December 21st, 2012


Four on Friday...

1. It's hard to believe we've made it -- but we're at the final day of school for 2012 -- woot!

2. Parties today (of course), but then freedom to work on presents. The kiddos made some good progress yesterday, but we still have a ways to go.

3. My dad is turning 70 this Christmas, and we're celebrating Sunday with an afternoon/evening spent together. We might listen to a tuba choir, walk around and look at lights, have some Mexican food -- all relaxing, family times :)

4. We're getting D a new bike for Christmas (E will get his old one) -- and we're kind of hoping the weather will be decent enough for a family bike ride on the 26th. It's possible...(I think we've seen the last of the snow before Christmas).

Happy Friday -- everyone should be getting a four-day weekend, no? :)
d parrot

Top Eleven Reads of 2012! Number Seven...

It's hard to believe it's the end of 2012 -- which means it's time for another list of books from yours truly. ;) I would've only done the top ten, except that I only have eleven five-star reads this year -- so I will highlight them all. It's always challenging to put this in any kind of order, and I want to point out that it's rather subjective (on top of already being a subjective list), as the way I feel about these books right now is different than I might have felt three months ago. Plus, the top eight are clumped so closely together in my mind (in terms of enjoyment) that they're almost random in their order -- you could simply say that I loved all eleven, and I adored the top eight pretty much equally! (All the covers link to their Tattered Cover book page, fyi.)

That said, let's move to number Seven (out of 111 books read this year):


The Tomorrow Code, by Brian Faulkner
Why did this stay with me? First, it's very exciting. Faulkner knows how to make a good thriller, imo -- and I prefer his thrillers to some of the adult types (which tends to be too long for my taste -- a notable exception includes most of Michael Crichton's books). Second, I like the main characters, all three of them. I love the aboriginal additions, and I thought their different skills were interesting and well-used. Third, I thought the science aspect was fascinating. I have no idea how feasible any of it would be, but I love books that skirt that edge of possibility and believability -- really fun! And fourth, I thought the romance was sweet and not overdone. It was a nice addition to an already enjoyable read. So yes, another highly recommended book (more of a fun, fast read than yesterday's -- but truly, these are somewhat random now that I simply adored them all).