I’m not really sure how another month has gone by, how writing “2015” on checks to the babysitter has become an afterthought. But, such is life. So, as per the usual, I’m linking up with Lovely Leigh for her monthly “What I’m Into” series – to provide a recap and a look into books and the other microscopic normalcies that make up our days. Join in the conversation, will you?
This is my favorite memory of the month:
What flight would be complete without a traveling companion? Baby Brother came along for the ride (and the food).
Otherwise, I’ve read some books (including December’s books as well)…
The Grand Paradox (Wytsma, 4/5) – I read Ken’s book as part of his launch campaign, and his writing – and the overall question of paradox within one’s faith – is solid.
Disunity in Christ (Cleveland, 5/5) – Seriously, if you profess Christianity, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Shaffer, 5/5) – One of the first letter-themed novels I’ve ever enjoyed. Absolutely delightful, with strong characters.
My Ántonia (Cather, 5/5) – Perhaps one of my favorite representations of setting captured in a novel …and a classic, at that!
All the Light We Cannot See (Doerr, 4/5) – World War II + a creative mix of 50,000 Leagues Under the Sea = a more than intriguing story.
The Fringe Hours (Turner, 3/5) – Also read as part of a launch campaign, Jessica’s book includes practical, life-giving advice for every woman out there.
Truth & Beauty (Patchett, 4/5) – I feel a new favorite memoir writer coming into my life.
Fierce Convictions (Swallow Prior, 3/5) – A beautifully written biography about a very powerful woman, although a little too dry for my taste.
The Snow Queen (Andersen, 5/5) – Does the fact that Frozen was partially based off this tale hold any weight for you?
Frances and Bernard (Bauer, 3/5) – Meh. This is one of those letter-novellas that didn’t really work for me.
Outlander (Gabaldon, 5/5) – Yes, yes, yes. The romance novel I didn’t know was a romance novel. Surprise!
Committed (Gilbert, 4/5) – I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s easy-going style, and but for the politics that overwhelmed the greater story at times.
I’m currently reading…
Food: A Love Story; Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe; Brideshead Revisited; Babyproofing Your Marriage; Light Upon Light.
I’m staring at the boob tube…
And watching season three of Call the Midwife on Netflix, because – announcement, announcement! – I finally finished all seven seasons of The Gilmore Girls. Let us now pause for a moment to remember that witty pair of Loreleis …and to hope that Baby Brother’s caloric intake of solid foods helps him sleep through the night so I can calm down on the episode intake.
And I’m writing…
I’m querying agents. I’m diving into the work, even if I don’t feel like it, even if it doesn’t feel like I’m very good at it sometimes. And I’m letting this little one-minute clip featuring the words of Ira Glass speak to my insides, over and over again:
If you’re a creative type, pretty please take a minute and watch the above clip. You can thank me later. But in the meantime, just keep doing the work. It matters. You matter. Your words matter. Keep up the hard.
That’s about it! What about you? What have you been reading and watching and doing the past month? Let’s dialogue – join the conversation and leave a note below.
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