I’m linking up with the lovely Leigh Kramer to share what I’m into in July.
television (and movies?) worth watching
I am really not qualified to comment on what’s on tv, but we did finally finish all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls. All in all, I loved the series. (Since you asked: the finale didn’t blow me away, but I was happy with the resolution of the main plot lines.)
We started watching Gilmore Girls about the same time I started reading Brené Brown, and that made for a fascinating (and frustrating) combination. Brené champions vulnerability, and the Gilmore Girls’ plot lines are driven forward by characters not saying how they really feel.
What’s up next? I’m so interested in Parenthood or Bunheads (for the Lauren Graham and Amy Sherman-Palladino connections), old favorites like Felicity and Veronica Mars, or new-to-me shows like The Americans and The Mindy Project. But a whole television series is a commitment, so instead of diving into a new series I immediately canceled Netflix.
(But I would love to find a great show or a few good movies to watch on vacation next month, that would appeal to my husband and me, my quirky brother, and my parents. What would you recommend? Hit me.)
I haven’t seen a movie (in or out of the theater) since Les Mis, but I’m planning on watching this one when it hits the theater. I didn’t like the book, but I love Keri Russell:
currently geeking out on
Deliberate practice. I’ve read five books on the subject in July and will share some thoughts with you soon.
on my nightstand
I’ve been reading ridiculous amounts of fiction, but I don’t need to tell you about that here: check out the sidebar and the twitterature link-up.
I also reviewed two chick lit picks over on Life as Mom for this month’s Booking It. Head on over to read my reviews of Someday, Someday, Maybe, the new novel from Lauren Graham (I know, more Gilmore Girls!), and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell of Eleanor & Park fame.
I’m getting ready to dive into:
The Engagements: A Novel, J. Courtney Sullivan
Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, Lauren Winner
Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True, Elizabeth Berg
The Meaning of Marriage, Tim Keller
Best of the web
This month, I was into the royal baby watch. I loved Kate’s nod to Princess Di with her polka dots, and her thoughtfully chosen (because she pays attention to that kind of thing) bump-revealing dress.
Sarah Bessey’s reflection thanking the Duchess on behalf of every woman who has ever given birth was my favorite.
(And I’m impressed how Will and Kate managed to dupe the paparazzi and slip into the Lindo wing. That seems a promising beginning for young George.)
While we’re talking style icons, how about these 12 unforgettable style lessons from Jackie Kennedy?
I keep coming back to this one on how clutter affects you and what you can do about it.
These 23 times Mindy Kaling perfectly captures your angst are hysterical. (#4 reminds me we’re overdue for a friendship post here.)
This time lapse video of the girl who learned to dance in a year blew me away.
These screen rules are so wise, and why I want to be Elizabeth Foss when I grow up.
I write all my blog posts out longhand, and you should too. This one’s very much in the spirit of 2k to 10k.
For more Gilmore Girls-themed fun: take the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. (I scored 137 out of 339.)
What about you? What are you into this month?