Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and looking for summer.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and looking for summer.

So it’s near the end of June and I’ve been wondering where summer is. I think I saw a glimpse of it once or twice but then it ran away. I heard rumors that it might be here this weekend, so I’ll be on the lookout. If you find it, let me know.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . Little French Bistro by Nina George and Educated by Tara Westover (audio book). Finished both. I didn’t like Little French Bistro, and it’s not a book I would recommend. The one thing I did like about it is the theme of “you’re never too old to start again.”

I finished Educated and wow, what a memoir. Memoirs are not books I usually pick to read. It’s one of the genres I avoid. But I’m so glad I picked this book. I’m kind of obsessed with Tara Westover’s story—it’s riveting. So, I loved the book, and I would highly recommend it.

The writer did a beautiful job of describing her life and her experience growing up. I found her narrative style engaging and not excessively descriptive. In a nutshell, this book is about Tara Westover’s life growing up in a survivalist family and, having never set foot in a school, goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge. But it’s more than that—it’s about her journey to self-discovery, although that’s never blatantly the theme, which is why I liked it. She deftly and subtly weaves in her process to understanding herself and who she really is. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not some side fluff—the journey is substantial—it’s that you are not hit over the head with hit. You gradually discover it as she did.

And I love how she describes her process as being “educated.” She essentially says she didn’t transform or change into someone else but she finally was educated about who she really is. What a lovely way to describe her process.

If you want to learn more about her, check out her interview with PBS newshour.

I’ve been watching . . . Young and Hungry—it’s back for its final season. Yes, it’s fluff but it’s actually funny. Besides I so love watching fluff once in awhile. I need a nice, relaxing break from hectic days and heavy news.

 

 

(Photograph from the Library of Congress.)

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