Monday, January 13, 2020

2020 It's the Harback Life Reading Challenge: Introduction

Artwork by Shannon Maddox

The Book Nook Reading Challenge has come to a close.  I exceeded by 40 book reading goal by completing 46 volumes.  Time for a whole new reading challenge.

Like my other reading challenges, this one doesn't have any specific instructions or types of required books.  However, some books may be part of various categories.  Examples include:
  • Kiddie Lit - This year, I want to enjoy more children's books.  As a "retired" preschool teacher, I miss reading good books to children.  Plus, there are books from my childhood and teen years I'd like to revisit.
  • Recommended Reads - books recommended by trustworthy sources.
  • Glorious rereads - books I enjoyed so much that I'm reading them again.
  • Everybody's Reading It - books that everybody and their grandma read that I'm just now getting to.
  • Nobody Admits to Reading It - books that others have said to stay away from (whether they've read it or not).
  • Impulse Reads - Books I bought, borrowed, or checked out of the library for no other reason than "hey, this looks interesting."

My rating systems is as follows:

✮✮✮ = Outstanding
✮✮✮ = Pretty good
✮✮ = Could have been better / could have been worse.
= Not so great
Ain't nobody got time for that = DNF (did not/would not/could not finish)

This year's goal is once again 40 books.  If you'd like to follow my reading progress, see my Goodreads page.

Whether you read one book or 100 this year, I would enjoy some company.  Drop in a comment once and a while to let me know how it's going.

So, what are your reading goals for 2020?
Books Read and Reviewed:

Completed books will be marked as a link to the review.

Book 01
Book 02
Book 03
Book 04
Book 05
Book 06
Book 07
Book 08
Book 09
Book 10       

Read, but not Reviewed:
  1. The Way of Serenity by Father Johnathan Morris.
  2. The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life by Hannah Whittal Smith.+

Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!:

  • Wired That Way by Marita Luttauer

Friday, December 27, 2019

Conclusion [A-Z Blog Challenge 2015]

Experiments From Auntie's Test Kitchen

Intro  A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Conclusion


After four (yes FOUR) years of trying to complete this A-Z challenge, I feel it's time to put it, and me (well, and you too) out of our misery.  I was hoping this challenge would increase my cooking skills and make eating fun again.  Unfortunately, this has not happened.  Only a few recipes actually came out well.  I cannot continue the frustration of unsuccessful attempts or the expense of throwing away food that I (nor anyone else) can eat.

Do I feel like I've failed?  Of course.  Do I care?  Not anymore.  If I'd quit sooner, maybe, but not now. 

For everyone who endured this torture, thanks so much for reading and cheering me on.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Five Minute Friday: "Unknown"

My church, Colorado Community Church (CCC), is in transition right now.  Our new building is almost complete, and we're set to have our first service there December 8th. All is going well...

Except for me.

I know that God sent me to CCC, but even after two years, I'm still not adjusting well.  We are not a megachurch by any stretch, but our congregation is much larger than I'm used to.  The churches I attended back home had a couple hundred people at most, I was very involved in serving, and I knew the majority of my fellow congregants, their children, and the Pastors and staff.  Here, I feel so lost and unneeded.  We have our Sermon Connect small group, plus several of us have established our "neighborhood" in the sanctuary.  We sit in the same section so that if anyone isn't there, we can make sure they are OK (in theory anyway). Yet, I still feel alone and disconnected.

I know I'm in the right place right now, but my church life feels too full of unknowns right now.  Today, I was standing in the church foyer looking at the sea of strangers around me, and for the first time since the tornadoes hit Jacksonville, a wave of homesickness hit me so hard that I cried.  Sure, I miss my friends back home, Southern food, and winters without snow.  But what I miss the most right now are my Faith Temple and First Baptist families.