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Read::Watch::Listen::Follow – October

Read::Watch::Listen::Follow – October

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It’s time for the Read::Watch::Listen::Follow link up!  And since I’m in the middle of the Write 31 Days Challenge, Michael Ann’s Kitchen, I’m going to swing this one in a kitchen-y direction!

READ: I like to read while I eat, and sometimes I eat at the island in the kitchen.  (Subtle, right?)  I was trying to read Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, but I had to put it aside.  I think Liane’s stuff is just not going to be my favorite.  With all the emotional drain that Hurricane Matthew brought, I wanted something more gentle.  And that’s when I remembered Karla’s recommendation of a book by Grace Livingston Hill.  I purchased this Grace Livingston Hill Collection after I read Karla’s post, and right now I’m reading Exit Betty, one of the books in that collection.  It’s been a lovely, gentle read.  Just right for my tired heart!

WATCH:  I’m a big fan of the Great British Baking Show.  Right now PBS is between seasons, but they ARE showing the Masterclass episodes, and I’m enjoying watching those.  The judges from the regular season demonstrate how to properly bake the challenges from the previous season.  And recipes are posted online!

LISTEN:  I enjoy listening to podcasts while I’m working in the kitchen, and two of my podcast worlds collided this week!  Annie from The Bookshelf bookstore in Thomasville, Georgia and the From the Front Porch podcast was interviewed by Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy on HER podcast, What Should I Read Next?  (Did you follow all that?)  This episode was lots of fun, and you can listen to it here.  Check it out!  These are two nice, fun ladies talking about books!

FOLLOW:  The Write 31 Days blogging challenge has been a fun way to scope out new-to-me blogs.  One I’m following more closely these days is *not* new to me, but I’m especially enjoying its 31-day focus right now.  It’s 31 Days in my Italian Kitchen by my friend Sheila!  I’m learning a LOT!  She’s making me want to get in my kitchen and cook up a storm!

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Thanks for stopping by my blog/kitchen today!  Please come back again soon!  This is Day 14 of Michael Ann’s Kitchen and the Write 31 Days blogging challenge.  Stop by Making the Most of Every Day to see what others are reading, watching, listening to, and following!

Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

Last weekend was extra awesome!  Here are five amazing things from that awesomeness!

(1) Friday night The Chief and I headed down to Jacksonville, Florida for the evening, and we ate at Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub.  We do love a good pub!  We liked the atmosphere, the service, AND the food!   Their bread pudding was something special, I tell you.  It’s house-made of danish and doughnuts, covered with buttered pecans and chocolate chips, and topped with a bourbon glaze!  OH, MAN!

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(2) Special bonus:  The Jacksonville Fire Department Pipes and Drums (Highland Bagpipe Band) was playing outside the restaurant! 

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Read::Watch::Listen::Follow

Read::Watch::Listen::Follow

I love WORDS!  Language!  Story!  The sharing of the momentous and the minuscule and everything in between.  These days we have a superabundance of words available to us via everything from good ol’ books to magazines to YouTube to podcasts and blogs.  Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start reading/listening to all those words!

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Voila!  Welcome to a new monthly link up with my friend Sheila over at Making the Most of Every Day and several others!  Each month we will share what we’re reading, watching, listening to, and following!  Word of mouth.  It has a huge impact on what I choose to spend time on, and I think this will be a great tool to use…and a lot of fun as well!

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My Summer Bookshelf – August

My Summer Bookshelf – August

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Welcome to the final edition of My Summer Book Shelf!  Summer is wrapping up.  Temperatures are finally closer to 90 than 100.  (Hallelujah!)  The Summer Olympics have come and gone.  (Am I the only one who had trouble balancing life and reading and the Olympics?  Sleep deprivation, anyone?!?)

But the books go on, do they not!  Here’s how I did with my August “To Be Read” list:

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Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries

Have you heard about Little Free Libraries?!? I hadn’t until recently. A friend of mine spent an afternoon finding some of the Little Free Libraries in her city, and I thought the whole thing sounded just amazing!

Little Free Libraries are “take a book, leave a book” book exchanges. Most of the libraries are small wooden boxes of some sort, and they hold a variety of books. Visitors may take a book and/or leave a book. Pretty cool, right? Little. Free. Libraries!

I spent an hour or so finding some of the Little Free Libraries around Savannah and took some pictures to share here!

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Of Library Holds and the Olympics

Of Library Holds and the Olympics

Do you guys love your local library as much as I do?!?  I love that I can put books on hold, HOWEVER!  What is it with library holds and their crazy timing in showing up?!?  I’m a HUGE fan of the Olympics, and all my library holds came in right as the Olympics started!  Seriously?!?

So what does one do in this situation?  One deals with sleep deprivation!  Am I right?!?

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The Letter R & the Elephant

The Letter R & the Elephant

When we visited the Biltmore Estate a couple of weeks ago, we spent some time looking around in a gift shop.  That’s where I discovered this little item.

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The shop featured a whole display of these letters made from old books.  The gentleman who worked in the shop saw me looking at them and asked how I liked them.  I haltingly told him I was both horrified and intrigued at the same time.

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My Summer Bookshelf – June/July

My Summer Bookshelf – June/July

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Is summertime just meant for reading, or what!  Even though nobody in my family has a summer break from school anymore, summer still screams for a bit of relaxation and lots of reading.

Reading!  Reading is my favorite!  (And french fries.)  I have quite a long “Books to Read” list these days.  Several of my friends ALSO have book lists going, so today we’re doing a summery, fun, book-filled blog hop!

Welcome to My Summer Book Shelf!  If you hopped over from Making the Most of Every Day, WELCOME!  I’m glad you’re here!

Today I’m sharing what I read in June and what I hope to read in July.  Whether you’re a certified bookworm like me or you’re a reluctant reader, I hope you’ll find a few books here that will pique your interest!

Books I Read* in June

*I’m counting books I listened to as “read” even though my brain still isn’t totally okay with that.  If you’re a regular reader of Out and Back you’ll know that this is an ongoing dilemma.  Anyway.

Product DetailsWhat She Knew: The Novel (audiobook) by Gilly Macmillan:  A fascinating story about a young boy’s kidnapping as told by the boy’s mom, the Chief Investigator, and the Chief Investigator’s therapist.  I really enjoy good police procedurals and psychological thrillers, and this is both.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson.  I never fully appreciated how funny mental illness can be!  This book had me laughing so hard I could barely breathe.  Seriously!  My husband took the book away from me one night because I was laughing so hard so long!   Other parts of the book had me in tears as the author brilliantly captured the frustrations of struggling with mental illness and loving someone who struggles.  If you fall into either of those categories, you might want to read this.  I found it very helpful.  Warning:  Lots of unnecessary profanity.  You can read her (very funny!) summary of the book here.

Words in the Dust (audiobook) by Trent Reedy.  The modern-day story of an Afghan girl who is blessed with the opportunities of learning to read and getting needed medical help from the nearby American military base.  Those blessings are tempered by the restrictions she still faces as a female in post-Taliban Afghanistan.  Written by an American soldier who was stationed in Afghanistan.  The narrator of the audiobook does a beautiful job.

The Boy Born Dead: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Triumph (audiobook) by David Ring.  I had the privilege of hearing David Ring speak several times at youth evangelism conferences when I was growing up.  This book is his biography, and it is just exquisitely told.  I highly recommend listening to this book because the narrator is one of the best I’ve heard, but you’re also going to want it in print so you can highlight passages!  David was literally born dead and has cerebral palsy as a result.  This book is the inspirational story of how God took an orphaned, abused, hopeless boy and changed his life.

Losing Control & Liking It: How To Set Your Teen (and Yourself) Free by Tim Sanford.  I highly recommend that every parent read this book, and I think they should read it before their kids start middle school.  Parents of toddlers should read this!  This book challenged me to discern what I do and do not control, revealed ways I was being manipulative, and helped me work through the whole “letting go” process in a healthy way.  My kids are 20 and 23, and I just re-read this book; parenting adult kids is tricky, and I’m finding this book just as helpful now as it was several years ago.

I also listened to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling and The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny.

Books I Hope to Read in July

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendel

You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

This Day: Sabbath Poems by Wendell Berry

Please comment below and let me know what YOU are reading this month!

And then hop over HERE to see what’s on Leslie’s Summer Book Shelf!

Hooray for blog hops and for good books!  Happy reading!

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