Monday, December 31, 2012

Twelve for '12 Recap


Before This year comes to a quick close, I wanted to take a moment to look back at the goals that I set for this last year. Also, recapping this list will help me focus and narrow down my goals for next year.
So here were my Twelve for '12 and how well I did or didn't do with each one.
1. Read 65 Books (moving on up in the reading world)
This one is a high source of disappointment for me. I was able to meet my 2011 goal of 52 books (averaging a book a week), so I amped up my goal. But I have only 39 completed novels for the year. The list will be a separate post, but I feel as though I have failed my inner bibliophile.
2. Get My Passport. Go to Mexico, Go to Canada... Just GO!
I didn't do this one either. So, no traveling was done.
3. Blog at least once a week (we'll see how this one goes.)
Now I'm 0-3. This was not a good blogging year for me. I think about what I would or could be posting about often, but that doesn't quite count.
4. Complete a "crafty" project- Oi. Another rough one
I am not quite sure if any of these count. But, I drew J a picture of her "Hierarchy of Awesomeness" with my remedial level drawing skills of all the reasons why I adore her. I also, just a few days ago, someone had left some Christmas rope from some present wrapping they had left behind and I cut it into 3 pieces and made a braided bracelet and gave it to one of the server's daughters who came in. Other than that. Nada
5. Read the entire Book of Mormon (Again)
Nope.
6. Continue to build close relaionships with my fam.
Finally one that I can say that I completed. I have been working with Reese in T individually and with my parents to help them to understand more about me and my history in the hopes that they would be more able to support me in a way that I will allow. I finally went on, and enjoyed a family vacation. Hawaii this summer was awesome. I have never been around my family (my mom especially) for that long without some major argument. I have even caught myself feeling excited to go home both in November and for Christmas this year. I think that marks quite positive progress.
7. Have a Completly sober year
YAY!! I finally have another car!
Unfortunately no. Mind you, I have only a small number of moments or days that I spent not in sobriety, which is HUGE progress. But, I know that doesn't excuse the mistakes I did make.
8. Get another car- I'm becoming desperate.
I was almost positive that this goal was just not going to happen this year. But I am so glad this time to be wrong!!!
9. "Speak"- With Timmy and Tash there to cheer me on
Maybe I can squeeze a half point for this one. I did get the privilege to be a Recovery Speaker early this year. And while Timmy and Tash were unable to make it upstairs to sit in on the group... I was able to have Becca and Jess, 2 of my fave techs ever were right there smiling at my answers, giving me various hugs all afternoon, chatting with La and I... Jess even at one point crying. When I saw her welling up I was like, "Stop that! Why are you crying?!?!" and her response was, "Because Steph. I have known you, watched you and have helped treat you for over 4 years now. and I have been waiting all this time to hear you say something like that." It was such a cool experience.
10. Journal. Even when the journey seems too painful or too boring to mention. (you regret not doing it EVERY TIME)
Yet another goal that I struggled with. I did fairly well until early summer and then my usually avid journal writing came to a halt.
11. Date. More than once. Move closer towards an intimate relationship.
I did. And it was both good for me and extremely rough. Good for me to see that there are men that are interested in me, good to practice taking a relationship slowly, just getting to know another person that I was interested in, being flirtatious, learning to accept his compliments, trying to integrate physical closeness, hand holding, hugging, hell we even fell asleep cuddling. These are all things that I was totally unsure when or if they would EVER show up for me.
The not so good... as he ended up treating me in the way that I fear most. That our attempt at a romantic relationship flopped more than Lindsay Lohan's career, which is a bummer to say the least. And figuring out how to bounce back from that has been quite the task.
12. "Meet" with Dad at the ocean.
It was sad and beautiful and sappy and cliche and all kinds of things. But, I figure that there was no better place to attempt this than Hawaii. Wondering whether the sand that washed up and got all over our toes was sand that he had traveled with. And instead of feeling sorry for myself and feeling pathetic, I just smiled and let my voice carry the words of my letter to him out into the sea. Til we meet again Daddy.

Looking back it seems as though I didn't do as well with my goals as a whole. But I do believe that I have continued to move forward this year. I still have so much that I want to change and improve but I am still a different woman, a better and more whole human being today than I was 365 days ago. And I guess that is the best I can do.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

My Year in Books

Here is my yearly list of the books that I enjoyed, struggled through, devoured, nibbled on and experienced the whole spectrum of human emotion. Which is ultimately why I read. I connect so much easier to the characters in the books I read over actual people. But, without labeling that fact as pathetic or grounds to be considered a loner, I am glad that I am this way. I can read and watch how all kinds of people experience their world, triumph with them, grieve with them, watch how healthy and unhealthy characters form relationships. They are, in a sense both my "How-To" mentors and "What-Not-to-Do" examples. I love them. I hate them. and I thank them for continuing to teach me about life.

Books Read in 2012 (Listed from start of year to end)
1. It's Kind of a Funny Story- Ned Vizzini
2. The Other Side of the Couch- Gary Small
3. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close- Jonathan Safran Foer
4. The Lost Symbol- Dan Brown
5. Ms. Hannah is Bananas (Reading Date4)- Dan Gutman
6. Miss Small is Off the Wall (Reading Date5)- Dan Gutman
7. A Great and Terrible Beauty- Libba Bray
8. The History of Love- Nicole Krauss
9. Never Let Me Go- Kazuo Ishiguro
10. Mr. Hynde is Out of His Mind (Reading Date6)- Dan Gutman
11. Mrs. Cooney is Loony  (Reading Date7)- Dan Gutman
12. Neverwhere- Neil Gaiman
13. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn- Betty Smith
14. The Book of Lost Things- John Connolly
15. Voluntary Madness- Norah Vincent
16. The Fourth Bear- Jasper Fforde
17. Love in the Driest Season- Neely Tucker
18. Moonwalking with Einstein- Joshua Foer
19. In the Woods (Dublin Murder #1)- Tana French
20. Imagine: How Creativity Works- Jonah Lehrer
21. Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs- Chuck Klosterman
22. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks- Rebecca Skloot
23. Triggered: A Memoir of OCD- Fletcher Wortmann
24. The Bully Society- Jessie Klein
25. The Likeness (Dublin Murder #2)- Tana French
26. Seriously... I'm Kidding- Ellen DeGeneres
27. I Love Everybody- Laurie Notaro
28. Faithful Place (Dublin Murder #3)- Tana French
29. The Maze Runner- James Dashner
30. Escape- Carolyn Jessup
31. On Writing- Stephen King
32. Broken Harbor (Dublin Murder #4)- Tana French
33. Words- Ginny Yttrup
34. The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
35. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Olsen: Alison Arngrin
36. The Casual Vacancy- J.K. Rowling
37. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia DeLuce #1)- Alan Bradley
38. This is How: Augusten Burroughs
39. The Psychopath Test- Jon Ronson
While it bothers me greatly to not be able to list out 65 novels, which was my goal for the year... 39 books is still an okay reading accomplishment, right?

Either Way...
 
My Top 5 

1. The Dublin Murder Series. I know that this is probably cheating by putting a whole series as one number. but, it's my list, so there!
2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close . Such an emotional story and unbelievably interesting and well written novel. and the worst tear-jerker of a movie. Love it!
3. The History of Love. So good that I read it twice back to back.
4. On Writing. Writing and composition pointers from the King himself. I highlighted and underlined this book more than most of my textbooks. Made my desire to become a writer even stronger.
5. Imagine: How Creativity Works. Probably the coolest science non-fiction book I have ever read. It breaks down when and how to allow for our highest level of creativity potential to be produced. It looks inside and explains the companies that use this knowledge to continue to spit out new, original and extremely creative products (The brilliance of Pixar movies as their best example). Such a cool thing to read and learn about.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ze End of the World

"What would you do if you knew you had only one day to live?"

I never know how to answer that Get-To-Know-You question. Seems far too touchy feely for me. But since The End was supposed to happen today and didn't (Shocker), I'm going to take my activities of the day and use them as my answer. So, apparently, if I only had one day left to live

I would:
-I wake up for day 6 of my uncharacteristic Christmas week illness.
-Give quick ride to an old friend I wasn't planning on seeing today
-Spend 7 hours working at Le Cheese serving ungrateful Holiday Happiness Suckers... with a mock smile and my sexy frog prince of a voice
-But getting to spend 45 minutes with my Timmy (the "need" I've been neglecting for far too long... The hug I have been missing for months.)
-Phone (and therefore) high octane laughter time with J. Full of incessant mockery of Hawk, Sheldon references, my latest work rant and our perfect amount of advice-ing.
-Home to finish my latest book and to watch my newest movie obsession, for the second night in a row, (Pitch Perfect), with my Best. "Acca-Believe it!"
-Now to my nightly chug-a-lug of NyQuil and making a list here on my blog of how I'd spend my last living day...

Pretty well rounded I must say.

I guess I can die happy.


This is just a YouTube video Marco and I used to watch and quote all the time. Just Random Humor

Le Cheese Icebreaker

Steph and HP Question of the Day...
"Which Disney animated character would you be?"

This one caught on fast. I have 6 pages of server pad paper full of my co-workers and their character counterparts. As with any Q.O.D. you can't nominate yourself into or out of what is chosen for you. The more you fight it, the more you ARE what you are trying to get out of.

K: "I don't want to be Ariel!"
Me: um... She's a princess. There are only like 6 of them. It's better than Randall from Monsters Inc. or one of the nameless "bench triplets" that follow Gaston around Beauty and the Beast.
K: If I have to be Ariel, I don't want to be anyone.
Me: That's exactly something Ariel would say.

HP: I think BG should be the Magic Carpet... As he is of service but never talks.

DD: Tim (our General mgr) should be the whale from Pinoccohio... Because he swallows you whole.

Me: Who would D be?
HP: Hmmm.. Crispy Crab Bites...
Me: (already laughing) Why?
HP: Because its the closest thing we have to an STD

I went almost the whole shift without getting named. Then HP came up saying that she found one.



Yup. Sally.
I was intrigued to hear the reasons why as I couldn't quite make the connection.
MC: because she loses her arm...
Me: wha?????
HP: because she is twiggy and has long straight hair
Me: I thought it was off characteristics HP? :)
HP: Well she seems scary but actually is really sweet and takes care of everyone.

Alright. "Nightmare" Sally it is.
Yet another nickname.
I love it!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Le Cheese Icebreaker

When HP and I got bored obnoxiously early on shift today, our old Question of the Day tradition was reinstated.

"Which Cheesecake Factory menu item best represents you?"

I loved picking dishes we love for people we love... Dishes we hate for those we don't love so much. (ie our least fave manager as Wild Mushroom Soup as it's so bad you don't even want to dip your bread in it) or a mixture of inside jokes with slightly not P.C. racial stereotyping, which is where I guess my chosen name stems from.
3 hours and several pee-in-your-pants close calls later I am home...
Happy to represent my restaurant as

"Skinnyilicious Enchiladas"

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Free at Last

-To sleep in and not speed walk to the bus at the ass crack of dawn each morning
-To visit whomever I choose, whenever I choose
-To drive to Target for no reason other than to hate how much unnecessary cash I could spend in one place
-To not have to be wondering which day I will be plucked dead from hypothermia on a bus stop bench

I don't have a name picked out yet. But, Momma's got wheels again!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Matched

You know you have made the right decision and picked the best new roomate when...

You find out their wireless network is named "HORCRUX"



Welcome Home Steph...

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Emmy

Today would be my beautiful friend Emily's 24th birthday!
I know that I post this picture everytime that I write about Em... But it's the only one I have. We met at The Mansion and weren't allowed cameras. Luckily, I can't follow the rules all that well (esp the ones I deem pointless) and snuck this picture in on my last day.... Otherwise, I wouldn't even have this one to share.

Em,
I have been thinking about you a lot lately. About you and my daddy, about loss and change. It has definately been a killer of a week. You would think that I would have learned by now, through the 2 million distinct times that would each understandably teach me to live in the moment; to be grateful for what I have, in whatever capacity I have it in. Because, life happens and will take it away in less than a moment. It happened all growing up for me with D... with every stroke, sickness and surgery with my dad... It happened with friends and my health and freedom and sanity... It happened with you.
It makes me so angry with myself that I can't ever seem to just let it go, to just accept my circumstances and the people in my life and just try and enjoy it. Because with everything I mentioned above, that moment comes, and its gone. And no matter how much I try or wish or plead with God or the Universe to give me 10 minutes of The Way it Was back, I can't have it. And then I'm stuck blaming myself for everything I had the chance to do but never did. I wish so much, Emily, that I would have pushed harder those last few weeks to stay in contact with you. That when I thought of you the morning you left us, that I would have called you, instead of waiting for when I had "more time." I don't want to continue to be the kind of person that is so set in their ways that the only time they ever learn a lesson is after it's too late to fix.
I have spent the better part of the last couple of days being so bitter with the cards life seems to incessantly deal me. I even have been doubting that God. Doubting that He is watching out for me. That He just won't show me that he cares about me personally.
And then my phone rang.
It was my mom, who was wanting to check in with how Barney was doing and how I was holding up. I said I was fine fine fine and just wanted to get off the call so badly when I heard Mela in the background ask if she could say hi. I didn't feel like chatting, so I asked her about her day. She told me that she went to a friends birthday party at Build A Bear, (Mela LOVES stuffed animals, or "snugglies" as she calls them). I asked her what she named her newest bear. "Emily." I asked her if mom told her to pick that name or where she came up with it. "I donno. I just wanted her to be Emily." I started to cry and told her that I have a friend named Emily who's birthday is today... She was so excited and yelled to tell my mom. "MOM!!! Did you know that Stephanie's friend Emily and my bear Emily have the same birthday!!!" It was the most precious thing.
Thank you Em, for teaching me another lesson and sending down that little message to me today. That God and my Daddy and you are on my side and that you are watching over me. It couldn't have been any more perfect.
I miss you. Happy Birthday. Rest easy Friend.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Game Changer

Holy Curve Ball!

I feel like all my plans, all of the things that I have been gearing up and getting so excited for to happen this summer have left the building.
Saturday, my bestie and soon to be roomie Barney broke her back. She was doing handstands out on the lawn of a friend's house, her spine compressed while she was in the air and she fell straight on her spine. I got a call from her sister at 11:30 pm at work, telling me that Barney was in the ER, that her back was broken and we don't know how bad.
She has since come home, but has basically been immoble on the bed, positioned with wedge pillows to relieve pain and pressure and drugged almost into oblivion. I have basically been there all day, only going home long enough to get a few hours of sleep, work a full shift and then go straight back bedside... Rinse and Repeat...
We were supposed to be moving out of our places like TODAY, which is obviously not going to happen. I feel so bad. It still hasn't really hit me that she actually broke her back. That she's not just sick for a few days and then it is back to business as usual. But that just won't be happening. I am so grateful that she isn't paralyzed and that because it is a broken bone (as opposed to disc damage), like other broken bones, it will heal itself and she shouldn't have chronic or reoccuring issues because of it. But it is still so hard.
I feel bad even posting that one sentence as I don't want it to come across as whining or like I want or deserve pity because that isn't true AT ALL... I feel like such a crap person to even think to myself that this has been stressful for me... I am alive and walking and able to do all the little aspects of functioning that we all take for granted. I don't have anything to legitamately complain about. So, that will be my ongoing goal and focus. To slow down, be patient, be more grateful-minded and less Little-Miss-Checklist...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What I love about this summer

Reading in the sun EVERYDAY!

I'm officially moving in with my best friend in the whole wide world. I can't ask for anything more exciting than that. We have been talking about it and wanting to do it for YEARS and now it is actually going to happen.
Plus, the third girl who will be living with us... Whom we have never met, seems to be JUST LIKE US... We love the same TV shows, all three of us love reading, we are all clean and more shy-home-bodies than party-drama-social-extroverts. (I haven't come up with a nickname for her for this blog yet...But, its definately on the horizon. It's going to be amazing

Spending hours at 7 peaks, laying out, cooling off by clogging up the Lazy River with our double tube, more laying out, frozen lemonades, reading and REPEAT until toasty tan, tired, and signifcantly farther in the novel I'm reading

Getting back into playing volleyball again. Barney and I have been peppering on a sand court by her place and it has been so much fun. And, I was asked by someone at work to be an alternate on his coed grass team... Now, I have the itch.

Slurpees- I am tried and true Cherry flavored Slurpee girl; but I may be cheating on Cherry with the new Watermelon Lime one. Can't help it. Too irresistable.

Sleeping with a blanket to be cuddly, not because my toes are falling off

Sports Bras

The 2012 Summer Olympics are coming!!!! Which means volleyball, and gymnastics and more volleyball and beach volleyball...

HagenDaz Salted Caramel ice cream bars... They are HEAVEN!

Hiking up in the canyons, sitting up on the top of Bridal Veil Falls with my journal and shades. Best place to clear your head and think. I want to make another trip down to MOAB this year too.

I'm so jazzed for this summer. There is a lot of change coming my way... But I'm mostly just excited. For so many years I have been so blah and boring and bummed out by life that I never got out there and enjoyed my summers. Hiding my body and curled up with all my own madness. Not this year! I am determined to make my life something worth remembering. I want smiling and laughing and just being as the norm.

I'd list more; but I'm going to be seriously late to work if I don't get moving.
So, bring it Summer. This b*tch is taking you on in a bikini.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Unpaused

Alright peeps!
Enough is enough!

I have been typing incomplete blogs, staring at them, wanting to take the next step, hit post and have been dying to rejoin the blog world for almost 4 months now. I literally have dozens of saved blogs that I have started and most are finished but never posted.

Why?
1.  Because like with everything else I do, the longer I go without doing something, the longer it is out of my "routine," the more impossible I make it to go back. Anyone who has ever wanted to stay in contact with me after a time where we weren't talking often, Whatever the reason, knows EXACTLY what the short end of that stick looks like.
2.  I hate that there will be this big window with no posts. They are missing. And I don't want do a marathon recap, and I don't want the things that are going on right know to not make sense because I got cyber-shy. My certifiable need for everything to make logical sense and be in order would rather delete this blog and start an entirely new one than ever dare to try and come back with all that time unaccounted for.
(If any of you readers or bloggers have ever experienced anything like this and have any advice, I'm all ears.)
3. Because I still believe most of the time that nobody wants to read about my life. Not in a "Pity-Party-Everybody-Hates-Me" way; but more that there have been too many moments when I write something, look back at it and say, "Who the hell cares? This is not interesting. Anyone who wants to know this stuff or thinks I am funny or anyone who wants to hear my often inappropriate antics and random thoughts knows where to find me. So why write a blog about it?"

Why?
Because i want to.

Like it or not... Interesting or not... Amusing, relatable, inspiring or not...
I want to.
End of story.

I'm back.

Monday, February 13, 2012

EEK!

It's Officially happening. I am going to be an Alumni Speaker at The Mansion on Friday.

Holy Hannah Montana!!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

It All Started With a Big Bang

Um.... I can't help myself. I love the show the Big Bang Theory.
I LOVE THESE NERDS!!! I want to be their friends!



Are you surprised that I have practiced this and now have it done.
I'm ready to challenge you all..

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Shiz Mormons Say

This Lovely Gem was left for me on my Facebook this morning... And I'm feeling up to sharing.





Smiling yet???
Thought so!
Oh, and don't be suprised to hear these sayings in later posts.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Twelve For '12

Fun fact about me... I hate (Sorry JBubby, "dislike") the word resolutions. And most likely via the influence of The Mansion, I have decided to set 12 Goals for this year. My T didn't even want me using that phrase and to instead focus on certain "themes" for the year.. Nope, Gag... It has taken me a few days to whittle my options down and settle on a list...
but here it be...

1. Read 65 Books (moving on up in the reading world)
2. Get My Passport. Go to Mexico, Go to Canada... Just GO!
3. Blog at least once a week (we'll see how this one goes.)
4. Complete a "crafty" project- Oi. Another rough one
5. Read the entire Book of Mormon (Again)
6. Continue to build close relaionships with my fam.
7. Have a Completly sober year
8. Get another car- I'm becoming desperate.
9. "Speak"- With Timmy and Tash there to cheer me on
10. Journal. Even when the journey seems too painful or too boring to mention. (you regret not doing it EVERY TIME)
11. Date. More than once. Move closer towards an intimate relationship.
12. "Meet" with Dad at the ocean.


Just because I can, and because it will be worth all of the inside joke smiles...
"GOALS CHANGE LIVES"

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Books Of 2011

As you may or may not know... One of my goals from this year was to read n average of 1 book a week, or 52 total for the year... I'm here to say that..
I MADE IT!!!!
Here is my glorious list.. and I shall give my top 5 at the bottom of the list.. Man, I am so grateful to have my brain working better, so I can devote more time to deviouring novels...  (list in chronological order)
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- Steig Larsson
2. The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
3. Catching Fire- Suzanne Collins
4. A Walk in the Woods- Bill Bryson
5. Unbearable Lightness- Portia DeRossi
6. Lucky- Alice Sebold
7. I Am Number Four- Pittacus Lore
8. Tweak- Nic Sheff
9. The Girl Who Played with Fire- Stieg Larsson
10. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest- Steig Larsson
11. The Right to Innocence
12. Ella Minnow Pea- Mark Dunn
13. A Child Called "It"- Dave Pelzer
14. The Mindful Path to Self Compassion
15.Don't Breathe a Word- Jennifer McMahon
16. My Horizontal Life- Chelsea Handler
17.Series of Unfortunate Events #1- Lemony Snicket
18. A Stolen Life- Jaycee Duggard
19. Heaven is For Real- Colton and Todd Burpo
20. The Bathtub Spy- Tom Rachman
21. Stargirl- Jerri Spinelli
22. Room- Emma Donahue
23. The Hour I First Believed- Wally Lamb
24. Someday Angeline- Louis Sachar
25.A Visit From the Goon Squad- Jennifer Egan
26.The Knight in Rusty Armor
27.The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde- Robert Louis Stevenson
28. Same Kind of Different as Me- Ron Hall
29. The Legend of Sleepy Hallow- Washington Irving
30. Fight Club- Chuck Palaniuk
31. Stardust- Neil Gaiman
32. Pidgeon English- Stephen Kelman
33. The Alchemist- Paolo Coelho
34. Sisters Grimm #1- Michael Buckley
35. Chelsea, Chelsea, Bang, Bang- Chelsea Handler
36. The London Eye Mystery- Siobhan Dowd
37. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time- Mark Haddon
38. A Long Way Gone- Ishmael Beah
39. Miss Daisy is Crazy- Dan Gutman (Reading Date Book #1 with J)
40. This I Believe- Jay Allison
41. The Highly Sensitve Person- Elaine N. Aron
42. Mr. Klutz is Nuts- Dan Gutman (Reading Date Book #2 with J)
43. Hunger Games (Again..)- Suzanne Collins
44. Mrs. Roopy is Loopy- Dan Gutman (Reading Date Book #3 with J)
45. ThxThxThx- Leah Dietrich
46. Uglies #1- Scott Westerfeld
47. I am Better Than Your Kids- Maddox
48. Pretties (Uglies #2)- Scott Westerfeld
49. Go the F*&K to Sleep- Adam Mansbach
50. Specials (Uglies #3)- Scott Westerfeld
51. Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me- Chelsea Handler
52. (GOAL) Hiding From Love- John Townsend
53. Still Missing- Chevy Stevens

My Top 5 
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series- I haven't been able to fly through a series this quickly since Harry Potter. I want to BE Lisbeth. She is an inspiring, hardcore, badass. She's a fighter. I love her. I was told these books were garbage. Yes, its graphic. Yes, it's intense... But how else are you going to fall in love with a set of characters if its not.
2. Fight Club- What an awesome book!!! It focuses on the primal aspects of the human condition, full of humor and sadness... So Good...
3. All things Chelsea-Tracy-Lately-Handler- I LOVE HER. I LOVE HER! I'll read and listen to anything this woman has to say in her books or on her show. All of her stories make me laugh. Most of the out loud. I love that mess...
4. Room- SO intense. So Sad... But unbelievably well written. Written from the point of view of a 5 year old boy who was born into an abduction situation. Shows how strong a bond between a mother and child is. Shows an example of true resiliency. So so good.
5. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time- After J's Asperger's Diagnosis this year, I wanted to revist this story... A mystery being solved from the point of view of a young boy with Aspergers.

I Love Books...  Books in 2012 Best Be Ready!