I got very deeply involved in the Progressive group, leading services, sitting on the board, teaching the bar mitzvah class and so on.
Other than that I had some excellent trips to England and saw lots of cool people. I spent the first part of the year hanging out with ploni_bat_ploni, and missed her terribly after she finished her course and left the country. Lots of people unexpectedly turned out to be romantically interested in me, but I stayed single. Oh, and I went to Limmud, but I haven't written that up properly yet.
56 books total this year, 10 of which I haven't got round to reviewing yet. More rereads than usual, cos I ran out of books a bit. But I had good fun rereading Tim Powers' The Anubis Gates, AS Byatt's Babel Tower, JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit, Salman Rushdie's The ground beneath her feet (I finally heard the U2 song that goes with it on Radio Paradise the other week!), and my perennial favourite GB Edwards' The book of Ebenezer Le Page.
I just rid the Midrash & fanfic post. Thank you for linking to that, it was absolutely excellent. I'm afraid my own journal is never going to produce anything that profound, but hey, it's better with you on my f-list, I'm sure.
There are some seriously brilliant writers on my friends list, but they're not the reason why I hang out on LJ. It's more like a giant and ongoing party; there might be people there who come up with some brilliant remark sometimes, but mostly I'm just enjoying the good company. And people who comment on my long survey posts in the middle of the weekend are always encouraging, so thank you!
I finished the book "Children of the New Forest" which is Childrens' Historical novel. It was very exciting. It starts explain the conflict between King Charles I and the Parlament and Cromwell. Then it starts the actually story. It about four children whose father was killed during the war. They lived in Arnwood in a mansion. The forester who was obviously a good friend of the family overheard that Cromwell's troops were going to burn down the mansion. He took the four children and all servants (aunt refused to come) with him. The servants went their own way but the children lived with him. They learnt how to support themselves. The forester was very old and knew who would die soon. The oldest took then care of his younger brother and his sisters. They had a quite good life. He made friends with other people and found out that the Roundhead was actually not in favour of Cromwell. He only pretended to be. He went through lots of adventures until he finally had the chance with help of the fake Roundhead to get his position back but he actually did not know until the end that he had help from him. It is really exiting and worth reading.