Watch out now – IT’S gettin’ real in these-here Bay Area parts. For us, the month of July has morphed and woven and at times dragged its lovely, uh, frame through central Oregon and the Willamette Valley and back down south to California again …where we await the pregnancy homestretch, not leaving town until long after Baby Boy is born! (Come visit, come visit, come visit!) In the meantime, I’m linking up with Lovely Leigh for this month’s “What I’m Into” – consider doing the same!
Landline (Rowell, 2/5) – I was sadly disappointed with this book, as author Rainbow Rowell has been one of my favorite discoveries of the past year. But alas, not my fave.
The Writing Life (Dillard, 4/5) – Annie Dillard is the bomb.com in my book, and this short little nugget on writing did not disappoint (even if she did, as per her usual, lose me every once in awhile).
Prayers of a Young Poet (Rilke, 4/5) – I’ve had poet Rainer Maria Rilke on my list for awhile now, as I’d heard he dabbles in “Dark Night of the Soul” poetry. I especially love that this book came with a strong introduction, conclusion and minor notes about each poem.
Delancey (Wizenberg, 3/5) – Again, another slight disappointment, as the “Orangette” blogger’s A Homemade Life was one of my favorites of last year. It really picked up at the end, but otherwise I had a hard time with the first two-thirds of the book.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (Faber, 3/5) – This is Counseling 101, made for the miniature population …but as it’s the parenting bible, make me review it again in a year or two and see if my review stats have gone up.
Atonement (McEwan, 3/5) – I’ve had this book on my shelf for awhile, and having never seen the movie, I liked it but didn’t love it. His writing is like walking through a flower festival all day long – it’s just a little too much for me.
Glitter and Glue (Corrigan, 5/5) – OH SNAPS …I’ve found another memoirist to call my own and take home in my pocket. If you have a mother or have had a mother or have someone you’ve taken to calling Mother, read this book!
Sold (McCormick, 5/5) – This was a random find, but when Audible ran a 99-cent special on it, I had to say yes. Although it’s technically YA fiction, it’s based on the true stories of young girls trafficked in and around India …and it’s POWERFUL.
Night Music (Moyes, 4/5) – I am happy to say that this was not nearly as tear-jerkingly DEPRESSING as You Before Me, thankyouverymuch.
To the Lighthouse (Woolf, 2/5) – Maybe I had other things on my mind. Maybe Virginia Woolf is overrated, but I was not a fan of this classic. Sorry, Sassy Ladies Book Club.
Leaving Church (Taylor, 5/5) – As someone who’s left full-time ministry, this book was sadly, gladly appropriate to my own experience. Team BBT, all the way.
Everything Belongs (Rohr, 5/5) – YES. Yes, yes, yes.
The Titan’s Curse (Riordan, 3/5) – I read these for the love of a relationship with my niece …but I’m glad this book-lationship is over.
I’m reading… Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? We Need New Names; Devil in the Details; Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child; A Prayer for Owen Meany.
I wore… Dresses, lots and lots of dresses, over and over and over again. And my Birks. Yup, that about covers the clothing for overheated me in the month of July.
I wrote… Three more chapters, because the process never ends. This month’s edits are only just the beginning because sometimes writing is just a BEAST. But I also wrote for Ginger over at Just One of the Boys, and interviewed with Callie at This Glorious Maze – thanks for the opportunity, ladies! We’ve also had some awesome Tuesday Guest Posts this past month, so be sure to check out the writing of Kaitlin, Kate, Marlene, Melissa and Jen!
I ate… Lobster Crab Louie – that we invented ourselves! Friends, get yo’ bums to your local lobster-faring locale [here's our favorite], then add lettuce, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, avocados and whatever else your green-savvy heart desires. And EAT.
Le bebe? I am a hearty 36 weeks pregnant, which means that both Baby and I are growing by the day, and have an extreme desire to not get off the couch. Like, ever. But according to some, Little Caramel is about the size of a head of lettuce, weighing in around six pounds. He likes to wake up and start his jolly inner-womb dance party around 10, 11 o’clock at night making for one insomniac of a mother. (And in other news, I really, really think Pregnancy Insomnia should be banned by Baby-Growing Makers around the world – shouldn’t we be hibernating in preparation for real late nights?)
Finally, I laughed a hearty belly-laugh at this…
Nothin’ but the truth, I say!
PS: What did you read this past month? What put a smile on your face, and where have you traveled? Do share!