Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and getting stuff done for the holidays.
It’s my favorite time of year: Christmas time. AND with Christmas comes a lot of stuff to do. Most of it I love, and some of it I don’t. This year, though, I’ve been distracted with so many different things, I’m finding it hard to get stuff done for the holidays. It’s only just now started to feel like Christmas for me.
So this weekend I’ll be getting my Christmas spirit on, going to some fun shows and seeing Christmas lights. Later next week, we’ll decorate the tree. How do you celebrate the season?
Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .
- NPR’s 2017 Book Concierge—one of my favorite lists!
- The top ten books of 2017—do you agree?
- Time magazine’s Person of the Year: the Silence Breakers
- This is such a lovely idea for Thanksgiving. Even though the holiday is over, it doesn’t mean you still couldn’t do this at any gathering.
- If you ever need some help with starting a conversation
- I love a good cat story.
- And I love a good cat and dog story. This one is unbelievable and so sweet.
- Because this is good news
- Because this is more good news
I’ve been reading . . . a lot. On my hiatus, I read four books.
First, I read and finished The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Wow, what a great book! It’s another one of those “hard to say I loved it books” because of the subject matter. But it is so well done. It’s the story of a 16-year-old African-American girl who witnesses her childhood friend being shot by a white police officer and life as it unfolds after that. One of the best books I’ve read this year. A compelling and relevant story that sheds light on another side of a situation I don’t usually see. I highly recommend this book.
Then I read the following: Christmas in London by Anita Hughes, Sourdough by Robin Sloan, Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber, and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.
I love to read cheesy Christmas books this time of year so I started with Christmas in London. Basically, I’d give this a one-star rating. I know these type of books aren’t great literature but wow, this was bad and needed some editing. The phrase “a man appeared in the doorway” came up so much I starting playing a drinking game with it. Every time I read it, drink. That’s one way to get through a book.
Then I read Sourdough. I heard it was good, and it’s been on a lot of “best books” list this year. Why, I am not sure. The book was quirky, which kept me reading, and had potential but there were so many unbelievable things to get past PLUS storylines that didn’t need to exist and didn’t move the story forward in any way. Also, the protagonist is a woman and the author is a man. I don’t think he did a good job of capturing the voice of a woman. The main character read like a male character. BUT, there was one great line that made me laugh out loud. At one point, two coworkers who both say the other one is in love with her approach the protagonist. Her response:
“I told them I didn’t have time for this bullshit, and if anybody wanted to ask a lady out, he could do it via text message like a normal person.”
The best part of reading all these books means that I finished my reading challenge for 2017! I feel like I need to do something to celebrate. Maybe treat myself to a new book.
I’ve been watching . . . not anything on my hiatus, although I downloaded some episodes of Life in Pieces for the plane trip. BUT, I did see the movie Mudbound. Everything about this movie was wonderfully done. Directed by Dee Rees, it tells the story of two farming families in rural Mississippi. It’s not a happy story, although I do think it ends with hope (and that’s not spoiling the movie). Definitely a movie worth watching. It’s on Netflix now.
I’ve been listening to . . . women in music, Phoebe Bridgers, and Christmas music.
Phoebe Bridgers Tiny Desk concert is so good. I’m a little obsessed with this singer/songwriter. So her music has been on repeat.
A little slow this week on this list but still going. Here’s what I listened to this week . . .
- Joanna Newsom, Ys: Newsom’s style and voice isn’t easy to describe. She’s not really a folksinger but that might be the closest category to describe her. There’s a way her style is operatic but not traditional operatic. It’s almost as if her voice is an instrument.
- Norah Jones, Come Away with Me: Norah Jones is one of my favorites, so I’m biased. I love that she, in a sense, re-introduced jazz to a new generation. When I listen to this album, I feel like I am in an intimate setting.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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