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Favorite Musical Instrument

If you could play any musical instrument and be awesome at it, which instrument would you choose?

Hmm, that’s a tough one.  My top three would be fiddle/violin, piano, and guitar.  The fiddle or violin would be neat because of the vastly different types of music you can play – from country to classical.  I say that, but I have no idea if there are many people that do play both types of music.  I think a Google search may be in order after this post!  The piano is a beautiful instrument and there are so many wonderful songs that come mind when I think of the piano.  I think I would have a much better chance of writing songs if I could play the piano and play it well.  As it stands I don’t write any songs at all, just dream of that day that I might.  The singer in me (and the southern in me to be honest) would go for the guitar.  As far back as I can remember I wanted to be a country music singer.  At one point in my life I actually looked for roommates in Nashville and toyed with the idea of transferring from my job at the time to a location in Nashville.  It probably would’ve been a great adventure, but at the end of the day no matter how much I love to sing and even if I’m pretty good at it – I knew that I’m no Trisha Yearwood.    But everything ended up the way that it was supposed to end up.  I have a great husband, two wonderful children, and a job that I love.  I can sing my heart out in the shower, on the way to work, or at a local bar on karaoke night.  Life is good.

So, given all that, if I had to choose I would choose guitar because of reasons stated earlier and because of the portability of it.  If I could play the guitar and was awesome at it, I would take it with me everywhere and be ready to break into song.  People would think that was cool.  If I were to drag a karaoke player out of my car and start singing, well that probably wouldn’t get the same result.  So I could choose guitar because it would allow me to sing without people thinking “who is that crazy fool with the karaoke machine.”  Instead maybe they would say “Wow, that girl with the guitar can sing too!”   LOL!

I’ll just stick to my day job either way.  How about y’all?  Which instrument would you pick?

Top 100 Books

In the book I’m currently reading, (Crossed by Ally Condie) the government only allows society to keep the top 100 books, top 100 poems, top 100 songs, and top 100 pieces of art – all chosen by the government. It’s only part of the story but plays a big part throughout the series. (Note: Crossed is the second book in the trilogy and I’m still reading it so I can’t give a full review yet.)

This got me thinking, what if you had to choose only 100 books that you could read and re-read for the rest of your life? What books would definitely make the cut? I can’t name all 100 and wouldn’t expect anyone else to either. I love to read and wouldn’t want to be limited to only 100 for the rest of my life. But if did have to limit it to 100 and if I could choose the books and not have them chosen for me, here are a few that would definitely be on the list.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Complete Works of Shakespeare (in one book – yes that’s sort of cheating, LOL)
The Complete Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson
Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Complete and Illustrated

I had a lot of fun making this list.  I’ve narrowed it down to the top 25 that come to mind.  I’m sure there are few that are missing.  What about you?  What books would definitely make your top 100 list?  You don’t have to list 100 – how about the top 5 that come to mind first that you’d for sure want on the list

Last Year’s Reading Challenge

Last Year I participated in the 2013 Reading Challenge on Goodreads.  I challenged myself to read 50 books in one year.  Though I really tried, near the end I just wanted to listen to Christmas music sometimes instead of an audio book and enjoy time with my family instead of curling up by myself with a book.  I was only able to read 48 books toward my goal of 50.  I realized sometime near the end of the year that my goal was almost one book a week.  That’s a LOT of reading for anyone but considering the other things I had going on in 2013 – I’m very proud of the 48 books I was able to read.

I’m trying to decide what my 2014 Reading Goal will be.  What about you?  Did you read anything interesting last year?  What are your reading goals for 2013?

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My goal for 2013 was 50 books. Total books read for the year was 48. Even though I didn't reach my goal, I'm very proud of what I accomplished. Four books a month in a year that I had a baby, a four year old, and a full-time job is not bad at all in my opinion.
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