What I’m Into :: August 2013

What have you been up to and into and standing in the blessed thick of this past month?  Always love this time, and always love linking up with Miss Leigh!

This is the stack of books I entered vacation with ...and ended up staying pretty close to it!
This is the stack of books I entered vacation with …and amazingly, I ended up staying pretty close to it!

Finished reading: 

Seven Sacred Pauses (Wiederkehr) – I CANNOT recommend this book enough; although centered in the Christian tradition, Wiederkehr’s book is more spiritual in nature, and follows the daily Benedictine prayer rhythms.

French Women Don’t Get Fat (Guiliano) – Eh.  3/5 stars.  Voice is big to me, and Guiliano isn’t then my favorite to hear, although some of her ideas have stuck with me (and I really like the recipes to boot).

Me Before You (Moyes) – Ugh – in an are you kidding me, amazeballs sort of way.  Fabulous fiction read.   

I Suffer Not a Woman (Kroeger) – While this is one of the better books on an egalitarian viewpoint of the controversial “woman” scripture, it’s terribly boring.

Jesus Feminist (Bessey) – Friends, Sarah Bessey is an unapologetically, authentically heartfelt storyteller, so if you’re a fan of her writing, READ THIS when it comes out in November.

Bloodsucking Fiends (Moore) – Christopher Moore is to me in fabulously witty, fun fiction as to what John Green is to me in the realm of YA literature.  I love his writing.

Dark Places (Flynn) – It’s, well, dark.  I loved Gone Girl, and found myself liking (but definitely not loving) this previous book of hers.

The Happiness Project (Rubin) – read quasi-review here.

Why We Broke Up (Handler) – An ingenious YA book whose story was written after the accompanying pictures had been drawn.  Fabulous.

MFK Fisher, Julia Child and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table (Reardon) – Eh.  While I do love cooking biographies, my eyes glazed over like a crisped maple donut  sitting in the case, waiting for pick-up.  Lame pastry analogies aside, it too is terribly BORING.

Crazy Little Thing (Brogan) – 1 star.  I am not even going to type another sentence about this read.

Currently reading: Graceling; Les Miserables (56% of the way through, math majors), Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child + a slew of books for preaching on Isaiah 25 next Sunday!

TV: Breakout Kings, Real Housewives of Orange County, Orange is the New Black and Hollywood Game Night.  

Movies: It’s a Disaster

In the blogosphere: I took most of the month off from le Internet, and didn’t therefore record any favorites.  What were some of your favorites?

On my blog: my post for Micha-friend’s “One Good Phrase” definitely yielded the highest number of hits.  Um, obviously.    

Pondering: What will this fall look like?  Although it will certainly look different than it did a year ago, how will it look different from the previous eight months?

Cooking: ya’ll, if you haven’t made these Pinterest Chik-Fil-A faux-nuggets yet, do yourself a favor and break out the canola oil now.  I’d forgotten about these until just last night, and HOLY MOLEY, I may need a support group for these puppies (and exercise accountability).

K, ya’ll: in other news, I bought a bike.  It’s almost as good as a zoo.  And we’re putting the Little Bub’s seat on the back today.  But so far it is transforming our daily routine in good ol’ San Francisco, and freedom-freedom-freedom is pulsing through my veins every time I hop on its wide berth of a seat.  Get ready for more on that next week.

Love booky, bikey, bloggy be mama be.

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20 thoughts on “What I’m Into :: August 2013

  1. I’m so excited for the release of Jesus Feminist! (And jealous of all the bloggers who get to read it ahead of time. I thought about looking at the proofs, but I blog way too infrequently to justify it)

  2. Graceling is one of my favourite YA lit selections, especially because of the strong female characterization. I did, however, find the side/companion story Fire quite disappointing, and have yet to pick up Bitterblue.

    1. Awesome! I’m only a couple chapters into it, but have heard such GREAT things about it that I’m excited to see how it turns out. Thanks for the insight on Fire and Bitterblue, Christie.

  3. I’m also jealous (in a good way) that you got to read Jesus Feminist! How cool! I can’t wait to read it 🙂 I’m also eager to read Seven Sacred Pauses. I’m adding it to my list! And I agree about Me Before You – Ugh! Such goodness – I bought it to reread it! I’m planning to go have it signed this month! 🙂

    1. i love it! I read Me Before You on Audible, so I’d be eager to see the difference live, in text. And I can’t recommend Seven Sacred Pauses HIGHLY enough – seriously, it’s the best spiritual book I’ve read this year.

    1. Biking with babies – love, love, love it! Well, I love it, but I’m not so sure about the babe – hopefully this new seat we have for him is a better, friendlier fit. 🙂

  4. Oooo…I can’t wait for the bike update. I’m so impressed. ALSO. I’m behind on the blogosphere myself, so I’m off to read your post for Micha!! It’s next in my queue. 🙂

  5. I read French Woman several years ago and really liked it. Many of those lessons stuck with me! I still make her ratatouille on a regular basis. French Woman for All Seasons is in my To Read stack and I hope to get around to it one of these days. I kind of want to read Dark Places but I’ve worried about the darkness factor- might have to continue holding off.

    1. As much as I didn’t like her voice (ugh, so picky!), already the lessons have been sticking with me. You’ll have to let me know how the all seasons book is. And Dark Places – hold off, I’d say. There are so many other fabulous fiction reads!

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  6. Enjoyed the post. I have Seven Sacred Pauses on my bookpile at home – LOVE Macrina Wiederkehr! Also loving Jesus Feminist — SO excited to get my hands on an actual paper copy in Nov! Loved the Leminy Snicket quote as well. 🙂

    1. Mary, go make those chicken nuggets right now. So, so good! (Or drive to chick-fil-a directly and be sure to add some waffle fries and a sweet tea to the order, for me!)

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