How Many Books Will You Read in 2017?

What’s your book reading goal in 2017? If you start with a random number and add titles, don’t forget to include antique or vintage books. You might also consider those you previously read. If you have children or grandchildren, include something they enjoy.  Reading the same book as others gives you one more way to connect. Completing a book before seeing the movie is one of my all time favorite entertainments. Some of the books you will find in theaters this year are:

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron
The Lost City of Z by David Grann
The Circle by Dave Eggers

Auld Lang Syne

Mt. Rainier

Wishing all a happy new year.  May you enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in 2017.  Did you know that the popular New Year’s song of Auld Lang Syne comes from a poem?  A poem written by the poet Robert Burns?  That’s right, a Scotsman.  This is yet another contribution to civilization by the Scottish.  Robert Burns was considered an amazing song-writer and this is the most famous of his works.  Not only is it sung by English-speaking people on New Year’s eve but it’s also used by the Brits when they meet to revive or cherish old friendships.

Auld Lang Syne
by Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to min’?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wandered mony a weary foot
Sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidled i’ the burn
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine;
And we’ll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint stowp
And surely I’ll be mine;
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne.