As some of you may know, my sister Kathy and I have a friendly competition every year to see who can read more books. We track our progress on Goodreads (feel free to add me as a friend there if you haven’t already).
In 2019, I read 68 books (25,087 pages!).
I am pretty stingy with my star ratings on Goodreads (I only gave 10% of the books I read a full 5-star rating), so here’s the short list of books that I gave 5/5 stars this year:
As you can see, Kathy got me started on The Expanse series, which I highly recommend. Even though my two favorites fall in the middle of the series, all of the books are pretty good. The final book is coming out later this year, so it would be a great time to get started on this series.
What were your favorite books you read in 2019? I have plenty of digital holds on Kindle books at the DC library, but I can always add a few more!
I just used my lunch break to run up to the library and pick up 5 books that I had placed on hold. My friend Sarah pointed out that the New York Public Library system allows you to find and reserve books online and have them sent to a designated library location, where they can be picked up at your leisure. BRILLIANT. So I am officially working on my Day Zero goals of re-reading the Chronicles of Narnia and the Little House books.
As I walked out of the library, I noticed a dog store next door that looked hip and fairly upscale. I popped in on a whim thinking I could kill some time browsing designer dog toys. And what do I find? A squirrel tail, which I immediately purchased for Nigel.
Allow me to explain: while we lived in California, there was an awesome holistic pet food store that also carried a few toys. Corner and I bought Nigel one of these squirrel tails and he LOVED it. So much so that he chewed the ball portion of the first toy apart after a few months. So we went back and bought him a new one because it had quickly become his favorite toy. Fast forward to now, we’re living in NYC, and we sorely need to replace Nigel’s squirrel tail toy because the elastic that holds the tail piece to the ball is breaking. But I just can’t bring myself to throw it out because, again, NIGEL LOVES THIS THING. So what do I see hanging on the shelf when I walked into the dog store today? SQUIRREL TAILS. I was so excited the two salesgirls must have thought I was crazy.
I’m going to have one excited puppy on my hands when I get home today.