punkheid: (Waves of a fairytale)
Muchacho by Emmanuel Lepage )

ノルウェイの森上、下 by 村上春樹 )

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell )

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell )

Uprooted by Naomi Novik )

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Gardner )

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain )

Pug, l’apprenti ; Milamber, le mage ; Silverthorn by R. E. Feist, translated by Antoine Ribes )

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis )

(53. I also randomly re-read HBP during the year for an intensely competitive pub quiz in a series of of quizzes with one per book. Our team of two came in third place – I was half grumpy about this and half proud, as we only dropped two points. I didn’t have time for a full 2016 HP Re-read, but I’m planning to start 2017 off right by getting straight to it :D)
punkheid: (A bookshop by the sea; in the rain)
Happy New Year (when it comes)!!

I'm pretty excited about 2015 right now, sitting on the couch feeling cosy and yet sort of new. I've made a lot of progress this year: I found a job that I quite like, I've been seeing a counsellor and with his help am doing better mentally, I've gone back to some favourite hobbies that had slipped away, and I've kept trying to do the things that I think are important in spite of frequent setbacks. There were many scary times when I was so terrified of things that I thought I couldn't make it, or when I became paralysed or frantic. I'm proud to have made it through that, and I feel good about the coming year, hopeful that I'll keep getting better.

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real? )
punkheid: (A bookshop by the sea; in the rain)
This year I started out with the goal of reading 30 books, which was, in some ways, I think, a bit of a mistake: I don't want one of my main hobbies to become something that I have to feel guilty about not doing. I think this has become clear partially because I've already read 20-something, so the pressure is off a bit, but that's a good lesson for the future.

I've been reviewing the books for a couple of reasons - it started out because I just didn't want to forget them as soon as I'd taken them back to the library, but then I noticed that I also realise their subconscious impact if I'm pushing myself to write something down, so I'm getting more out of them this way.

clarity of mind )
punkheid: (A bookshop by the sea; in the rain)
It's sooo gooood to be reading again ♥ It's so easy for it to fall by the wayside when you have loads of other things to do, but I've missed just curling up on the couch with an actual, physical book. I want to keep track for a while, of what I've read, what I've liked, in the hopes that it'll keep me in the habit.

Midnight's Children, The God of Small Things, The Summer Without Men, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, Polina )

Completely unrelatedly, LJ and Delicious have both just brought out updates that I don't like :/ I feel a bit old and crotchety >.>;
punkheid: (Gingerbread and cinnamon)

Our Christmas tree is maybe two and a half feet tall; it's incredibly endearing :D )

My mum's arriving tonight, kick-starting the Christmassy activities, so just in case I'm not on here for a while: Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyful Yule, etc.! ♥


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