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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