It’s that time again – time to look at where we’ve (…me, myself and I) been, reflecting and thinking over the following categories. Enjoy getting to know each other, and join in, I say!
The Fault in our Stars (Green) – Yes. Yes, yes, yes. This is the first YA book I’ve read in years (okay, minus all four Twilight books plus Edward’s not-so-secret online book). I’m a fan of Green, of his writing, and of the way he captures high school students and intersection of relationships around them. Read it.
Imagine: a Vision for Christians in the Arts (Turner) – I avoided this short book for awhile, thinking it another cheesy Christian read. [I have major book judgment issues, I know.] But I loved the premise: what does it mean to be a Christian in the arts without an agenda, without proclaiming an overtly Christian message? This – big surprise? – is how I’d like to write.
The Light Between Oceans (Stedman) – Eh. Read it, but most likely won’t read another Stedman novel. Instead, Australian friend Adele has recommended Aussie authors Denise Leith, Lily Brett, Caroline Overington, Favel Parrett, Tim Winton, Christos Tsiolkas, Craig Silvey, and Chris Womersley, to name a few. (Is an outsider like myself allowed to use “Aussie” in the context of a sentence, or does that clearly scream ignorance?)
Unbroken (Hillenbrand) – True to its subtitle, this story is true to the plotline of survival, resilience and redemption, as Louie, the main character survives a plane crash and ends up in a Japanese POW camp. Although I don’t usually normally read historical non-fiction, the book is well-written and I enjoyed learning more about WWII in the process.
One Thousand Gifts (Vos Kamp) – I read this originally a couple years ago, but finally picked it up again, entirely because my spiritual director placed it in my hands and said read this. Even though I differ a bit from Vos Kamp’s theology, the whole idea of finding nuggets of thankfulness in the everyday is so, so important.
The Le Crueset Cookbook, Giada’s Family Dinners and Easy Party Food – Shauna Niequest inadvertently gave me permission to start reading through cookbooks …and the HBH’s stomach couldn’t be happier.
Currently reading: Les Miserables (Victor), And Baby Makes Three (Gottman), No Future Without Forgiveness (Tutu), Humboldt’s Gift (Bellow), Carry On, Warrior (Glennon Doyle Melton).
TV: Real Housewives of Orange County (I totally justify this as I worked with the newest housewife, Lydia, at summer camp 11 years agoJ – that means we’re friends, right?). The Mentalist, SMASH, American Idol and Criminal Minds. And then, of course, the HBH (Hot Black Husband) loves to cheer on any and all sports, so we’re currently cheering on both the the GIANTS and the Golden State Warriors.
Movies: Anna Karenina, Zero Dark 30, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, English Teacher, This is 40.
In the Blogosphere: Kristen Howerton’s article on the definition of Biblical marriage and its relevance to marriage equality, Sarah Bessey’s “Calm Your Heart” write-up for Micha’s blog, Sarah Markley’s thoughts on the place between dreaming, courage and reality, and in usual Seth Godin for President form, thoughts on pandering (and joining the elite).
On my blog: I loved thinking through my 20+ jobs in life, and the conversation it created on Facebook in particular; it was good being honest about the sharpie; finally, I loved reflecting on and creating the piece in honor of my siblings, Brandon and Aleah.
Pondering: The balance of waiting and living life to the fullest and embracing the fullness of the now.
Cooking: We’re going low-carb here in our house, so we’ve been eating a whole lot of protein and veggies – what recipes would you recommend? [Never mind the Sour Flour sourdough starter class this past Sunday morning in which I likely consumed a full two cups of flour.] Otherwise, best at home meal: grilled chicken with basil-lemon sauce (Giada’s Family Dinners).
Baby Cancan: Oh! Mr. Personality is crawling, which means that my previous life that included actually getting things done when he’s up is now officially over. Mourn with me, will you? (This also boosts Audible listening up during the day, which is awesome!)
What about you? What are you reading and watching? What’s changing you, and what are you thinking about? What do you recommend? Join in the conversation! I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into theme.0