Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Links and Reads to Brighten the Days

Prepare to be wildly impressed by the vast number of books I have already read in 2015. Please keep in mind that I've mostly been confined to bed/couch with nausea, meaning I have had more time than usual to read. My parenting methodology has consisted of a whole lot of: figure it out and fend for yourselves. I also took a work trip to Vegas for a week, which meant reading time in airports/airplanes and hotel rooms. I have actually managed to finish a number of a books that I really enjoyed so far this year, and I thought y'all might want to know about them.
All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr (one of my favorite books in a long, long time).
Ship of Brides - JoJo Moyes
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace - Jeff Hobbs (so good and sad).
Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty (loved this so much I downloaded another book by the same author - I already read and loved What Alice Forgot - but I didn't like The Husband's Secret quite as well)

And I'm almost finished with The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. This is a beast of a book, and a little textbook-y, but so fascinating.

Oh and one more. I read Dinner: A Love Story, which my sweet little sister got me for Christmas. I even planned to try and make some recipes so Adam didn't have to make ALL the food around here, I need to earn my keep somehow right? However, then I got pregnant and the thought of looking at/cooking/eating food became the very last thing I wanted to do, ever. So I havent personally made any of the recipes (shocking), but Adam has been making lots of them and we've really loved them all. And most of them are super easy (again, not spoken from experience but from Adam's word and the amount of time it takes him to make them).  We especially love the date night pizza, and Great Grandma Turano's Meatballs.

Want more book-reading suggestions? This list from HuffPost has lots of books I want to read on it.

I really enjoyed this SNL skit on gentrification, hilarious and thought-provoking all at once. (Warning, some bad language mostly referring to dogs, literally).

And a few more reads that caught my eye and/or heart around the interwebs the past few weeks.
Motherhood in an age of terrorism
How America's Justice System Failed our Children
3 MLK Quotes that Convict Me Today
Letters from a Birmingham Jail - Red Letter Christians via Rage Against the Minivan

Do you guys know what's really hard? Getting back into the rhythm of a thing when it's fallen by the wayside. Things like gym-going, or healthy-eating, or quiet-times. Or blogging. Sigh. It apparently requires more gumption and will-to-do-things than I currently possess. 

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