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2018 Favorites

Favorite Books of 2018 Just for Fun Lara Jean trilogy by Jenny Han - A fun coming of age story about three sisters.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - Rom-com set in 1999 with realistic characters.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - An introverted fan-fiction writer heads off to freshman year of college.

LiteratureThe Road by Cormac McCarthy - Best book about fatherhood I've read. Read it out loud - it's poetry.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami - Moody, mysterious, foreboding.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey - Space opera at the highest level.
The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski - I was immediately sucked into the magic and political intrigue of this brutal fantasy world.

Spiritual The Rule by St. Benedict - Some say the order of St Benedict is the oldest ongoing organization in the West (outside of the church). You can see why in this timeless classic of school for beginners.

The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard …

A Beginner's Guide to Orienteering in an Existential Crisis

I don't like to brag, but it's Internet in 2018 so I guess I will: Besides being left-handed and knowing a shocking amount about Hallmark movies, one of my standout qualities is the ability to jump from 75 to Brooding in less than a second.  I have decades of experience in brooding, and I've also brooded in over a dozen countries spanning three continents. Many amateurs think they need to sit in the dark and listen to The Smiths while clutching a highball glass like a talisman, but that's rookie stuff. Elite brooders like me can brood in broad daylight with no chemical enhancement needed.

I type all that knowing from experience that depression and melancholy are difficult things to experience, especially around the holidays. While I love pretty much everything about Christmas, the season can bring into relief difficult things that sometimes we'd rather not think about - missing loved ones, unrealized expectations, and the like. But it's not just the holidays. H…