I keep seeing this book everywhere and am deciding to give it a go. While it looks pretty trippy and weird, it has a high Goodreads rating. And the main character is a librarian… which, of course, is awesome.
This has been on my TBR list for ages… in a moment of weakness, I ordered the audiobook from the library. I love Sanderson’s fantasy books, but I honestly don’t know if I can handle listening to this one. It is 45 hours long–which is even longer than the Geroge R.R. Martin books I listened to earlier this year. So, while I still really want to read this book and am including it in my list this week… might not actually get to it for a while.
Lately, I’ve been going on hikes to prepare for an upcoming road trip. On the weekend, no matter the weather, I spend my morning at my local state park. There is a five mile loop that goes along the river and up into the bluffs. It’s a great place to train and an even better place to think.
This morning, rain was in the forecast and I had the trail all to myself. One of my favorite things about hiking is the way the cadence of my footsteps pushes my brain to places that feel high and rich. As I scrambled over rocks, past trees, and up high hills, I found myself deeply moved by spring.
In Minnesota, spring comes slowly. It comes in waves of warm and cool weather, rain and sun, green grass and sticky mud.
On the trail, most of the forest was still brown and dead. The leaves were just starting to peek forth–a green blush against the rainy sky. The ground was scattered with little flowers–pink and white and purple and yellow.
What a miracle it is, that life emerges from the bare earth. It reminds me that there will come a day where there will be no more crying, no more pain, no more injustice.
Spring comes forth in quiet radiance, whispering of life and peace and, best of all, hope.
If we were having coffee, we’d be sitting at a table by the window at my local coffee shop overlooking the lake. The sun is shining, but do not be deceived! It is colder outside than it looks. As I write to you today, I actually AM at my local coffee shop. Much to the chagrin of my family, our internet is down for the weekend.
Today is super exciting because it’s Shakespeare’s 453rd birthday!! Someday, when I’m on my own with a circle of friends who live near me, I want to host annual birthday parties for the Bard. I think it would be so much fun to have themed snacks, games, trivia, and readings. For now, though, I’ll just reminisce about the time I toured his house in Stratford-Upon-Avon and watch the adaptation of Twelfth Night I rented from the library. Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play or poem?
At my library this week, we had a MASSIVE donation! A man brought in ten large boxes of books! My Friday had been shaping up to be pretty boring, so I was thankful for something concrete to do. I spent most of my afternoon sorting books by size, genre, and author. Our sale area has been pretty pathetic lately, so it was really nice to fill it up with good books.
I took Saturday off work so I could get out and enjoy Earth Day! It was a beautiful day–so sunny and warm that I got to wear shorts. I planned attending my local March for Science, but arrangements fell through at the last minute. So I instead went for a long hike at a local state park and thoroughly enjoyed being out in this beautiful world we live in.
Today, I’m feeling a bit under the weather. I don’t know if it was all the exercise I had yesterday (I spent an hour helping my mom in her garden in addition to the hike) or the cooking at the fundraiser breakfast we went to after church, but my stomach isn’t feeling too great. Around noon, I did something uncharacteristic and took a nap. I normally don’t attempt sleep in the day, but today I definitely needed it.
How was your week? What would you share over coffee?
This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up, now hosted by Nerd in the Brain.
I haven’t touched this book since my freshman year of high school. I’m about halfway through the audiobook and it’s just as enjoyable as I remembered. Plus, Atticus Finch is the one of the best dads in literature.
Yes, I’m reading this for the third time this year. I just keep being drawn back to it. I spent a great deal of time reading reviews and analysis on various book blogs the other day and my appreciation for the story has only been growing. Is it perfect? Definitely not. But Maas impressively weaves heady subjects like mental illness and abusive relationships with the story–something that isn’t common in the fantasy genre. Plus, book three comes out in LESS THAN A MONTH and I can’t wait.
Over the past year, Rachel Held Evans has become one of my favorite Christian writers. In this memoir, she takes us through her journey as she goes from fundamentalist certainty to doubt to faith. I’m about halfway through and am loving every moment.
If we were having coffee, you would find me curled up in a cozy sweatshirt staring absentmindedly out the window. The weather is dreary and wet–perfect for staying indoors. (Of course… this picture is a wishful fantasy. In reality, I got up before dawn to go to work.)
I’ve been away from the coffee share for a while again… it’s been a busy month! Thankfully, things will be setting down a bit soon.
It’s Easter this weekend and I do not feel at all prepared. Because it’s so late, the holiday really snuck up on me this year. I feel bad, because Easter is the most important Christian holiday of the year, and I haven’t been paying attention. My brothers are home for the weekend and my parents are getting home from their road trip at some point. We all plan on going to church together tomorrow… but that’s the extent of our celebrations. Continue reading →
There is something about a road trip that gets my heart racing. When I’m having a bad day, thinking about an open highway is the perfect escape. Growing up, my parents loaded my brothers and I in our minivan and drove us around the country–from Maine to Alabama to national parks out west.
It’s been about a year since I’ve properly traveled. Last April, I did a month-long trek across Europe on my own. Upon returning, my bank account was dangerously empty and I’ve been focusing on my librarian career ever since.
Still, it was high time for a road trip.
This past weekend, I took a few days off and made the trek with a friend from Minnesota to Nashville, Tennessee. Round-trip, we drove 1,500 miles and spent about 24 hours in the car. Our only mishap was a speeding ticket in Iowa.
The further south we went, the world came alive. It was as if we pressed fast-forward on Spring. Grass and flowers emerged, the temperature dropped, and leaves sprouted from trees. By the time we arrived in Nashville, we had stripped down to t-shirts and shorts for a few days of summery warmth. Continue reading →
One of my favorite podcasts just did an episode discussing this book and it made me want to pick it up again. I haven’t read it since early high school! That was ten years ago and I’m sure I didn’t appreciate it properly. Thankfully, my library had an audiobook copy available on the shelf. I will be traveling long-distance next weekend and hope to convince my car buddy to let us listen to it.
If we were having coffee, we’d be at the Caribou Coffee by Target on the edge of the Minneapolis suburbs–you know the one? You’d take a seat opposite me and I’d scramble to make room for you. You see, my laptop and lunch are taking up the whole table. I’d offer to share my cucumbers and carrots while messily trying to keep my chicken caesar wrap from falling to bits.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve joined in the coffee share. How have you been lately? I’ve missed you. I’ve been suffering from writer’s block and even the thought of drafting a casual post was was enough to send me scrambling away from my computer. But I’m back! Continue reading →
I keep seeing things for this book everywhere! It hasn’t even been out a month and there is already a movie lined up. I saw that the audiobook was available through Overdrive at the library and decided to jump on the bandwagon. The book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and tells the story of a teenage girl who was in the car when one of her childhood friends is shot by a white police officer. So far, although Star’s story is very different than my own, I really appreciate the perspective this book gives.
I was introduced to Nadia Bolz-Weber a few years ago and loved her book, Pastrix. She, like Anne Lamott, Rachel Held Evans, and Sarah Bessey, offer a broken and beautiful picture of Christianity. Books like these help me sort through the baggage of the fundamentalist evangelical church of my childhood. They help me stay true to my faith and grow in new directions.
It’s been a while since I’ve participated in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is books that you read in one sitting. Now that I’m working full time, I’m not able to read for hours on end anymore.
So here is a list of books and series that, if possible, I would have consumed in one sitting. I couldn’t limit it to just ten.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
Green Rider series by Kristen Britain
The Evermen Saga by James Maxwell
His Fair Assassins series by Robin LaFevers
Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Selection series by Kierra Cass
Everything Rainbow Rowell has written
Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier
Saga comic series by Brian K. Vaughan
Everything Morgan Matson has written
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Everything Sarah J. Maas has written
Have you read any of these? What books have you read that were so addicting you couldn’t put them down?