It seems like everyone is searching for happiness these days. You see it all the time in ads and articles. "If you want to be happy..." "This will make you happy..."
2 Nephi 2:13 says: "And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness."
Today, there is also a great push for "tolerance." By this, as far as I have seen, they mean that everyone is right, except those who say there is a right and a wrong. In other words, they say there is no right and wrong. But if there is no right and wrong, there can be no righteousness. And if there is no righteousness, there is no happiness. So they are undermining their own quests.
May those of us who are seeking for happiness also seek righteousness for otherwise we are on a fruitless journey.
Here are the categories for this year's challenge along with the required number of books for each category:
Science Fiction/Fantasy - 4 books
Travel (Books about travel or set in places you've never lived) - 4 books
Nonfiction - 4 books
Mystery - 4 books
History/Historical Fiction - 4 books
Award Nominees/Winners - 4 books
Religious - 4 books
Classics - 2 books
Adult Fiction by an author you've never read - 4 books
Books You Own - 6 books
Books on Your To-read List - 6 books
Other - 4 books
Books have to be at least 100 pages long to count.
SCORING GOES AS FOLLOWS:
In all categories except for Books You Own and To-read Books, each "required" book is 10 points. (In other words, the first two or four books in the category.) After you have read the required number of books, each book is 5 points in a given category.
For Books You Own and To-read Books, each book is 25 points - no matter how many you read! (But you are required to read at least 6 in these categories for full credit.)
Also, for Books You Own and To-Read Books, if those books fit into another category, you can count them in both categories! Hooray!
Like Heidi-Marie, my goal this past year was to read less books than usual. I did better than she did, but then again, I don't have to read for my job. :)
Here are some of my favorite books from the year:
Troubled Waters - Sharon Shinn
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo
Happier at Home - Gretchen Rubin
Wife for Life: The Power to Succeed in Marriage - Ramona Zabriskie
The Many Loves of Marriage - Thomas and Nannette Kinkade
Seven from Heaven - Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey
The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap - Wendy Welch
My Life with Eleanor: A Memoir - Noelle Hancock
Crooked House - Agatha Christie
The Franchise Affair - Josephine Tey
Bewitching Season - Marissa Doyle
Edenbrooke - Julianne Donaldson
Blackmoore - Julianne Donaldson
Squashed - Joan Bauer
Wonder - R. J. Palacio
Death in the Stocks - Georgette Heyer
Carry On, Jeeves - P. G. Wodehouse
The Mansion - Henry Van Dyke
Spare Change - Aubrey Mace
Life's Lessons Learned: Personal Reflections - Dallin H. Oaks
A Heart Like His - Virginia Pearce
The Continuous Conversion - Brad Wilcox
For Times of Trouble - Jeffrey R. Holland
The Great Divorce - C. S. Lewis
The Lauren Holbrook series - Erynn Mangum
The Christmas List - Richard Paul Evans
Time and the Hour - Faith Baldwin
I got a higher total of points than I anticipated. This was because I either owned or had on my to-do list 51 of the books I read. That helped my score immensely!
Total points - 1080
My highest scoring category was Mystery, which was kind of funny to me as I didn't realize I read that many mysteries. :)
I fell in love with the song "Pure Imagination" from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" this year. I've heard it before, obviously, as I've seen the movie before, but that was a long time ago and I wasn't impressed with the movie overall. However, going back to watch the song, I find it rather delightful now:
I was hankering to listen to it tonight and so looked it up on YouTube. Imagine my delight when I found many, many versions. I've decided to post a few of my favorites.
So the first, Lou Rawls, well, whoa. Gorgeous voice. Gor. Geous.
This one by Jamie Cullum is very different. It took me a little bit to get into his voice and style, but I really liked the jazzy feel. He is an incredibly talented pianist!
And then I found Jacob Collier's version. What???!!! Craaaaazy arrangement. Very cool!
And of course if there is a Muppets version, we have to do that one. It made me giggle hysterically. And sigh because it's really sweet. Ben Vereen, folks: