January 1st, 2015


So that was New Year's...

It is genuinely scary to me that 2005 was A DECADE AGO. I had a lot of good times in 2005! Xanga was big and Facebook barely existed! And best of all, that summer I jumped back into online fandom with CSI and Lost, after having pretty much left the concept behind with the cancellation of X-Files, and have never left.

My New Year's Eve was pretty good. Since my mom currently can't have alcohol or sit at a table to play board games, and isn't eating outside of regular meals due to being so sedentary, our usual family activities were curtailed so my mom urged me to spend it with my boyfriend. That is definitely a first!

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Today I just slept until noon and hung out at home. We watched Begin Again, which is an AMAZING movie, even better than I hoped it would be. It's just so feel-good and there are none of those 11th hour Conflicts that usually happen to positive stories with around 15 minutes left, which I always dread to the point that it makes my stomach lurch. And what a BEAUTIFUL soundtrack. The official one apparently has Cee Lo on it, which sounds gross and ruinous, but in the movie it's just 100% fantastic music, most of that being Keira Knightley, non-professionally-trained singer, working an AMAZING light/low register that is everything I want to hear from girls with acoustic guitars, coffeehouse style. I'm listening to "Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home" right now and I could almost swear it's Dianna Agron, that's how good it is.

Your Year in Books: 2014

I don't have a text list or a Quilt of Many Covers on LJ this year, but you can view a larger version of the Quilt of Many Covers on Goodreads (clicking on them takes you to the book's page), or view by details (click "view" to see my review), in ascending order of date read. This year's survey is slightly different from last year's, as I googled for a new base survey and then merged it with a few questions from another base survey I found. That's right, you can't find this exact survey anywhere else. Technically.

1. Best book of 2014:
Oh gosh. Well, The Mongrel of Merryway Farm by Julie Campbell Tathum sent me to the internet to buy the first $4 copy I could find, so it might be that! But I would say Terhune's The Book of Sunnybank, original edition with the photos, is a national treasure and a very close second.

And then Happily After All by Laura Stevenson and the Glee authoresses' books, Choosing Glee and Brunette Ambition.

2.  Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more, but didn't:
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