Wednesday, January 14, 2015

And I Read 2014

In January...

I spent too much time playing Frozen Freefall on my phone.
I performed a poem on MLK Sunday at church.
We had to put Hocus to sleep. *sobs*
I turned 32.
Leila and I spent a weekend in Memphis.

And I read...

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
**The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
**The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
**The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie O'Martian
A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
A Scandal in Bohemia by Arthur Conan Doyle
*Stand Tall by Joan Bauer

In February...

Corey and I traveled to Israel for almost two weeks.
I stood in the Sea of Galilee.
My heart broke for Palestine and Israel.
The boys spent two weeks with their grandparents in Tennessee.

And I read...

A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
The Future of Us by Jay Asher
Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

In March...

I spent a lot of time trying to process my experiences in the Holy Land.
I began the process of getting Haydn back into public school.
I organized lessons for the last months of homeschool.
I wrestled with the book I was writing.
My small group did the 7 Study and I learned some hard things about myself.
Haydn turned 12.

And I read...

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan
The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
Girl at the End of the World by Elizabeth Esther
Couldn't Keep it to Myself by Wally Lamb
Atchison Blue by Judith Valente
Rilke's Book of Hours by Ranier Maria Rilke

In April...

I only wore 7 articles of clothing for 7 days.
I shared poetry via Instagram, daily, for National Poetry Month.
A tornado hit our town and destroyed so much.
My boys helped serve food at a church in the path of the twister.
My sister's youngest, Ronan, was born.

And I read...

*Wildwood by Colin Meloy
Where Fault Lies by Carrie May Lucas
**Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
She Loves You, She Loves You Not by Julie Anne Peters

In May...

There was a lot of title brainstorming for the book I was writing.
Corey took a solitary silent retreat.
We adopted two kittens, The Doctor and River Song.
Corey spent a LOT of time doing tornado clean up.
I binged on Mad Men.
David turned 10.
Savannah turned 14.
I got to beta read Tracie's book.

And I read...

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The 7 Experiment (Study Book) by Jen Hatmaker
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
In the Dark Before Dawn: New Selected Poems by Thomas Merton
Lay it on My Heart by Angela Pneuman

In June...

I tried to regain my footing after completing a draft of Renascence.
My previous agent and I decided to part ways.
Haydn went to Camp Lake Stephens for a week.
I wrote a few vignettes.
My friend, Amanda, got married, and Corey did the ceremony.
One of my girls from our previous church got married. I felt old and very proud.

And I read...

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
I Shall Not Be Moved by Maya Angelou
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
Harmless by Dana Reinhardt
Deenie by Judy Blume

In July...

I returned to the query trenches.
I ate too much Taco Bell, because I was stressed.
I made an awesome new writer friend, Carlee.
Haydn got braces.
David and I went to South Carolina for a week.

And I read...

*Loser by Jerry Spinelli
*Melissa Explains it All by Melissa Joan Hart
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
The Group by Mary McCarthy
*The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
*Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

In August...

I took a poetry class and really got a lot out of it.
The boys returned to public school.
I decided to enter Pitch Wars.
Gifs became a regular part of my blog.
I became a Jamberry consultant.

And I read...

Between by Megan Whitmer
The Secret Place by Tana French
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Story of the World Vol III by Susan Wise Bauer
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

In September...

I got into Pitch Wars with the awesome Dannie Morin as my mentor!
I had a bad experience and my friend, Amy, made me laugh until I felt so much better.
I dove headfirst into MAJOR revisions for Pitch Wars.

And I read...

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Nun Too Soon by Alice Loweecey
(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
The Rule of Saint Benedict by Benedict of Nursia

In October...

There was a lot more revising.
I beta-read for my friend, Carlee.
I spent a few days on Lake Martin with some of the Middle Sisters.
The Pitch Wars deadline arrived.
I was the TARDIS for Halloween.

And I read...

This One is Mine by Maria Semple
*Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
The Sweetest Hallelujah by Elaine Hussey

In November...

I spent a weekend with girlfriends in Brandon.
We bought onesies.
I participated in (and won) NaNoWriMo.
I ate a lot of Twizzlers.
I got a lot of requests in Pitch Wars.
There was a BIG happiness I will blog about soon.
I had family here for Thanksgiving.

And I read...

The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit by Graham Joyce
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
*The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
Larger Than Life by Jodi Picoult
The Memory Garden by M. Rickert
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

In December...

Corey and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary.
Our cats started spending more time outside to save the Christmas tree.
I caught the flu from Haydn and watched a LOT of Netflix.

And I read...

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
**A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Homeland and Other Stories by Barbara Kingsolver



  1. Thanks so much, Heather! I'm satisfied for now ;) but I'd really like to know which reads were your favorites and why! We didn't read any of the same books this year but many that you read are on my shelf or Kindle and will get moved to the top of the list!

  2. It's so satisfying to see lists like this! I'm still amazed that you can keep track and whittle months down into concise solid facts. That feels beyond me!


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