Wednesday, December 28, 2016

What I Read in 2016

Ocean loves playing with sticks, leaves, and rocks

In recent months my reading time has steadily dwindled. I find myself renewing the same books multiple times as I try to work my way through them. I read some fiction earlier in the year, but I've had to steer away from it lately. If I find a good book that I want to finish I have no problem staying up until 2 or 3 am to finish it. Unfortunately that does not make me a very functional person the next day. I like to read non-fiction if it's a subject I'm interested in, but I have a harder time picking up a nonfiction book to read for just a few minutes, so it takes me longer to get through them. These lists aren't comprehensive since I read other books as well, but I either didn't enjoy/like them or I got bored and never finished.

Some fiction books I've enjoyed this year:
Ready Player One    (Ernest Cline)
Armada    (Ernest Cline)
Station Eleven    (Emily St. John Mandel)
The Royal We    (Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics    (Chris Grabenstein)
Curious Minds    (Janet Ivanovich)
Etiquette and Espionage series    (Gail Carriger)
The Selection series    (Kiera Cass)

Some nonfiction books I've enjoyed this year:
The Collapse of Parenting    (Leonard Sax)
The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs    (Joel Salatin)
Woman-Powered Farm    (Audrey Levatino)
The $100 Startup    (Chris Guillebeau)
The 4-hour Workweek    (Timothy Ferriss)
Money-Making Mom    (Crystal Paine)
Home is a Roof Over a Pig: An American Family's Journey in China    (Aminta Arrington)

I listened to several audiobooks this summer while building the chicken coop and driving Sunshine to and from two weeks of daycamp (4 hours in the car each day left plenty of time to listen to stories).

At Home    (Bill Bryson)
A Short History of Nearly Everything    (Bill Bryson)
One Summer    (Bill Bryson)
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid    (Bill Bryson)
The History of the Medieval World    (Susan Wise Bauer)
The Wind in the Willows    (Kenneth Grahame)
Watership Down    (Richard Adams)
Poppy    (Avi)

I also started listening to podcasts while building the chicken coop this summer. The list has gradually grown since then and now I have a hard time keeping up with them all. I may have to shave one or two off.

What Should I Read Next?      Exactly what it says :)
Read Aloud Revival                  Focuses on encouraging listeners to read aloud to their kids more
Young House Love Has a Podcast        John and Sherry from YHL deliver a fun, upbeat podcast
Southern Joy                             Two adoptive mamas talk about issues surrounding parenting and adoption
The Runner's World Show        Also exactly what it says
Human Race                               The long form stories from Runner's World
Another Mother Runner            Running encouragement for moms by moms
The Amazing Seller Podcast      Focuses on issues surrounding selling on Amazon

I've been super slow on this, but I've finally started watching videos on youtube regularly and now subscribe to several channels.

Justin Rhodes -- Abundant Permaculture- a family that raises chickens and is about to start off on a tour of the US in a converted bus.
Pure Living for Life -- Young couple building an off-grid homestead. I like their blog too.
Studio C -- Clean comedy sketch group
Ana White -- Alaskan woman who builds all the things and inspired me to start building things when I found her blog years ago
Red Poppy Ranch -- I just found this one and this guy totally reminds me of my dad

wish my thighs could handle squats like Ocean's

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