Props to the proactive people who prepared their Best Of lists in advance.
I wasn’t going to make a list, but today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) required one.
And I’m a joiner.
So. Continue reading
I’ve been drinking too much hot chocolate recently, to the point that I shake for hours after my last cup. Continue reading
I decided I need to reread Six of Crows and finish the duology.
(I just bought the Six of Crows paperback and my first Victoria Schwab. Should be an interesting fall.) Continue reading
I don’t keep track of the books I read.
I dumped most of the books I read this year out of my memory – if I liked them, I added them to my bookshelf.
I came up with some superlatives to help me remember both good and bad experiences over the last nine months.
Here are the arbitrary awards I decided on for the books I can recall. Continue reading
I had this grand plan to assemble a Feminist Fantasy League for real women (as in, women who actually exist.)
While compiling the list, I realized a good 90% of the women I admire are writers.
You know…oddly enough.
So I went with that. Continue reading
I’ve been on a health kick recently (and not just because my antidepressants are making me fat.)
After reading Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I retooled her basic premise: What if I pursued not happiness, but health?
In June, I worked on my physical health, prioritizing yoga, meditation, and meal prep.
In July, I focused on finding comfortable, work-appropriate clothing that looked good on me.
This month, it’s time for spiritual health. I’m spending the month of August growing closer to God by asking big questions.
I initially balked at my own imposition. I dreaded doing “intense” Bible study involving maps of Israel and historical commentaries. I despised most of the theologians my friends and family loved. What else was there for me to do?
Read books. Obviously.
Instead of forcing myself to read “spiritual” tomes (C. S. Lewis is great and all, but he’s not for me), I checked out books by authors I respect on topics that interest me. For once, I’m excited about theological exploration. This never happens.
Here’s my August book list, with brief explanations behind each choice:
Update: I couldn’t wait for Spiritual Health Month to start, so I dug into my book pile four days early and ended up finishing two (going on three!) books. Luckily, the authors recommended additional books for my ever-expanding list.
New books include:
I have to credit Claire for this idea: she called Georgette Heyer romances “little fluffy pastries” and I, of course, took it a step too far.
I have strong opinions about books and dessert. Like dessert, different genres of books inspire my praise or rouse my ire. I scream the same epithets when someone brings cobbler to a potluck that I use when an acquaintance recommends a historical thriller.
All of us can be as picky about books as we are about pastry.
Here is my personal take on genres and the desserts with which they correspond.
Historical nonfiction = scones
Dry and unsatisfying.
Science fiction = durian ice cream
Pretty weird and not for everyone.
YA romance = Costco sheet cake
I used to be able to eat a lot of it, but now it makes me sick.
Mysteries = cupcakes
I love trying unique flavors, but even those can be a bit boring.
Social science books = donuts
Whenever these are offered, I devour at least three.
Magical realism = chocolate
I want to try every single variety, especially the foreign ones.
Memoir = cheesecake
When I pick the right flavor, nothing satisfies me more.
Children’s lit = muffins
Historical fiction = cobbler
I refuse to consume this unless there are interesting ingredients.
High fantasy = gummy candy
Much more my brother’s’ speed than mine.
Christian fiction = fruit salad
Everyone pretends to like it much more than they do.
Theology = pumpkin pie
One bite and I’m good for another year.
Classic literature = rice pudding
I can appreciate it more as an adult.
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