Monday, May 10, 2010

I've been a bit absent from the 'blogger-world' lately.....doing more reading, than writing. Not that I haven't had any thoughts or funny stories, it's just that when I think about writing them down, I decide I'd rather eat chocolate and watch Mad Men and leaf through a stack of 50 old Southern Accents magazines (that I found in a closet in our rental) and go to bed. Exciting, right?

Here's what I've been reading:

The Pioneer Woman Cooks. I stumbled upon this and it has changed the way I view "reading" online--as in, I think I might be able to break into the 2000s and read online. Like the news, or maybe even a 'chapter book'. It. Was. Addictive. is all I will say about The Love Story section. I am a sucker for romance, what can I say?

Enjoying the Small Things. I have hovered over my iPhone, crying crocodile tears over her story of having a baby that she didn't know had Downs Syndrome. I can especially relate to her desire to keep her family from being defined by that. Also, I am wondering how in the world she has time to take such lovely pictures?

You Tube. Anything Elmo. I know, this isn't really reading, but it takes up a considerable amount of my "I could be reading something" time because for the 20 minutes/5 times per day that Miss Lilah gets her G-tube feedings, she insists on watching this. If it wasn't for the joy this furry red creature brings her (especially when singing ABCs with any celebrity), I could strangle him with his skinny little string arms.

Facebook. Again, not really reading. But, since I got my iPhone and this is all I feel most competent with the Facebook app, I check it often. When I learned of the Nashville flooding via Facebook, I decided it was time to set down the phone and turn on the news.

I am ready for some new summer reads. Especially since I've taken a vow of filth (i.e., very little household maintenance) for the summer and have more time to read. The last really good book I read was The Help and I am currently reading The Furious Longing of God. I recommend both. Highly. Any recommendations for me?


Alexandra Hoover said...

The books Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns are both AMAZING. We had to read Kite Runner in High School, but the other is by the same author. Both set in the middle east, I've got to warn you they are both REALLY sad, but at the same time REALLY good.

By the way- Kelly and I just drove up to Bloomington from a weekend home, and the whole time she was just telling crazy stories about her parents and your parents. At this point I really feel like I know them, when really the only interaction I've actually had was when your dad was my drivers' ed teacher. But I always love hearing the stories :-)

Anonymous said...

oh dear. Those books sound serious. Could you consider something light and fluffy like The Nanny Diaries? :)Annrose

J. K. Jones said...

If you want to stay serious and read recent books:

"The Hole in our Gospel" by Stearns is an easy read and quite good.

"Unfashionalbe" by Tchividjian if great.

And "The Prodigal God" by Keller is the best recent book I have read.