The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau: This is a fascinating book that combines important information as well as firsthand inspiration to start your own business and find success.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler: An interesting fictional account about the Fitzgerald family. It attempts to weave together all of the mystery surrounding Scott and Zelda’s marriage with all of its crazy Jazz Age antics, and she tries to sort out the Team Zelda and Team Scott rivalry among the Fitzgerald biographers. Quick and interesting read. I’m not sure I bought it (If this story arc rings any truth, it speaks volumes about women and marriage, and it’s a little scary.)
Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist: I’m mentioning this one again because you need to read it. Now.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems by Mo Willems: My favorite kid book right now. Mo Willems is my favorite children’s author. “The first bowl of chocolate pudding was too hot, but Goldilocks ate it all anyway because, hey, it’s chocolate pudding, right?” (How can you resist?)
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer: All of my kids love the Olivia books. In this one, Olivia is bemoaning the princess trend around her and dares to be different. I particularly loved her stark modern period.
Books I’m about to Read
I’m going to dive into Anne Bogel’s Summer Reading Guide. I even printed it out to have handy at the library.
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald: I know. I’m on a Fitzgerald kick. This is his first novel, and reading Z sparked my interest in it. It’s free on Kindle, by the way.
Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle: I enjoy the Big Mama blog for one pure and simple reason: Melanie Shankle is hilarious. She has a way of telling a simple story about doing something mundane – like picking up groceries or taking her daughter to the pool – and I’m on the edge of my seat or falling over laughing.
Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson: This is a fun YA series I’m reading in anticipation of my boys wanting to read all of the chapter books ever written once they decide reading is fun and way better than The Justice League.
Lincoln: Tyler and I finally picked this one up at Redbox. That Daniel Day-Lewis guy might make an actor yet.
The Great Gatsby: I wrote all my thoughts about that here.
The Karate Kid: We busted out this classic via Netflix a week or so ago, and my boys went nuts for it. Now, they play “Ikes,” which, if you were not aware, involves bowing to each other and then kicking one another repeatedly.
Baz Luhrmann’s Music of The Great Gatsby: Duh.
Emeli Sande: She sings the cover of “Crazy in Love” for Gatsby, but I’m particularly in love with her song “Next to Me.”
There just aren’t enough songs on the earth about the blessings of a good man.
“When the skies are grey and all the doors are closing
and the rising pressure makes it hard to breathe
well, all I need is a hand to stop the tears from falling
I will find him, will find him next to me.”
Nashville: We stopped watching. Just when I go and recommend a show, it completely derails and makes me want to throw things at it. The storyline should be taking a couple of seasons to cover all the ground they covered in a matter of two weeks. It’s ridiculous.
The Walking Dead: I am not recommending this show, but my husband talks about it constantly. He’s also suggesting I read a book at night instead of watching something with him (not normal), so he can have an excuse to watch his new obsession. If you are in to lots of blood and guts, go for it. I am not.
Arrested Development: The start of Season 4 sparked a resurgence of interest for Tyler, but I think it’s short-lived. I’ve always thought this show was hysterical while Tyler called it weird.
We are just way off on our television compatibility right now. Surely, there’s hope for us. Maybe we’ll just hold hands between our laptops and headphones at night.
We joined eMeals for three months to help me plan better meals for us. Surprisingly, my family devoured Panko-crusted tilapia with pineapple mango salsa. So, eMeals FOR THE WIN!
We are embracing the summer around here, waiting for Dad to get his school break, too. Check out my Summer Pinterest Board for inspiration. Once my kids are older and writing more, I’m going to add these cute Summer Journals from Life as Mom.
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