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31st December 2021

End of the year reflections

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TV shows watched: The Great British Bakeoff, Shadow and Bone, Bridgerton, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Ted Lasso, Long Way Round, Long Way Down, Long Way Up, Star Trek Discovery, The Mandalorian (season 1), Wandavision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki (am I missing any?)

Movies watched: Tick, Tick … Boom, Single All the Way, The Prom, Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Come From Away, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, Love Hard. I did not go to the movie theater (they didn’t open up here until June).

Concerts attended: none (cries in pandemic forever). II know I did a virtual concert but for the life of me, I can’t remember what it was.

Musicals/Theater attended (masks and vaccination proof required): Jesus Christ Superstar, Mean Girls, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Music listened to: I don’t do spotify so I have nothing “unwrapped.” Adele, Andrew Belle’s latest album, Darren Criss’s EP Masquerade and A Very Darren Crissmas, Lil Nas X’s Montero (Call Me By Your Name).

Favorite tiktoks/youtube follows: Dr. Glaucomflecken, B Dylan Hollis, Nerdforge

Fanfic written: I finished off the last 4 chapters of sure like never before in January and February and then I spent the rest of the year writing these inconvenient fireworks, which I finished the last week in November. 52,000 words this year.

Books read: Sometime near the start of the pandemic in 2020, I joined a facebook group dedicated to reading Rilla of Ingleside, which triggered a rekindling in my interest in books. As a former book worm, it’s rather astonishing how little books I’ve read in the last decade – I’ve read many other things, newspapers and magazines and fanfiction, but very few books.

I set a goal of reading 20 books this year. I surpassed that and read 49 books this year (I don’t think I’ll get to 50 by midnight.

You can read all of my reviews on goodreads.

Favorite book: The House In the Cerulean Sea. By far. I spent the rest of the year trying to recapture the feeling that that book gave me.

Book that I thought I had read before but most definitely did not and it haunted me forever and I’m still not sure if I understand what happened. Liar. No really, what was that ending?

Word I can happily never see again in a plus-size romance: voluptuous (I think plus-sized romances aren’t my thing).

Book everybody should read: The Sum of Us. Really well-written and researched.

Books attempted but did not finish:
The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky. I had forgotten how much I had hated the protagonist in the first book (I liked the plot! I liked the secondary characters. I hated Monty.) and couldn’t get through it. And I just got The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy from the library – we’ll see if the third times the charm.
The Essex Serpent. I tried. It’s going to be a movie. Maybe I’ll watch it and then try again.

Number of camping trips: 2 (Oregon coast and Wyoming).

Number of plane trips: 2 (Utah/Wyoming for camping with the family in July, and Arizona to see the family in October. Hopefully maybe more in 2022?)

Weather disasters endured: ice storm in February, heat domes in June and July, atmospheric rivers in September.

Number of houses bought: 1

Number of houses bought and regretted: …. zero?

Number of repairs still needed on house: *cries*

Number of items knitted: 3 scarves, the body of a doll which is still dismembered…

Amount of yarn purchased: *shifty eyes*.

All of the books by genre below the cut…

Books listened to:
Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories series: The Wishing Spell, The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning, Beyond the Kingdoms, An Author’s Odyssey, and Worlds Collide. I’ve started A Tale of Magic, but I’m only a couple of chapters into it.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune because I loved the book so much that I wanted to read it again for the first time and this brought out all sort of things I had missed.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz read by Lin-Manuel Miranda (perfect voice).

Nonfiction:
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee;
The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution by Jonathan Eig
America and The Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation by Elaine Tyler May

Poetry:
If Mother Braids a Waterfall by Dayna Patterson;
Nature Poem by Tommy Pico

Middle Grade:
Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame by Supriya Kelkar;
Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine;

Young adult:
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo;
Iron Widow (Iron Widow, #1) by Xiran Jay Zhao;
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas;
Anyway the Wind Blows and If the Fates Allow: A Short Story by Rainbow Rowell;
Needlework by Julia Watts;
The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters;
Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World (Aristotle and Dante, #2) by Benjamin Alire Sáenz;
Lore by Alexandra Bracken;
Six Crimson Cranes (Six Crimson Cranes #1) by Elizabeth Lim;
The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas;
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine;
Glimpsed by G.F. Miller;
The Extraordinaries and Flash Fire by T.J. Klune;
The Pearl Thief, Code Name Verity (reread), and Rose Under Fire (reread) by Elizabeth Wein
Liar by Justine Larbalestier;
The Upside of Unrequited (Simonverse, #2);
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

Adult fiction:
Act Your Age, Eve Brown (The Brown Sisters, #3) by Taila Hibbert;
Anne of Manhattan by Brina Starler;
The House in the Cerulean Sea and Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune;
If the Shoe Fits (Meant to Be #1) by Julie Murphy;
Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher, #1) by Kerry Greenwood;
How to Stop Time and The Midnight Library by Matt Haig;
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch;
Boyfriend Material (Boyfriend Material, #1) by Alexis Hall;
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade;
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn;
The Wedding Date (The Wedding Date, #1) by Jasmine Guillory;

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