When I was in high school my parents got divorced. My mom and I used to watch Gilmore Girls (her more than I at the time). When I did watch it wasn’t really my thing, but I do remember wishing that Lauren Graham (aka Lorelei Gilmore) would be my mom and that we could have all that witty banter that she and Alexis Bledel (aka Rory Gilmore) had. Sadly, my mom was a mom of 4 kids and we weren’t that close.

Many years later, after my first marriage ended, I watched Gilmore Girls again…..all the way through. At that time I really wanted to be Lorelei myself. I wanted to have a child and raise it and have them be my best friend. I was seriously considering being a single mom and all of the ups and downs that choice would entail. I found myself unemployed (by choice) and realized that wasn’t such a great idea. Plus, at that time I was still going off of the statements of doctors that with 99% certainty I would NEVER have children of my own.

Skip ahead to my summer reading goals 2020…..um, to actually make time to read…..

Now that my library is back open for pick-up and drop off (although they come out and place things on a table and there is absolutely no human interaction AT ALL), I have started to check books out again. The first book I picked up was Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham. Why? Because it’s LAUREN GRAHAM! I loved her in Gilmore Girls, I loved her in Parenthood, and I am currently loving her in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

Okay, so I am not going to lie to you, I didn’t read the description of this book before I checked it out I was really disappointed when I started reading it……because……I thought it was going to be a biography….and it’s not. HOWEVER, the story is wonderful and amusing and well written and I found myself pleasantly absorbed in it. The first day I read 8 chapters! In one sitting! The second day I read another 8 chapters….in one sitting! And then I couldn’t sleep that night, so I stayed up and read the whole rest of the book.

It felt soooooo good to read and to read something that was entertaining and well written. If you are looking for a great read by the pool, at the beach, or wherever you’re holing up for the rest of this summer pandemic chaos, this one is at the top of my recommend list.

So, now that I’ve given that one a whirl….what’s next?

Well, I am currently reading The Secret Garden to my kiddos (have never read it myself and there’s a lot of blatant racism in this book). My oldest was supposed to be reading Journey to the Center of the Earth, so I picked up his copy when I was still awake the other night and started on it. Then, I realized there was no way he was actually reading it, so we’ve decided to read it together. And, I returned Someday and picked up Part of our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library by Wayne A. Wiegand. That one remains unopened at the moment. In addition, next month I plan to start re-reading the Anatomy and Physiology text book I teach from to refresh myself and my labs.

What have you read lately?

Ever thought you were reading a different book?

Ever finished a book in three days?

What are you reading with/to someone?

Any suggestions for my summer reading list?

Fave Reads Friday #21 – Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

I love reading Ilana’s book lists. I have found some of my kids’ favorite books from her lists. This one in particular made me think that maybe my kids don’t read enough different authors or types of books. They sometimes have difficulty connecting to stories about kids that are different from them. This is probably a fault of my own doing. I tend to look for books featuring boys (except for our most recent books: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy and The Secret Garden). I want to expand our list of titles on our next library trip!

 

The stories on the news right now are horrifying and make racism in this country seem insurmountable. But we must consider that by not acknowledging the existence of racism with our kids, including all the smaller examples that do not make the news, we are contributing to the problem. This week, Harlow and I read…

via Fill Your Kids’ Shelves with Books About Black Experiences — Mommy Shorts

Fave Reads Friday #20 – Fill Your Kids’ Shelves with Books About Black Experiences — Mommy Shorts

Fave Reads Friday #16 – Summer Reading in Full Swing

Today is the first day of the Summer Reading Program at our local library. They’re doing a big kickoff party tomorrow that we’re going to, but today is the “OFFICIAL” start date. My kids got out of school last week though, so we’ve already been reading. They’re working on the Mensa for Kids’ Excellence in Reading List for K-3rd grade as it encompasses their current reading levels and ages. I’m working my way through the list of books I’ve “saved for later” at the library.

So far I’ve finished three books since I finished teaching for the semester…..

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Fave Reads Friday #15 – Devoured

Things I write about from time to time are the food that I eat and the books that I read and occasionally books about about food. Back in March and April when I was traveling a ton for NETA I was able to get some serious reading done. One book I completely destroyed in a single weekend was Devoured: How What We Eat Defines Who We Are by Sophie Egan.

 

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Fave Reads Friday #14 – May I Be Happy

The last time I wrote a Fave Reads Friday post was in August 2018…..it’s been awhile. And now I just finished reading a book (another one about happiness, but oddly not Gretchen Rubin). This time the book was called May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing My Mind by Cyndi Lee who also wrote Yoga Body, Buddha Mind (something else I think I might want to read).

In the book there is a story of Buddha. The story talks of Buddha’s ascetic practices and how he eventually learns that

…torturing the body wasn’t the way to relieve suffering, after all. (p.63)

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Fave Reads Friday #14 – Fiction, Comedy, and a Bit of Reality

Do you ever forget to hit the publish button on your blog? That’s what happened to me on Wednesday, but I’m not letting hit happen today! It’s been over two months since I last posted a Fave Reads Friday; and almost as long since I wrote about what I was reading. There’s been a few different directions my reading has taken me, so let’s jump right in to the list! Continue reading “Fave Reads Friday #14 – Fiction, Comedy, and a Bit of Reality”

Fave Reads Friday #13 – Defining Yourself

I’m reading a lot this summer. I find it easier to encourage the kids to complete their summer reading if I’m also doing my own. One book that I needed to read this summer was Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. If you’ve read my blog over the last few years you’ve probably heard all about many of her books by now (just click her tag at the bottom of this post), but reading Happier at Home was like a refresher from The Happiness Project.

The big take-away for me in this summer of turmoil is that I need to just be me to be happy. It’s okay that I’m different from a lot of my friends and definitely my family. I have to stop letting the way others label me define how I feel about myself. I need to just go back to doing my thing in order to be my best me. Continue reading “Fave Reads Friday #13 – Defining Yourself”