The view from my office a few days ago, in which the building has been temporarily transformed for the filming of The Best Laid Plans!
Oh my goodness finally I have been reading like I mean to be reading, so this is going to be a fairly long post. But, as Lemony Snicket says, “it is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.” There is always more reading to be done.
I’m linking up my “What I’m Into” post with Leigh Kramer (and a whole bunch of other awesome people) at HopefulLeigh. Did you know that Leigh is going to be the book club editor for SheLoves Magazine? Because she is, and I am quite excited about this development. The woman knows books.
Books I’ve Read
- Fables, Vol. 13 and 14 – Bill Willingham: I thought I was going to be done with this series when I hit issue 13, because the crossover could not keep me entertained. Volume 14 was definitely the game saver, which makes me really happy. I didn’t want to be disappointed in this series because I have loved it so much so far.
- The Twelve – Justin Cronin: This book certainly wasn’t as good as The Passage, which may have something to do with me reading it off and on for a few months. My biggest problem with The Twelve was that I spent too much mental energy trying to make the various characters and plot points connect, in a post-apocalyptic novel that should have suspense but not so much mystery. Is there a third book? I hope so. I’d really love to see Cronin’s writing redeemed for me.
- Bluebird: Woman and the New Psychology of Happiness – Ariel Gore: I am so happy to have stumbled upon this book. It was a relatively quick read (despite how long I took to get through it), as it alternates between Gore’s writing and her collection of interviews with women. A very interesting look at why/how women are happy.
- The Red Tent – Anita Diamant: Not dissimilar to The Twelve, I read The Red Tent over quite a long period of time. My opinion of this book, however, certainly didn’t suffer as much because of my poor reading habits. As I mentioned before, this book really made me lament the fact that I didn’t pay much attention during Old Testament class in first year university. In the end, a really good read.
- Looking for Alaska – John Green: I have been told by many a friend that I must read John Green, especially because I am generally quite a huge fan of YA lit. After some recent lambasting (and persevering through library wait times), I finally picked up Looking for Alaska. As per my recent Facebook post: “More than halfway through reading Looking for Alaska. Where has my heart gone I’m dying I’m dead I’ve died.” A fairly accurate summary of my feelings for this book.
- The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone By – Robert Kirkman: After watching the first three seasons of the TV adaptation, and learning that there were a number of significant differences between it and the graphic novels, I finally got started reading Kirkman’s Walking Dead series. I am quite impressed with the first volume, although my brain is having a rough go of how quickly the graphic novels feel compared to the TV show. To which I tell myself “duh”.
Books I’m Reading
- Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith – Barbara Brown Taylor: This is a lovely little memoir that I actually picked up when I couldn’t find the other Barbara Brown Taylor book (An Altar in the World) I was hunting for in the library. Suffice it to say, I’m happy to have discovered this one. Taylor has a beautiful way of describing her experience leading an Episcopal church in a small community, and learning to take root. I’m looking forward to reading her other books!
- The Best Laid Plans – Terry Fallis: Ever since moving to Ottawa and working at a bookstore, I have been meaning to read this book (especially considering how many copies of it I sold). When I still hadn’t read it after filming for the CBC miniseries was confirmed to be partially at my workplace, the location manager brought me a copy. It is definitely a book for a niche market of people (aka: those interested in politics and/or Ottawa), but if you fit that niche, it is hilarious. Even if you don’t fit that niche, you should watch the miniseries on CBC when it starts in early January 2014.
Television I’ve Watched
- A bit of the first season of Veronica Mars, because why not.
- Dexter, Season 2 and most of Season 3: The husband and I–somewhat accidentally–marathon watched the second season in a few days. I admit that I never dreamed this is a show I would watch, but the question of how long Dexter can pull it off is enough to keep me watching. I’m finding that I’m losing interest near the end of Season 3 though, so who knows how much more I’ll end up watching. Oh, and if you don’t know the premise of the show, trigger warnings for a lot of blood and violence.
- Orange is the New Black, Season 1: I love the diversity in this show; in race, in gender and sexual identity, in socioeconomic class… unlike Girls (which is somewhat similarly provocative, but sometimes comes off as a bit of a ‘white girls only’ show). The back stories of how each woman ends up in prison are pretty rough, but they’re fascinating. Trigger warnings for sexual abuse and violence, as there is a particular character who is an absolute misogynist. And, if you have problems with non-hetero-normative relationships, well, you’re homophobic I think, but you also will likely have problems with this show. And if you’re a Christian with those sorts of opinions, I suggest you read this post by Rachel Held Evans.
Films I’ve Watched
- 42: The husband and I have been meaning to watch this film for quite a long time (i.e. we had full intentions of seeing it in the theatre, but all of a sudden it was out on DVD), and it did not disappoint. I yelled a lot because: racism, but that was to be expected. Nothing like an inspirational sports movie combined with a major event in the history of America. (As an aside, +1 for Canada for being one step ahead of the US when it comes to allowing non-white people to play baseball).
- Silver Linings Playbook: Another film that the husband and I have meant to watch forever and only got around to watching now, but oh how I loved it. There may have been a few tears, which I will neither confirm nor deny. I can, however, confirm my love for Jennifer Lawrence. That woman. So talented and funny.