What’s the title? Who wrote it?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
How’d you read it?
Why are you reading this book?
I saw a few folks writing about either the book or the TV show so it got on my radar that way. Then I saw the physical book for sale at Costco but told myself I had plenty of other books to read. I caved three days later, when I had finished my last book and didn’t find anything on my bookshelf and/or Kindle very exciting.
What is the first line?
People disappear all the time. Ask any policeman. Better yet, ask a journalist. Disappearances are bread- and- butter to journalists.
Describe the book in haiku form:
ring of stone. magic.
she’s English, saved bysome Scots
one is hunk named Jamie
What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
xxx keep and loan out to friends/recommend they download xxx
keep to read again & again & again
throw it away/delete from the Kindle
Anything else you’d like to say?
She gets sent back and time and does remarkably well for herself, despite the fact all she knows about that time period if from her husband’s rambling. The romance is corny but not too much it’s distracting.
(This is book 2 of the 15 I want to read this year.)
I have this little notebook I take with me everywhere I go to write down ideas or blog posts and, knowing it was late August, I dutifully wrote down “On turning 30.” No notes about what sort of thing to write or what point I’d be trying to get across, just “On turning 30.” Well, that’s not helpful.
It’s a title for a blog post that should have some great, sweeping purpose. Things I’ve learned. Things I’ve done. Things I wish I’d done. Why turning 30 is a really big deal. Why turning 30 just means another birthday party and another year has passed.
But, if I’m honest, I’ve got nothing that important to say to guide anyone else on how to react to turning 30. That said, I feel like this next year is going to be particularly amazing, so why not shift my focus towards the future?
In my usual style, I made a list of what I want to do. Nothing too crazy (you’ll notice skydiving and moving to Paris did not make the list), just some things I’d like to make every effort to accomplish this next year. I’ll call it my “30 while 30” list; and, please, someone keep me accountable for actually checking some things off this list.
- Volunteer as block coordinator and really commit
- Read 15 books
- Go to a MLS or other professional-level soccer game
- Open a cookbook to a random page and make whatever comes up (with Matt’s help)
- Start a compost bin
- Host a board games night
- Visit 3 of the memorials in DC
- Send a friend in need a care package
- Go kayaking
- Sew a skirt for myself
- Make a snow angel
- Send 15 handwritten letters
- Get certified in CPR
- Learn to drive a stick shift
- See a financial planner
- Journal every day for a month
- Make Christmas cards for my friends and family
- Have family photos taken
- Start a holiday tradition
- Visit 10 breweries or wineries or distilleries
- Decorate my office
- Go fruit/veggie picking
- Take portraits of 25 people
- Knit myself a sweater (that I actually wear)
- Watch airplanes at Gravely Point
- Fill all notebooks in the house before buying new ones
- Get an allergy test
- Document a “day in my life” in photographs
- Help fund a Kickstarter project
- Make a pie on Pi day