The Year in Review

I absolutely love this time of year. New Year’s is the perfect time to look forward, to refresh yourself or reinvent yourself. I always look forward to the new surprises and challenges that will come with the new year. But New Year’s Eve is the time to look back and reflect on everything that’s come before.

Here’s a snapshot of the past year, for me. It’s been a pretty busy one, I think, by anyone’s standards. New motherhood, new baby and a new house all came together to make 2013 very special for me. I did a recap a la Bridget Jones, although don’t make me try to calculate how many units of alcohol I had – gross.

Blogs posted: 127

Times moved: 1

Houses renovated: 1

Books read: 95 (my resolution had been to read 101 books this year, but I have to say I’m pretty happy with how I did. I blame the two giant 1000-page tomes on India I decided to read this year that got in the way of reaching this goal … but if you only read short books, it doesn’t really feel like a challenge, does it?)

Babies had: 1

Favourite movie (okay, it was the only movie I went out to see this year, but it was a good one): Gravity

Favourite song: Avicii’s Wake Me Up – how could you not like that song?

Favourite recipe: I think there’s two here. My personal favourite is the Tiramisu Cupcakes. This was the first time I looked at a recipe, blanched at how complicated it was, and decided to go for it anyway. This blog has really helped me grow as a cook, and I view that as a turning point where I realized it. If I have to go by sheer popularity of a recipe, it was the recent Eggnog Cupcakes. I’ve never seen anything eaten so quickly in my life! I will be a seasonal favourite, I’m sure.

Favourite book: Way too hard. Instead, here is a list of all the books I’ve read over the past year that I gave five stars to:

Non-fiction:

The Spark: A Mother’s Guide to Nurturing Genius, by Kristine Barnett

The End of Illness, by David B. Agus

Fiction:

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

Dark Inside, by Jeyn Roberts

Before I Go To Sleep, by S. J. Watson

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding

The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill

Still Alice, by Lisa Genova

YA/Children’s:

On the Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta

Graceling, by Kristin Cashore

If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

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