September’s a wrap, y’all, so you know what that means! It’s time for another edition of What I’m Into. As always, I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer for her monthly series.
Here’s what I’ve been into and up to for the past month:
Books I Read:
To see all the books I read in the first half of September, click here.
Here’s what I’ve finished since then:
Wynn in Doubt by Emily Hemmer
This is a fun little novel that explores family roles and why we make the choices we do within our families of origin. A quick, easy read that explores some serious topics and also has some delicious romance scenes. . . ahem. 4/5 stars
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Wow, this book is a trip. I never in a million years thought I’d read a book about quantum physics, but this sci-fi thriller was one I couldn’t put down. Fast-paced, engaging, and super easy to read. This one will make your head spin just thinking about the infinite possibilities. 4/5 stars
The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it’s an enjoyable piece of Southern fiction, set in the 1970s with a spunky and likable old woman as the protagonist. That said, however, this is one of those books about race that paints people of color with a broad brush and then makes the white folks in the story the heroes. I can see that the author was trying to break down stereotypes and address the problem of racism. . . and yet the story — in my opinion — backfires. The black characters all end up being stereotypes, and the white woman saves the day. So even though the story was good, this one rubbed me the wrong way. 3/5 stars
Breathing Room: Letting Go So You Can Fully Live by Leanna Tankersley
This book was a — pun definitely intended — breath of fresh air. There was so much about anxiety and stress and learning to let go that I could totally relate to. I found this book refreshing and encouraging and would recommend it to anyone who lives with chronic stress. 4/5 stars
Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry
This one’s a psychological thriller supposedly in the vein of The Girl on the Train, but for me it fell flat. I thought there would be more twists and turns, and there weren’t. So, yeah. A bit of a disappointment. 2/5 stars
But I Say: Why Abortion’s Not the Only Political Issue That Should Matter to Followers of Jesus By Sarah Thebarge
What I Watched:
I’m still totally into Jane the Virgin on Netflix. It’s my go-to laundry-folding show, and I swear I’ve never laughed and cried so much over one silly TV show. I really do feel like I’m hooked on a telenovela. Love. It.
We also started watching the new show, This Is Us, and wow. So far things are looking promising.
Other Stuff I’m Into:
1. My bed
As in I’m totally into sleep. As in I can’t remember the last time I was so tired. As in will I ever stop whining about how tired I am?
Apparently not this month. Mama needs more sleep!
2. Food Blogs
I’ve fallen off the blog reading bandwagon big time, with all the demands of my new job, but I still have time to read recipes. My favorite good blogs that deliver yummy (and easy!) recipes to my inbox every week? Cooking Classy, Damn Delicious!, and Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. They’re all winners and they make my life easier. And more delicious.
(Just realized I’ve used the word ‘delicious’ three times in this blog post so far.)
3. A change of scenery
I’ve moved my morning prayer time out of the closet again, and now I’m curled up on the couch with a lamp and a cup of coffee every morning at 5:30. Much as I love my prayer closet, sometimes I need a little change of scenery to break me out of a rut and keep me awake. For now, this is fitting the bill.
For all of my quiet time tips and tricks, don’t forget to get your free copy of my e-book, along with access to my Quiet Time Resources page. It’s chock full of tons of ideas to make your devotional time meaningful and relevant.
Aaaaand, pitiful as it is, that’s all I got, folks. What about you?
Want to share what you’ve been into and up to this month? I’d love to hear how you’re doing. . . so let me know in the comments, K?