Reading Challenge – Update

Update on my 12-12-12 Reading Challenge

If you remember back in February I posted a challenge to read 12 books, in 12 months, 12 different categories.  I’m not sure I accomplished it but I am going to own up to my successes and failures on this blog.

I promised you an update and here it is:

A book published this year

I read several published this year but the one that, in my opinion was the most memorable was A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels.

A book you can finish in a day

For the first time I picked up a poetry book.  I really didn’t like it.  I’m not going to blame the book or the author because I’m sure it is totally my inability to understand poetry.  Milk and Honey by Kaur

A book you’ve been meaning to read

Another one I didn’t like My Beautiful Friend by Elena Ferrante.  I found it boring and, although I think I want to check the other three books in the series, I have not been able to do that….. it was bad.

A book recommended by local librarian or bookseller

I don’t think I was recommended any books by a librarian or a book seller.  I must ask for next year.

A book you should have read in school

Animal Farm by George Orwell.  I should have read it in Political Science and honestly I’m not sure how I made it 4 years of being a Political Science major and not reading it.  I didn’t like it and wound up giving it two stars.

A book chosen for you by someone you know (spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF)

Most of the books I read were suggested by people on GoodReads or YouTube.  I think I can safely say that most of them were.  The one I will refer to here is a recommendation from YouTube and it’s Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

A book published before you were born

Hmmm no idea.  Perhaps another one to wait for next year.  I’m really old, this may not exist 😉

A book that was banned at some point

hmmmmm don’t know what this would be.

A book you previously abandoned

I kept trying with Anna Karenina ….  still abandoned 😦

A book you own but have never read

I thought I was going to be able to unbox my books this year and put them neatly on my brand new book shelves but I never got the bookshelves so I will have to come back to this next year.  The books I read this year are all new acquisitions.

A book that intimidates you

This was supposed to be Anna Karenina by Tolstoy but ….. again…. I’m intimated enough that I never read it….. 2017 is the year.  I started it on 3 occasions and never made it through.

A book you’ve already read at least once

I don’t tend to re-read books but I will just so I can say this challenge is completed.  Not sure what it will be.

The Gilmore Girls – Are you ready?


Unless you are from another planet …. ok or maybe you’re not obsessed with the life of a mother and daughter as they grow up together …. you are not aware that the Gilmore Girls is making an appearance on a television set near you (in your living room perhaps) during the Thanksgiving Season.

It’s only one day and it will be a marathon (a few hours) I will be recording and saving on my DVR (do people still use DVRs?)

In honor of such great news I thought I’d share and help you prepare for the event.  Here is the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.  How many have you read?

Book Review – Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own PersonYear of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to admit that I went into this book with a lot of expectations and I am very impressed that it did not disappoint me. I don’t watch a lot of television and I will admit that out of all of Shonda Rhimes’s shows I have only watched one and not even an entire series. I guess I have little patience for television. However, the little bit of her series I watched (will remain nameless) I enjoyed due to the dialogue and the relationship between the characters. So, when I picked up this book I expected to feel the same.

I expected to feel as if I were sitting at a coffee shop with Shonda Rhimes talking about “stuff.” Because Shonda and I are one 😉 and she tells me tons of stuff. We’re buddies… you see?!

I liked that I felt the same she does and her book allowed me to be ok with feeling that way. Not only because someone else feels that way but because, according to her, and she is very convincing, there is a way out. I actually have a blog post about feeling like an impostor when I got my promotion which means that I have to work my you know what off in case someone is going to find out that they made a mistake….

Although it sounds like a very simply concept, saying yes to most things can be terrifying. This book has made me thing about starting my own challenge of saying yes….. Notice I just said thinking about… I’m not ready to let go of my security blanket…. I’m busy, really busy. These laws are not going to read and analyze themselves and the clients are expecting my advice.

Great book. I would recommend it.

View all my reviews