Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and books, books, books.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and books, books, books.

I am in a book mode again, and all I want to do is read. I dream of having a luxurious library filled with books, dark wood shelves, a roaring fire, and mahogany leather chairs. Or I’d love a sunny, light, and white library stocked with books and comfy chairs and a window seat to curl up in and read while I sit by a huge bay window with a the view of the ocean.

I’m looking forward to some extended reading time this weekend, preferably outside in the sun.

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Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

 I’ve been reading . . . Evicted by Matthew Desmond, which I finished, and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which I have barely touched. Started The Nix by Nathan Hill for my new book club I joined. (That’s one of my goals for 2017.)  Both Evicted and The Nix are also part of my 2017 reading challenge.

Bottom line on the book Evicted: I thought it was a compelling book and I would recommend it. I hesitate to say I liked it because it’s not a happy, “likable” topic—it’s about poverty and housing in U.S. cities. It’s upsetting and unsettling, AND it’s well written, well researched, and informative. I think it’s one of those books that everyone should read to become more informed about issues in our country. The author does a great job of being as unbiased politically as possible, so I feel like no matter what your political and social views are, you could read this to understand the issue and be better informed about whatever decisions you make.

I’ve been watching . . . not much—I’m waiting for Game of Thrones. ONLY TWO MORE DAYS! Wish I was at the premiere because I can hardly wait two more days.

I did watch the movie Loving, which was so beautiful, quiet, and tender. If you don’t know it, it’s the movie about Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who got married and lived in the state of Virginia, where interracial marriages were illegal. They eventually took their case to the Supreme Court and won. The movie focuses mostly on Richard and Mildred Loving as a couple as opposed to it being about the court case, which I think is what made it so loving (no pun intended).

I’ve been listening to . . . the Sara(h)s—McLachlan, Haze, and Bareilles. Love this song, and the video is so fun. (Fun fact: It’s directed by Rashida Jones.)

Have a lovely weekend!

 

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