Archive for February, 2015


As I wrote about before I am doing the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge this year.  Since it is two months in I thought I’d post an update of where I am.  Here are the 24 books of the challenge – I’ve read 4 so far so in terms of an average books per month to read I am on schedule.

  1. A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25 – 8 February White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  2. A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
  3. A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
  4. A book published by an indie press
  5. A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
  6. A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
  7. A book that takes place in Asia
  8. A book by an author from Africa
  9. A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
  10. A microhistory
  11. A YA novel
  12. A sci-fi novel
  13. A romance novel
  14. A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
  15. A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
  16. An audiobook
  17. A collection of poetry
  18. A book that someone else has recommended to you
  19. A book that was originally published in another language
  20. A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?) – 27 February – Ms. Marvel: No Normal – G. Willow Wilson
  21. A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
  22. A book published before 1850
  23. A book published this year26 February – First Frost – Sarah Addison Allen
  24. A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)19 February – Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

2015 Project 52 – Week 8

Went to my first MLS matches this past weekend at the Preseason Desert Diamond Cup.  The match between the New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids ended in a tie and wasn’t very exciting, but the second match between the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City was way more exciting.  This was definitely helped by the fact that there were a fair number of loud and enthusiastic Sounders fans in attendance.  All in all a fun Saturday evening and I got to see a couple of USMNT players – Graham Zusi and Clint Dempsey play which was nice.

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2015 Project 52 – Week 7

Snapped this sweet picture of Lucky enjoying a warm evening on the patio.

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2015 Project 52 – Week 6

While much of the country has been freezing and snowy, we are having unseasonably warm weather here in Tucson.  A nice lovely day to sit outside and write under the blue skies and orange trees at Raging Sage.

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2015 Project 52 – Week 5

I made bagels yesterday – kind of proud of myself, they were really yummy.IMG_2736