Hello out there, dear readers, how are you? I hope life is treating you well and if not, feel hugged. This post should have gone up last week Thursday. However, I was trying out the Weebly App on my phone and it did not upload to post. I considered shortly to post it on another day but that did not feel right. So you'll learn about my 2020 reading list today.
I have a bit of a reading spree at the moment. Well, it’s more a reading and listening spree, to be honest. Last December I discovered the free audiobooks by the BBC Sounds app. Later on, I got a free month from Amazon prime which included a free month on Audible, and I am trying out an app called “Free Books” which offers audiobooks too.
Housework is so much more fun when you can enjoy a good book with it. That is the reason why I have already managed ten books of my 52 book Goodreads goal. At this rate, I am going to double my goal this year.
Many bloggers share their reading lists at the beginning of the year, which I used to find rather courageous. What if you can’t manage? It doesn’t matter, though, does it? Maybe you look stupid but that’s all.
So this year I am going to join the reading list publishing bloggers and am excited to find out if I’ll manage.
Goodreads Goal: 52 Books
Ten read/listened to so far
1. Bramblestars Storm – Erin Hunter
2. The Memory Tree – Linda Guillard
3. Secret of the lost Stones – Melissa Payne
4. Two hearts Unspoken – Tamara Ferguson
5. Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman
6. The Secret Commonwealth – Philip Pullman
7. Two Hearts Surrendered – Tamara Ferguson
8. Lords and Ladies – Terry Pratchett
9. The 39 Steps – John Buchan
10. Dark Matter – Michelle Paver
Planned to read/listen to in 2020:
11. The Divine Comedy – Dante
12. The Gods of Mars – Edgar Rice Boroughs
13. The Man Who Ended War – Hollis Godfrey
14. The Door Through Space – Marion Zimmer-Bradley
15. The Colours of Space – Marion Zimmer Bradley
16. When I heard the learned Astronomer – Walt Whitman
17. The Machine Stops – E M Foster
18. The Planet Savers – Marion Zimmer-Bradley
19. The Reluctant Dragon – Kenneth Graham
20. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Wild
21. The Double-Decker Dead – EM Kaplan
22. The Book of Dragons – E Nesbit
23. Faloons of Narabedla Marion Zimmer-Bradley
24. A Voyage to the Moon – Cyrano de Begerac
25. The House of Pomegranates – Oskar Wild
26. The Magicians Sire – Linda G Hill
27. A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guine
28. The Girl who lived twice – David Lagerkrantz
29. Bohemian Rhapsody – Lesley Anne Jones
30. The long Cosmos – Pratchett, Baxter
31. Something to Tell You – Lucy Diamond
32. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine- Gail Honeyman
33. Chocolat – Joanne Harris
34. Manifest your Desires – J. Hicks
35. 365 Days with Self- discipline – Martin Meadows
36. The Good Thieves Guide to Amsterdam – Chris Evan
37. Cicada Spring – Christian Salacar
38. The Persistence of Frost – Chris Kim
39. Moth – Daniel Arenson
40. Singing in the rain – Rachel Kelly
41. Life Coaching for Dummies – Jeni Purdi
42. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
43. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
44. The Railway Children E Nesbit
45. Life on Earth – David Attenborough
46. Stillicide – Cynan Jones
47. Don’t let go – Michelle Lynn
48. Walking in this World – Julia Cameron
49. The Book of Lenity – Ian- Anthony finnimore
50. Paradise lost – John Milton
51. Leviathan – Thomas Hobbes
52. Bread and Circusses – Patrick Breitlinger
Ah, I am so looking forward to the reading/listening this year. Do you have a reading list and would you publish it?
There won't be any posts here on "The Bee Creates..." until March. February is always dedicated to my blog event "Love Is In Da Blog" over at "The Bee Writes..." on Wordpress. It will be a musical event again this year which means I offer a prompt for you to find a love song and blog about it. You can then link back or leave a link in the comments to your post which gives other bloggers the chance to discover your blog. Feel free to take part. There will be a post on January 31st which explains everything over there. Find old posts and my call for prompts here.
Hello dear readers, how are you doing? I hope life is treating you well and you take your time for self-care.
You know what? We so often don't have time to read a big blogpost. But we still want to have a little heads up. A little motivation. And that is what I am offering you today. Well, it's Mrs Oprah Winfrey who does, not me.
So if you feel you don't have time for your self-care or it is selfish to care for yourself, then please listen to her advice.
video credit: Stanford Graduate School of Business via YouTube
Hello, out there all you lovely people. How are you today? I hope life is treating you well and if not, feel the love coming your way. I send it to you!!!!
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would look at you and roll my eyes. No, not at you, of course, but at my scattered brain. Apparently, I wrote this post last year in August:
"Is it just or is anyone else out there trying to do a ton of stuff and can't get anywhere?
Well, I am sure I do get somewhere, but my scattered mind never seems to see the results just what I haven't managed to do. So today I am going to concentrate on what I have achieved, and not what I still need to do.
What about you? Do you only seem to see your to-do-list and not what's already ticket off? And does it bother you?"
This video might not fully fit my question but it's really entertaining.
And for the record the video credit is:
TEDx Talks via YouTube
I quite like the post and the video, however, never posted it. I just forgot everything about it. When I came back today to do some of my blogging here, I found it and just shook my head.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would make sure you have a fill-up and sit comfortably. Then I would tell you that I would like to use this space for some diary-style posts but am worried I am not keeping them up.
Over the last decade, I have started and stopped several blogs, and I feel like I am not capable of keeping things going. But then I would remember that I am determined to change my story. I am not quite sure where I got that idea from. Maybe from one of those motivational TED talks.
The thing is whenever I start worrying about anything, I am not able to do, I think to myself: That's my past story. I am now changing it and start something new. Yes, you are right, it doesn't always make the worry go away, but mostly it makes me concentrate on what I want to do not what I don't want to do.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would hope you told me: You can do it! And if you would, I would smile. Then I would ask if there is anything you struggle with. Maybe you would tell me, and I would listen. I'd offer you a brownie or cookie and ask some questions, so I really understand what your problem is. And when you would finish, I would lean back in my seat and let you know that I believe in you. We can do it!!!!
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, we would sit in silence for a while and watch the sky through the front room window. Maybe you'd ask what else I want to write about. I'd let you know that my family and I try to become more climate-friendly and have changed a lot of our habits over the last couple of years. I would let you know that self-care is still a big topic for me. You might remember that I started this blog with self-care ideas two years ago.
I also pondered to put my book reviews on here as The Bee Writes on Wordpress is more for music and climate topics in general. There is also Bee Wordless on Blogger, which is for photography and Bee Poetic & Writing on Tumblr is for poetry. I would ask you what you think of having this network of blogs over several blogging platforms. Do you think that's a good idea?
"It's getting late" you'd say and get up, "I think about it and tell you next time". "OK!" I'd answer and give you a hug before you'd get out of the door. "Take care" I'd call after you, and you'd turn and would give a wave. Smiling I'd close the door and would be looking forward to having our favourite hot beverage together next time.