2011 was a good year for me. I started biking, went on a writing retreat, camped at Assateague, and visited Vermont. I even finished a first draft of my middle grade novel! It's spectacularly crappy, but it's got a beginning, middle and end, and now I can start revising it into something better.
I also did all my grocery shopping by foot or bike, bought all most all my produce at farmer's markets, and did the majority of my cooking from scratch this year. Plus, I watched my oldest kid graduate from high school and sent him off to college.
I was disappointed by how little I read in 2011 though. Hopefully in 2012 I can figure out how to do all those things and read more too. Anyone know where I can buy a Time-Turner like Hermione used in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban? That would be useful. Here are my favorites during 2011:
(I also read 3 fiction books for adults.)
Books- Non-Fiction (Total Read – 7)
#Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life, by Stephanie Staal
The Teaching Gap: Best Ideas from the Word's Teachers for Improving Education in the Classroom, by James W. Stigler and James Hiebert – review coming
Music Albums (Total Listened To – 28)
Florence & The Machine, Lungs
The Frames, Cost
The Glitch Mob, Drink The Sea
Jack in the Box, Play It Again Jack!
#Movits, Out of My Head
The Rapture, Pieces of the People We Love
Sufjan Stevens, Come on Feel the Illinoise & Age of Adz
#Vanessa Carlton, Best of Vanessa Carlton
#Up All Night
# – Indicates the book, movie, album, or TV season debuted in 2011. Many of my favorites were works I discover this year but debuted earlier.
Middle Grade Fiction – For around 9-14 years or 4th-8th grades
Young Adult Fiction – For around 12 years and up or 7th grade and up