I’m starting a new format for my monthly review post, as I gear up for a new year here at Entering the Enchanted Castle. I hope you’ll let me know how you like it!
This was a month for reading and reading favorite authors with multiple names or initials, it seems. Plus one last stellar (and also multi-named) addition for 2020 to my Reading All Around the World project. Three books read in December made it onto my Gems of 2020 list, so it must have been a good month.
- Between Egypt and Babylon – thoughts on nearing the end of the Bible
- Christmas – a verse in translation
- Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – Reread
- The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery – Reread
- P. G. Wodehouse in His Own Words by Barry Day
- Jill the Reckless by P.G. Wodehouse
- The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Pan Que Mai – Reading All Around the World
- Damsel in Distress by P.G. Wodehouse
- Act One by Moss Hart – Reread, Review to come
- Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery
I started working with a tutor on italki to try to boost my German, and I completed level 5 of the Pimsleur audio course in German. In French I’ve been enjoying La Femme au Carnet Rouge with my online book club organized by Emma of Words and Peace. And I’ve been working with an English student on reading The Outsiders, an old favorite of mine.
I wrote the post Can you teach yourself a language? to explore some of the successful and not so successful independent study methods I’ve found.
I finished a sweater I’ve been working on for my son for many months. Thankfully it still fits him! And as a gift for my husband I went through all the photos that have been languishing on my computer for a decade or more, and made a photo book of our sixteen years together. I really enjoyed looking at all the pictures and making the selection for the book; it called up many wonderful memories and great gratitude for all that these years have brought.
During the twelve days from Christmas to Epiphany, I’ve started to make it a practice to go through the past year, one month per night, and review what happened as outer events, my feelings and my thoughts in my journals, what my questions and goals have been, and where I’d like to go next.
This started as a way to try to deal with crisis and overwhelming change, but now I find it a helpful way to try to stay on top of things before they become too much. Again I am filled with gratitude and wonder for all that life brings, both challenging and joyful experiences. It’s all to be treasured, if we can learn from it.
What has this month brought to you, inwardly and outwardly? Is there anything you do to try to start the new year off right?