#7DayYogaChallenge with Sarah Beth Yoga

I’ve been considering trying some sort of yoga challenge for over a year now, but every time I go looking for one, they’re thirty days long! & to be honest, that seems really daunting. What if I’m tired one morning & want to sleep in? What if I’m on holidays & don’t have access to a computer or a quiet spot? Also, most are 30-60 minutes in length. I can usually make time for something like that once a week, but fitting that additional time in around running, teaching aquafit, keeping up with marking, & generally living seems so tough. I know myself well enough to realize I’m not quite ready for one of those yet.

Luckily, I came across a #7dayyogachallenge from SarahBethYoga. She has a playlist on her YouTube channel with 7, 15-minute long videos: one for each day of the week. They’re laid out from Monday-Sunday, but since I’m starting on a Friday, I’ll be starting with the Monday video. My day goes 100 x better (I deal with stress more effectively, am more thankful, & make healthier food choices) when I take the time for morning yoga, so I’m dedicated to crawling out of bed early for the next week.

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Here goes! 

Day 1: Friday, June 10th

Today’s practice was a gentle vinyasa flow where each breathe was linked to a movement. I find that this pattern of breathing & moving gives me a different feeling of calm than hatha yoga does. I felt really connected to my body, energized, & ready to tackle the day. When I encountered a potentially stressful situation at work, I dealt with it right away without worrying too much, then was able to let it go & move on. I have a bad habit of dwelling on those sorts of things, so this was a major victory!


Day 2: Saturday, June 11th

Today’s practice was a heart-opening hatha yoga sequence focusing on opening up the shoulders, chest, and upper back. I slept in a little, so did the video a bit later than usual, around 9 a.m. I would definitely return to this video! Sarah Beth has included some amazing shoulder stretches that showed me I’m tight in places I didn’t even know existed!


Day 3: Sunday, June 12th

I started my Sunday bright & early with this power yoga session at 6 a.m. This had me sweating! It was incredibly fast-paced (almost too much so) & I often felt like my breathe was being rushed as Sarah Beth asked us to flow from pose-to-pose so quickly! I really like the feeling of matching one breathe to one movement, but I also like yoga because it usually makes me slow down & deepen my breathing. I had some trouble with balancing in airplane pose & warrior three and was falling down all over the place, but I did hold boat pose, & I came out feeling energetic.


Day 4: Monday, June 13th

Today, I did not want to get out of bed! Some parts of this practice were very challenging. But here’s the most important thing . . . I did it anyway!


Day 5: Tuesday, June 14th

I woke up feeling a bit sore & sluggish (I didn’t eat well yesterday)but made it onto the mat just the same. Today’s practice was a hip-opening hatha yoga routine. I’ve been looking forward to a video that focused on hip-opening, & was excited to give this one a try. Some of the hip openers (& chest openers) were pretty intense, but they worked well. The level of these videos continues to be a bit above my comfort level, but I make a few modifications & push on, listening to my body. After all, if you don’t challenge yourself, you’ll never get any better!


Day 6: Wednesday, June 15th

I’m starting to get into a routine now. Today’s practice was a strong & balanced power yoga routine. It felt good!


Day 7: Thursday, June 16th

I was very happy this morning to see that today’s video was for a slow s& restorative stretch. Sarah Beth’s videos have been great at pushing me out of my comfort zone, but I really love yoga because it connects me to me body & helps me to destress.


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It feel great to have completed something I’ve though about doing for a long time! I definitely could see the positive benefits of this yoga challenge in my mental & physical well-being. While I’ve been practicing yoga here & there for a while now, this challenge has given me the kick in the butt to hit the matt at my local yoga studio come fall.

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Canada Day at Elk Island National Park

Part of being a Canadian, at least according to the likes of Mowat & Atwood, is connecting with the great outdoors; the wilderness that often lies just outside our front doors, but continues to remain elusive. Sometimes, as Canadians, we are awfully quick to be self-congratulatory (mountains! multiculturalism! moose!) but I think it is for good reason. For me, that’s what this Canada Day weekend was all about; experiencing the pieces of our beautiful country that are easy to pass by, but are worthy of appreciation, & celebration.

laurenwithmaptourguideOn Friday, Brian & I visited Elk Island National Park. We started with a Bison Backstage Tour, where our guide, Lauren, took us behind the scenes to learn about the management side of bison conservation in the park. For those of you not familiar with central Alberta, one of the great ironies of Elk Island is that it is not famous for elk at all, but rather for being a leader in bison conservation efforts! It is also the only completely fenced national park in Canada. On the south side of Highway 16, approximately 200 Woods Bison make their home, while the larger, north side of the park boasts over 800 Plains Bison!

Lauren filled us in on some of the historical forces that caused bison to reach the brink of extinction just over 100 years ago.

Then, we were able to explore the handling facility where the bison are captured, carefully managed & tested, then sent to auction or to other conservation sites around the world. Because the Plains Bison herd grows by 40% each year, & has no natural predators in the park, this is a necessary practice. I found it especially cool that last year the park donated two bison to the Enoch Elder’s Food Bank.

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I drive through Elk Island quite frequently, & even stopped twice last fall to hike, but it had never occurred to be that there must be a handling facility on site, & I hadn’t given much thought to the care & effort that goes into managing animals as enormous & important as bison. If you are at all interested in the history & management of bison, I highly recommend this tour. They run all summer on Saturdays & Sundays.

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This is what happens when you try to transport bison in a stock trailer!


After the tour, we headed across Highway 16 to the south side of the park, where there is one of the park’s 11 hiking trials; the Wood Bison Trail. One of my goals is to hike or snowshoe every trail at Elk Island, so I was pleased that Brian had agreed to come along on one of these adventures. The Wood Bison Trail is ~16 kilometres long & loops along Flying Shot Lake.

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We set out around 2 o’clock & it took us just over three hours of hiking, plus a few breaks for geocachinggeocachewoodbisontrail to complete the trail. It was a beautiful day, & we combated the mosquitos with a few healthy doses of bug spray. tigerlilyyesTiger lilies, my favourite wild flower, were blooming all along the trail, & I couldn’t stop exclaiming over their beauty. The orange was incredible!
About 4 km in, we stopped so I could snap a few photos of them, grab some water, & take a bathroom break . . . just as a trail runner rounded the corner. I’ve never got my shorts up so quickly! It suffices to say he had a story to tell that night when he got home!

After some serious stretching, we drove back through the north side of the park hoping to spot a bison (we did!) & to kick back for a few minutes at the iconic Park’s Canada red chairs.

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Happy 149th birthday you beautiful country!

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Race #4: Pi Run

My fourth race for #16racesin2016 was Epic Races‘ Pi Run. The organizers host an event in Michigan, but also encourage virtual participants from all over the world to run 3.14 miles on or near March 14, which is Pi Day!

I did my run the week before Pi Day & it was my best 5 k time to date. I had motivating music pumping through my earphones at the gym, & a real sense of adrenaline. It felt amazing to go all out, pushing myself & working incredibly hard. You know those days where your legs, heart, & mind are all working together? This was one of those rare days. The feeling of accomplishment when I was able to look at a time just over 28:00 was incredible. (Okay, it was 3.12 miles. But pretty close!)

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Things got even better a couple of weeks later when I picked up my mail. I was expecting a race medal to show up, but was really confused when I opened the package & found some crumbs. It turns out the awesome people at Epic Races had mailed me a legit personal-sized cherry pie! I also received a wonderfully soft T-shirt that has become one of my favourites, a finisher’s medal, & a happy, “Congratulations!” message.

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Any race that means I receive a pie in the mail, all the way from the US, is a winner in my books. I enjoyed the pie as a celebration of being 25% of the way to my goal.

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I think this one might have to become a yearly tradition! If you’re interested, the 2017 event is already posted on Epic Races’ website. I give this race a gold medal for the swag, & fun theme.

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Race #3: Molly Weasley Ugly Jumper Run

I discovered Hogwarts Running Club on instagram last fall & was really excited by what I found. They are a charitable organization that organizes virtual races with various Harry Potter themes. An “owl” is sent to your address with a race medal, you print off a race bib using your own printer, & whenever you have time, you can complete the event, then enjoy your new race bling.(Who doesn’t love race bling?!) Trying to fit 16 races into an already busy schedule is daunting, so I love the idea of a virtual race that is flexible in terms of dates.

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When you register for an event with Hogwarts Running Club, you can select a house to run for, which is a fun extra perk. I decided to go all in, & took a pretty in-depth online quiz to find out which house the sorting hat would have put me in, had I ever received one of those elusive Hogwarts Letters. I was sorted into Ravenclaw & registered for the Molly Weasley Ugly Jumper Run benefitting One Warm Coat, an organization with the mission to provide anyone in need with a warm coat, free of charge.

On February 15 I got my butt out of bed & to the gym to complete this event; my first ever virtual race! At first, I felt a little silly wearing the race bib on the treadmill all alone on a quiet morning. One thing I really enjoy about entering races is the atmosphere & adrenaline that come from running surrounded by other people, but it was stress-free & fun to do a race on my own & I actually really enjoyed it.

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A few weeks later, this fabulous medal arrived in my mailbox, courtesy of an “owl” from the running club. This organization is extremely well-organized & exists for a good cause. I will definitely be signing up for another one of their running events in the near future.

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Ocean Kayaking

We spent Spring Break 2016 on Vancouver Island. It was an awesome 5 days, & one of my favourite parts was kayaking the harbour with Victoria Waterfront Tours. We picked the two hour twestbaymaringvillageour, since neither Brian or I had ever been in an ocean kayak. (We are Albertans after all!)

We arrived a bit early & wandered around the Marine Village with floating houses. How amazing would it be to wake up & automatically be on the water?! It reminded me of house-boating in Shuswap, but much more permanent. The residents are obviously used to the curiosity of outsiders, as this little sign was posted to answer some of people’s most common questions.

We started our adventure at 9:30 by signing waiver forms, moving the rental car into the free parking area,  & getting outfitted in the proper gear. We each received a paddle, spray skirt, emergency throw bag, & a bailing pump. Nici, our fantastic guide, went through the emergency/safety procedures with us.

Then, she took us down to the upper dock to give us a short lesson on ocean kayaking. Nici explained the three most common paddle strokes (forward, backward, & stop) & had us practice each one. Then, we learned about how to use a rudder on an ocean kayak. I’ve only ever kayaked down the river & watched people practice kayaking in the pool, & never realized that ocean kayaks have a rudder to help stabilize them against waves & currents. The rudder is controlled by foot pedals inside the kayak, and by pushing the right pedal and paddling on the left, you can turn right, and vice versa. Finally, we practiced using our “holy crap straps” to escape from our spray skirts if we were to capsize, & carried the kayaks down to the water.

Because Victoria Waterfront Tours has a nice low dock, we were able to enter the kayaks easily, & were soon off & geocache kayakingpaddling into the beautiful morning.  Brian really wanted to check out a geocache on one of the islands in the harbour that Nici jokingly referred to as Bird Poop Island (it’s actually called Beren’s Island), so we paddled out that way. We could see an Inukshuk wearing a backpack that contained the geocache, but the tide wasn’t at a good level for us to get out, so we settled with a picture & saved ourselves the wet feet.

After visiting the geocache site, we paddled towards a lighthouse and headed for the outer harbour. Brian loved watching the Victoria Clipper Passenger Ferry that runs to the San Juan Islands. Nici told us that it takes about 1.5 hours to get to San Juan, & we looked up the costs after our tour. For $18 per person you can go across to Washington; heading across for a night is now on our list for our next visit to Vancouver Island. We also enjoyed watching the float planes take off & land practically over our heads. The harbour is definitely a busy place, & I was thankful we didn’t just rent kayaks. Nici knew where the float plane runways were, for example, and kept us out of trouble.

We paddled past several smaller islands, & learned that they all belong to the Department of National Defence, and disembarking on them is illegal. This dates back to the fear of a Japanese attack in World War II. Being a Social Studies teacher, I was fascinated by this information. We also paddled past some Navy housing, then turned the corner to Seal Island, with a breathtaking view of the Olympic Mountains.

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We took a break near Seal Island to eat our granola bars & watch the sea birds. Of course, we spotted a couple seals as well. Nici pulled a piece of Bull Kelp from the kelp forrest below, & we each sampled a leaf. It was actually pretty good, like a garden pea pod! She showed us how to make a Bull Kelp horn, & we had some fun practicing our warning calls.

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We headed back towards the inner harbour, happy & the tiniest bit sore. Coming along the rocks close to the Marine Village, we spotted a beautiful reddish coloured mink scampering along the boulders near the water! By the time we arrived back at the lower dock, carried the kayaks back up to the upper dock, & returned our gear, it was 12:30. Our two hours on the water went by in a flash!

We had a fun morning with lots of laughter. One of the best parts of the tour was that Nici took a camera with her, & took photos of us throughout the morning; this was much preferable to taking our phones out in the water with us.

I loved ocean kayaking & we will definitely be back for a longer paddle with Victoria Waterfront Tours on our next visit.

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Race #2: Hypothermic Half Marathon

I was happy (& surprised!) when I managed to talk my new teacher-friend Kaitlyn into signing up for the Hypothermic Half Marathon in Edmonton on February 7th. I needed a training plan (& accountability buddy) to get my butt in gear, & it definitely worked! Besides a few weeks over Christmas, I stuck to my 12 week plan pretty consistently. I followed the same plan for my first half marathon last year, and have found that it works well for me. It calls for a 3:1, walk:run ratio, but I followed a 2:2 ratio for most training sessions. Combined with teaching aquafit twice a week, & experimenting with kettle bells & free weights, I was in great shape by the time February rolled around.

A few days before the race, I received the best surprise in the mail from Darla; a running necklace with my birthstone! I wore it for good luck on race day.

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Kaitlyn & I headed to Edmonton on February 6th and picked up our race kits & some last minute purchases at the Running Room. Next, we made a stop at Chapters, then had a delicious dinner at Chianti’s on Whyte Ave. (One of the best parts about running a half marathon is the excuse to carb load the night before!) We called it an early night & tried to get some sleep, since we’d signed up for the Early Bird Run at 8:00 a.m..

We both slept pretty fitfully, but woke up in good spirits. After a quick hotel breakfast we headed to Highlands Golf Club where the announcer let everyone know that this race would be the warmest Hypothermic Half on record. (Woohoo!)  Kaitlyn intended to run the entire race at a faster pace then my 2:2 plan, so I started just behind her. While the weather was beautiful as the sun came out, the roads were pretty icy in spots. I managed to keep pace with Kaitlyn for the first 3 miles, then intended to take a quick walk break . . . but I just kept running. The route required two laps of the course, and by the second lap I could still see her ahead of me, but was falling a bit behind. I concentrated on enjoying the moment, and willing my legs to get me up the big hill one more time. The last three miles were (and always are) a test of will. At that point, I refused to stop for a walk break and relied on some gummies to keep me going. Some spectators with funny signs were a welcome distraction when my legs went numb with about 1.5 miles to go. I was watching my Timex running watch and could tell I wasn’t going to beat my time of 2:18:38 from last April, but willed myself to keep moving and to stay positive. I could still meet a different goal; I could actually run the entire 13.1 miles! I figured that I could run for just 5 more minutes. Just. Five. More. Minutes. Then it would all be over.

I dug down deep and sprinted the last couple hundred metres, leaving everything I had left in the tank out on the course. I came across the finish line & finally received by Yeti Medal before collapsing (literally) onto Brian, who had made the two hour drive to surprise me at the finish (He really is the best). Kaitlyn came across a few seconds later, & we high-fived, tried to shake out our legs, & took some celebratory pictures. It was a perfect finish to 3 months of hard work.

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It was a terrible cruelty that the clubhouse was at the bottom of a set of steep stairs; thank goodness for handrails! We made it down to enjoy our post-race brunch & soak up the endorphins.

My official finish time was 2:20:51 & I was finisher 72/125 participants in our heat. But most importantly, I RAN AN ENTIRE HALF MARATHON! My bucket list goal of running an entire 10 k race is now checked off. I did over double that! Far too often, we underestimate ourselves.

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”                                     -Thomas Alva Edison

Race #2 of #16racesin2016 was a success.

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SCUBA Training: Part 1

My new mantra: Write down what you want to achieve. Then, take steps to make those things happen. 

I’ve wanted to learn to Scuba dive for ages, but always put it on the “someday” list that I keep in the back of my head. This year, I’m following my strategy from 2015 of making a list of the things I want to accomplish, then taking concrete actions to make those goals a reality. With this in mind, I actually signed up for my Open Water Diver course from SDI in January!

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”
― Jordan Belfort

Last Friday, I headed to Edmonton for the first day of my certification course at The Dive Outfitters. Cheryl & Ross, the instructors, were both extremely welcoming and helpful. We learned about the different pieces of Scuba equipment, and how to assemble them. At first, “O” rings, BCDs, & regulators were foreign and intimidating, but that quickly vanished. We had a quick break and reconvened at the NAIT pool for an easy 200 m swim test. Next, we donned the equipment for the first time and slipped into the pool’s shallow end. We practiced breathing through the regulators underwater (absolutely terrifying at first!) and removing & clearing our masks underwater.

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Saturday began with a classroom session, then back to the pool. This time, we performed a 10 minute “float test” of treading water in the deep end, which wasn’t too difficult thanks to my years of lifeguard training. We partnered up with dive buddies (Thanks George!) & got our Scuba gear on standing up. Holy moly! The full BCD unit plus a tank of oxygen is heavy! We practiced stride entries into the water, then went through a series of practice drills. Then, it was back to The Dive Outfitters for a final classroom session on Dive Tables. They’re designed to help divers to calculate safe lengths & depths of consecutive dives. They were tricky at first, but I think I’ve got the hang of them now.

By Sunday, I was starting to feel more comfortable. We had a final classrooms session in the morning, and a final pool session at 11:00. We spent the majority of the time trying to achieve neutral buoyancy, and playing with our dive computers to achieve proper ascent/descent rates and equalization.

“To breath underwater is one of the most fascinating & peculiar sensations imaginable.”

-Tec Clark

We also practiced skills in a cold water hood & gloves, since all Scuba diving in Alberta lakes requires this equipment. Finally, we went back to The Dive Outfitters for a final review & paperwork.

I was terrified of breathing underwater at first, but by Sunday I was kicking around the perimeter of the pool, hovering only a foot or two above the bottom.

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Now, I have six months to complete the outdoors portion. This calls for a trip to Jasper, the BC coast, or somewhere hot! Stay tuned.

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Race #1: Lloydminster Transplant Trot

Late last year, I decided to take the plunge and commit to completing 16 races in 2016. I need goals to make me (literally) keep putting one foot in front of the other & nothing feels as good as completing something that’s slightly crazy!

My first race of 2016 was the Lloydminster Transplant Trot. Considering it was mid-January in Alberta, I was happy to see a race that was nearby & inside. I’d never done an indoor race before, so I was a bit nervous about the new experience, but decided it’d be a good training opportunity for the upcoming Hypothermic Half Marathon in Edmonton if nothing else.

The event was well-organized & a first for Lloydminster, so it featured several speakers and an emotional victory lap for those directly affected by transplantation. I was most impressed by the fact that 8 people’s lives can be saved by just 1 organ donor! Soon after the race, I let my family know that if something ever were to happen, that I’d like to be a donor. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to have it put onto my license until I renew it next year, but learning about something so powerful was a wonderful start to my year of races.

The actual run started off well, as the runners left about 10 minutes before the walkers, which included many families with kids. I had confidence in my 2:2 system of half-marathon training, but decided that 5 k really wasn’t very far, & that I may as well run the whole thing. My pace was good, except I did get slightly overheated. After the walkers started, it got a bit frustrating. Despite the volunteers constant reminders to stay on the right so the runners could safely pass, I found myself spending a ton of time dodging people who were talking & walking in the left lane.

As usual, Brian was the best and was nice enough to count my laps, protect my race goodies, & supply high-fives. Although this wasn’t a chipped event, I figured I finished in about 30 minutes, which would be a new Personal Best!

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This is definitley an event I would enter again, especially because it raises awareness & funds for a truly great cause. For more information on becoming an organ donor visit the Canadian Transplant Society Website. The steps differ by province, but the most important thing is to let your family know your wishes!

 

P.S. You can follow along with my year of races on Instagram using the hashtag #16racesin2016.

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The 50 Book Pledge: 2015

I’ve always loved books.

At age 4, I convinced by Mom to read me The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. At first she tried to explain that I wouldn’t like the books because there were no pictures, but I’d been inexplicably drawn to the light-blue boxed set on the top shelf in our basement, & boy was she wrong! I fell in love and happily listened to Laura’s stories of growing up in the woods, adventuring in the wagon with Pa, Ma, & Mary, teaching in a one room school house, & meeting Almanzo Wilder.

“I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.”

— Gary Paulsen

By Grade 2 I was reading Anne of Green Gables on my own, and could easily polish off several short chapter books in a day. Scholastic book orders were even better than the Sear’s catalogue at Christmas time! I will never forget the $5 garage sale box my Mom picked up at the arena during a fundraiser one summer. It was filled with Babysitter Club & Little Sister books that I consumed at a rapid pace. Remember the adventures of Kristy & Claudia & Hanny & Nancy?  Good times.

Fast forward to university and my love of reading made English an obvious choice for my major. Unfortunately, pursuing an English major can put reading for pure enjoyment on the back burner. Don’t get me wrong, I loved many of the novels and short stories I read in university, but having a book assigned is never the same as picking one to read on your own.

In 2015, the 50 Book Pledge forced me to reclaim my love of reading for pleasure. I threw conventions out the window. I banished the guilt I used to feel for reading anything “less” than literary fiction. I read graphic novels. I smaryannkubscribed to audible and began listening to audibooks as I worked in the garden or tackled a long road trip. I tried manga (for the first and last time). I read books that were, quite frankly, forgettable. I read books I wanted to recommend to every human being by standing on the rooftops and shouting, “This story is amazing. It’s life-changing! Read this book!” I even re-read favourites from my childhood. I read because it was fun again!

Curious? Check out the complete list of my 50 book pledge reads below, search the #50bookpledge hashtag on Twitter, or creep the archive of my twitter feed (@kirsten61), as I tweeted about my reading adventures throughout the year. gosetharper

P.S. I hummed & hawed for a few days about what kind of reading challenge I should try in 2016, & I settled on the 50 Book Pledge again. I’d love for you to join me! To sign-up visit 50bookpledge.ca.

  1. Mr. Hockey By Gordie Howe
  2. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  3. Say What’s Real By Melissa Molomo
  4. Unbroken By Laura Hillenbrand
  5. The Bean Trees By Barbara Kingsolver
  6. Into Thin Air By John Krakauer
  7. The Hound of the Baskervilles Graphic Novel Adaptation By Sir Author Conan Doyle
  8. The Ash Garden By Dennis Bock
  9. Room By Emma Donoghue
  10. Festive in Death By J.D. Robb
  11. When God was a Rabbit By Sarah Winman
  12. The Trouble with Alice By Olivia Glazebrook
  13. The Cellist of Sarajevo By Steven Galloway
  14. Saga By Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  15. Prodigal Summer By Barbara Kingsolver
  16. The Contender By Robert Lipsyte
  17. Under the Banner of Heaven By John Krakauer
  18. I Am Hutterite By Mary-Ann Kirkby
  19. Survival Tips for New Teachers By Cheryl Miller Thurston
  20. Skim By Mariko & Jillian Tamaki
  21. American Sniper By Chris Kyle
  22. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot
  23. GENIUS By Seagle & Kristiansen
  24. Alice in the Country of Hearts By QuinnRose
  25. Moonwalking with Einstein By Joshua Foer
  26. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Miracles By Amy Newmark & Natasha Stoynoff
  27. Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen By Mary-Ann Kirkby
  28. David Thompson: A Life of Adventure & Discovery By Ella Andra-Warner
  29. Masters of True Crime: Chilling Stories of Murder & the Macabre Edited By R. Barri Flowers
  30. Go Set a Watchman By Harper Lee
  31. The Keeper By Suzanne Woods Fisher
  32. Animal Farm By George Orwell
  33. Brian’s Hunt By Gary Paulsen
  34. Julie of the Wolves By Jean Craighead George
  35. The Wave By Todd Strasser
  36. Charlotte’s Web By E.B. White
  37. Turn Homeward, Hannalee By Patricia Beatty
  38. Anya’s Ghost By Vera Brosgol
  39. No Stone Unturned: The True Story of the World’s Premier Forensic Investigators By Steve Jackson
  40.  Friends with Boys By Faith Erin Hicks
  41. Death Sentence: The True Story of Velma Barfield’s Life, Crimes, & Punishment By Jerry Bledsoe
  42. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, & Amy Newmark
  43. Christmas with Anne & Other Holiday Stories By L.M. Montgomery
  44. The Birth House By Ami McKay
  45. A Cedar Cove Christmas By Debbie Macomber
  46. A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens
  47. James & the Giant Peach By Roald Dahl
  48. Missing Wives, Missing Lives By JJ Slate
  49. Resistance: Book 1 By Carla Jablonski & Leland Purvis
  50. Til’ Death do us Part: A Collection of Newlywed Murder Cases By JJ Slate

Whew! 

 

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