What I’m Into (September 2013 Edition)

What I’m Into (September 2013 Edition)


Linking up with the lovely Leigh Kramer to share What I’m Into.

Our September has been wonderful, and crazy. Mostly the good kind of crazy. I’ve been traveling these past two weeks, which I’m not used to and don’t handle with as much grace as I’d like, but it’s been worth it.

worth watching

I’m still working my way through The Office, and not that often. September’s been busy, and I’ve been trying to drop Netflix from my to-do list when things get crazy instead of turning it to more as stress relief. I’ve been trying to skip straight to my reading to wind down at night instead of watching an episode (or three) of something first.

That being said, I’d like to start Downton Abbey season 4 pronto, and need to see The Great Gatsby now that it’s on DVD.

thinking deep thoughts about

The trouble with bright girls, and what it means for my daughters.

How I can reduce my decisions to focus better.

On deliberate practicereach, loop, mix.

on my nightstand


my nightstand right now

I can’t keep up with my exploding reading list. After loving The Secret Keeper, I’m diving right in to The House at Riverton. I’m on page 30 of Emily Freeman’s latest, and I can’t wait to read Speak Love after hearing Annie Downs at the Influence Conference.

I checked out It’s All Good from the library two weeks ago, which means I only have a week to flip through it before it’s due back. I’ve been waiting for it forever but last week I was too engrossed in my Kate Morton novel to care.

I’ve heard wonderful things about those two nonfiction reads at the top of the stack. (Has anyone read them?)

My current reads are always on display in the sidebar, and the next twitterature link-up is Tuesday, October 15.


built in bookshelves with library ladder

I want these bookshelves, and the library ladder to go with them. (Of course.)

My fall uniform will look a lot like this.

I’m putting my kids to work on these 15 toys you can make from cardboard.

This home command center is perfect for visual types like myself.

I need these 15 lifehacks for my tiny bathroom.

(You can follow me on pinterest here.)

Best of the web

I loved this interview with John Green about The Fault in Our Stars. (Spoiler alert.) Heads up: It’s on sale for $3.99 for Kindle today (and the hardback is pretty darn cheap, too.)

10 bookstores in 10 literary cities you don’t want to miss.

How to design a city for women.

The Onion reveals how U.S. News ranks colleges.

What it looks like when an illustrator collaborates with her 4-year-old.

10 ways worldschooling ruined my childhood.

GQ tells you how to name your baby in the worst baby-naming era in history.

(I shared many of these links over on the MMD facebook page already. You can follow along by liking the page here.)

What about you? What are you into this month?

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  1. Leigh Kramer says:

    I watched the first episode of DA season 4 yesterday. Eek! Interesting developments, to say the least. I can’t wait to read Emily Freeman’s new book. House at Riverton is my least favorite of Morton’s work. It’s not bad. It’s just not as good as the others. Let me know what you think once you’re done!

    Looking forward to hearing about your time at Influence!

    • Anne says:

      I’ve heard that about The House of Riverton, but I’m reading it anyway because I liked the others so much! (I think debut novels are typically the worst of the bunch.)

      Can’t wait to talk Downton and Influence with you. 🙂

  2. Anne says:

    That’s a great fall look. I would like something like that, too. Do you already have the boots? I get very hung up on buying *just the right pair of boots.* (They are expensive….maybe it’s the whole maximizer thing…must try on all the boots or don’t buy any. sigh. lol) I also started leaving my laptop downstairs and only reading at night, but I have fallen off the wagon. Reading is 100x more peaceful, for sure. The key is having the right books, which I routinely do not! I am very bad about only getting exactly what I want to read and feeling listless until I have it. I just watched The Great Gatsby this weekend (after trying to read it before the movie came out, didn’t finish), and it makes me want to read it again. You should tell us what you think! Otherwise, I am reading/have read: Pope Francis’s interview in America magazine (14 pages printed out!), Jenny McCarthy’s Bad Habits (not great, embarrassed to admit I read this one), Revolutionary Road (liked the movie a lot, wanted to try the book), When Children Love to Learn (practical Charlotte Mason), and Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love by Edward Sri.

    • Anne says:

      I have giant huge feet, so I take my boots wherever I can find them in my size! (But yeah, I have some. Not my favorite ever, but I can get them on at least. 🙂 And don’t even get me started on the maximizer thing! I am afflicted with that one.)

      Thanks for the tip on printing out the Pope’s interview. I have that on my reading list and never feel like scrolling through all those pages on a screen!

  3. I just read Steal Like an Artist and loved it. I got it from the library, but I think I will put it on my wish-list to have on hand. It’s modern in a lot of ways, but also timeless. Encouraging, engaging and witty while also being intensely practical.
    I’ll look forward to hearing what you think.
    Also, FYI, I read it in about 1.5 uninterrupted hours.

  4. Emily says:

    Loved the advice on naming children. We are going with James, a family name, for our little one, so I think we pass the test 🙂 Also, I really need to know how people are watching Downton Abbey Season 4… I’m out of the loop on that one.

  5. I started with House at Riverton and loved it, so I’m excited about reading Morton’s other novels – since most reading buddies say they liked it the least. I loved the link about making fewer decisions. I worked on parring down my closet a few years ago to eliminate physical clutter. I’m glad to know it eliminates clutter of the mind, too.

  6. I love your blog! I just visited it for the first time today because you included my daughter’s “Ten Ways World Schooling is Ruining My Childhood” in your round up. I’ll be checking out your reading list, I can see we have a lot of thoughts in common!

  7. LOVED Fault in Our Stars – will have to check out the interview! And those bookshelves are DREAMY. I too would like the ladder, though not with a 14-month-old. Finally, library books becoming available, seemingly all at the same time, can be life’s biggest problem. I’m just glad it’s football season.

  8. Nancy says:

    I’ve been a long-time lurker and now first time commenter. Always love reading through your book lists as I usually find a couple we have in common as well as lots of new ones to add to my list. I have 2 book suggestions for you – – The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty and The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin (I’m reading this one now and half-way thru it). Both are fictional works based on real, historical events.
    I could dress like the link you shared every day. If only it would be acceptable in the office.

  9. Christie says:

    Thanks for the spoiler warning with the John Green interview! I’ve only read Looking for Alaska (which I loved), and The Fault in Our Stars is next on my list.

    Here’s hoping that you enjoy The Great Gatsby more than I did. I think my expectations were too high (along with my dislike of Tobey Maguire).

  10. Amy E Patton says:

    Hi Anne, It was nice to meet you at the Influence Conference. My reading list is ridiculous. I would love to know how to keep up- any ideas? I think I may add audio books to my life. I added Gwynth’s book to my wish list…and Emily Freeman’s book…and… you get the point. Also, I enjoyed the GQ article, too. So, thankful my mom named me Amy.

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