2013 book club

It's time for my annual "books I've read this year" list! Apparently it was the year of mostly reading either newly released books that were highly acclaimed in Entertainment Weekly reviews or teen book series. I like to think they balance each other out in terms of respectability. It was also the year I decided to see what I was missing in my youth by never really reading Judy Blume books. Special thanks to the wonderful as always Ann Arbor District Library for supplying me with many of these, and my awesomely light and convenient Kindle on which I read most of the rest. Lastly, in the name of full disclosure, there are 3 or 4 of these that I have not completed all the way through as of yet. Anywho, onto my list! Did I mention I like reading...?

Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher
The Wolf of Wall Street - Jordan Belfort
The Shining Girls - Lauren Beukes
Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume
Blubber - Judy Blume
Forever - Judy Blume
Iggie's House - Judy Blume
Then Again, Maybe I Won't - Judy Blume
Tiger Eyes - Judy Blume
Inferno - Dan Brown
City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare
City of Glass - Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls - Cassandra Clare
Decked - Carol Higgins Clark
Fleeced - Carol Higgins Clark
Iced - Carol Higgins Clark
Jinxed - Carol Higgins Clark
Popped - Carol Higgins Clark
Snagged - Carol Higgins Clark
Twanged - Carol Higgins Clark
The Christmas Thief - Mary Higgins Clark
Deck the Halls - Mary Higgins Clark
The Shadow of Your Smile - Mary Higgins Clark
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Matched - Ally Condie
Crossed - Ally Condie
Reached - Ally Condie
The Maze Runner - James Dashner
The Lion - Nelson DeMille
The Lion's Game - Nelson DeMille
The Panther - Nelson DeMille
Wildfire - Nelson DeMille
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls - Anton DiSclafani
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Looking for Alaska - John Green
Ape House - Sara Gruen
Mysterious Skin - Scott Heim
Bad Monkey - Carl Hiaasen
Downtown Owl - Chuck Klosterman
The Visible Man - Chuck Klosterman
Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
Reconstructing Amelia - Kimberly McCreight
Dead to You - Lisa McMann
Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell
Zia - Scott O'Dell
Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick
Serena - Ron Rash
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Insurgent - Veronica Roth
Allegiant - Veronica Roth
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
Sisterland - Curtis Sittenfeld
The Spectacular Now - Tim Tharp
The Devil Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

Rookie: Yearbook One - Tavi Gevinson
Rookie: Yearbook Two - Tavi Gevinson
The Meaning of Marriage - Timothy Keller
The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands - Laura Schlessinger
When You Are Engulfed in Flames - David Sedaris
The Glass Castle: a Memoir - Jeannette Walls

Fundamentals of Home-Schooling - Ann Lahrson-Fisher
Superfoods for Babies and Children - Annabel Karmel
Simple Steps: Developmental Activities for Infants, Toddlers, and Two-year-olds - Karen Miller
It's OK Not to Share (and other renegade rules for raising competent and compassionate kids) - Heather Shumaker
Games to Play with Two Year Olds - Jackie Silberg
The Read-Aloud Handbook - Jim Trelease
Shepherding a Child's Heart - Tedd Tripp
First Aid for Babies and Children Fast - Allen R. Walker & John Hopkins Hospital

The House of Yes- Wendy MacLeod
Sin- Wendy MacLeod

Introducing Infinity: A Graphic Guide - Brian Clegg
The Principles of Uncertainty - Maira Kalman
The Walking Dead: Compendium One - Robert Kirkman
Twilight: The Graphic novel, Volume 1 - Stephenie Meyer & Young Kim
Twilight: The Graphic novel, Volume 2 - Stephenie Meyer & Young Kim
New Moon: The Graphic novel, Volume 1 - Stephenie Meyer & Young Kim

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even more instagram pix, all violet edition!


Just in case anyone forgot, this is what's goin on in my body these days... Not much room for the ol' stomach, lungs, etc etc. This pic is actually from the 28 week point in a pregnancy, and I just hit the big 3-0 (out of 40, if things go normalishly). Violet is at her grandparents for a few days while Mike and I get a break, and we've been having a grand time doing some cleaning and organizing so baby actually has a place to sleep and keep her clothes and such. We have been procrastinating getting things ready until now, so I just feel realllly unprepared here. Last time around I could basically spend all my free time preparing for lil Violet, and now I spend my free time keeping a three year old alive... so trying to remember where we stashed away all the old baby stuff in addition to getting our little place reorganized has been put on the back burner. All that to say, I've got a cramped tummy and we are scrambling and I am still working of course and still parenting of course so life is overwhelming. The end.

Cute Violet pix tomorrow!


life lately according to instagram...

let it snow

merry christmas!

Merry Christmas from the four of us!

so much Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve! I thought I'd do a sort of double post since I've just got so many Christmas-y things to blog about. Violet's Christmas pageant went so well and was just too cute. Just look at her with her black velour dress and her festive red tights that are all baggy around the ankles. :)

Sometimes she does this when we ask her to pose for the camera. She apparently has an interesting take on the word "pose".

Now... onto the show!

She twinkled those fingers like a pro!

The whole little mini-choir.

She was all "I got this, class helper. Step aside." ...at least that's what I assume she was thinking.

We were so so proud of our adorable little star! Here's a clip of the rehearsal and then the performance. The very end has such a sweet little moment when Violet was so happy to see us when she exits the stage :) *heart melting*

Post-show, they attempted to get a good group pic of the 3 & 4 year olds. Lol.

My parents and brother were in the choir in the big Northridge Church Christmas show "Glory of Christmas", which of course is always pretty crazy in terms of spectacle. If you need more convincing, keep scrolling.

If you know my fam, you'll see them scattered throughout this pic!

Obviously there were pyrotechnics.

And ice skating.

And flying.

And they had to include one of those famous Israeli alpacas.

Byeee Jesus!

The show was incredible as usual. Definitely worth checking out next year if you haven't seen it! (Although, I have to say that my favorite of the two was Violet's little show.)

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