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And now an update on my fifty reads! Five weeks remain in 2015, can you believe that?! I am SO excited for 2016 and the changes I have planned but there are still so many things left to accomplish in 2015. Whew! I need to read 6 books in 5 weeks. It's doable but I've butterflies just thinking about it.
I read 2 books in that last ten days so that's a pace I need to keep. First I read Scary Close by Donald Miller. It's a pretty fast read and I thought it was pretty good. I like his way of storytelling. [My favorite of his books is A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.] There are lots of really meaningful bits in Scary Close but I thought I'd share the passage that made me laugh out loud:
The whole thing reminded me of a lesson I learned from my dog, Lucy. She's a chocolate lab with a timid heart.
In fact, when I got her I'd just read the book Marley and Me, and in that book John Grogan is told that when he goes to pick his dog from the litter he should yell boo to see which dogs are timid and which are brave. John's father said he should choose the dog that is the bravest because that's the alpha dog, the pack leader. John did just that and ended up with Marley, who while loveable also ate all the furniture and dug up half of the backyard. At one point John follows Marley around sifting though his poop to try to find a piece of his wife's jewelry.
After reading the book, I decided to do the opposite. Lucy's mom lived in a log cabin in the Columbia River Gorge right at the foot of a waterfall. I sat down next to the litter and rubbed her mama's ears. The puppies came toward me, pawing at my legs and biting on my shoestrings. I let out a boo and the litter scattered, but none of them scattered faster than Lucy. She turned and looked at me and peed herself. "That's my dog," I said to the family that owned the cabin.
I've never regretted it. You don't even have to discipline Lucy. You can have a mildly disappointed thought about her and she senses it and whimpers up to your ankles as though to apologize. I can count on one hand the times I've even had to use a leash.
I also read Counting by 7's. It's a young adult book that I've seen on the shelves before and wasn't really drawn to it. Then I saw it recommended as one of the 30 most recommended books. I've read and liked so many of the books on that list that I thought I'd give this one a try. And they're right, it's great! Funny, sad, thoughtful, heartwarming, all the feels in this book. It's almost 400 pages but still an easy read. I'm not quite ready to rank all the books I've read this year but I think it'll go toward the top of my YA list.
I got a few suggestions for books to finish up my fifty reads but if you have a book that I should definitely read in 2015, leave me a comment here.