1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishigurd

Never Let Me Go was written in 2005 and was recently made into a movie starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Andrew Garfield.  The book centers around a couple of students from Hailsham boarding school.  Without giving away too much of the plot, this book tackles the issue of cloning, dives into the lifestyles of human clones, and reveals what their purpose is in life.  Overall, I thought the book was very enjoyable.  As someone who has giving very little thought to cloning since I first heard about the cloning of cows, it was interesting to read a novel about human clones.  The book did get a little slow in spots, perhaps, due to the mystery surrounding the characters in the book.  However, I would definitely recommend this book to others.

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

I’ve decided to embark upon a new challenge.  Having graduated from college, but still not found a full time job, I decided I needed to find something to do to keep myself busy.  The new challenge is reading all 1001 books on the “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.”  I love to read and for years I’ve been meaning to get around to reading some of the classics, but for the most part that hasn’t happened yet.  Until now…  This is no small undertaking; after all, we are talking about 1001 books.  I’m a fast reader, but even under the most ambitious of circumstances it’s probably only possible to read 365 books in a year.  Even that is unlikely.  After reviewing the list I realized that I have read 17 of the books already.  Since starting this project, I have finished the first book and have moved onto the second.  The thing I like about this list is that it has the books broken down by century.  At first, I was going to read the first book from each century, then move on to the second, and so on…  However, after discovering that the library didn’t have to first book in the 1900s section I decided to try a different tactic.  Now, I am reading each book from the same century before moving on to the next century.  It will be interesting to see what the dominant themes are that were marked by the culture in each century.  I started reading on March 26, 2011 and intend to post my thoughts on each book…all 1001 of them.  So here’s to a lot of reading in my future!

Day 26- what you think about your friends

I love my friends because, in a nutshell, we always have fun together.  I think the pictures speak for themselves, but it doesn’t matter what we do it’s always a good time.  It’s an unbelievable blessing to have a group of friends that loves God and lives daily for Him.  I haven’t always been so fortunate to be a part of a group of such solid Christ followers.  I can remember the utter hopelessness and depression I felt when I tried to walk with Christ alone.  We weren’t meant to live life alone.  These dear friends have reminded me of the joy and peace that comes from experiencing life with people who love God and love others.  I am truly a better person for having known all of them.

Songs from my Childhood

The other night a bunch of my friends and I were sitting around talking about music from our childhood’s.  This conversation was spurred on by the Spice Girls station on Pandora that was playing in the background.  Most of that kind of music was popular when I was in middle school, but the music I really remember listening to when I was a kid was whatever my dad was listening to.  Now my dad loves music, and if you know him you know that to be an understatement, so I was exposed to a wide variety of good tunes.  Classic Rock songs are mostly what I remembered.  It was fun to remember a lot of the songs I used to absolutely love, so for your enjoyment I decided to reminisce about them on here.

  • Superstar by the Carpenters…I liked a lot of their songs too.
  • Tears of Heaven by Eric Clapton
  • Your Song by Elton John
  • Fire and Rain by James Taylor
  • Imagine by John Lennon
  • I’m a Believer by the Monkees
  • Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
  • Cats in the Cradle by Henry Chapin
  • Teach your Children by Crosby, Stills, and Nash
  • What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

For your listening pleasure I have also included several of my absolute favorites in video form below.  Enjoy. :)

Yesterday is my all time favorite Beatles song.

My favorite Simon and Garfunkel song ever….Sound of Silence.

I’m Henry the VIII, I Am by Herman’s Hermits

Return to Sender by Elvis Presley.  I absolutely LOVED this song as a kid!!

I’ve Got a Woman- Ray Charles

I love the whimsy of this song.  It has such beautiful imagery of a life well lived.  I want the themes that are in this song to be reflected in my own life.  I want to experience the carefree joy of dreaming.  I want the end of my life to be like the last verse of this song…full and content because I really lived.

Dream by Priscilla Ahn

I was a little girl alone in my little world who dreamed of a little home for me.
I played pretend between the trees, and fed my house guests bark and leaves, and laughed in my pretty bed of green.

I had a dream
I could fly from the highest swing.
I had a dream.

Long walks in the dark through woods grown behind the park, I asked God who I’m supposed to be.
The stars smiled down on me, God answered in silent reverie. I said a prayer and fell asleep.

I had a dream
I could fly from the highest tree.
I had a dream.

Now I’m old and feeling grey. I don’t know what’s left to say about this life I’m willing to leave.
I lived it full and I lived it well, there’s many tales I’ve lived to tell. I’m ready now, I’m ready now, I’m ready now to fly from the highest wing.

I had a dream

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