books i read

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver – The latest collection of poetry from Mary Oliver. Absolutely brilliant, of course, and I underlined and dog-eared the pages mercilessly. Check out “I Have Decided” on page 45.

Outlander: A Novel by Diane Gabaldon – I have several friends who have recommended this series to me for years now so I picked it up at our used bookstore and took it on our family holiday to Colorado. It was a great romance romp with a bit of sci-fi and a lot of history but it did become very dark in places and was occasionally very disturbing. Very satisfying but I don’t know if I’ll finish the series.

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty – Another “I’m on holiday” choice here but a great page-turner for a day or two. I like this author, particularly the quirky characters and the plot mystery is interesting – it kept me reading late one night. I also love how her heroines are rather flawed people.

The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel by Jasper Fforde – This was my favourite of the month. Witty, hilarious, weird, and wonderful. Truly unique premise, it’s pure joy for lovers of literature and dystopian themes.

Abdication: A Novel by Julie Nicolson – I’m a sucker for most novels about the abdication but this one wasn’t very good, I’m afraid.

books on my nightstand right now

Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider (this is an advanced glimpse at Tsh’s new book and oh, my goodness! Love it so far.)

The Prodigal God by Tim Keller

When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey

When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams

Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) by David E. Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander) by Diane Gabaldon

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

television worth watching

Miranda –  Series two is now on Hulu. I actually barked out loud with laughter during the first episode of the second series.

Otherwise, not much I’m afraid. I’ve just been watching our old favourites like Sherlock: Season One and Doctor Who (I know what’s on my imaginary Christmas list...).

Brian has started watching BBC’s MI-5 (aka Spooks) because he loves a tense spy/domestic affairs drama but it’s too stressful for me.

movies i’ve watched – in or out of the theatre

I made it my mission in August to rewatch all of the Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection. (What can I say? I”m a goal-oriented person.) Love these movies, love these stories. The only downside is that it makes me want to re-read all of the Harry Potter books now.

in my ears

I was skeptical (because I still love the original version) but good gracious, Sleeping At Last’s version of (I Would Walk) 500 Miles is crazy beautiful. Maybe this one is the tired-thirties/middle-life version of this song? A bit slower, a bit sweeter, a bit more deliberate. So lovely and true.


best stuff i pinned

Embroidered felt bookmarks – I’m a sucker for a rainy day craft about bookmarks

Books to read before you’re 40 – some great selections here

Make your own reading pillow

Seasonal chalkboard art templates

Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies… 


So, friends, what about you?

What’s on your nightstand? What television show has captured your imagination? What are you pinning or cooking or planning?

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  • I just love these round up posts! I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series and am presently finishing up book four. After reading this I want to watch all the movies. Now!!!!

    Also, just read my first Mary Oliver this month. Loved it.

  • Kristin Lee Williams

    I’ll be interested to hear what you think about The Husband’s Secret. It was such a good read but the characters were so disappointing to me. I still turn them over in my head, thinking about the decisions they made. Good stuff.

  • Cate

    I LOVE Jasper Fforde’s books! Even the most avid readers I know look at me with a blank stare when I mention his books or try to explain their plots. His Nursery Rhyme books aren’t as good (in my opinion) as the Thursdsay Next series, but they’re still fun to read. I will check out some of the others you mention – and, I can’t wait until your book is released.

  • Katherine

    I agree with you about Outlander. The first book was gripping but it was also disturbing. I didn’t have the emotional energy to finish the series.

    I’m re-reading the classics. Next up for me is Great Gatsby.

  • I promised I wouldn’t add another book to my wish list until I have read at least 10 of them. I added just added 5. Oh! The books to read! Sounds like it has been a good month. I love Leigh’s link up and decided to join the crowd this month. Hope September is a wonderful month. Amy

  • Yes! You discovered Jasper Fforde! I’m sorry I haven’t mentioned him sooner. The Thursday Next Series is great. A few books drag a little bit here and there, but I think you’ll plow through all of them. I would share what Julie and I love about it, but then I fear it could be a spoiler if you’re only on book one. Or as River would say, “Spoilers!”

    Be sure to check out his Nursery Crimes and the Last Dragon Slayer. I would suggest skipping the Shades of Grey book or at least saving that for last.

  • I have been wanting to rewatch the Harry Potter movies and rereading HP is always floating around in the back of my mind.
    Right now I am reading All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot.

  • Sarah Silvester

    I’ve read the entire outlander series, and while at the time I really enjoyed it, I don’t know if I can do it again! I used to read and re-read it, I think I really needed and craved escapism at the time and they certainly deliver on that front. Her villains are truly horrifying, I think for me that’s what makes them so dark and disturbing. A sign of her skill as a fiction writer perhaps, that she can get such an intense response from readers! The first book is actually I think the darkest and by memory book 3 is my favourite by far so I recommend that one.
    I heard Diana gabaldon speak a couple of yeas ago and she was fascinating: warm and witty and rambling, and her writing process was very interesting.
    Love Harry potter as always and can’t wait for Tsh’s book!

    • I agree that the first Outlander book is the darkest. I’d love to see Gabaldon speak some day!

  • Anne Bogel

    Very curious to hear your thoughts on When Women Were Birds when you’re done with it. I really enjoyed it last winter, though I could have done without the last chapter.

    I just added The Husband’s Secret to my kindle over the weekend, but haven’t started yet. And I’ve newly resolved to read The Eyre Affair (which I checked out of the library at least three times last year and returned unread) after 4 people recommended it to me last week. This not-exactly-personal recommendation counts as the 5th. I can take a hint. 🙂

    And I’ve seen those Spoonflower reading pillows floating around pinterest. I think I need one. 🙂

  • I’m neck-deep in my dissertation; that’s ALL I’m into, unfortunately, but my goal is to finish in time for a fabulous dinner date with some friends! 🙂 Just want to say many thanks for the Tired-Thirties Love Ballad. It’s been on repeat over here all day and we love it. It’s like college, when we fell in love, but sweeter and more mature, like we are now. Perfect. It’s going to get me through this round of revisions.

  • I’m going to talk you into reading the whole Outlander series. Mark my word. Starting Mary Oliver’s Thirst tonight. I picked up for a buck at a used bookstore. Kismet.

  • why did i click your link, and why do i now know that there is a sonic screwdriver/universal remote that sells for $100? oh capitalism. hey, have you ever read anything by heather king? her book “redeemed” has some fabulous writing in it.

  • jamieivey

    I love Sleeping At Last as well!

  • Zuda Gay Pease

    Just had to share this from So You Think You Can Dance….Love Sleeping At Last’s version on I’m Gonna Be. This dance by Paul and Hayley is beautiful.

  • theblahblahblahger

    I JUST heard that version of 500 Miles…love it. If you like these kinds of remakes, be sure to check out James Vincent McMorrow’s Higher Love and Wicked Game!

  • Hannah Boning

    The Eyre Affair has long been one of my favorites! The rest of the Thursday Next series is great as well, as is the Nursery Crime series and the Shades of Grey series, which might be my favorite.

  • PhotogJenn

    The Eyre Affair. Yes, yes. Love this whole series!

    And I’ve just gotten into the Aussie show McLaud’s Daughters on Hulu.

  • Kim Bradley

    OK, so I needed a book on Monday, and your suggestions were just in time. I laughed my way through The Eyre Affair. Jack Schitt? Meanwhile I resonate with your more recent post. Are you sure you can’t come for coffee? I live in east Tennessee….