What I’m Into (March 2013 Edition)

What I’m Into (March 2013 Edition)

I’m joining my friend Leigh Kramer today to share what I’ve been into this month.

Bookish

Leigh inspired me to take a photo of the books I own that I haven’t read yet. I stacked mine up and was shocked at how few there actually were! I think this is because I 1. Only included mine, not Will’s (although I did count the kids’ books); 2. Only included the ones I’m sure I want to read; and 3. Live right by a library.

unread books

 

(Also, I’ve been turning up books I forgot to put in this pile all week.)

Movies & TV

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is drawing to a close. I’ve been iffy on the last few episodes, but I’m curious to see where exactly they leave things at the end. Hank Green has almost promised another classic-ish series to follow this one and I’m definitely paying attention to that announcement.

I also loved what Ashley Clements, the actress who plays Lizzie Bennet, has to say about the power of story.

We’ve been watching The Gilmore Girls at my house. I never saw it the first time around, but we’re halfway through Season One and I’m really enjoying it so far.

I quit Once Upon a Time because I was losing patience with it, but I’ve heard the past few episodes have been amazing. Yes? No?

Catching My Eye Online

The Adverb is Not Your Friend: Stephen King on Simplicity of Style at brain pickings.

The Great Social Experiment at Whole 9 Life explores what happens when we ask the strangers we encounter everyday unscripted questions.

Brené Brown’s interview with Oprah is incredible.

An old college friend shares why he left World Vision for finance.

On the Blog

Best conversation starter: Grown-Ups Shouldn’t Finish Books They’re Not Enjoying

Most likely to resonate: Bread and Wine and a World of My Own

Most popular: A Dissenting Opinion on the IKEA Ektorp Sofa

Most likely to make you cry: The Peculiar Sadness of Somebody Else’s Happy Video

For more “What I’m Into” posts, head over to Leigh’s blog.

What are you into this month?

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  1. Danielle says:

    Oh, All is Grace, by Brennan Manning! I’ve heard it’s good. What else have you read of his? I’m currently re-reading The Ragamuffin Gospel, which has been even better the second time through. I met him about 10 years ago, and he was such a nice man! He even gave me a hug after he signed one of my books!

    • Anne says:

      That’s my stack of books I haven’t read! I haven’t even started it yet, but I have heard nothing but good things. I’m glad to hear he was nice in person.

      • Danielle says:

        Ah I understand! I thought maybe you had read some of his previous books as I think that might be his latest? Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  2. Tim says:

    I’m looking forward to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD) finale today. I think many of the episodes have been outstanding, while some have been a bit lackluster. Overall, this has been well worht the watching.

    The post you mention on story by LBD’s lead actor, Ashely Clements, ended up the subject of a post I wrote for today: A Note On Stories, Ashley Clements, and “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” http://wp.me/p2EmLc-Uj .

    As to what else I’m now into and will be for a while still, I’m in a re-read of Persuasion. I don’t know how many this has been, but I can say that P continues to be tied as my favorite Austen novel, equaled only by Northanger Abbey. All the others come in very close behind in a tie for second place. 😉

    Cheers,
    Tim

    • Anne says:

      Okay, I watched the finale. Curious to hear your thoughts. 🙂

      Persuasion might be my favorite. I really like Emma, too. But I haven’t read Northanger Abbey or Mansfield Park in a decade. I think it might be time….

      • Tim says:

        Just finished my Emma re-read a few days ago. As much as I loved that story the first time, I really like reading it now that I’m in on all the dualities going on!

        The LBD finale was just about perfect. Having Lydia and Charlotte in it with Lizzie acted as a bookend to the first video, where they were the two who joined her there as well.

      • I thought the last episode was perfect. I agree that the last few episodes were getting sappy (though I did enjoy 98 – what can I say? I’m a little sappy, too.) I was most disappointed with the Caroline/Lizzie confrontation. All in all, I loved the series, and I’m intrigued for the upcoming Sanditon as well as Green/Su’s next project.

      • Anne says:

        Hey, I was choosy in what I included! And also, my current stack of unread book from the library is bigger than the unread stack of books I own! Typical. 🙂

  3. For anyone who heads over to my blog today and is confused, the link up starts tomorrow. Anne, you are on top of things!

    Glad you’re enjoying Gilmore Girls. It’s been too long since my last GG marathon. I think you should give OUAT another chance. Admittedly, I’m a total fangirl over this show but there have been so many twists and turns lately!

    • Anne says:

      Woohoo! I’m on top of things!

      Allright, I hear you on OUAT. Since I already suffered through what I thought was a truly terrible episode (the one with Mrs. Patmore) I guess I can gear up to watch the awesome ones they’ve rolled out since. Just let me finish season 1 of Gilmore Girls first. 🙂

  4. Caris Adel says:

    I’m with Leigh. OUAT has gotten awesome again. I’ve always wanted to read Wuthering Heights. Ever since Mary-Anne loved it in BSC. But I never hae yet.

  5. Emily says:

    I haven’t been crazy about the last few episodes of LBD either…too sappy, but overall it’s been fun to watch. I lost patience with Once Upon A Time too. There would have to be some really good plot twists to get me back into it!

  6. Adele says:

    ‘All is Grace’ is so wonderful; I read it in one afternoon. 🙂 Loved Gilmore Girls too, hope you continue to enjoy it, Anne.

  7. Stephanie says:

    We tried watching Once Upon A Time, but found it to have too many “soap opera” characteristics. 😉

    Have you seen Call The Midwife, by chance? It’s a fascinating glimpse into history.

    • Anne says:

      I haven’t seen Call the Midwife but I strongly suspect I would love it. Just as soon as I pull myself away from Gilmore Girls. 🙂

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