Goodness. Is it July already?
Do I comment on how fast the month has gone by every time I start one of these posts?
Maybe. Don’t judge.
It’s been a long month. A fast one, but a long one. I’m home now. For a few more days, at least.
- Coraline, Neil Gaiman. I read this delightful short story in a few hours during my travel day. It’s a quick read, but a good one.
- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares. Because it’s been a while, and it’s a summer book.
- The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan. This is sort of a tie-in series to the Percy Jackson books, and I’m hooked, maybe enjoyed it more than the Percy Jackson ones. Can’t wait to read the rest.
- How to Eat a Cupcake, Meg Donohue. I couldn’t put this down – it’s fun, it’s fast, it’s touching. Also, it made me want cupcakes.
- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver. I picked this up because I loved her Delirium series, and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t think it was as good. I also read Hana, which is a short story tie-in to the Delirium series.
- Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver. I loved Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and read Prodigal Summer on the recommendation of a friend. And fell in love. Kingsolver’s language reminds me that writing is an art, and how beautiful it is. I wanted to wrap myself up in these words and just lay there.
- I am Number Four, Pittacus Lore. Since we all know I have a thing for fantasy/sci-fi YA, and I could not. put. this. down.
- The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling. I’m maybe 8% done with this, and it just hasn’t grabbed me yet. Not sure if I’m going to finish it, honestly.
- The Red Pyramid, Rick Riordan. Another one of those fantasy/sci-fi YA books, this time with Egyptian gods instead of Greek/Roman.
Confession: my blog reader is full, overflowingly full, and I am so behind on my reading. I’ll catch up, someday.
- “Has anyone ever told you that you deserve happiness?” This beautiful reminder from Hannah Brencher.
- Erin Salmon (congratulations, by the way, on the name change!) telling me that having a quiet and gentle spirit, contrary to what I tend to think, means being bold, confident, and strong.
- “What if we didn’t need to be counted?” Words to think on from Antonia Terrazas.
- As my trip to Africa rapidly approaches, I’ve been filled with worry and doubt . This post from Addie Zierman about short-term missions was exactly what I needed.
- really, it’s just been this playlist, by Antonia, over and over. and over.
- and Wagon Wheel. the Old Crow Medicine Show version, obviously otherwise known as the anthem of Team Ratchet, aka the Kitchen Crew of 103E, aka my study abroad family.
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on my plane ride home. I’d seen it in theater and decided to give it a second watch, because I’d been wanting to and what else is there to do on a plane for 8 hours? I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time, and I’m excited for the second one.
- Skyfall, also on the plane ride. I haven’t seen a bunch of Bond movies, and I don’t think I’ve seen the other Daniel Craig ones, but it was fantastic.
- a couple episodes of SYTYCD, but I don’t think I’ll really be able to keep up with this season.
- catching up on Psych, which is still one of my favorites. Let’s talk about how this season made me cry.
- still watching an episode of Arrested Development here and there.
- making a feast in our tiny flat kitchen to celebrate the 150th anniversary of West Virginia’s independence. Anything for a party, y’all.
- enjoying the beauty of Malta. eating breakfast with my feet in the pool outside my door. a picnic on the beach in the evening. seeing the Azure Window with my brother.
- being home, for all of week. I have a new appreciation for sharp knives and a spacious shower and quiet nights and air conditioning and not having to carry my groceries home. I do miss that pool, though.
- kit-kat chunky. why do we not have a million flavors of kit-kat in the u.s.?
- being back at camp, if only for a few days. my summer job is the best ever, guys. it’s family.
Linking up with Leigh Kramer for this month’s What I’m Into! Now tell me – was your June impossibly fast, too? What did you love?