A Book A Day, Day 25, Still on Track

A Book A Day, Day 25, Still on Track

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”  -Tom Landry

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Jason and I flew to Boston early Thursday morning (Seriously. I set my alarm for 3:50 am) and flew back home to Cleveland at 10:30 last night.  I hate to fly and this was the first time I’ve been on a plane in years.  When I was pregnant we flew to France and San Francisco and, as hard as it is to believe, that was 6 years ago!  I hated to leave Gage but was really craving a mom vacation, so my wonderful parents took Gage in off the streets while we were gone.

Boston was great. I loved the city, the vibe, the history, the water…I told Jason that I would be okay with living there if the need ever arose.  In case you were wondering, the JFK Library & Museum at UMass was my favorite thing.

More importantly, I continued to read a book a day!  Could I have taken those three days off? Sure, but isn’t that the point of a challenge?  It’s so easy to make excuses not to do things, but with a 30 day challenge it’s challenging but doable.  I was pretty proud of myself as I finished Tinkers as the plan landed last night.  I took short books, one being a book for the younger set written by the author of Wicked.

I Dare Me by Luann Cahn was the perfect choice for the early morning plane ride.   This woman did something new EVERYDAY for a year and documented it.  One of the earlier chapters was about the things she’d done to conquer her fears and she mentioned flying. I found the book inspirational.  Her point, “You don’t have to run away from home to change your life” is one that resonated with me. I think you’ll see a Do Something New Everyday 30 day challenge soon.  Anyone want to join me?

I read Seven Spider’s Spinning by Gregory Maguire Friday night after we were back to the room for the night.  I must have picked this up at a book sale after I read Wicked and it was a perfect, easy choice for the trip.  Seven huge, tarantula-type spiders escape and try to take out the girls at a local elementary school.  There were spiders drawn on the margins of the pages and it was creepy, but at 132 pages I wasn’t going to complain.

Tinkers by Paul Harding is a Pulitzer Prize winner and I did not care for it. I was mostly bored out of my mind, with a few pages here and there that gave me a half-hearted reason to continue. If I taken another book I would not have bothered to finish it.  But at 190 pages it was an easy plane book.

24/24 with the finish line in sight.

 

 

 

 

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