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2016 Reading List II

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One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to read more. Last year, on the very last day of 2015, I listed the physical copies of the books that I own but have not yet read. Today, five days into the new year, I will be listing the books on my Nook that I have not yet read.

All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr — I bought this book after a friend recommended it to me. It’s a WWII historical fiction novel, ’nuff said.

Allegiant, by Veronica Roth — Book 3 in the Divergent Trilogy. I read the first book Divergent and loved it. But for some reason, I could not get into book 3 and even book 2. I feel as if Divergent could have done well as just a single book and not as a part of a sequel or trilogy.

Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn — I read Gone Girl and loved it! So naturally, I wanted to read another one of Flynn’s books…

The Silent Sister, by Diane Chamberlain — I’ve read a few of Chamberlain’s books and again wanted to read more of her work.

Witch & Wizard (Witch & Wizard Series Book 1), by James Patterson

The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai

Nothing Happens Until It Happens To You: A Novel Without Pay, Perks, or Privileges, by T.M. Shine

Chill Factor: A Novel, by Sandra Brown

Souls of the Stones Omnibus (The Complete Trilogy), by Kelly Walker

The House Girl, by Tara Conklin

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of his Trip to Heaven and Back, by Todd Burpo

Insurgent, by Veronica Roth — As mentioned above, I could not finish the second book of the Divergent trilogy. But willing to try again for the sake of finishing a trilogy and besides I did watch the movie.

The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust, by Edith H. Beer

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed

The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair — I’ve been meaning to read this book after I took a US history class at SNHU…

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

Calling Invisible Women: A Novel, by Jeanne Ray

The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom — I read The First Phone Call From Heaven and The Five People You Met in Heaven and loved them.

How Lucky You Are, by Kristyn Kusek Lewis

Deja Dead, by Kathy Reichs

The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks — One of my favorite writers.

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

So, I guess I better get off the blog and start reading! 🙂 But have you read any of these books? Are any of these books on your 2016 Reading List? If so, let me know!

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Looking Back in Order to Move Forward

To be honest, I don’t really like long titles. I prefer short ones. The ones that make you stop and go “Hey! What’s that?” and then start you on a long process of rumination. But, for some reason, this title seems fitting somewhat. And when I’m writing, I tend to go with my gut instinct, with whatever sounds just right.

And the title is absolutely right! I am looking back towards 2015, at all the great changes that have happened this year. Perhaps at 26 I would have liked for some of the changes to happen just a little bit earlier. But I keep reminding myself that life happens at its own pace. Some of us are destined to have our lives picture perfect before the age of 24, while the rest of us are still struggling to find our footing, to discover who we were meant to be all along.

And even though I don’t believe in God, or any higher being, I still cling on to fate. Yes, I believe in fate. I believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe that everything that has happened to me at 26 (and prior to that) will be revealed in due time. I have to believe. Otherwise, how can I continue to have faith that everything will be okay in the end? And I do believe that everything will be okay. In the end.

At the beginning of the year, you know that I was in school. I was attending Southern New Hampshire University online. Well, I finally did it! I graduated! I can now say that I am a college graduate. I have a B.A. in Communications. It is honestly the proudest moment of my life. I’ve been working toward this moment since I was in high school, first filling out college applications and taking the new SAT (by the way, there’s going to be a new new SAT in 2016. Why??).

My eight year journey of college (2.5 years at Furman University in SC, .5 year in Berlin, Germany and then 1.5 years at SNHU) finally ended in 2015. It took so long because I took a leave of absence that soon became a four year leave of absence. But those four years weren’t a complete waste. I wasn’t sitting at home, watching TV and netflix all day. I was working retail and then during my off hours I was trying to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Well, now that I am a college graduate, I have narrowed it down to Marketing, PR, Social Media and Higher Education. Of course, I’m still holding on to my old childhood dream of becoming a published writer (hopefully next year in 2016!).

Even though I haven’t yet found my dream job, I’m hoping that that will happen next year, in 2016. In the meantime, I am picking continuing to pick up valuable skills that are not taught in the classroom. Specifically, I have went on a handful of interviews (face-to-face, virtual, phone) and had the extraordinary opportunity to connect with various recruiters and HR managers. I’ve learned how to communicate effectively, as well as persuasively, to get my point across (although that last part is really due to my Communications degree).

Some of these interviews went well, some not so well. Regardless of the outcome, I learned something new from every single one. For example, I learned about presenting my best self forward. I also learned about each of these companies from countless hours of research.

As with every year since 1999, Nanowrimo happened again this year. And this year, instead of just reaching 50,000 and stopping, no matter what. I finished my novel. I began the month of November with a good idea of how I want to begin, and end, my book. I planned out my characters and my plot, and then made sure that I had conflict.

And I finished. I finally finished a novel at just under 60K. Currently, I’m in the middle of editing my book (another first!) Maybe, just maybe, I will try to get my book published next in 2016.

As a result of Nanowrimo, I’ve also started to use to Twitter. More. Much, more more. And I’m finding that I’m really enjoying it. I love interacting with people on social media. I love participating in Tweet Chats. For example, there was a #MillennialTalk Tweet Chat that I attended this evening. I feel like I learn something new whenever I’m on Twitter. And I’m lovin’ it!

And then, on a more personal level, I found out that I’m expecting. Currently, I’m 30 weeks. It’s been pretty easy so far, and for that I’m grateful.

So, 2015. 2015 was a year of change… graduation, writing, soon-to-b new baby. I can’t wait to see what 2016 will hold for me. Stay tuned for my next post which will focus on 2016 and my New Year’s resolutions and goals. But in the meantime, tell me how 2015 has been for you!