It’s hard believe that we’ll be saying “goodbye” to another year and “hello” to a new one in a little more than 24 hours from now. Where did this year go??? Pretty wild in how quickly this year has gone by and 2018 just around the corner.
Anyway, after giving it some thought, I decided that it would be a fun idea to briefly look back at some of my most favorite posts from this year and bring them back to the surface, if you will, before we clock out of 2017. And if I’m not “breaking any rules” for posting over the weekend, then I see this as a nice review for the final day of the year 2017.
With that said, lets take a look at my favorite postcard post, SIA post, and book review post as I take us back in time with this review. Let’s go! We’ll start with postcards.
I was actually torn between two postcards, as I like them both equally. The first one, Through The Autumn Meadow, I painted back in May, and shows a picturesque scene of a trail running through a meadow. You can read more about this painting by clicking here. I’ve actually gotten quite a few comments from people at work, who say how much they like this one and I have to agree. Looking at it makes you want to run through there and play, doesn’t it? Not bad, I’d say.
I also chose the postcard I call Eclipse, because it was my first experiment I did using black postcards with oil pastels and the results were phenomenal. This one of course was based off of the eclipse that occurred here in the US back in August and took me 2 months to “re-create” it as a postcard. You can read more about this one here.
Okay, so there are my favorite postcards. What about SIA outfits? Let’s find out.
There were quite a few SIA challenges that I participated in this year and I liked them all. But in the end, I decided to go with this one, which is the SIA challenge that Jen hosted on her blog way back in January, which you can see on her blog, Librarian For Life And Style. She chose a lace design by Isabella Catanea Parasole, which entailed black and white intricate patterns. I chose this as my favorite outfit because 1) I’m in all black (my favorite attire!) and 2) in terms of how I was photographed, I thought that I looked the best here, as opposed to some of the other photos in which I’m sporting a similar look.
So there you have it for a favorite SIA post. And now for my favorite book.
Recently, I updated my Goodreads page (I haven’t touched it for about a year; shame on me…) and put all of my current books on the page (those I have read, those that I am currently reading and those that I plan to read in the near future).
And as it turns out, my track record for reading this year kind of sucked as I only managed to read 7 books, as opposed to the 10 that I had originally planned on. I blame my extreme obsession for working all the time for this, ha, ha.
Be that as it may, the 7 books that I did read were pretty awesome and I had a good time trying to write decent reviews for all of them. It was a nice mixture of adult and children’s books, fiction and non fiction and so on. And the book that stood out the most for me this year is…
Yep, I chose Threading My Prayer Rug by Sabeeha Rehman, a book that I read back in March. I chose this book as being my favorite for several reasons. For one thing, it’s a real story about a person’s life, which always fascinates me more than a story about a fictional character. Mrs. Rehman has made quite a wonderful impression on me in how she unfolds her life in this well written book and helped give me a greater understanding of what it means to be a Muslim living in the US.
Another thing that captured my attention is the subtle, witty humor that she puts in her story that sort of makes you stop and think for a moment before continuing to read. To me, that makes a book worthwhile the read; one that makes you think and not just allows you to zip through it like it was nothing. You can read the full review I did on her book here.
Plus, I’ve had the great honor of having a consistent correspondence with Mrs. Rehman since completing her book and she is one of the nicest people that I have ever interacted with. To me, any author who takes the time to reply to their readers is A-Okay in my book. 🙂
So those are a few highlights of 2017 from the blog. My goal by the end of 2018 is to have even better posts up and reader ready so that I can have more to work with if I decide to do this again next year. But still, not too bad I suppose.
Wishing all of my readers a safe and happy New Years. Hope to see you all over in 2018!