Oh lovelies, we skipped What I’m Into in December, and it feels good to be back. Although not everything can be captured, here’s a little nugget of life around here in the month of January. As usual, linking up with Lovely Leigh…
I read (in December and January):
Steve Jobs (Walter Isaacson), 5/5 – Let’s be honest: Jobs was an ass, but a brilliant ass nonetheless.
Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery), 5/5 – How did I never, ever read this as a child? Shame on me!
Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America (Darrell L. Guder), 3/5 – Perhaps had I read this is a shorter amount of time (instead of eight months), or while still in ministry, the book would have had a greater impact on me.
The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion), 4/5 – Best winter “beach” read – just delightful!
Les Miserables (Victor Hugo), 4/5 – Speaking of books that take a long, long time to get through, it took me over a year to read this classic – and minus the intricacies of the French Revolution, it was just lovely.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson (John Green), 4/5 – Once again, John Green is brilliant. Once again, a must-read.
[We interrupt this previously broadcast John Green announcement to bring you the The Fault in Our Stars trailer – can’t wait!]
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs), 4/5 – Affectionately dubbed “The Creepy Kids’ Book” by my book club, that about sums it up.
Grace-Based Parenting (Tim Kimmel), 3/5 – It was a little too, well, how shall we say it… evangelical for me.
The Cricket on the Hearth (Charles Dickens), 3/5 – While I want to be a die-hard Dickens’ fan, I am thoroughly convinced his works should never be “read” on Audible.
The Husband’s Secret (Liane Moriarty), 3/5 – The author of What Alice Forgot (which was one of my 2013 favorites), this similar novel wasn’t my favorite of hers.
MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend (Rachel Bertsche), 3/5 – This is what I secretly wanted to tell Bertsche: wait 10 years before you write a book, sister. You’ll thank me later.
Crush It! Why Now is the Time to Cash in on your Passion (Gary Vaynerchuk), 3/5 – This book helped me realize that I’m not a blogger who writes, but I’m a writer who blogs. Big difference.
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak), 5/5 – utterly delightful, beautifully written, scarily haunting.
Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell), 5/5 – One of the best YA books I read in 2013 – as mentioned in my top 20 books of the year, she captures the teenage voice unlike any other.
I’m reading: The Locust Effect (Haugen) – look for a giveaway next week! Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir (Kephart); The Invention of Wings (Kidd), Anne of Avonlea (Montgomery).
I watched: Scandal. I think I have a girl crush on Kerry Washingon. Downton Abbey – still feeling somewhat ‘meh’ about this season. And the HBH and I are still slowly working our way through Weeds, although at this point, I’m not really sure why.
I met: hundreds of high school students at Santa Teresa High School in San Jose when I presented the seminar, “Look Back at Your Life: How I Became a Writer.” What a great day! (Does your high school or college need to hear something similar? I’d love to speak to them!)
I saw: Cousin James in the touring Book of Mormon, here in San Francisco. Amazing seats. Fabulous company. Incredible actually knowing one of the ‘someone’s’ up on stage. (We’re proud of you, James Vincent Meredith!)
I ate: Baked kale chips – lots and lots of kale chips. I suppose it’s the curse of having a winter CSA box, but I am perfecting the craft. (lightly season with olive oil and sea salt, then bake for 10 minutes per side at 275 degrees – hey, I’m not a food blogger, but this one’s a fat-free gold mine). The HBH also swept us away for a secret Napa overnight, and we ate like Real Life Foodies up there – now that is a food-wealthy city!
What you must watch: (And you’re welcome, Full House fans).
What about you? What have you read, seen, eaten, and just plain ol’ LOVED this month? Do share!