As usual, I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer for “What I’m Into” this month.
Things I Love:
Oyster! For several months, I’ve been using the fabulous Oyster app to read electronically, and I cannot say enough good things about it. I looked into the Amazon Unlimited service when it first came out, but I was thoroughly underwhelmed by their available selection – when I did a 30-day trial of Oyster just for the heck of it, however, I was able to find a good 60-70% of the titles on my wish list. I have over 100 books on my Oyster reading list now, basically a never-ending supply of reading material. As an added bonus, the interface is, in my opinion, much “prettier” and a more pleasant reading experience than even the Kindle app. Love it.
My new desk setup. We rearranged our home office again last week, and I finally have my workspace set up with a keyboard drawer, external keyboard, external monitor, and everything at the proper level / height for good ergonomics. No more aching back and sore wrists, score!
Books I finished this month:
– Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman (more thoughts coming soon, I promise!)
– All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (which I blogged about earlier this week)
– Blackout by Connie Willis
– If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
We just finished season 3 of Chuck, and it was completely FABULOUS. I love all the character development that happened in season 3, and the final episodes were just fantastic – we really had that “ahhhhh one more episode!!!” reaction as we finished up the season.
I’m still slowly making my way through Parenthood when I have time for an episode here and there, just about to the end of season 2, and loving it. Such great writing.
We also went to the theater and saw Inside Out, Pixar’s new masterpiece, and I completely adored it. Pixar never ceases to amaze me with their “kids” movies–films that kids, no doubt, love to watch, but that also contain deep and rich themes that leave adults thinking and wondering, too. Inside Out stuck in my mind and heart for days after I saw it, and although I know not everyone would agree, I think it was one of the best Pixar films yet. I loved this Pop Culture Happy Hour discussion, which pretty much sums up all the reasons why I thought it was a brilliant little movie.
As far as actual music goes, I have primarily stuck with my favorite movie soundtracks in the last month; the Theory of Everything soundtrack has become my official writing companion for pretty much all the writing I’ve done recently, and I shuffle my way through my Spotify “Epic Soundtracks” playlist, which is now almost 54 hours long. Ohhhhh yeah.
Despite my lack of variety in music, though, I have been on a major podcast kick recently! I’ve really enjoyed Tsh Oxenreider’s reboot of her podcast, The Simple Show, and particularly loved her vault interview with Megan Tietz talking about Harry Potter.
After listening to Tsh interview Sarah Mackenzie on The Simple Show, I fell in love with Sarah and have been binge-listening (is that a thing?!) to her Read-Aloud Revival podcast, where she encourages her listeners to build their family culture around books and reading aloud. Her very first episode was an interview with Andrew Pudewa from the Institute for Excellence in Writing, so… duh, it’s gonna be awesome! I’m on episode 12, and I absolutely adore Sarah and her enthusiasm for books. She feels like such a kindred spirit! Her podcast gets me oh so very excited to think about reading aloud to my own kids someday.
What have you been into in the past month?! Share with me in the comments!