Sprint to the finish

Well, it’s October and, as always this time of year, I’m wondering where the heck the year went!  I’m excited for the apple picking, turkey eating and latke making that is about to descend on us, but I’m looking back at those ambitious reading and bucket lists that I created at the end of 2015 and realizing that I have some work to do before the end of the year.

I knocked off about a third of my list, actively defied a few, and have 13 left.  Mission not yet accomplished, but in the midst of a year that had me on the road at least every other week and still managed to spend some serious time with friends and family, I’m feeling pretty good about 2016 so far.

I’m feeling ambitious.  Let’s see how I do…

What’s left…


  1. MOMA PS1
  2. Mission Chinese
  3. Rockclimbing
  4. Bike all five boroughs
  5. Take a Soulcycle class
  6. Run a 10K
  7. Take an Indian cooking class
  8. Make homemade Gnocci
  9. Make Tamales
  10. Make Tagine
  11. Make Beignets
  12. Learn to sew
  13. Learn to crochet



  1. Met Opera
  2. 9/11 Memorial
  3. Momufuku
  4. Write twice a week
  5. Stay in crow pose for more than 2 seconds
  6. Walk across the Manhattan bridge (with earplugs)
  7. Build a Gingerbread house [Well, not a house, a man.  A Brooklyn man complete with man-bun to be exact].
  8. Read 24 fiction books [On the way with 11 so far…]

And not…


  1. Grow tomatoes (take that Brooklyn!) [Brooklyn took me.  I barely kept my basil alive this year with all my travel over the summer. Next year maybe on OUR NEW DECK]
  2. Buy a lifetime supply of cloth napkins and ban paper towels [I definitely just screamed across the house this morning that we need to subscribe to paper products on Amazon because…life.]

  3. US Open [If anyone wants to pay $700 to take me next year, I’m in]

2016 Reading List


Each year, I set a goal for the number of books I’d like to read.  This year I’m targeting 40 books, which – at a little less than 1 per week –  is enough to keep me on my toes, but allow for the inevitable distractions of work and life to creep in.

The secret to success with this for me is having a go-to reading list so that as soon as I drop one book, I know which one I’m picking up next.  I’ve also started reading two books at a time.  One novel (usually compliments of the Brooklyn Public Library) for when I’m home and have time to sit down with a book for an hour or so and one nonfiction or short story book on Kindle app on my iPhone for when I’m dangling from a handle bar on the crowded F train and only have ten free minutes and one free hand.  I thought it’d be tough bouncing from story to story, but I’ve actually found that it engages me more in each book since I never get that “I’m just trying to get through this book to get to the next” feeling.  It also limits the time I spend mindlessly scrolling through social media apps  or re-reading emails to kill time on my commute.

So, here we go.  I sat down today and started my list.  It’s a combination of a wishlist that has accumulated over the course of 2015, a few recommendations from friends over the holidays, and from a quick scan of the Man Booker Prize lists frm the past few years.

I’m starting with 20, knowing that Prose and Hos(e) (our fabulous book society)  and new releasese and recommendations will fill this out along the way.

  1. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  2. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  3. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  4. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  6. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  7. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  8. Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
  9. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  10. All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  11. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  12. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  13. The Power Broker by Robert Caro
  14. On Looking: 11 Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz
  15. Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter
  16. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
  17. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  18. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
  19. The Power of Unreasonable Peoplby John Elkington, Pamela Hartigan
  20. Susan Sontag The Complete Rolling Stone Interview by Jonathan Cot

What’s on your reading list this year?  Any recommendations for me?