If we were having coffee… I’d be drinking ginger tea, my preferred beverage for the last couple days because I brought a head cold home from our holiday visiting. I also caught a mild stomach bug while we were there and then there was that month-long sinus infection not that long ago…so either 1) I’ve had my quota of illness for a while or 2) it’s one of those seasons where I catch every bug that goes around. Fingers crossed for #1.
If we were having coffee… I’d confess I don’t even want to think about New Year’s resolutions this year. Not in a negative way, but because I have plenty (maybe more than plenty) of goals/projects currently in progress. I won’t be starting any new ones just because it’s January!
If we were having coffee… Maybe you’d like to chat about books? I recently browsed my Goodreads year in books, so my favorite reads from last year are fresh in my mind. I was a bit surprised that I only gave four 5-star ratings, but I am pretty picky (and maybe a bit capricious) about that. I read quite a few books that were almost 5-stars, so I’ll give you my 4.5-star books too, just for fun.
Exhalation: stories, by Ted Chiang.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers.
The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, by Jamil Zaki.
Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery, by Christie Aschwanden.
The Steerswoman, by Rosemary Kirstein.
The Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon.
The Raven Tower, by Ann Leckie. The narrator is a rock, and also a god.
Arrive at Easterwine: The Autobiography of a Ktistec Machine, by R.A. Lafferty. In the running for strangest book I have ever read.
The Terra Ignota series, by Ada Palmer.
The Queen’s Thief series, by Megan Whalen Turner.
Range: How Generalists Thrive in a Specialized World, by David Epstein.
Training for the Uphill Athlete: A Manual for Mountain Runners and Ski Mountaineers, by Steve House. (I’ll probably be blogging about this one soon…)
User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play, by Cliff Kuang. I was thoroughly creeped out by the end of this one (the author is more optimistic than I).
The Undying, by Anne Boyer.