What I’ve Been Reading :: January Twitterature

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ne of my 2014 goals is to take better care of myself.  So far, I imagine this to include getting more sleep, exercising more (thanks to The New York City Ballet, I’m actually motivated), getting my hair cut more often, and *maybe* even shaving in the winter.

TMI? Moving on…

I’ve also found that a brief afternoon respite is key to me maintaining as we say, a happy attitude.

My daily break begins just after depositing both children in their rooms for nap-time/ “quiet resting time” and ends just before “quiet resting time” becomes “repeatedly thumping around because that’s what ballerinas do-time.”

It involves a hot drink, a seat by the fireplace, and a book.  My current stack is large, but then my literary eyes always seem to be bigger than my literary stomach.

Recent Reads

Home by Julie Andrews

Home by Julie Andrews

I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve probably seen Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music about 50 times each over the last year.  I can only mostly blame my daughter for this.

I’ve always loved Julie Andrews.  But when my mom bought gave Bun the 1957 Rogers and Hammerstein version of Cinderella for Christmas, my interest in her career and early life was peaked.

Home is her memoir; it begins with her birth in Surrey and ends at the brink of stardom.  I appreciated the peeks into pre and post-WWII England, her family dynamics (sad as they mostly were), the world of musical performance.

I found myself empathizing over her difficult childhood and wondered several times if Ms. Andrews might be a bit of an HSP. In any case, she’s just lovely.

The Inklings of Oxford by Harry Lee Poe

The Inklings of Oxford by Harry Lee Poe

This coffee-table type book combines a photographic journey through Oxford with a history of the Inklings and the lives of its members.  I’ve read a few biographies of Lewis but until now nothing on Tolkien or the Inklings, the literary discussion group that the two formed.  Hangout at a pub with the creators of Narnia and Middle-Earth?  Yes, please 🙂 .

The photos are beautiful and the short biographies and studies of the books produced by The Inklings have been great nap-time reading.

Still Mulling Over:

Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson :: A 2013 favorite that I wrote about here.

On Deck:

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp :: I’ve dragged my feet on this one for so long but have heard too many great reviews to delay any longer.

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien :: What can I say? I basically want to live in Middle-Earth.

The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter :: I’m going to be honest–I’ll probably get my Inklings fix by the Poe book above and put this one on hold.

What are you reading lately?  I’d love to hear!

And, head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy to check out other folks’ recent reads!

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About Jenn

Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, having dinner guests, and elevenses. She is not afraid to lead a one woman crusade against the rampant misuse of the apostrophe. She is afraid to adopt kittens before the baby turns three.

  • Cassie Rauk

    I have the same kind of obsession with Julie Andrews. I am going to have to pick that one up!

  • Jeannie

    I read an excerpt from Julie Andrews’ memoir in a magazine some time ago but had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder — now I’m going to try to hunt down the book at the library.

    I hope you enjoy One Thousand Gifts. It’s one of those life-changing books.

    • Did I say Ten Thousand Gifts? I meant One…ha :). Thanks, Jeannie, I know–I keep hearing that!

  • Ana @ Lessons From Yesterday

    Wow, great recommendations! I put Home, Cinderella (I’ve never seen it!!!! Although I watched Sound of Music weekly as a child), and the HSP book all on hold. My library didn’t have the NYC Ballet workout, or I would have gotten that too. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Let me know how you like them, Ana! I will warn you–Cinderella is in black and white. The cover was in color, so I had to adjust my expectations :). Thankfully, my kids didn’t seem to mind.

      The HSP book was life-changing for me.

  • I really loved Home – read that a couple of years ago. Also, cannot stop chuckling over “because that’s what ballerinas do” – definitely reminds me of my four year old ballerina princess!

  • Oh my goodness, so many things to comment on. First up, that workout? It’s intense but would be so good and my big girl would think it was awesome. Julia Andrews in Cinderalla? I must find this for my girls who are in love with MP and now Cinderalla. Does Bun have anymore recommendations for them? =P

    Have you read anything by GK Chesterton? He was another of the Inklings and I love his Father Brown mysteries.

    And your mid-day break sounds so refreshing. XO

    • I have started Chesterton’s Othodoxy many, many times :). I’ve heard of the Father Brown series but had forgotten it! Thanks for the reminder!

      I will warn you that Cinderella is in b/w. Thankfully, my kids didn’t seem to mind. And Hubs and I were careful not to comment on it :).

      Bun says Sound of Music is her favorite and that she loves Louisa and Gretel ;). She’s also a pretty big Little Bear fan.

  • Anne Bogel

    I knew nothing about Home! Definitely intrigued (and especially by your idea that maybe Andrews is an HSP).

    I would love to browse through The Inklings, and I think about you and your strong recommendation every time I see Give Them Grace at the library. It’s displayed prominently at the moment as a “librarian’s pick” but my arms are already too full of books to be too tempted–for now. 🙂

    • For reals, I totally look for an HSP in every bush now :).

      On Give Them Grace–It was encouraging and bit paradigm-shifting, but still left me with questions for the authors. It was a favorite because it made me think/question as much as anything else.

      I’m also beginning to think parenting books could/should be distilled to 2-3 paragraphs :).

  • Curious to hear more of what you think of Give them Grace. I LOVE the premise, and lots of great food for thought for parents. Maybe it’s just because my son is only 1.5, but the “sample conversations” they have in the book make me laugh a little (is that bad?). It seems so long-winded and like it would go way over their heads. But what do I know? I’m nowhere near that stage yet.

    • Ha, I thought the same about the sample conversations–my oldest is 3 1/2. But I taught high school for 6 years and I think even older kids would need pretty abbreviated versions :).
      I think it’s like you said–it was really good food for thought. There were many parts that totally shed light on ways I’ve been operating that aren’t grace/gospel-based. In other parts, I just wanted to sit down with the authors over coffee and get clarification, ask questions, and even push back a little. I think it’s a great discussion-starter; I would love to use it in a book club with other moms.

  • Well now I’m ever-so intrigued by the HSP. I’m marking the book you link to. I think I know a few of those … 🙂

    • Shana, check it out! It’s such an interesting–and I think, totally legit–concept. I’d love to hear what you think 🙂

  • Misty Wagner

    I’m intrigued by the biography!
    One Thousand Gifts is my favorite book! I’m going through her devotion currently… Love the way she writes…

  • I’m adding Home and the Oxford book to my wishlist! Thanks for sharing! xo

  • You really must stop adding books to my reading list! lol