Tomorrow isn’t really the first day of August, is it? This time last year I was talking to my boss and starting to prep for our move. 12 months later I’m wandering around greater Miami and still trying to put together my new life.. Andddd reading a lot of fun links :
Dean and I are working our way through the entire Parks and Rec series for the second time on Netflix. I am also simultaneously searching the show on Etsy trying to find new ways to bring our obsession to life. Have you ever noticed how many TV show themed things there are on Etsy? Prints, pillows, action figures, mugs, necklaces– you name it and it’s probably there. I’ve got my eye on more than a few art pieces, but a lot of these character-based shirts and home goods really make me laugh, too! How’s a girl to choose?
I’ve always wanted to have a library in my home, and while I don’t have the space for it yet, I’ve saved my books for as long as I can remember…. you know, just in case. It just so happens that I have a decent sized book collection and have read only a fraction of them. Since I added reading to my happy list this month I thought I might add in the extra challenge of making my way through my own collection this time. Here are a few books I plan to start with. Have you read any?
The Art of Losing by Rebecca Connell Haunted by childhood loss, 23-year-old Louise takes on her late mother’s name and sets out to find Nicholas, the man she has always held responsible for her death. Now a middle-aged lecturer, husband and father, Nicholas has nevertheless been unable to shake off the events of his past, when he and Louise’s mother, Lydia, had a clandestine, destructive and ultimately tragic affair. As Louise infiltrates his life and the lives of his family, she forms close and intimate relationships with both his son and his wife, but her true identity remains unknown to Nicholas himself. Tensions grow and outward appearances begin to crack, as Louise and Nicholas both discover painful truths about their own lives, each other, and the woman they both loved.
The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank Hailed by critics as the debut of a major literary voice, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing has captivated readers and dominated bestseller lists. Generous-hearted and wickedly insightful, it maps the progress of Jane Rosenal as she sets out on a personal and spirited expedition through the perilous terrain of sex, love, relationships, and the treacherous waters of the workplace. With an unforgettable comic touch, Bank skillfully teases out universal issues, puts a clever, new spin on the mating dance, and captures in perfect pitch what it’s like to be a young woman coming of age in America today.
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan Even though she was just twenty-two when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina’s essays and stories that, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. The narrator’s relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.