How should I sum up my last year in this blog? I've been obsessing about this for several days now. I want to share a couple exceptional books I read...but they aren't gardening books. I took the time to go through the myriad of photos that I took, looking for special shots that I hadn't shared or trends or a "one a month, best of" sort of theme, but nothing gelled appropriately. Most problematically, some months I literally had nothing and other months I had lots still to share.
Then, on Facebook this morning, I ran across NPR's best books of 2014. As I scrolled through the graphic, I quickly realized that I hadn't read a single book they were highlighting - and there were 250 books on the list. I don't think I even have a single book they highlighted, despite the fact that we have many, many piles of books sitting around the house, waiting to be read!
What could I do? What should I do...?
Oh, screw it! After all this angst and navel gazing, I'm just going to share a few things that seem like they were really good or interesting from my year, whether they have to do with gardening or not. Thanks for sharing these things with me!
Our Daughter's Wedding:
I've been very quiet about this - partly because it wasn't a "gardening" topic and partly because I abandoned my normal role as photographer and thus, for several months after the event, had no photos to share. There are many photos I could share now, but one will have to suffice.
How to segue from that news?! I can't, so I'll just have to change the subject....
Interesting Birds in the Yard:
Of course, the subtext for this section is "...that I was able to catch on camera"!
Just as we're saying goodbye to 2014, we've been visited by a deep cold spell, which has brought a couple birds to the yard I hadn't seen all year:
Good Reads With Staying Power:
I wouldn't be me if I didn't share a couple of the excellent books that I've read this year. For the last 10 years or so, I've kept a list of all the books I've read "cover to cover" each year, no matter what genre they represent. If I hate a book, I don't finish reading it any more - there are too many books waiting to be explored for me to waste time on something that isn't intriguing me. Not all "good" books stay with me, though...and not all books that speak to me need to be shared. However, some DO need to be shared, and here are the ones that fit this category for me in 2014....
Still Alice, by Lisa Genova: With a plot line about a highly intellectual woman who develops early onset Alzheimer's, we read this book for our local book club. The story is told from Alice's perspective, so the reader experiences Alice's life along with her as the disease progresses and her mind changes. It is both terrifying and reassuring...and the book seems to be based on a very current understanding of the processes of Alzheimer's. Our book club discussion about this novel was one of the best discussions we've had yet - and that's saying quite a lot!
The other book that makes my cut this year is A Sting in the Tale, by Dave Goulson, which I reviewed recently. Definitely excellent, and it seems especially appropriate for anyone who reads my blog!
Sadly, since I've taken up Facebok, my reading seems to have declined. I used to regularly get through 50 books a year, plus or minus, based on my lists. This year it was just 31 books. I think I may need to make some adjustments.....
Well, I think I'll end Part 1 here and continue in another blog post. Individual posts shouldn't be books, in and of themselves! Have a great last day of 2014!