Fall is my favorite season but this one has been especially bittersweet. The traveling continues- my last weekend away begins tonight- and then I'll have time and space to process and mourn, to induldge in fall flavors, comfy sweaters, and crisp air.
Read and Reading:
I anxiously awaited Broken Harbor (French) to come in at the library. Normally when I know a favorite author has a new release, I put myself on the wait list right away. I thought I had done so with Tana French's latest but alas, a couple of months passed until it was my turn. Well worth the wait. I loved the character development, the perfectly placed twists, and the suspense. Scorcher was not initially a sympathetic narrator but he won me over by the end. A great addition to French's other work.I didn't agree with everything in The Gaggle: How the Guys You Know Will Help You Find the Love You Want (Massa) but its premise of post-dating society was fascinating. What with the rise of non-dates (and pre-dates), the old dating rules no longer apply. I was as surprised to be reading a dating book as I was to find much of the content resonating. The section on who composes the guy's gaggle was eye-opening. "___ totally saw me as a Short Term Investment! Hmmm. I wonder if I'm a Possibility for ___." I wish this book had been around a decade ago. While geared toward women, men would definitely benefit from these insights.
Kate Morton has become a favorite author of mine. Her new book is just out but I still needed to read her first novel The House at Riverton. I sank into the history, the characters, the mystery. Morton does Gothic well and while I had a few unanswered questions at the end, she definitely kept me guessing the whole time.
(I read 8 books this month.)
TV: Must-see TV: Once Upon a Time, Hart of Dixie, Revenge, Parenthood, Vampire Diaries, The New Girl, The Mindy Project, Parks & Rec
The insights from Megan's Once Upon a Time Tuesday are not to be missed. I love the show and Megan's thoughtful analysis makes it all the better.
I've watched the first two episodes of the WB's Beauty and the Beast so far and it's growing on me. We'll see. I've only managed to watch one episode of Nashville but I liked what I saw. I also like knowing I could be an extra on the show.
There are ways of watching series 3 of Downton Abbey. I'm just saying. (OMG!!!)
Tom Hanks performing a slam poem about Full House. Could this be any more awesome?
At long last, I tracked down the name of an artist I've been digging. Fitz and the Tantrums. It's kind of a throwback to the 7os and oh so fun. Energetic soul? No matter the genre, they're worth listening to. Don't Gotta Work It Out has been in my head for months.
My dear friend Emily (formerly of The Pilot's Wife) launched her new blog Emily Wanders and it is brilliant. You need to add it to your Reader right this second.
In the Blogosphere:
Bethany Suckrow lays out The Problem with Pink. Pinkwashing has become more and more widespread, not only with raising money for breast cancer but for almost every other illness and social justice issue out there. We have got to research where our money goes and make sure it's helping the people it's meant to help. Shame on the organizations profiting on someone's misfortune.
I don't think I could ever fully give up the internet but I do see the wisdom in taking the occasional break. I'm fascinated by Paul Miller's decision to step away from the internet for a full year. Lucky for us, he's writing about it.
This may be the best 31 Days series out there: Deidra Riggs' 31 Days in my Brown Skin. She's going "there" and we are better for it.
If you've ever wondered how to support a military wife, this letter is a great place to start.
I found this story about television writer Dan Harmon- and his storytelling technique- to be fascinating.
Lore Ferguson has been hitting it out of the park this past month but the one that most resonated with me was her thoughts on making a home.
Sarah Bessey commissions us and I got goosebumps.
I may not be an independent but Jen Hatmaker nailed my thoughts on the election. Nailed it.
"These things remain: God’s kingdom exists anywhere believers are choosing love and grace and reckless obedience; it is undeterred by a red or blue context. Sisters and brothers in Christ will vote differently, because as we all must, we simply have to choose between two platforms that each include some gospel-centric policies and others that contradict. Either way, we will swallow some ideologies that belie the message of Jesus. Regardless, God is still on His throne, and our true allegiance rests in His sovereignty. Four or eight years of an administration cannot compromise the historical work of a holy God."
I loved everything about Preston Yancey's Theology of the Kitchen Table.
The synchroblog celebrating Rachel Held Evans is all kinds of wonderful. I didn't have time to contribute but I did post a message on the blog FB page. Eshet chayil, Rachel!
This post by Kelly Chadwick has some wonderful reminders of God's goodness regardless of circumstances. When Triumph Is Still on its Way.
On The Blog:
This turned out to be a sad writing month, with the death of my parent's dog and then the unexpected loss of my aunt. Thank you for your prayers and condolences, as well as being so understanding of my need for peace and quiet right now. That's how my best soul-care happens. Writing is a part of soul-care, too, so these breaks never last long.
Over at the HopefulLeigh FB page, I shared a sneak peak of something I've got up my sleeve. You all won't want to miss out when it's unveiled. Soon.
What have you been into this month?