Oh friends, it’s happened again. We’ve not wasted a perfectly good month, but embraced the loveliest of months in all its fullness – so April, here’s to you. Here’s to your minor showers in these here parts before the flowers of May and the June Gloom fog of summer set in. Otherwise, here’s a little recap of what’s been a part of this fourth month of the year.
The Locust Effec (Haugen), 3/5: You may recall that I wrote about reading this book back in, uh, February. And really, I had read a third of the book by that point – but its hopeless dreariness kept me from finishing it for another two months. Ugh. While I don’t deny the validity of the topic – violence amongst the poor – I yearn for a just a wee bit more rosiness.
Paper Towns (Green), 3/5: I’m a big fan of John Green (still), but am getting tired of his predictable, static characters.
Rilla of Ingleside (Montgomery), 3/5: The Anne of Green Gables series is finally finished …and I, for one, am glad to be done. The first one still takes the cake.
Does Jesus Really Love Me? (Chu), 5/5: Okay y’all, I can’t emphasize this enough, especially if you’re a part of the Church and/or passionate about equality for our GLBT friends: READ THIS BOOK. It is brilliant. It will make you think and feel because Jeff Chu so brilliantly weaves together his story with investigative journalism.
Instant Mom (Vardalos), 4/5: I must say, this was the surprise of the month, and the book that I’ve not stopped talking about to seemingly everyone I meet. Nia Vardalos (writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding) tells her story of infertility and mama hood found through the Fost-Adopt system. It’s hilarious and endearing, all at the same time.
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (Barton), 4/5: Yes, this one’s a keeper. Written particularly for those in full-time ministry (which, uh, I’m not anymore…), there are valuable take-aways for anyone.
Friends for the Journey (Shaw & L’Engle), 4/5: Luci and Madeleine, may I join your best friendship as the 30-something representative? While I thought the first half was rather slow, it definitely picked up speed in the latter portion of the book and I could not put it down. True to form, it’s (eventually) a keeper.
I’m reading… Handling the Truth; Americanah; An Altar in the World; A Homemade Year; Quiet; Comic Poems. Also, all of my reviews are on Goodreads – hit me up!
I wore… so many maternity clothes. While I’d like to say that I’m still rocking my old clothes, there are only a few pair of jeans that actually fit – and those are the ones purchased in my “Man, why am I so bloated and gaining weight?” weeks before realizing I was actually knocked up. Oops. Rock it, don’t stop it!
I wrote… The introduction section of my book proposal! Chapter one my book! The beginnings of chapters two and six! Exclamation point, exclamation point!
I ate… the most amazing radicchio + fennel + salami + homemade croutons + green olives (…and then some) salad FIVE times this week. Yes, I’ll be posting the recipe soon. Yes, I believe I’ve found my pregnancy go-to.
And le bebe? It’s true, it’s true. I’m 23 weeks along, and Baby Boy #2 is set to arrive at the end of August. I’m getting larger by the minute, so here’s to hoping I keep eating the above salad instead of those handy, yummy, delicious (…) chocolate milkshakes from In-N-Out.
And I laughed a hearty belly-laugh watching this…
I want to be a professional lip-syncer like Emma Stone when I grow up!
So, what about you? What have you read and watched and eaten this past month? Linking up with the Lovely Leigh as usual – join in if you haven’t already!0