Top 15 Books 2015

Until I have the time and energy to devote to reshaping my Top 100 list, I’ll take baby steps with the books I’ve read this year. Note: these are not necessarily in order and not necessarily published this year, just read this year. By me. And possibly you. This is always a difficult task but my usual means of deciding which ones make the cut is asking myself “would I actually purchase a second copy and/or re-read this book and/or foist this book on others?” The winners are:

  1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir
  3. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  6. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, #1) by Ryan North
  7. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
  8. Fool’s Quest (The Fitz and The Fool, #2) by Robin Hobb
  9. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  10. The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson
  11. Changes (The Dresden Files, #12) by Jim Butcher
  12. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  13. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  14. Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
  15. Back Story (Paperback) by David Mitchell

Friday Afternoon Music Jam: Stereo Total

Friday Afternoon Music Jam: Bettie Serveet

Did I mention I was going to Aruba? In honor of our upcoming Netherlandy vacation, let’s take a trip back in time to the ’90s and hear some Bettie Serveet which I first learned about via the soundtrack for Amateur. Awww, remember when I used to go see movies?

Friday Afternoon Music Jam: Stereo Nation

On a road trip from middle Georgia to Amelia Island, FL, I was introduced to this song by my cousin.

Top Ten Books 2014

Until I have the time and energy to devote to reshaping my Top 100 list, I’ll take baby steps with the books I’ve read this year. Note: these are not necessarily in order and not necessarily published this year, just read this year. By me. And possibly you. This is always a difficult task but my usual means of deciding which ones make the cut is asking myself “would I actually purchase a second copy and/or re-read this book and/or foist this book on others?” The winners are:

Be advised: the only reason David Mitchell’s Back Story didn’t make it on this year’s list is because I haven’t finished it yet. I’m savoring it. I love it. Note to self: make this #1 on next year’s list.

Directions

I grew up in a small town where “make a right at the convenient store” was given as a legitimate and easily understood direction even though the convenient store wasn’t called that for decades.

When I moved to DC, I delighted in telling visitors to “turn right onto 16th Street until you hit the White House and then turn left.”

I think these directions for our upcoming trip to Aruba take the cake:

When leaving the airport take a left turn (3rd exit) at the roundabout heading towards Oranjestad and the High Rise hotel area. You will be driving with the airport and the ocean on your left.

Stay on this road all the way past the hotels.

The last hotel on the left will be the Ritz Carlton. Stay on this main road (driving with the ocean on your left) you will drive past an old ship wreck and a little further the road will bend to the right where there is  a left turn, take the left turn (signposted for the California Lighthouse 1B).

Friday Afternoon Music Jam: Sam & Dave

This song will always remind me of The Blues Brothers but today I’m dedicated it to Aruba: two weeks!