12 Books to Read Challenge


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ReadingI was on a site the other day and stumbled upon a list of 12 books to read in 2015. I thought it was going to be about new books or some classics everyone should read. But it wasn’t.  It was a different kind of list – a list of books that we all have in us: the book we’ve meant to read, something out of our typical genre preference, something new, and so on.  So I had to save the list and create my own because, well… I love books and I love being challenged to read books!   So here’s my list below.  What would your list be?

A book you’ve been meaning to read: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I have many books that could go here, but I’ll choose this one for now.

A book published this yearGo Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. I mean, it’s the continuation of To Kill A Mockingbird which I actually enjoyed in high school.  So why not read the second one?

A book in a genre you don’t typically readA Beautiful Anarchy by Jeffrey Tucker. There are actually 3 books, including this one, on the topic of anarchy I hope to read soon. It’s not that I don’t read books about politics and philosophy, it’s just not my go-to choice usually.

A book from your childhoodThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I’ve never read this book and yet seem to told by most I know that I should read it. So I’m going to read it. I also will be working on this book in Serbo-Croatian as it is one of the few books I have to help me learn the language.

A book your mom loves: My mom loves to read as much as I do, but I think I’ll choose her suggestions of The Eleventh Insight by James Redfield.  I’ve read The Celestine Prophecy. So I want to continue on with the rest of them.

A book that was originally written in a different languageTesla: A Portrait With Masks by Vladimir Pištalo.  Originally written in Serbian and recently published in English.  Must read this!
I will also read The Russian Primary by Nestor the Chronicler. Originally written in Russian… A must read for me to fill my love of all things Slavic.

A book ‘everyone’ has read but youWhere The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Never read it. And that should be fixed.

A book you chose because of the coverA Princess of Romania by Paul Park. I bought this book a LONG time ago, based on the cover, and I should finally read it.

A book by a favorite author: A new favorite author of mine, Dmitriy Kushnir.  He puts out short books on Slavic Native Faith and now even fiction. A book comes out and I buy it.  So I know there will be a few more during the year.🙂

A book recommended by someone with great taste: The Maze Runner by James Dashner. My brother-in-law is a book freak. I love him for it, too.  But he’s told me I should read this book, and well, the whole series. So I’ll aim for at least book one.

A book you should have read in high school: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.  This choice was actually the original poster’s choice, but I said, “Why not!?” I didn’t read it in high school either and everyone says it’s good.  Though Russian literature was not part of the curriculum here in the USA, I’d love to read some of it, too.

A book that’s currently on the best seller list: Best sellers and newly published aren’t my forte, but maybe I could say Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I hear it is good and it’s on the NY Times Best Seller list at #13.

So there you have it – my reading challenge to myself.

What say you?

Everyone Makes a Comeback


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New StartYep… I think it’s gonna happen for real this time.  Or that’s my plan.😉 I always have these grand plans, and they usually go however they wish, not how I want them to go. But I’ll really try to keep this as I plan. And that plan is to write regularly here.  To purge some of my other blogs and just focus on a couple of them.  Continue reading

Just Letting Go…


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Letting go

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You know, sometimes we go through these events in life that really show us who we are and who are loved ones are.  Recently, I’ve experienced one of those events.  Actually, it’s still kind of carrying on but that’s a whole different story.  Now, this specific situation turned quite ugly between a few us, unfortunately.  Resulted in some lost friendships.  It also rekindled some friendships, too. This is the funny thing about life.  When the people in our life have served their purpose or we’ve served in theirs, they end up no longer being there.  Generally, we don’t want this with our friends, and if it’s got to come to an end, we don’t want it to be an ugly end.  However, it’s just unavoidable at times.  And I’ve realized this.  This situation involved someone who knew my whole family and some friends. No one really was guiltless.  Things could have been handled better. But it is what it is.  Shit happened. Can’t be changed or undone.  And for me, at least, I really don’t want it any other way than it ended.  No harm or ill will to the lost friend actually.  However, there’s just that moment when you know it’s not good for each other to be in each other’s lives any longer.  And I knew we were at that point.  There had just been no reason to end the friendship, though, until the events unfolded. And then EVERYTHING unfolded… and folded… and unfolded again off and on for a few days solid almost. Now, this situation had and still had many variable and offshoots to the entire charade.  Continue reading

Concept of Unity


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Soul mates

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In the last couple weeks, I’ve had this reoccurring topic appear in my life.  This topic has appeared in conversation with friends and strangers. It has appeared in topics of discussion on Facebook and groups I regularly visit.  This topic almost haunts me in a positive way.  This topic is the idea of soul mates or twin flames.  Continue reading

Obsession #35481


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Oradour sur Glane siteEveryone has hobbies and passions that get them through life. Sometimes it’s nail polish; sometimes it’s genealogy; sometimes it’s writing. And sometimes… it’s the past. I love reading and studying about history and all aspects of history, too. One of my favorite things I love is the lifestyle between 1920s to 1940s.

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Thanks WordPress! 2012 in Review


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Every year, WordPress gives all WordPress.com bloggers a Year in Review to show growth, statistics, and other bits of fun facts for the blogger. And every year, I’m always amused and amazed at the things I find out from these reviews.  So here the review of 2012 from WordPress.com!  Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings for the blog!

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