Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Year in Review - 2009

I know, I know. I changed my template again. But it had to be done. As cool as the last one was, it had too many kinks and I'm not e-savvy enough to figure them out.

So my friend asked me what my top 3 things were that happened in 2009. Naming just three things is impossible! This year, hubby and I went to Italy with some friends (AMAZING…can’t wait to go back); we got a second boxer, Duke, whom Mylie now can't live without; we got new carpet (somewhat in part because of Duke); fixed up three rooms in the house (which took awhile, because we are DIYers); finally bought some furniture for the master bedroom (no more TV trays for nightstands!); AND I finished my first novel. What a year!

Adult books of note that I've read in 2009: The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen. One of my favorite books now. Magical realism nestled in a sweet story. Look for her new one coming out this Spring! The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Really well written, with great characters. The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Much better written than the Twilight series, her adult novel debut is gripping (after page 80). Give it a chance. It’s a really creative story. I loved it. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. Interesting character weaving. I plan to continue the series. Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson. Light and cutesy story, with not nearly enough romance. But I found myself getting into it anyway. Austenland by Shannon Hale. I’m a sucker for stuff like this if it’s done right, and I felt like this one was. I never saw the ending coming. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Amazing. Everyone must read it. You’ll never look at your dog the same way again.

YA books of note that I've read in 2009: The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Best books I’ve read all year. Both really solid stories that are impossible to put down. The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. Very interesting story with twists you never see coming. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Unique POV, and some very straightforward thought. Worth a read – it’s short. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. This is the new Twilight, ladies and gents, but much better written. I can’t get it out of my head.

TV shows I got sucked into this year: Glee (YES, I am a GleeK); The Vampire Diaries; Eastwick; Modern Family; Community; Parks and Recreation.
Very angry they canceled Pushing Daisies, Samantha Who? and Life on Mars.
STILL mad about October Road getting canceled, even though it was forever ago.
Can't wait for LOST' s final season!!!

Books to look forward to in 2010: The Hunger Games # 3 by Suzanne Collins; The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen; Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater. Will Stephenie Meyer EVER write a sequel to The Host???

Movies I liked in 2009: The Proposal; The Blind Side; BBC Miniseries Lost in Austen (I’m obsessed, to tell you the truth); Confessions of a Shopaholic; UP; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Marley and Me; Sherlock Holmes (go see it while it's still out!!)

Movies to look forward to in 2010: Alice in Wonderland; Iron Man 2; When in Rome; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; And I’ll go see The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, just because I will. And I’ll also go see Valentine’s Day and Toy Story 3.

Hard to believe another decade has passed. Hard to believe 10 years ago I was still a junior in high school, boyfriendless, and angry at reading and writing because it was required. Now I’ve been married three years, have a house and two dogs, and I can’t stop reading and writing. Time changes everything.

I hope everyone experienced a great 2009, and will have an even more blessed 2010!

Happy New Year!


  1. Ha ha, I change my template about once a month, so you're not alone. I've been meaning to read Shiver, but now that I have time, perhaps I should pick it up. I'm a Gleek too! Seriously, I can't wait for next season. And wasn't Blindside amazing?

  2. Tiana - didn't you just LOVE the Glee season finale? It's going to be a long wait for next season. You'll probably love Shiver. It's very emotionally involved in the heads of the characters...but aren't teens like that? They throw themselves head first into love without thought.

  3. Hi Kristin! Thank you for following my blog!

  4. I'm in love with Glee and Modern Family and I can't wait for LOST!!! Did you read the 12 days of Lostmas on It's under the Watch With Kristin section and there are so many hints about the new season!!!

  5. oooo I'll have to look into that! I'll be sad when LOST is over forever, but I'm ready to have all those loose ends tied!

  6. I change my blog layout every other day -- it's my resolve to stick to one layout in the new year. :> I am currently reading SHIVER and enjoying it. HUNGER GAMES and DEMON'S LEXICON are definitely on my reading list!