2015: A Year in Review (Reading)

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I am disappointed to have not reached my reading goal for 2015 but am still encouraged by the numbers. I read 63 books in total (57 clocked by goodreads, 5 rereads not marked, + 1 beta reading for a writing friend)–that works out to an average of 1 book every 6 days at an average book length of 199!

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The Soul You Loved

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“I know a man in Hell now.” That’s what the Preacher should have said if he were honest. But no one wanted an honest preacher today. Instead he talked of the good parts of the man’s life, how generous, and kind and caring he was, and what a shame it was he died young–all the things everyone wanted to hear. Old women daubed their eyes and a young lady softly whimpered.

The funeral home was unbearably warm, the small room packed. The preacher loosened his neck tie for the third time and talked of heaven and angels, hoping no one noticed the abrupt transition. He didn’t say the man was there, exactly, but he didn’t say he wasn’t there either. Best to let people think he might be.

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