2015 Reading Challenge

I’ve already told you about my 30 book goal for this upcoming year, but why don’t we kick it up a few notches? This list has 50 different challenges so hopefully I’ll be able to knock out a few with each book.

I can already see that some of the books I plan to read fit these categories, but several look to be far out of my typical genres/preferences. Thanks to Lynette for posting this list!

Lynette Noni

Look what I found! I am SO doing this! Anyone with me?

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Strategies for a Southpaw’s Resolutions

Photo by Kolby

Photo Credit: Kolby Kirk

The new year brings with it new beginnings, new relationships, new goals, and those pesky goals we didn’t quite meet last year.

As a PT student, we’re learning how to write goals for our patients, and it is easy to apply those lessons to New Year’s Resolutions. A declared goal is an accomplished one–or at least a more likely to be accomplished one. There are a few components that make a good goal: S.M.A.R.T. Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely.  Here are my three biggest new year’s resolutions, how I’m going to achieve them, and how you can use my strategies for yourself.

I have always been a big reader, but as the demands of graduate school grow I’ve found myself turning more to mind numbing television, which, while entertaining, doesn’t provoke as much thought as a good book. Continue reading

Try – Colbie Caillat

Every time that I listen to this song I either get goosebumps or teary-eyed. There aren’t many songs that affect me as strongly as this one does, and I wish every person could hear it at least once in their life. When I first watched the video, I had no idea what the song was about. It panned through a few women lip syncing, and I didn’t think anything looked strange or interesting. The women looked “normal” because Continue reading

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am still relatively new to thrillers, but even I can see Flynn’s Gone Girl is a great asset to the genre. I listened to the audiobook so instead of drawing me back to the page time and time again, this novel had me sitting in the car even after I had pulled up to my apartment just to finish the current chapter. I’d frantically pause before the next one began otherwise I knew I would be caught for another twenty minutes at least.

While others may have seen the twists coming, Continue reading

Honey, I’m Good – Andy Grammer

As soon as you click play on this song, you know it’s going to be good. I’ve been listening to Andy Grammer ever since my friend Amanda got me hooked in college. Two weeks ago, a close friend got engaged to the love of her life and this song popped to mind. The newly-engaged pair are both swing dancers and this upbeat song (while a tad fast at the intro) makes me think of Continue reading