I intended to write this post at the end of 2016, but, uh… procrastination. Anyway, here it is!
Every year since 2014, I joined the Goodreads Reading Challenge and set a goal for myself. My target has been consistent throughout the years: 12 books over 12 months. Realistically, I do not manage to stick to a 1 book: 1 month schedule, but I do (eventually) manage to complete my 12 books: 1 year challenge by the year-end. (Tip: the young adult genre is my go-to for quick reads)
This year, however, was different. This year, I over-achieved by completing 16 books. Yes, I read 4 books more than my target! I amazed even myself!
It’s tempting to set this as the new target number for my 2017 challenge, but I’m worried that it’s too ambitious. So I set my 2017 as I had done in the past: 12 books only.
It’s been months since I blogged. I keep more than one, but I hardly update them.
The thing about blogging is that it takes commitment and work. And I am terribly lazy.
I realized that the only reason I liked to “blog” in my college years was mostly because I wanted to keep on redesigning my personal website. But once that’s done, the blogging slacks off. So I was more of a web designer than a real content generator (back then, at least).
Content generation takes an awful lot of work. Writing is one thing, photo editing is another. In fact, for my now-defunct travel blog, photo editing was 90% of the work. It was so time consuming, I hated doing it.
Recently, my husband and I had our 5th year wedding anniversary. On the day itself, we treated ourselves to a fancy date: a steak dinner at CUT by Wolfgang Puck. A week after that, we had a post-anniversary celebration: we went to see Les Misérables at the Esplanade Theatre.
I was certainly looking forward to seeing the actual musical theatre production, since seeing the movie a few years ago. I have to say, it didn’t disappoint! All the main cast were amazing, and Patrice Tipoki’s take on Fantine was refreshing.
Reading was one of my personal goals for 2015, and Goodreads‘ Reading Challenge was a great way to keep track. I kept it very realistic, considering how much time I actually can spare myself after work, kids, and keeping a healthy relationship with my husband (read: dates). I decided to set a goal of 12 books for the year, which means I need to read at least 1 book a month. Thankfully, I completed the challenge successfully.
It is iconic, this image of this elegant-looking lady in a little black dress, pearls around her neck, bun atop her head, sunglasses over her eyes. Everyone knows who she is: she’s Audrey Hepburn, and it’s from her role in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Unfortunately, this image was all I knew about the movie, and so I decided to watch the movie.
Before you proceed, please take note that what follows below are my own personal opinions, and is not in any way intended to be a movie review. If anything, it’s a personal reaction.