is why I don't like doing these resolution deals.  

More work to be done.