Some Things I Learned in 2017

I’m taking the lead from Anne here and sharing some things I learned in 2017. These are just a few little tidbits from the mundane to the possibly revelatory. 🙂

 

Upcoming Book Club Selections

Upcoming Book Club Selections

I need to talk about books.

I love to talk about books. And when I’m reading a book, for the most part, I find I need to talk about it; even if it’s just a little mention to my husband about what the book is about. But I really like having discussions about the books. Thankfully, I do have a couple of friends who we inevitably talk about the books we are reading whenever we see each other. However, towards the end of 2017, I decided to step out and start a Classics Book Club with a couple of friends and found that it was just what I needed. And just a couple of weeks ago, I signed up for another book club! 🙂

Categorizing books I read is really helpful.

At the end of 2017, I took my list of books I read for the year and put them in categories. This was the first time I did this. I found this super helpful in being able to take a quick glance and have a visual to see what types of books I read throughout the year. This year, I’ve put together my own reading journal (bullet journal style) and I’ve included a genre tracker.

Charles Dickens and Jane Austen would probably not be favorite authors.

I shared this in a previous post. But last year, as I read more Dickens and Austen, I realized that I just probably wouldn’t rank them up there with favorite authors. I definitely appreciate their writing, that’s for sure; and I still have some of their works I want to read. I really enjoyed reading Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It was such a fun read! And her novel Persuasion grew on me. For Dickens, I feel that he really knew how to craft a story. It’s just that I have come to realize that maybe their books are not ones I would just pick up like I would a favorite author. You never know though, this could possibly change….. 😉

 

Lemon Zinger TeaBraggs Apple Cider Vinegar

I like Lemon Zinger Herbal Tea with Apple Cider Vinegar.

Towards the end of 2017, I decided to try incorporating apple cider vinegar (also referred to as ACV) into my diet. I first did this by warming up water, then adding lemon juice, honey, and apple cider vinegar. I liked it okay. I also tried adding a bit of apple cider vinegar to a cup of chamomile tea with honey. I liked this as well. But what I noticed is that the apple cider vinegar seemed to give the tea a sort of citrus-y taste. So I thought, why not try Lemon Zinger Herbal Tea??? And it was brilliant! What surprised me, though, is that I actually like the Lemon Zinger Herbal Tea with the apple cider vinegar BETTER than having it without the apple cider vinegar.

When it comes to wine, I prefer sweet/dessert or some specialty wines.

I haven’t been much of a wine fan…even though I really want to like wine. So last year, I decided to try more various wines to see if it was just a matter of finding the right ones. And it was. I found that both myself and my husband prefer sweet/dessert wines as well as some specialty wines (like a Bellini specialty wine for example). We typically don’t drink wine with a meal. If we have a glass of wine, it is usually at night when watching a favorite show on TV. However, I’m still up for trying to learn how to pair wines with food to see if that also might make a difference. But for now, we have found a few wines that we really like and I’m good with that. 🙂

What are some things YOU learned in 2017? I’d love to hear about it!

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