It’s been fun continuing to get to know other writers out in the wide, wide world of writing, and looking back in this space and elsewhere on what’s happened over the course of the month. What about you?
The Facebook House (Paterson) – free on Kindle, I was curious and took the downloadable plunge, but the end result? Eh. It felt like the author’s intent was to prove her own financial worth and success instead of chronicle the lives of Mark Zuckerburg and crew.
Rowan Williams (Goddard) – Williams is the former Archbishop of Canterbury (acting as head of the Anglican – or Episcopal, here in the states – Church). A fascinating and controversial leader, I’m fascinated with Anglicanism and alas, enjoyed learning more about him.
Daring Greatly (Brown) – please, please, please, please, please read this book. It’s phenomenal. It will change you. Read full review here.
Fifty Shades of Gray (James) – true to form (and like the above The Facebook House), I can’t not finish a book. Am I a better person for finishing this book? Absolutely not. Bleh.
The True Story of the Whole World (Goheen & Bartholomew) – If you’re looking for an overview of the Biblical story, this is your book. It wasn’t my favorite, but some people in the mama’s group really liked it.
7 (Hatmaker) – yes, this too is another “please x 5” book you need, need, need to read. I too desire to live simply and minimally, and Hatmaker spells it out splendidly. Read full review here.
Bread & Wine (Niequist) – like her other two books, I wanted to savor it, relishing in the savory yumminess of each chapter, but I couldn’t put it down. I’ve already made several of the recipes already, and friends, this is the real deal. I love that she combined her love of food to storytelling. [Book review and giveaways next week…]
One Thousand White Women (Ferges) – I have a full-on love-hate relationship with this historical fiction novel: like the above, it was so good I couldn’t put it down, laughing and feeling my way through it, right next to the story’s main character, Mae Dodds. And then it was disgusting and savagely sad, leaving me horror-stricken, especially near the end; based on its historicity, do I simply crave a Disney ending of sorts in every story I read?
Currently reading: Les Miserables (Victor), One Thousand Gifts (Vos Kamp), Momma Zen (Miller), and The Light Between Oceans (Taylor). This is a rich time of reading, I say!
TV: SMASH, The Mentalist and Criminal Minds have found their way to our DVR queue as of late, along with every March Madness game and highlight reel. What shows would you recommend, especially now that I’m done grieving my Downton loss?
Movies: Pitch Perfect (again – yes!), Prince Caspian, Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Music: Ledisi has been blasting on Pandora as of late.
In the Blogosphere: I’m so, so excited for my friend Micha! I know a lot of you know her from the online writing community, but she’s also the real deal in the flesh!
On The Blog: I so appreciated my friend’s words this past Monday on the loneliness of community, which tells a different story than the chipper stories usually do. I also had a ton of fun writing sitting on the couch and pilate believed for two other sites, and then this piece, lessons from a bike, the other day.
Pondering: acceptance & rejection. being pursued & pursuing. stillness & loudness. vocational identity & identity simply in who we are, in our soul’s core.
Cooking: Bacon-wrapped dates will change your life (and your figure). You can thank me – and then yell at me – later.
Baby Cancan: You’ll get a full mouthful of the little bubs come April 17th [The Canon Chronicles!], but for now, he’s crawling and babbling like mad and has mostly been “Ferberized,” as to fall asleep without needing to be rocked.
What about you? What are you reading and watching? What’s changing you, and what are you thinking about? What do you recommend? Join in the conversation! I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into theme.0