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Rewind/Fast Forward: September/October 2014


wpid-wp-1412085779709.jpegAs I’ve been doing this so far this year, I thought I’d look back at my previous month and ahead to my next month.

2014 Goals

So first here’s how I did in on my goals for September 2014: personal, blogging, reading, and social media – with thoughts on how I can improve on these for October.

Personal goals: Still not enough exercise, but did go on bike rides with my wife as I mentioned in previous Rewind/Fast Forward post. I also got outside a lot more than I did the previous month, as evidenced by the photos above, some from walks and bike rides on my own too.

Blog goals: Cut from 5 to 6 days a week to only 3 days a week most of the time. Thursday’s Thoughts, Flashback Friday, and The Sunday Salon.

Reading goals: Still no reading challenges and still reading what I want.

Social media goals: Limiting myself mostly to weekends on Facebook. Not so much with Twitter.

The highlights

Reading: A total of 4 books for the month; 47, for the year. Continuing to read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, which I wrote about here: “Scheduling ourselves so that down time is part of the equation.” About book blogging slumps and possible solutions.
Watching: Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Listening to: Syro by Aphex Twin. Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone by Lucinda Williams.
Photographing: #100happydays, which I reviewed on the surface and a little bit deeper.
Doing: A four-day Labor Day Weekend. 2 bike rides with wife and neighbors. New wing place.
Saying: A lot to start the month, mostly about roadwork, and then less toward the end of the month.

The view ahead

Reading? More 7 Habits. Watching? Parks and Rec, Season 6, on Netflix. Finishing M*A*S*H marathon. Listening? More machine music, of course. :) Doing? Sister-in-law’s wedding. Saying? Less is more.

How about you? How was your month of September and what are you looking forward to in October? Read any good books, heard any good music, watched any good movies, taken any good photographs last  month? And/or what do you have on tap for October?

Sunday Salon 9-28-14

Rewind: September 2014 – My Reading

The totals: 4 for the month, one in progress but will be done by Tuesday; 47 for the year.

The books:

  1. The Silent Hour, the fourth and final so far Lincoln Perry, by Michael Koryta
  2.  The Abominable Man, the seventh of 10 in the Martin Beck series, by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
  3. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story by Dan Harris
  4.  Bones to Ashes, the 10th in the Bones/Temperance Brennan series, by Kathy Reichs

If ever a list looked like a Sesame Street staple of “Which one of these is not like the other?”…

I’ll start by talking the odd man out: the Dan Harris book. I came across this one on Overdrive at the Free Library of Philadelphia. I thought it would fit with my unofficial birthday month challenge of reading one self-help book a month. While it was good, in fact laugh out loud in parts, I didn’t feel like I learned much by the end of the book. I also am not sure I like Harris or could relate to his extroverted ways. That said, it was a good experiment on attempting to see the world from a different perspective, which often can be a good thing.

About the series

  1.  The Lincoln Perry series: I am sad that The Silent Hour was the last one in the series by Koryta, but at least he still is writing: standalones so I can continue enjoying his writing.
  2. The Martin Beck series, also called The Story of a Crime: The good thing about this series is that it only has 10 in the series, which started in 1965 and ended in 1975. The bad thing about this series is that it only has 10 in the series, which starteed in 1965 and ended in 1975. Again, this was a discovery from Overdrive, by way of Jo Nesbø, who wrote an introduction for one of the books. In a re-release of the series, each has an introduction by popular crime writers, including Nesbø and Michael Connelly, to name but a couple.
  3. The Bones/Temperance Brennan series: I am not as impressed with this series as the two aforementioned, but I like Temperance Brennan better in the books than the TV show of which I have watched a few seasons. Perhaps it is because Brennan is about the same age as Reichs, on whom the character is based, in the books.

I also am continuing to read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey. I wrote about that briefly here last week, but might share further thoughts on it in my Thursday’s Thoughts post or in next week’s Sunday Salon.

On Tuesday, I’ll look back at the month of September in other areas of my life besides reading and look ahead to October in both reading and other areas of my life.

How was your reading for September? Anything that stood out for you? If so, what?

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