I can’t believe it’s the end of December already! I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer again to share What I’m Into this month.
TV and Movies
I finally got around to watching the BBC 2009 version of Emma starring Romola Garai. Actually, funny story: I went to a party with my husband and met a nice single guy. On the way home I brainstormed which of my single girlfriends I could set him up with. Then I decide it’s a good time to dive in to Emma. I didn’t realize the connection until I was taking a shower the next morning. Funny, no?
I also finally watched Lost in Austen, which was kind of fun for it’s alternate-Austen-universe bit, but all in all, meh. It did have its moments of brilliance. Mr. Collins was so creepy in it it was almost unwatchable.
And I’m still holding steady with the Lizzie Bennet diaries.
I’m reading too many books to name here, but you can always check the sidebar for what I’m reading, or check out my Pinterest board of the books I read in 2012. I’ll be starting a new one very soon for the 2013 titles.
I had the privilege of meeting Shawn and Maile Smucker at Killer Tribes last spring, when they were in the middle of their cross-country tour on Willie the Big Blue Bus. They’ve just released their book documenting the journey, and it’s excellent. I highly recommend How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp, which takes its title from a terrifying episode on the Teton Pass.
I loved The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, but I have some complex thoughts about that book. (Mostly, I cannot believe how many people recommended this book to me, knowing I’ve done time as a cancer mom.) More thoughts coming soon.
One of the perks of being a blogger is getting to read great new releases before they come out. Laura Vanderkam’s new ebook What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend was well-timed for me, since weekends at my house have radically changed recently. It will be available on Tuesday for $2.99 (though you can pre-order it now).
I also got a jump on Dan Pink’s latest, To Sell Is Human, which is also releasing on Tuesday. I’ve been looking forward to Dan’s next book for a long time–and that was before I even knew what his subject was. I appreciate his thoughtful, fresh, and sometimes contrarian perspective on life and work. As a writer who’s not exactly comfortable with selling myself, his insights about why “we’re all in sales now” are very encouraging (and practical).
Around the Web
5 Phenomenal Pride and Prejudice Adaptations. I don’t agree with Book Riot’s top 5, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy reading them.
The Bookstore Strikes Back. I loved Ann Patchett’s article about her co-founding of Parnassus Books in Nashville that i read in my actual print version of the Atlantic. “You may have heard the news that the independent bookstore is dead, that books are dead, that maybe even reading is dead—to which I say: Pull up a chair, friend. I have a story to tell.”
Work Wear: Office Style at the New York Public Library from the Wall Street Journal’s SpeakEasy blog. Sure, the clothing is interesting, but check out these backdrops! Gorgeous.
The Inconvenient Truth About Mental Health and Gun Control at Rage Against the Minivan. I’ve been avoiding the Sandy Hook news as best I can, but I made myself read this one. I’m glad I did. (Warning: read the comments below and think twice before clicking this one.)
Listening to Xanax: How America learned to stop worrying about worrying and pop its pills instead. “If the nineties were the decade of Prozac, all hollow-eyed and depressed, then this is the era of Xanax, all jumpy and edgy and short of breath…”
On the Blog
You’re gonna have to wait till tomorrow for this one: I’m sharing my Bloggity Highlights of 2012 tomorrow.