40 Things (39)

Angela's Ashes
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Following along with Boof’s 40 Day Challenge leading up to her 40th birthday, day 39!

39) A book I expected to hate but loved

Before I started the Stieg Larsson trilogy of books, I never would have imagined that I would have loved them as much.  It took me about 75 pages to get into the first book, but then I was hooked.  I felt myself wincing a few times, anticipating that things were going to be scary or bad, but they just got up to the edge and never went over for me.

I also didn’t want to read “Angela’s Ashes” because I thought it would be so heavy and sad, but it was nothing of the sort.  It was full of hope and good humor.  I loved that book, too.

#39 on my list was:  Nothing.  Here is the point when I have to admit that the list that I found of my “40 things” ends at 38!  How depressing is that?  I was making my list as I went along (as was evidenced by #37 – penned when the opportunity arose) and was focused on the ones left to do rather than finishing the list.  Ugh.

So tomorrow, I will work on a new list of some kind!  5 Things to complete by October end?  10 things to do on my Sabattical?  45 things to do before 45?  50 things to do before 50?  I will ponder this and start a list…

Off to read!

40 Things (17)

Global constellation map
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Following along with Boof’s 40 Day Challenge leading up to her 40th birthday, her 17th topic is:

17) A book with the best evil character

I don’t read many books with truly evil characters.  He Who Shall Not Be Named was pretty terrifying in the Harry Potter series.  The bad guys in Stieg Larsson‘s books were pretty terrifying, because they were more human, I’m afraid.  Evil people scare me more than evil wizards.

The 17th thing on my list of 40 things was to “Learn the constellations from one season.”  Pretty specific and measurable.  But sadly, I’m lacking.  But not for want of trying!  We did have several successful star gazing parties at a friend’s home – lying on a blanket in the country gazing in wonder at the many stars.  I love the app on my phone called Google Sky that shows the constellations as you look at them.  Now I can always learn something!

Off to read!