As always, linking up with my friend Leigh Kramer to share what I’m into.
February has been wonderful and crazy (but it’s always crazy).
We started the month here on the blog by sharing the things that are saving our lives right now. I love doing that so much because all month I’ve continued to think about the little things that are saving my life in this season.
It was my turn to go help out in Silas’s kindergarten classroom for his Valentine’s Day party, which was adorable and low-key. I got to play story lady, and read one Valentine’s book and one family favorite to Silas and his classmates.
We had a few wonderful sixty degree days when we got to read on the back porch, ride our bikes, and play outside in t-shirts. Glorious.
… is so fun. February’s episodes were with Deidra Riggs, Tsh Oxenreider, Osheta Moore, and Preston Yancey. You can listen to the podcast here on the blog or subscribe to have new episodes delivered straight to you. (I explain how to subscribe to a podcast here.)
New episodes come out every Tuesday. If YOU would like to be a guest on What Should I Read Next, this page is for you.
What I’m reading
My TBR list was out of control before, and my new podcast has only amplified the problem: I want to read every single book that a guest raves about!
A selection of what’s been on my nightstand:
• City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg. Seth Haines recommended this to me when we talked on What Should I Read Next and its 906 pages demanded a good bit of my reading time this month.
• Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance and Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
• Keep Me Posted by Liza Beazley
• Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I just finished this on Audible.
• Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy
• The Travelers: A Novel by Chris Pavone
• When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. (What I really mean by this is I have it on my nightstand waiting for me, but I’m so nervous. Talk me into it/out of it?)
What I’m watching
Will went out of town and I blew through the final season of Downton Abbey in three days. (Not bad, not bad at all.)
Will and I have watched a weird number of movies lately: first there was In a World, which had been on my to-watch list for so long I couldn’t remember how I heard about it. It was … fine. Imagine Strictly Ballroom, plus a dash of The Royal Tenenbaums.
And then we watched We Bought a Zoo. I know you’re going to hate me for this, but it was also … fine.
My kids have been loving The Great British Baking Show.
Around the house
We’re making slow but steady kitchen progress. I never thought I’d be so happy about little things, like concealed trash and recycling after six months of having both in the middle of the kitchen floor. And tile, shown above.
I hope you had a lovely February. What have YOU been into lately?