100 Books…

My goal this year is to read 100 books. Currently, I’m at seventeen. I actually think I’m a little over that since I’ve read some unpublished works and there are a few books I did not finish (DNF). But there is nothing wrong with lofty goal and I’ll just continue it on to 2019 if I don’t conquer it this year.

Here are the last two books I’ve finished reading thus far. I’m putting these up in no particular order. Just counting up to one hundred!!!  At my current pace, I should hit my goal roughly 2021…

1. Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne  Jones

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“Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye”  – Goodreads description

Howl’s Moving Castle was also made into an anime by Hayao Miyazaki. The movie is a bit different from to book, but both had moving castles…and were cool.

2. Front Desk by Kelly Yang

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“Front Desk tells the story of 10-year-old Mia Tang. Every day, Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel while her parents clean the rooms. She’s proud of her job. She loves the guests and treats them like family. When one of the guests gets into trouble with the police, it shakes Mia to her core. Her parents, meanwhile, hide immigrants in the empty rooms at night. If the mean motel owner Mr. Yao finds out, they’ll be doomed!”
– Goodreads description

This was another great book! The author immigrated from China as a child and her family managed hotels while she was growing up. The author’s note explains how many parts of the story were inspired by parts of her life.

 

Reading in the cold

The East Coast is being throttled by Winter Storm Jonas.  The road in Durham is iced over with an inch or two of sleet. There is some snow mixed in there, too, for flavor. I have POWER though. Electricity is the best. Sleet is much better than freezing rain when it comes to that.

My dog Simon – who will be sixteen in February – is spending the snowstorm curled up by the fire.

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Me – I’m catching up on my reading! First, it’s the THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND by Kathryn Holmes. Afterwards, I’m going to start on BOUNDERS by Monica Tesler.  Then, PAPER WISHES by Lois Sepahban.  Snowstorm reading is the best reading – especially while beside the fire with an old dog.

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