What have you been into this past month? I love what has become a monthly exercise of thinking and reviewing and pondering the previous 30 or 31 (…or 28) days. Enjoy!
Finished reading: there was a lot of it. How I love thee, summer reading…
And Baby Makes Three (Gottman) – If you’re a new parent, pretty please pick this up (and read the further review here).
Circle of Quiet and A Wrinkle in Time (L’Engle) – it’s the Summer of Madeleine, so what’s not to like? The former is potentially my new favorite, and it was about time I read the childhood classic (with review here).
Looking for Alaska (Green) – YES – John Green for President, friendlies.
Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro) – Knowing nothing about the book before I started reading it, it was interesting, but what would you expect from a world of test tube donors?
Momma Zen (Miller) – liked it, and click here for further review.
Care of the Soul (Moore) – Psychology + mythology + the depths of one’s soul (which for Moore then occasionally points to Christ) = YES.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (Semple) – loved it, and click here for further review.
America: the Vegetarian Table (Madison) – Good enough to finish reading, although it’s better suited for my veggie-cousin’s bookshelf.
What Alice Forgot (Moriarty) – loved it, and click here for further review.
Cooked (Pollan) – the argument that all food is derived from one of the four elements is truly fascinating, but don’t read this if you want to continue your love affair with processed foods.
It was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God (Bustard) – I like the premise that as God creates, so too we are co-creators with Him, but having numerous non-writers share their stories wasn’t the strongest of platforms.
Currently reading: Les Mis (54% of the way through – progress!); MFK Fisher, Julia Child & Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table (Reardon); Dark Places (Flynn); I Suffer Not a Woman (Kroeger & Kroeger).
TV: Real Housewives of Orange County, always; Hollywood Game Night; The Mindy Project; and our new somewhat gritty, but altogether fabulously brilliant, Orange is the New Black.
Movies: Life of Pi; Warm Bodies – um, who knew a movie about ZOMBIES could be so witty and heart-endearing (and with a fantastic soundtrack to boot). All I have to say about the latter is this: everything wrong is made right, for as they say in the movie, “everything is exhumed…”
In the blogosphere: Even though I’m not a millennial, I resonate with much of what Rachel Held Evans wrote in her article. Also, once again, Micha-friend BRINGS IT with thoughts on the interwoven complexity and simplicity of faith.
On my blog: I try not to let myself look at stats more than every once in awhile, because whether high or low, that’s not why I’m writing, that’s not why I’m writing…. Why I need me a chair cushion and Dear 24 year old me received the most hits, while BFF Mindy’s brilliant piece on choosing two-way friendships was up there as well.
Pondering: what it means to love well: how do I love family and God and friends and strangers alike well? Your thoughts?
Cooking: Summer is made for reading and for BBQ-ing (or grilling as you some of you southern folk might say) – although, might I add, perhaps not at the same time and space.
Linking up with Miss Leigh today – and you should do the same!
What about you? What have YOU been into this past month?0