what I’m into-January 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

what I read:
I finally finished Allegiant – Veronica Roth, and I didn’t hate it like people said I might. I mean, it was a little boring, I think it read much more like a prequel than the conclusion of a trilogy, but I still quite enjoyed this series.

I re-started an older series that I hadn’t finished – The Book of Mortals – where I left off at the second book: Mortal – Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. I was amused to see how much of the storyline echoed the Divergent books. The setting is different, but the similarities in basic plot background are strikingly similar.

I’ve used Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours for my daily prayers for a couple years now, but this year, I’m mixing it up a bit and switching back to Common Prayer – Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro. Major plus: The noon and evening readings are the same everyday. I find that comforting. The thing I really wish was different: I miss the Scriptures being printed with the day’s prayers. I hate having to look them up separately and too often find myself skipping that part.

I am in the middle of Jesus Feminist – Sarah Bessey, and I am savoring every last word of it. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about this later, but it is just beautiful. I’ve cried, used my highlighter more than is really necessary, and just treasured the truths that Sarah so lovingly writes about. Plus, I’ve learned a couple things too, and I do so love to learn while I read.

Other books I read: When Helping Hurts – Steve Corbett and Brian Fikert, Dinner: A Love Story – Jenny Rosenstrach, The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook, 2001-2014

 

what I listened to:

Mostly old stuff. Except for Switchfoot’s new album, Fading West, which I think is…ok. It just hasn’t struck me as very interesting yet. I enjoy it and am continuing to listen to it, but I don’t think it’s the most remarkable album they’ve ever put out.

 

what I watched:

Praise be to Jesus, Community is back. More importantly, Dan Harmon is back. It is everything I hoped it would be, and every episode so far has been golden.

Rounding out the sitcom fun is Parks and Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I have some fears about the loss of Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe. We’ll see how the rest of the season goes…

Parenthood is back to the weepy episodes, I guess. I’ve spent entirely too much emotional energy thinking through this whole Joel-Julia thing. (spoilers if you’re not caught up. skip the rest of this paragraph.) What is up with Joel? No second chances? No discussion even? No excuses for Julia’s behavior, but geez. Could he just give her a break? I’ve been trying to put my finger on why this whole part of the storyline bugs me so much, and I think it’s just because they’ve written him as the very-best-husband-in-the-world-ever for so very long that this whole plotline seems a bit out of character for him.

In my spare time, of which there’s been quite a bit since I’ve been snowed in and single-parenting for many days this month, I’ve been rewatching Veronica Mars in prep for the movie. I loved Veronica Mars, and the year it was cancelled was a sad time for me. It holds up, so if you’re interested in a new show that ends terribly and abruptly due to an unfortunate cancellation, go ahead and watch it. Random trivia fact: the episode I watched the other night had Joss Whedon in it. As an actor. Weird, I know. (My love for Joss Whedon and my absolute commitment to anything that he puts on film is another post for another day.)

 

What did you read, watch, or listen to this month? Comment below!

Linking up with Leigh again. Want to expand your reading list? Visit the link-up! I keep my GoodReads page open while I read through the posts to add all the things I want to read next.

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