Recapping 2017

Alright readers, it’s that time in our lives – the changing of the years. That famous time for looking back and evaluating our lives and making promises of things to come. So, let’s do just that – let’s take a look back and see what I wanted to accomplish and if I reached my goals …

  • Reading – I set a goodreads goal of reading 25 books (not including ones I read as part of library lessons) and I did succeed in that. I also wanted to complete a reading challenge set forth by Modern Mrs Darcy. She created two challenges and I set the ambitious goal of completing both. I did not reach that goal, only completing one. You can read about that here, as well as seeing reviews on both this blog and visiting my goodreads account. Click here to see my “year in review” via goodreads.
  • Exercise/Health – I did not complete a marathon and have actually put that idea on hold indefinitely as I continue to heal an old ankle injury, but I did make strives on being a more healthier version of me. One major accomplishment in this area is that I have biked one-way the entire length of the American River Bike trail (about 32 miles in length) in a single trip.
  • Photography – I continued participating in Fat Mum Slim‘s daily photography challenge, and once again failed to complete an entire month, or even an entire year of photographs. But I did capture some images I’m sure will be favorites in future years. Below are my top 9 photos on Instagram.vinotea_full
  • Writing – I again participated in NaNoWriMo, though I did not finish my novel. I also continued writing for fun, along with book reviews.
  • Blog – I don’t think I posted much more than book reviews this year, but thanks for sticking around regardless.
  • Personal projects – Still a work in progress making my house my home and I’ve taken up sewing as a hobby. The letter project is still in progress.

2017 Reading Challenge Recap

Here is the challenge I set to complete for 2017 – Modern Mrs. Darcy 2017 reading challenge. With the year at a close, it is time to officially tell you how I did …


Book List: 2 of 12 complete

  • A book you chose for the cover
  • A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able
  • A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit
  • A book you’ve already read
  • A juicy memoir – Rise: How a House Built a Family
  • A book about books or reading
  • A book in a genre you usually avoid
  • A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read
  • A book in the backlist of a new favorite author
  • A book recommended by someone with great taste
  • A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet: NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
  • A book about a topic or subject you already love



Book List: 12 of 12 complete

  • A Newbery Award winner or Honor book – The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  • A book in translation: GermanMy Family for the War
  • A book that’s more than 600 pages: 665 pagesThe Marvels
  • A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection: PoetryBrown Girl Dreaming
  • A book of any genre that addresses current events – I Am Malala
  • An immigrant story – Shooting Kabul
  • A book published before you were born (1983): Original publication, 1979Stephanie
  • Three books by the same author: The Boy of a Thousand Faces, The Houdini Box, and WonderstruckBrian Selznick
  • A book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author: Emery LordWhen We Collided
  • A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending – Bluebird
  • A book nominated for an award in 2017: Stonewall Award, Children’s and Young Adult LiteratureIf I Was Your Girl
  • A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner: 2016 National Book Award, Young People’s LiteratureMarch: Book Three