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RETROSPECTIVE
I find closure in the year-end retrospective that I've been doing on this journal for—goodness!—8 years. It's fun to look back and count up and tote up and list the things that happened, the experiences that shaped the year and the literary and musical discoveries I made.

Outside the window, the world is white: still so much snow on the ground and the sky is white as well. The hoarfrost of yesterday is gone, but a heavy fog descending promises more for later. Two Swedish couples, very good friends of ours, are coming to celebrate New Year's Eve with us; Anders has been in the kitchen banging pots and chopping things since this morning. I smell roasted hazelnuts and raspberries, among other things. It's been a lazy week, for which I'm thankful.

Family & personal highlights of 2010
  • My cousin Cate moving to Sweden
  • Martin starting at an International School in Lund
  • Surviving all the business travel Anders had this year; 10 weeks alone between January and June!
  • A month in the States and getting to see both my brother and sister
  • 3 days in Chicago and getting to see Val, Sharon & Will and Kathey & Russell
  • An iPhone for my birthday!
  • Two weeks with Mom in Massachusetts in October, plus a visit with Christina Rosalie and my Uncle Sam and Joanne
  • A beautiful week exploring Italy
  • My brother & Simone's announcement of her pregnancy
  • Martin entering teenagerhood!
  • The renovation of the playroom into a true entertainment center
  • Karin's switch to the girl's soccer team in Södra Sandby
  • A new boss at work that is already doing her best for us
In 2010, I read 100.5 books with an average of 8.5 per month...down from last year, but I suspect that if I were counting PAGES my total would be FAR above. :) And if I didn't read as MANY books as last year, I definitely read more excellent ones!

Best books of 2010 (in no particular order and including no re-reads)
  • The Seas by Samantha Hunt
  • The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
  • Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
  • The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan
  • Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
  • Little Gods by Anna Richards
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Little Book by Selden Edwards
  • Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffennegger
  • Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
  • Chalice by Robin McKinley
  • Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
I didn't keep track of the films I saw in 2010 so won't bother to list any this time...I suppose I need to start writing them down if I want to have a list at the end of the year.

Best musical discoveries in 2010
  • Rabbit!
  • Marie Digby
  • Timoteij
  • Chantal Kreviasuk
  • Amy MacDonald
  • Erin McCarley
  • Vertical Horizon
Some manageable goals for 2010
  • Get back on track with walking and healthy eating
  • Trip to Germany in late summer
  • Garden renovation!
Happy New Year to everyone I know! May your New Year be filled with all the good things you deserve and some you don't!

(Drop cap courtesy of Jessica Hische's Daily Drop Cap)
 happy
mood: happy
music: Sam Cooke—Twisting the Night Away


Comments
From Megsie

I sat down to do my very own "Year in Review" and you beat me to it! I have only read one of the books on your list: Blink. Now, I have a great place to check in case I want to read a book and have no ideas... if I only had more TIME.

My next book to read? "Nonfiction Matters." I am not that interested no matter how much it Matters. I have had it for months, and know it will help, but I have read this author before and I know that she is a very NONFICTION writer. It doesn't read like a story at all. (You would be surprised how many professional teaching books do...) So, I need to bite the bullet and start.

You have such a great list of memories here. 2010 was a great year! Here's hoping 2011 is even better for you. And hoping Anders stays on the homefront more! Happy New Year Liz! xo

Re: From Megsie

I don't know how you get everything done as it is! :) Nonfiction Matters sounds really interesting, I think I'll check it out!

And I hope the same for you: that 2011 is a wonderful year! Happy New Year, Megsie! XO to you!

My brother & Simone's announcement of her pregnancy

Oh, I think I missed this one! Congratulations and hooray for new little cousins nearer to you.

Happy New Year!

I haven't mentioned it before :) He'll probably kill me for doing it now. Heh!

(Anonymous)

Happy New Year to you, Liz, and all your Eks! My goal for 2011 is to get my own LJ account so I don't have to sign my name; doable.

Chuck

Haha! Beware the dark side! Though since you already HAVE a blog, you're already well-versed in the dark side. I think an LJ account is an excellent idea! :D

(Anonymous)
Joy here

Happy New year to you too! I envy your snow and cold! Isn't that funny? Ours here in Tennessee is almost gone and it is 54. LoL I miss Wisconsin winter.

Re: Joy here

It's been melting like crazy today and the wolf winds have been howling around the house since yesterday, but I hear more snow is expected in a few days. It's not through with us yet! Happy New Year!

pretty good year! your productivity amazes and inspires me :)

i just read Her Fearful Symmetry and loved it! Although I'm not sure if it was the book itself or the fact that I actually got to READ A BOOK since having the baby!

I wish she'd write more books, she's so great.

Earlier this evening I found a list of books on the desktop. I was curious because Mom is an avid reader and I wondered if I'd read any of them. I had not, and I didn't think much of it until I came here and discovered that my mother has copied your list! You inspired her!

Happy New Year!!

How fun to think my book choices have inspired someone...but tell your mom to beware, several of those are fantasy...if she doesn't like fantasy, then tell her to only check out: 1, 2, 3, 6, 10, 11, 14, 16

You are one inspiring lady, my goodness... 100.5 books?!?! My hat is off to you. :) Happy New Year!

I'm a reading machine! :D hahaha!

Great list! This inspires me to complete the one I started at the end of December!

BTW, is it okay to friend you? I stole your 25 Random Things List not too long ago via gnostreah's blog, but due to time limitations and constant interruptions, I broke the list down into more manageable chunks-increments of 5. Even so, I have managed to do just the 1st 5 ;(

Hope 2011 generates mucho wonderful stuff for your next Retrospective!

Of course it's okay to friend me :) Welcome!

Thanks, just did! :)

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