Friday Gratitude: Welcome, 2018!

Hi, Friends! I am so excited that it is 2018! It is the end year of my Peace Corps service (2016-2018)! Hip hip, hooray!

It was great to have my parents visit Kosovo for a few days to meet my host family, counterpart, and a few of my friends. It was interesting for me to see how they experienced Kosovo and to hear their observations. I am also grateful they were able to gain a better understanding of my life here.

Media consumption … Remember when I said I had read 56 books in 2017? Well, I pushed through and read an additional 6 books, bringing my year-end total to 62! I read:

  • Still Life by Louise Penny. I’d read another of her books, later in this series, after buying it on the cheap at a used book sale. I decided to go back and read the first. It was an engaging murder mystery. My favorite thing about both books was the setting — Quebec! (Somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit.)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I watched the movie version of this story on the first evening I moved in with my current host family. The book was thoroughly enjoyable, though a bit heavy-handed with the “inspiring me to be a better person” parts.
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This book has gotten tons of hype and after a recommendation from Dana (thanks!), I put my name down for it on the Chicago Public Library waiting list. I burned right through it — it’s worth the hype.
  • I have been saving the Harry Potter series as a re-read (my fourth, I think) for my last winter in Kosovo. As some of you know, I had a hell of a time getting back home from London. Being stuck at Luton Airport for 21 hours straight prompted me to get an early start on my re-reading. I love Harry Potter every bit as much as I did the first time I started the series.

I read a blog post by a woman who read 75 books last year (Good Lord, where did she find the time?) I agree with everything she says here.

Thanks to Pauline for sending the following Ted-Talk to me a few weeks back. It is hilarious and inspiring … it offers food for thought and I wanted to share it as we start a new year. šŸ™‚


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