Goodbye dreadlocks!!

So if you are an avid follower you might of noticed from some of the picture that I’ve posted that about 4 weeks ago I started brushing out my dreads. I brushed the fringe out first and then dec idea to carry on and aim for a dread free look! Its taken ages and I’ve broken about 30 dog flea combs in the process and lost a lot of hair!!!!

But eventually I had it 90% done and made the decision to go to the hairdressers as over a year of dreads have left my hair in need of a trim! I have to give a massive thanks to Kate at Synergy hair for brushing the remaining bits out… as it was still pretty matted at the back! A haircut and intense conditioning treatment later and I have normal hair!! YEY!!! It feels amazing!

I loved my dreads and do miss them but working on a dairy farm and getting covered in shit all day makes them very impractical and they were itchy and heavy and took ages to dry when I did wash them!! So for me, for now… the dreads are no more. I’ve also decided to trial out the new lime crime hair dye and brought myself a pot of dirty mermaid for next time I watch it so look out for that! 😀 I’ve also treated myself to some moisturising shampoo and a new tangle teaser to make sure I keep the knots away!

Paris X

18.10.2017 (Week 42 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. Lucky Child – Loung Ung
  17. Automated Alice – Jeff Noon
  18. The Girl In the Picture – Denise Chong
  19. Orphan X – Gregg Hurwitz
  20. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  21. A moveable Feast – Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Chez Stinky – Susan C. Daffron
  23. The Gift – Margaret McHeyzer
  24. The Curse – Margaret McHeyzer
  25. The last survivors – T. W. Piperbrock
  26. Boys – Scott Semegran
  27. Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss
  28. Before He Sees – Blake Pierce
  29. Click Date Repeat – K. J. Farnham
  30. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: TWELVE WEEKS BEHIND!! 

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B is for beach (and beef and beer)

B should really be for bad mood as thats what we both woke up in these 2 days off! The weather at work has been horrible and the weeks been long with lots of early mornings spent getting soaked! Despite this there have been a few bouts of sunshine and glorious sunrises. I’ve even been making friends with the pigs form the next door farm.

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With this in mind our B date was destined to be a bit dreary as we’d decided to head to the beach! Sumner beach rot be specific. The beach was beautiful despite the weather and we spent some time exploring a few cave like rocks right on the seafront. After this we continued the B theme and headed straight for the nearest BAR! A cute little place where we watched the rain pour down from the comfort of inside.

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That evening Joe cooked us a glorious dinner of roast BEEF while I BAKED a cake! We ended the day with an early night and a film in BED! All in all a pretty low key B date but a good day out all the same!! We have started making exciting plans for C which will take place in a few weeks as we have other plans next weekend! Also this week we have been brainstorming a few ideas for when Joes parents come to visit in about 5 weeks now!! More details of which to come soon! Thankyou as always for reading and we miss everyone reading from home loads!!!

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Paris X

17.10.2017 (Week 42 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. Lucky Child – Loung Ung
  17. Automated Alice – Jeff Noon
  18. The Girl In the Picture – Denise Chong
  19. Orphan X – Gregg Hurwitz
  20. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  21. A moveable Feast – Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Chez Stinky – Susan C. Daffron
  23. The Gift – Margaret McHeyzer
  24. The Curse – Margaret McHeyzer
  25. The last survivors – T. W. Piperbrock
  26. Boys – Scott Semegran
  27. Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss
  28. Before He Sees – Blake Pierce
  29. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: THIRTEEN WEEKS BEHIND!! 

A is for Antarctic centre

With this post I aim to introduce you to the world of alphabet dating, the aim is to get through the alphabet with different dates starting with the corresponding letter. Joe and I tried this before when we were at home but due to planning this trip ran out of money and motivation! This time we aim to get to the end! Before I get into our first alphabet date i’d like to add that we started these two days off as always.. with a crate of beer and a bottle of whiskey oh and a bottle of gin for good measure. Its Matildes last day and Janiks leaving soon plus we are very nearly at the end of calving so there is a lot to celebrate/commiserate! Heres a team photo of nearly the whole gang!

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Its safe to say that in true Robindale style everyone was successfully drunk and the night was a success! I think we gave everyone a good send off and had a giggle along the way!

Now back to our first alphabet date! I got to choose this week and I’ve been bugging Joe since we got here that I would like to go to the Antarctic centre at Christchurch airport. I’d heard really good recommendations from various people and it sounded fun to me! The day was a great success we got to see penguins and huskies and learn a lot about Antartica. Over all it was very interactive and a whole lot off fun! Joe was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed himself. The highlight was definitely the hagglund ride, although Joe remains convinced that the Honda would have navigated the obstacles with ease.

For more information on the Arctic centre visit the link below:

https://www.iceberg.co.nz/general-information/show-activity-timetable/

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I even managed to persuade Joe to participate in some incredibly cheesy photos so everyones winning. We came home with a takeaway pizza ready for bed and a busy day at work in the morning. As you can see Joe was pretty tired after all our adventures…

Paris X

2.08.2017 (Week 40 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. Lucky Child – Loung Ung
  17. Automated Alice – Jeff Noon
  18. The Girl In the Picture – Denise Chong
  19. Orphan X – Gregg Hurwitz
  20. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  21. A moveable Feast – Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Chez Stinky – Susan C. Daffron
  23. The Gift – Margaret McHeyzer
  24. The Curse – Margaret McHeyzer
  25. The last survivors – T. W. Piperbrock
  26. Boys – Scott Semegran
  27. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: THIRTEEN WEEKS BEHIND!! 😦

What traveling taught us!

365 days ago we got on a flight to Bangkok that I’d spontaneously booked on a day off work. Let me divert you back to the first blog post I ever wrote… Why for me it takes two to tango… I thought i’d post again about what we’ve learnt in our year on the road together so here goes. I will start with some pictures from before our year on the road.

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Okay so that was more than some its really hard to chose! And it really is hard knowing where to start, I mean we’ve seen and done so much in the last year there has been a lot of fun, for the last year we have pretty much spent every waking moment together and this comes with its own challenges. Challenges that I think we’ve embraced. To be honest I don’t think there is anyone else in the world I could of done this trip with and still come out the other side smiling.

When you’re out here this far away from home sometimes it can feel like you only have each other. This can be good and bad for different reasons but its worked really well for us. He’s the first person I speak to in the morning and the last person I speak to at night. We’ve found that traveling as a couple can make it harder to make friends you generally have to approach people rather than the other way around. Thats not to say we haven’t met some totally amazing people – you all know who you are and we love/miss you all!!

Its taught us to compromise…So why does it work for us? I think the first thing is being independent… we have spent a lot more time together than we would if we were at home but we’re both independent people and neither of us are scared to put our foot down or do what we want on our own. Its nice that I can go out on my own if Joe doesn’t feel like it and vice versa. And I honestly think thats where a lot of people who travel together go wrong. They live in each others pockets and feel like they have to do something they don’t want to just because its on the other guys bucket list. Of course compromise is key though and this has led to some of our best decisions. I really did not want to sit on a motorbike for 8 hours a day around Vietnam. I thought this was a terrible idea, I thought Joe would probably kill us both and it would all end in tears. But then we came to a compromise… or in this case Joe got me drunk enough to agree! In hindsight it was one of the best things we’ve done on the whole trip and i’m so glad he persisted with the idea. This leads me on to my next point its taught us to trust each other, or in some cases left us with no other option! I think most people can agree that trust is really important and its definitely something we have a lot of! We have laughed together, cried together and then laughed about it all over again in the morning. We’ve over come things together and worked through things and the whole last year has definitely brought us a lot closer together.

It’s taught us not to care about what other people think… (not that I did anyway) We’ve met people that ask us “how do you do it?” or make remarks like “I could never travel with my partner” and we’ve met a lot of people who have split up out here or left someone behind and regretted it. We’ve also heard a lot of “when are you going to grow up and settle down” and a lot more of “when are you going to come home”. There are probably people at home reading this amazed that we’re still at it or wondering how we’ve done it. I don’t think this is for everyone and i’m not even really going to recommend it because thats for you to decide… what I will say is that so far, it works for us. We can’t think of a better way we could have spent the last year and its worth every minute. Its easy to judge other peoples relationships but… we made the decision to do this and, ask us if we regret it? You can probably guess the answer…

Not for one second. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved along the way, we might not have a mortgage or be “settling down” – whatever that means –  like some of our friends but we’ve made that decision together and wouldn’t change it for the world. And about the coming home thing for those who are wondering… WE DON’T KNOW!!!! We have a few different plans and are unsure of which one to pursue next currently, some of them include coming home and some of them don’t so you’ll have to wait and see.

Now to the most important part traveling with Joe has taught me that I’m lucky, but most of all its taught me that sometimes thinking with your heart is the best decision you can make… Joe is my financial advisor, my bestfriend, my chauffeur, my navigator, my life coach, my prince charming, he’s my soulmate and my hero. He provides me with entertainment and does a great impression of the herbal essences advert! He makes me smile and he’s taught me that I can do anything (even ride a motorbike with out any major accidents -yet). He’s even managed to teach me to ski which deserves a medal alone! Joe makes me want to be a better person and that can only be a good thing.  How the hell he’s put up with me I wonder sometimes but he has and i’m really grateful for all the adventures we’ve had. It has been the best year ever and we have big plans for the next one so watch this space!! I used to have a reputation for being the drunkest girl at the party, sadly thats not a reputation I seem to be getting away from in the near future. Lucky for me I met the drunkest guy at the party and that seems to take the pressure off a bit!

“Love is about all the changes you make and not just three small words” Frank turner

Note from Joe; For more information please visit: http://www.JoeMarshallAppreciationSociety.com

Paris X

30.08.2017 (Week 39 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. Lucky Child – Loung Ung
  17. Automated Alice – Jeff Noon
  18. The Girl In the Picture – Denise Chong
  19. Orphan X – Gregg Hurwitz
  20. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  21. A moveable Feast – Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Chez Stinky – Susan C. Daffron
  23. The Gift – Margaret McHeyzer
  24. The Curse – Margaret McHeyzer
  25. The last survivors – T. W. Piperbrock
  26. Boys – Scott Semegran
  27. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: TWELVE WEEKS BEHIND!!

Seafood and wine.

We started our days off this week as always with one hell of a party!!!! Such a good night with these guys and can’t wait to do it again to be honest!

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We spent our next day relaxing and recovering in bed! It was well needed to be honest and we both enjoyed a chill and a good sleep! The next day we decided to head into Christchurch to get our weekly food shop and then head out for a bit of an explore. We decided in the end to drive to Lyttleton which is a little seaside town just outside Christchurch. Joe looked up a good restaurant and enjoyed some beautiful seafood! I couldn’t even finish it but it was so amazing. As well as that the weather has taken a massive turn for the better and we finally have sunshine!! Lets hope it stays like this.

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Paris X

30.08.2017 (Week 39 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. Lucky Child – Loung Ung
  17. Automated Alice – Jeff Noon
  18. The Girl In the Picture – Denise Chong
  19. Orphan X – Gregg Hurwitz
  20. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  21. A moveable Feast – Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Chez Stinky – Susan C. Daffron
  23. The Gift – Margaret McHeyzer
  24. The Curse – Margaret McHeyzer
  25. The last survivors – T. W. Piperbrock
  26. Boys – Scott Semegran
  27. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: TWELVE WEEKS BEHIND!!

 

I’d like to go to the circus…

Not much interesting has happened this week people… its started with some days off Janik, Joe and I had been really looking forward to cirque de soleil – Toruk the last flight. We booked a night in Christchurch as we all had the next day off and thought we’d head out for a bit of a party after. Joe was very excited, not about the circus but about the fact that he got his very first uber there. For those of you who don’t know uber is an app where you can order a taxi from someone already going your way. It was all very exciting and we now feel like we have fully arrived in the 21st century. We arrived safe and sound, straight to the bar and then to our seats waiting for the show to begin. Our honest review is that we were quite disappointed, it was visually stunning but a lot of dancing around and not much circus. Having seen them before we left slightly disappointed but determined to still have a good night!

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Christchurch really is not the place to party, but gin was flowing and we watched a band in a lively-ish bar. I fell asleep and we ended up getting kicked out so the boys took me home and continued their adventure. I don’t know the details of the rest of their night but I do know they ended up in a gay club. When they got back to the hostel at the early hours of the morning, Joe decided he didn’t want to sleep on his own and got in bed with some poor unsuspecting girl much to her horror and mine and Janiks amusement. We had a quick breakfast in the morning and a quick swim before heading home to sleep. The good news is we have found a nearby takeaway that is as close as we can get to our British version so we had a chilled evening in with some good food. My week back to work started with the most glorious rainbow I have ever seen the picture below doesn’t  do it justice but also shows in all its glory the lodge where we live incase you guys were interested.

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Work is busy with milking 1200 cows every day now. The team has split into the A shed and B shed… so everyone is working hard and finding their feet within their teams. Its all going great and Joe and I both still really love it! Each days different and although we are well and truely settled in, each day still has its challenges which we love. My main challenge is falling off the motorbike, I nearly gave myself a concussion the other day by whacking my head of a fence post and managed to do a bit of a skid the day after. But its all good and no injuries apart from a few minor bruises.

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The lodge is busy as always and there has been time for a few impromptu parties that usually end up with everyone getting very drunk and being hungover the next morning! Especially Joe who still seems to be the king of the hangover.

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As well as the place for a party I have also been baking this week and managed to make a traditional New Zealand treat called lolly cake… Basically this consists of condensed milk, malt biscuits, marshmallows and a bit of butter! It is also supposed to be dusted in in coconut but Joe wasn’t keen on that so I left it out. The picture doesn’t do it any justice but trust me it is to die for and disappeared quite quickly so I think I’ll make a double portion this week!

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Aside from this we’ve been enjoying the sunshine and our days off and keeping busy but relaxing all at the same time and as always enjoying a takeaway! #livingthedream I hope this gives you a little insight into our lives and please look out for more as we have a few busy days coming up so I’ll try my best to keep you all posted.

Paris X

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15.09.2017 (Week 37 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. Lucky Child – Loung Ung
  17. Automated Alice – Jeff Noon
  18. The Girl In the Picture – Denise Chong
  19. Orphan X – Gregg Hurwitz
  20. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  21. A moveable Feast – Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Chez Stinky – Susan C. Daffron
  23. The Gift – Margaret McHeyzer
  24. The Curse – Margaret McHeyzer
  25. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: TWELEVE WEEKS BEHIND – I might start reading children books! JK I have 3 weeks off in November and know a lot of reading will be done then so I’m not worried this is going to happen!

 

Work work work work work!

Hello people!

Just thought I’d write you all a quick update on whats going on in the world of dairy farming at the moment! We are well into calving and so far so good. The 4am starts have started as we’ve got a bigger milking herd now and we are both enjoying getting stuck in! Joe has calved his first cow!

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And I’ve built up some serious muscles lifting all these calves and milking nearly 1000 cows!!

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We are still loving it here and the early starts are worth every sunrise! And the beautiful views of the mountains make every day go a little quicker! I’ll leave you with a few more pictures of everything we’ve been up to and some of the team too!! Thankyou once again for reading we miss you all loads.

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I’ve also been lucky enough to enjoy a few care packages from home because lets be honest…. nothing beats marmite on toast!

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I have better computer access now -thats right I have treated myself to a brand new laptop that will be kept away from all liquids – you’ll all be glad to here I’ve got some progress on my reading challenge… as you can see with all this work I’m not making as quick progress as I used to but I’m still going and hoping I’ll still do a book a week  on average by the end of the year!

Paris X

30.08.2017 (Week 35 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. Lucky Child – Loung Ung
  17. Automated Alice – Jeff Noon
  18. The Girl In the Picture – Denise Chong
  19. Orphan X – Gregg Hurwitz
  20. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  21. A moveable Feast – Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Chez Stinky – Susan C. Daffron
  23. The Gift – Margaret McHeyzer
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: ELEVEN WEEKS BEHIND