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November was for: voting for the first time as a Tennessean, working long days, last minute trips home to celebrate Thanksgiving, late night talks with my best friend, decorating for Christmas, enjoying the first eggnog of the season.
Read and Reading:
Some have said Shadow of Night (Harkness) moved on the slow side but I was spellbound (get it?) the entire read. Harkness is a master at bringing history alive, as well as developing otherworldly lore. I'm still thinking about these characters weeks later and can't wait until book #3 is out. Also, I wish I'd had much better history teachers in high school and college.
Heroes and Monsters (Riebock) is a captivating and unusual memoir. I'm saving the rest of my response for when I give it away, Leigh Loves It-style.
I relished Rilke's Book of Hours the last few months.
I challenged myself to see how many books I could read in a week. I love a good nerdy challenge.
Currently reading: The Omnivore's Dilemma (Pollan), Overdressed (Cline), Everything (DeMuth), Girl Meets God (Winner), The Crowd, The Critic, and The Muse (Gungor), Walking on Water (L'Engle), When Helping Hurts (Corbett and Fikkert).
(I read 12 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
Parenthood either leaves me a mess of tears or ready to turn the TV off. I love the Bravermans but they are so co-dependent and boundary challenged, I often want to wring their necks.I started watching the Style Network's new reality show Made in Chelsea. It's like a British version of The Hills or The City, where it seems like it could be scripted but then there are moments you know these rich folk are definitely not acting. LURVE.
I watched the Terrible Awful Thing episode in series 3 of Downton Abbey. I wept like a baby. I haven't been able to finish out the season. It is that traumatic.
I may or may not be happy it's Fa la la la Lifetime time.
Favorite Allume Smilebooth Photo:
(I know Allume technically happened in October but this picture was too good not to share.)
I made a Spotify playlist of the music I've listed in my What I'm Into posts this past year- and a few artists I forgot to mention, minus the ones that aren't yet on Spotify. Go check it out and subscribe.
New discovery: Passenger
Christmas music! Christmas music! Christmas music! So far I haven't strayed far from my favorite (Bebo Norman, in case you're curious) but I'm fairly equal opportunity when it comes to holiday tunes.
If your local Trader Joe's no longer carries Candy Cane Joe-Joes, it's because I bought them all. AND I'M NOT SORRY.
I'm so proud of my friend Annie for starting Be Small Studios. Do yourself a favor and check out her prints.
In the Blogosphere:
I didn't know much about Charles and Andy Stanley, nor their previous estrangement, before reading this compelling CNN profile. Great story.
Kim Van Brunt writes about loss and grief and light and love.
Don't blame me if you spend the rest of the day scrolling through this #myfriendsaremarried tumblr. I would link to my favorites but it might incriminate me.
Why do we brag about how cheap our clothes are? This was a great piece to read before I delved into Overdressed.
Micha Boyett masterfully tackles Halloween and celebrating saints. Blew me away.
Wonderful tribute to Madeleine L'Engle.
If you have young girls in your life, you have got to check out this new toy. Move over, Barbie.
Barack Obama, Pro-Life Hero. "It seems to me that, if conservatives really believe in the evil of abortion, they are morally obligated to embrace a policy that stands to limit it so impressively." Enough said.
Addie Zierman wrote a powerful guest post for Tanya Marlow on Suffering and Glory.
Our circumstances may differ but I swear Lore Ferguson is reading my mind again with this post.
On The Blog:
I shared the best of the random keyword searches leading to my blog and admitted I might just have a problem when it comes to Candy Cane Joe-Joes on the HopefulLeigh FB page.
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What have you been into this month?