** Past 'Skeleton Action Figures" and sources can be found on my flickr.com page. Credit where credit is due.
50 New Things
This year I'm going to try to do at least 50 things I've never done before (I did not come up with this idea...but they say imitation is the highest form of flattery ;-). If you have ideas, feel free to make suggestions. I'll document them on the list below, with links if possible.
36. Played craps and roulette for the first time at a casino.
35. Visited the world's largest bead store (Shipwreck Beads).
34. Drove over a floating bridge
33. Flew in a helicopter!!
32. Visited Mount St. Helen's - wanted to see this for the past 30 yrs
I did not read nearly as much in the Fall semester, the majority of the books below were completed prior to September. Probably because I became a major news junkie due to the election, and have not weaned myself back off the news feed.
I really enjoyed THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova. It was a fun tour of Europe, history...and had a vampire thrown in for good measure. Learned alot about Vlad the Impaler.
PERFUME by Patrick Susskin ran a close second. Although I liked the movie of the same name, the book was far more enjoyable. A quick read.
Least Favorite Book
This is likely a sure sign of ignorance on my part, but the book I least enjoyed, and indeed only got thru two-thirds of as a result, was SNOW by Orhan Pamuk.
Mind you, it won a Nobel Prize, hence my attempt to push through it...but I failed. I have to assume the Nobel was for Pamuk's body of work, not just this book. Or so I hope, since I just couldn't see the brilliance the award implies.
Book(s) From Which I Learned the Most
I did not know much about Mongolia or the history of Genghis Khan prior to reading Conn Iggulden's two books on the subject (GENGHIS: LORDS OF THE BOW - and - GENGHIS: BIRTH OF AN EMPIRE).
Having read these books made the watching of "Mongol" much more enjoyable (understandable), and rocketed a visit to Mongolia to the top of my travel wish list. Already sent off for travel package information, maybe in a year or two.
Okay, I admit it, I read the whole "Twilight" series. And liked it. Couldn't put 'em down - once I started a book, it was an all night endeavor to finish it. And throughout I kept asking myself "why are your enjoying a book meant for high school sophomores??" Never answered it, but kept reading.
Which gave me some serious street cred at Christmas when I found my niece on book 3 of the series ;-)
Here's the year's list:
• A QUESTION OF EVIDENCE by Colin Evans • BLACK ORDER by James Rollins • BLASPHEMY by Douglas Preston • BREAKING DAWN by Stephanie Meyer • DREAMERS OF THE DAY by Mary Doria Russell • ECLIPSE by Stephanie Meyer • EXCAVATION by James Rollins • GENGHIS: LORDS OF THE BOW by Conn Iggulden • GENGHIS: BIRTH OF AN EMPIRE by Conn Iggulden • HUNTERS OF DUNE by Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson • NEW MOON by Stephanie Meyer • PERFUME by Patrick Susskin • QUARANTINE by Jim Crace • SANDWORMS OF DUNE by Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson • SNOW by Orhan Pamuk • THE BANG-BANG CLUB: SNAPSHOTS FROM A FORGOTTEN WAR by Greg Marinovich • THE DEVIL'S BONES by Jefferson Bass • THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova • THE JUDAS STRAIN by James Rollins • THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy • THE TESTAMENT by Eric Van Lustbader • THE WHEEL OF DARKNESS by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child • TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer