Our August at a glance: August in our home means birthdays (my oldest and my husband, plus a cousin and a brother-in-law), anniversaries (our 12th this year. Go us!), summer band, and back to school for everyone. (You can follow me on Instagram here.)
I’m joining up with Leigh Kramer and friends to talk about What I’m Into in August.
Attachments: A Novel: Funny. Interesting premise. I could be friends with two of the main characters.
The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel: The story of a painting originating in Northern France in WWI and its journey. Fascinating. I’m quickly becoming a Jojo Moyes fangirl.
The Invention of Wings: With Notes (Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 3): I loved the narrative voices in this novel, and I loved the imagery: “The sun looked like a little white button stitched tight to the sky.” Isn’t that lovely? I enjoyed the setting of the 1840s, the beginnings of Abolition and the hints of Women’s Rights for our nation – all tied together in this novel.
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Book 2): Graphic. Disturbing. A little gross. I couldn’t put it down. I love Cormoran Strike (and Robin!).
Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel: An interesting novel about a woman, waning in her career as a professional photographer, getting a new start in a small town.
Mary Poppins: Very different from the movie, but still enchanting and fun for my kids.
Beezus and Ramona (Ramona Quimby Book 1): My boys and I have decided that their sister is exactly like Ramona.
Treasure Island: We listened to this on audio. More on that in a minute.
I should just re-categorize this as Spotify. It’s pretty much my sole source of music (Follow me here).
Vienna Teng: I love this album. My husband introduced me to her through the song “The Hymn of Acxiom.” It was the ballad for one of the top DCI shows this year. (Drum Corp International. It’s like Nascar or March Madness for band nerds.) I’m embedding a video where Teng explains her composition process for this song:
And here’s a link of the Bluecoats playing this ballad in their DCI show “Tilt.” I started it at the ballad, but watch the whole show. It’s great. (Amateur video. The official video isn’t available.)
Jim Weiss on Spotify! Jim Weiss is on Spotify! I learned about this from The Art of Simple Podcast. I can get an extra 15 to 20 minutes of read aloud time for my kids WITHOUT HAVING TO READ ALOUD. Entire books are available along with folk tales, short stories, as well as history and Shakespeare for kids.
Kid Grooves: The most requested playlist in our home.
I’ve been walking in the mornings, and I love listening to podcasts. I ran out of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me Back Logs, and I’m all caught up with The Art of Simple. I need some new ones.
Television and Movies
Arrow (interesting but has “roll my eyes” moments), Last Comic Standing (Really like the judges and format. Watch the Best 100 jokes episode to see if you’d like it.), The Amazing Spiderman II (needed some better plot arcs, good overall), The Muppets Most Wanted (I’m glad we waited for RedBox), How to Train Your Dragon II (excellent!)