December 2014.

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Christmas is done and the New Year is almost upon us. So has anybody made their resolutions list yet?

I’m usually one of those people who makes resolutions and then keeps them for about the first fifteen days of the New Year. It’s usually something like, work out more, eat better, and lose weight. Blah, blah, same old, same old.

But this year, I’m thinking why bother with resolutions of change? Not that the beginning of a new year isn’t a great time to try and create yourself in to a better self. It’s just, I think my life is pretty great the way it is. So instead of thinking of nit-picky, negative things that I only manage to do for two weeks, I’m going to take a different approach to the New Year this go round.

This time, I’m going to make a list of everything that’s good in my life. A list of all the things I enjoy! Things that I’d like to see continue seeing or happening in my life for the next 365 days. It will be a list of positive things. Positive energy attracts more positive energy, right? I’ll put the list up somewhere where I can see it all year.

So, it won’t really be a resolutions list. It will be something to remind me that good things happen all the time and I don’t need drastic changes to obtain some unattainable perfection.

To being happy and a happy New Year.

Cheers,

Katherine

Peculiar children

I give this book 3.75 out of 5 stars.

Perhaps I’ve given this book a slightly lower star review than it deserves. I read the first three quarters of it in a day or two but then got distracted. That’s not unusual for me. It was another week before I picked it up again and finished the rest. Maybe the break between starting and finishing made the story lose a little of its magic for me.

There were defiantly a few things I really liked about the book. For starters, the plot is unique. Which can be rare in today’s YA fiction genre. This Author, Ransom Riggs, over some time, stockpiled vintage snap shot photos that he collected for anywhere he could find them. He selected just fifty photos to go in to this book. Because there was no way of really knowing the true stories behind the photos… he wrote them. Each photo inspires a character, a scene, a happening.

As a writer, (and person who also owns a huge box of vintage photos) I can appreciate the talent and creativity that must have gone in to producing a book like this. It would defiantly be very different type of writing process. One I might like to try for myself one day.

My favorite part of the whole book is close to the end. (Sorry, spoiler alert) Page 344 in my copy. Jacob, the main character has finally found the strength in himself to make a decision. He must decide whether or not to go follow his new found friends on a journey to God only know where. If he goes, he would have to leave everything, and everyone he’s ever know behind and perhaps never see them again. Or he could decide to go back to the life he had. A life where everyone thinks he’s crazy, where the safety he thought he had never really existed.

In this scene Jacob finally finds his voice to tell his dad the decision he’s made.

I wonder for a moment if I would have to run from him. I pictured my dad holding me down, calling for help, loading me onto the ferry with arms locked in a straitjacket.

“I’m not coming with you,” I said.

His eyes narrowed and he coked his head, as if he hasn’t heard properly…

I love how in this book you can see how fragile Jacobs personality was, and how he finally, he come in to his own.

So, I do recommend this book. It’s different. It’s quirky. It’s a good read.

3.75 out of 5 stars… or maybe a little better than that.