Today is a good day to buy YA for your Kindle. Here are books I liked reading and one I’m interested in snagging myself:

Eleanor & Park (Ira Children’s Book Awards. Young Adult) by Rainbow Rowell: $5

Looking for Alaska by John Green: $4.99

Paper Towns by John Green: $4.99

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: $4.99

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: $5 (I haven’t read this one. Reviews from people I trust come as a mixed bag.)

Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: $2.99

I usually don’t post twice in a day, but I figured this was a quick way for you to see the deals!

Go grab a book!

Summer time is a great time to pick up a book. I’ve had several friends ask me for some recommendations as they head to the library for story time with their kids or to the beach without their kids. So, if you need some hints, these are some of my favorite reads.

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: This is my recommend of the summer. It’s funny. It’s sweet. It has all the elements of a great summer read, and anyone would like it. Seriously, anyone. (A little language, a little talk of hanky-panky, but nothing explicit). A socially awkward professor of genetics decides he needs to find a wife and goes about it in the most scientific way possible, creating a 16 page questionnaire.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley: A precocious eleven-year-old turned detective in 1950s Britain sets out to solve a mysterious death in her back garden. Plenty of mystery and intrigue, Bradley’s funny and observant Flavia de Luce and her commentary on life make the novel stand out. I’m working on the second in the series called The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag. Also, just from random internet searching, I found out a television series is brewing, too. (I wrote a review for The Library Adventure here.)

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear: I’m a new reader to Maisie Dobbs novels, but I love these. Set in England in 1930 in the midst of a Depression and recovery from World War I, Maisie Dobbs serves as an Investigator/Psychologist. In Pardonable Lies, the third in the series, she’s on the case to fight for a girl accused of murder, her best friend’s brother, the circumstances surrounding a young pilot’s death in France, and, in the end, Maisie’s own life. These books came out in the early 2000s, so they should be easy to find at the library. (As of this post, Pardonable Lies is only $2.99 via Kindle).

Me Before You: JoJo Moyes: A romantic story of redemption and love between two unlikely characters: a young waitress and a paraplegic. (Warning: I cried reading this.) Also, Don’t Read With Your Eyes.

The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. This YA series is fun, sweet, and packed with adventure. It takes on fairy tales (Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel) and sets those fairy tales in a futuristic society with Lunar queens, cyborgs, and space ships. And it works. (Cinder is only $2.99 right now. Grab it!)

Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider: This is a great book if you need to scale back your life. I’ve been following Tsh for years, and I always love what she has to say. I wrote a review here.

The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith: Looks like a design book, but it’s more a book about embracing where you are now and eliminating your insecurities to create the home you love, no matter the circumstance. It’s beautiful. I recommend buying the hardback for $13.32 right now.

One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson: This book focuses on pivotal moments in culture during the summer of 1927 through stories about several historical characters: Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, Al Jolson, Al Capone, Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge, and others. (I wrote a review of it here.)

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty: I read this book last summer and loved it. It’s breezy reading, but it has some meat to it, enough to leave you wondering and thinking.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton: The opening scene of this book is chilling and jarring. The rest of it is also fabulous.

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham: I’ve talked about this book before at The Library Adventure. I recommended it on my Christmas Gift List, and I’m recommending it again. It’s funny with Gilmore Girls-esque banter.

My Go-To, Always Recommend First Before Just about Anything Else Read:

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: A memoir of compelling depth, warmth, and fascination. Follow Walls and her remarkable journey through childhood with her nomadic family, led by her unconventional parents. If this girl can survive childhood and live to tell the tale, then there’s hope for all of us. The reason why I love this book: Jeannette Walls is absolutely grateful to her parents and feels genuine love and affection for them, despite their flaws.

What are you favorite books to read in the summer?

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David’s Veins

June 30, 2014

“Look at his veins.”

My husband whispered to me.

“Seriously, you can see his veins.

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Tyler and I stood dumbstruck in the Accademia, the museum in Florence, Italy, housing Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. From just about everyone, we knew to take the time to visit him. David impresses everyone. He’s not cliché. He’s not touristy. You can see his veins.

For those who don’t know the background, Michelangelo accepted the commission to create a sculpture for the top of the Duomo, Florence’s iconic domed church. With a slab of marble other artists had rejected (many saw it as too flawed, too big, too much), Michelangelo created the definitive symbol of a Renaissance Man.

As my husband and I listened to an audio guide on our iPhones, David stood in all of his glory – all 17 feet of him, with nothing more than a few rocks and a sling and the power of God dwelling in his perfectly chiseled body, ready to face down a giant. He’s relaxed, composed, a little wary, but poised for battle.

My husband and I walked in slow circles, over and over, taking in every detail of David. I marveled at his muscles, his composure, the features of his face. And then, I would remind myself – he’s not actually human. Of course he’s marble and stone, but he’s so incredibly human that he tricks you. I mean, you can see his veins.

The hall leading up to David’s special cathedral features unfinished sculptures created by Michelangelo. These sculptures, for whatever reason, remained unfinished by the master and left for other projects. Roughly cut, the bumpy chisel marks still visible, art historians named them The Prisoners because the sculptures stay captive in their block marble holding cells. Looking at The Prisoners and then looking at David in his polished nakedness, it’s easy to see Vasari, a friend and contemporary, saying Michelangelo’s subjects emerged from the marble like a person emerging from a pool of water. It’s quite breathtaking.

Michelangelo worked in a fever. He would chisel away for hours on end until his prisoner trapped in marble would emerge. He didn’t sketch something out beforehand or use a model. He didn’t go back to add on embellishments. He saw the art and released it.

Too often, I look at the ideas of others, and they seem so polished and beautiful. My own ideas feel locked, held back by imperfections, by lack of inspiration, huge barrier blocks holding onto my ideas, not releasing them. In comparison, my work is amateur and insignificant.

And yet.

I don’t see behind-the-scenes. I don’t see the consistent hard word that comes along with the polished, the beautiful, the inspired. The every day hacking away, slicing off the rough patches and edges, cutting to the heart of the matter.

Before I can get to the veins, I have to do this work, and I can’t wait around for the perfect slab of marble to create it.

My first piece of editing advice to anyone is this:

Before you hit “Publish” or “Send,” take a quick minute and read your words out loud.

That’s it.

Reading a piece of your writing out loud, intentionally, will help you catch typos and misspelled words. Plus, when you read your writing objectively, you’ll hear the tone of your words. Don’t assume people will understand what you mean. Nine times out of ten, I change a word or two. I’ll rephrase something to soften the tone. I’ll reword a sentence to make my meaning clearer.

Yes, you may look like an idiot in Starbucks. Yes, you may not think you have time.

But, trust me. It helps.

Do you have a quick and easy editing tip?

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When a friend recommends a book to me, I take it seriously, especially when the recommendation is not just, “This is a great story.” When I hear words like, “This novel impacted my faith,” or “I thought about this book for months,” I know I’m dealing with something much more delicate.

When I read a book on a friend’s recommendation, I not only learn about new characters or find an author’s voice, but I also catch a glimpse of my friend, the fellow reader. Reading a beloved book of a friend is like being trusted with a secret, almost as though I’m having a conversation through the shared words, and the experience is, in some ways, more private than an actual conversation over coffee or at dinner.

Reading is a solitary activity for the most part, but being a book lover is more about community. Trusting a friend with a treasured book involves a level of vulnerability. The book’s words become reflections of the reader as well as the author. When we say, “Oh, please read this book. I absolutely loved it,” we are sharing a part of ourselves with another person. Books are intimate.

When I’m in a crowd, especially a crowd of new faces, I listen for book titles dropped in conversation as touchstones. Somehow, I learn more about a person when I hear books they loved or hated. I’m not saying I never like someone who doesn’t like the same books I like. I have friends who despise Jane Austen or love Thomas Pynchon. We are still friends. I don’t disown people because of book preferences. But, when I hear that familiar quote from a touchstone book, I know I’ve found a kindred spirit.

So, let me in on your secret: What’s a book you’d recommend that’s a little window to your soul?

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La Passeggiata

April 2, 2014

Our first night in Rome, Tyler and I headed into town via the Metro up to Flaminio station near the Piazza del Popolo. From there, we walked along the Via del Corso, a long straight street in Rome that closes down every night for walking. As a long-standing tradition, everyone in Rome finishes up work, and before heading home or to a restaurant to meet friends for dinner, they take a long walk. Sometimes they shop or buy ingredients for dinner, but it’s mostly just to socialize – maybe to show off a little, too.

The street lights glow a soft amber color. The shop owners stand around outside, talking to passersby. Old Italian men with their wool hats and coats and spiffy scarves gently push the elbows of their lady friends in heels and hats farther down the street. Teenagers in skinnies and Pumas light each other’s cigarettes and laugh on their way to the Spanish Steps or the nearby (and gigantic) McDonald’s. Street vendors shoot neon spinners in the air to attract the passing tourists.

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We ventured over to the Spanish Steps and then down towards the Trevi Fountain to throw in our lucky coin, assuring a return trip. We walked the winding paths leading over to the Pantheon. At the Pantheon we sat and watched a guy take an extended exposure shot of the passing crowds. We found a gelato shop, where I tried some made from rose jam. It was my favorite of the trip – light, fresh, and creamy. We wandered by the Victor Emmanuel Monument and then climbed to the Piazza del Campodoglio, where we could see the line of the Forum, the Arch of Constantine, and the Colosseum in the distance. There, the city was quiet and peaceful.

I loved being a part of this. It’s like Rome says, “Let’s take a few moments of every day and remember we are all in this together.” Rome doesn’t forget its past. It builds on top of it, or it saves and appreciates it. The streets bustle with modern-day life, but they still recognize the beauty of its history. Trevi Fountain, a gorgeous display of sculpture and art, was completed in 1762 to celebrate the re-opening of some of Rome’s ancient aqueducts. Now, it’s visited by lovers and by crowds of teenagers, by old men before grabbing some wine with friends and by tourists who want to catch some of the magic of A Roman Holiday.

I know visiting Italy for ten days will not make me an Italian, but I want to bring a bit of Italy into my every day life. I want to take time every night for a stroll or to catch up on the day with friends. I want to celebrate history right along with the present. Why not make something simple, like a water source, also be beautiful? Not all of Rome is in a museum. Most of its beauty and life is free for the taking.

I want a part of my day, every day, to somehow remember, “We’re not alone in this life. Let’s be together.”

When in Rome, you forget you have a blog. At least I did.

Well, I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon lately. Too much life and lack of preparation kept this space all too quiet. Within the month of March, I traveled to Italy for a week, packed and moved to a new house, dealt with 3 children and strep throat, and read some Harry Potter. Welcome to What I’m Into March 2014. I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer and friends. It’s a fun party. You should check it out.

Books Read

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: Flavia de Luce is an unlikely hero for a mystery series, but that’s precisely why I liked this book so much.

Cress: The Lunar Chronicles continues with adding Cress, the Rapunzel of the fairy tale theme in this sci-fi world. Cinder and her team of outlaws and misfits race to stop the lunar queen from marrying Emperor Kai and taking over the world.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: I read these two books while traveling. (Did you know you can borrow a book a month from the Kindle store if you have Amazon Prime?) I needed to read both Harry Potter books because I joined Jessica’s Young Adult Movie and Book Club. It’s a tough job and all that.

Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy: Yes, she’s ridiculous and over-the-top cheesy and predictable and way too lucky in love, but Bridget Jones continues to crack me up, and just like everyone else in the world, I can’t help but love this girl.

Before my husband and I left for Italy, my kids and I read Olivia Goes to Venice, Rome Antics, The Magic Tree House’s Vacation Under the Volcano, and parts of The Magic Tree House companion book. Then I could say, “We saw St. Mark’s and the Bell Tower today,” while we chatted over Face Time, and they would sort of get it.

On My (Virtual) Nightstand

(Our Library has Overdrive, so I can borrow books for my Kindle):

The Night Circus and Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Venice says, “What? This is a normal street.” Then, I say, “My normal street would include a parking lot and a Whataburger sign.” I cry.

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Once life settles down a bit here, I’m going to share some of my thoughts about our travels.

Until then, here’s what I loved in a nutshell:

Florence: Michelangelo’s David and his buddies The Prisoners, all of the Venuses in the Uffizi, the Duomo, the Arno River, St. Lorenzo’s Market, Mercato Centrale, and Trattoria Osvaldo, where I sampled two kinds of pasta and roasted goat meat. I also quickly learned the phrase, “Vine Della Cassa!”

Mercato Centrale and its beauty. Be thankful. My husband’s picture of this place is a skinned rabbit. Eyeballs in tact.

What I loved about Venice: Riding a vaporetti down the Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Eastern flair, winding alleys with tempting shops, the vendor who sold us some Pinocchio dolls, and getting a little lost and not worrying too much about it.

A fountain behind the Pantheon and a street cafe.

What I loved about Rome: a nighttime passeggiata down the Via del Corso, St. Peter’s in the early morning, the Trevi Fountain at night, a gelato stand just around the corner from The Pantheon (rose jam gelato. So good.), and The Sistine Chapel (totally worth the hype).

St. Peter’s Basilica. I love the streams of natural sunlight. This church has no stained glass.

Movies:

American Hustle, Catching Fire, A Roman Holiday (My husband had never seen it!), The Italian Job (great shots of Venice in this one.)

Movies I watched on the plane to and from Rome because you have a little screen right in front of you, and they turn off all the lights: Ocean’s 11, Iron Man 3, Funny Face, Philomena (loved!), Austenland (so glad I didn’t spend money to go see it.), Ender’s Game (enjoyed it), Sense and Sensibility (always a fave).

Pinterest & Moving:

We are finally in a home that will, someday, be ours, and I hope it can stay our home for a long while. We’ve moved 9 times in our 12 years of marriage, but this opportunity fell in our laps, and we couldn’t say no.

We are getting settled in, and I am using Pinterest as my muse to help me actually decorate this time. Our houses in the past have been so small and so temporary feeling, that I never found energy or time to put forth much effort to decorate, aside from hanging a few pictures on the walls.

I’ve been inspired by: this command center, this kitchen idea, and this head-board made from reclaimed wood.

My Contributor Posts:

Though I’ve been quiet on here, I wrote a review of The Rosie Project for The Library Adventure, a post for Upside Down Homeschooling entitled, “Does Grace Live in Your Home?” and another post for The Marathon Mom called, “Four Phrases Every Homeschool Mom Should Embrace.”

Just for Fun:

19th Century Novelists Sorted into Houses at Hogwarts. This is why the internet wins.

What are YOU Into this Month?

Use Grammarly’s grammar checker online because being a grammar slob is like speaking to a complete stranger with spinach stuck between your teeth. You are completely oblivious, but it’s the only thing the stranger notices.

Basic Tools to Better Writing

I’m a natural slob. I prefer wearing t-shirts and jeans. I have a gray hooded sweatshirt that I wear like a Linus security blanket all winter. It’s comfortable, but really, I should try harder. I realize this. Recognition is the first step, right? This slob mentality used to permeate my home, too. I would leave piles of dishes unwashed. I would avoid looking at the bathroom because if I really looked at the state of the tub, I knew I would need to grab a scrub brush. I’m learning to care more, but I have to fight these natural slob urges. I go on cleaning purges. I try new laundry systems. I put on a nice sweater and a scarf once in a while.

I try to remember my sloppy tendencies when I read sloppy writing. Yes, writing has sloppy qualities, too. No one is perfect. But just as I have learned that not looking at the bathroom doesn’t get it any cleaner, not addressing sloppy writing doesn’t make it any better.

Writing is both a talent and a skill. Some people have an eye for fashion, always choosing the perfect outfit. Others, like me, know how to dress themselves, doing little more than putting shirts and pants over the right parts. In the same way, some people have a knack for the well-turned phrase or the ability to transport a reader to vivid worlds of words, and others do not. But if you can think and speak, you can also write. Writing just takes more practice, and good writing takes effort.

So, what are the basic tools to good writing? Here’s a good place to start: Avoid the Slob Mentality

1. Voice

You need a writing voice, and the only way to tap into that voice is to write with it more often. My writing voice is my favorite voice. It’s sharper and more witty than my talking voice. Listening to your writing voice is like finding the beat to a distant melody. You have to concentrate to feel the pulse set in. If you don’t feel comfortable with your writing voice, it shows. Start by reading whatever you write out loud, like with your actual voice, before you send it. Trust me. It helps.

2. Observation

Detail is the key. Don’t write with generalizations or clichés. That’s sloppy. Keep an eye out for day-to-day life. You’ll see story all around you. Just follow life around a bit, then describe it. When you make a great observation, it is both laser-beam specific to your unique situation and universally true.

3. Structure

When you are writing, you need to lead people by the hand. Assume they know nothing. Assuming is sloppy work. Explain terms. Use transitions. Take out unnecessary words. Eventually, once you know your audience, you can venture from the path. Overall, you want to be interesting, not confusing.

4. Mechanics

When you’re an actual slob, your friends may not mention the globs of hair and toothpaste in your sink, but believe me, they notice it. Being a grammar slob with your writing has the same effect. The mess distracts from the message. If you cannot spell correctly or write with few mechanical errors, your reader will get lost in the mess.

What are some other basic tools to better writing? How do you avoid the Grammar Slob Mentality?

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It’s no secret that I’m a Lazy Housekeeper. However, I’m trying some new simple systems at home. I can get things done without wasting brain power or using up my time for writing, reading, and playing with the kids. I will never like to clean, but I can be responsible by caring a little more. Anyway, today I’m sharing my laundry system. This is not glamorous, and it doesn’t involve color-coding or using a cute chart or even chalkboard paint. But, this simple laundry system gets the clothes cleaned and put away.

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Step 1: Clothes belong in a drawer or a basket.

That’s my new house rule. Clean ones? Drawer. Dirty ones? Basket. This rule eliminates my original laundry step of “gathering all the clothes into one huge pile in the hall and ponder the likelihood of my impending death by suffocation if the pile ever topples.”

Step 2: Each family member gets a basket.

Towels get thrown in as needed or their own load, depending on the messiness of the past few days. I wash clothes by the basket (or person), not by color or fabric type. I wash everything on warm, and it all gets clean. This step removes sorting, both before and after washing and drying, which is like two whole steps! Steps removed so far? 3

Step 3: Wash your own clothes.

I give my husband a pass because he’s gone most of the day, and I help out my three-year-old. My boys (7 and 6) are pretty much on their own, and they like it (What six-year-old doesn’t like control? Answer: No six-year-old.) The boys gather their baskets. Add the soap. Hit the buttons. Move wet clothes to the dryer. Empty the dryer and put away. I’m losing track of the steps I’m eliminating just by getting the boys to do all of this themselves.

Step 4: Once the clothes are dry, you put them away.

This “life-changing” rule is for me. Before this system, I would let clothes just live in baskets until I finally got annoyed enough to put them away. Somehow, looking at two baskets of clothes to fold seems less daunting (see step 3). Plus, I’ve eliminated all of those other steps, so I can celebrate my efficiency!

Step 5: Folding is optional.

List of things I no longer fold (it’s grown over the years): underwear, kids’ clothes, cleaning rags, kitchen towels, most pajamas, athletic shorts. So, if you’re keeping up, I match socks, fold shirts and pants, and bathroom towels. If you’ve wanted a way out of folding everything, consider this permission. Live life on the edge! Stop folding things! (If the idea of unfolded clothing bothers you, I’m betting you don’t need much advice in the cleaning or laundry department.)

Questions:

What about fabric dies bleeding or whites getting dingy?

What can I say? Sometimes, you gotta roll the dice. Honestly, I haven’t had any issues with this. If your whites are getting dingy, take a special day to group them all together for a bleach fest once in a while. To me, having socks stay together is more important than the occasional dingy white or rogue red shirt bleeder.

Aren’t you wasting water and energy running the washer with smaller loads?

Maybe. But this saves my own personal energy as well as my time and sanity. Also, we are not a “wear it once, then wash it” sort of family. So, that should balance out some of the energy-saving issues.

How often do you do laundry?

The kids and I need to wash clothes once a week. My husband needs laundry done twice a week, and I usually do an extra load of towels during the week, too.

Do you have a laundry system? Or, better yet, do you have a simple cleaning/organizing solution?

I like to save as much time as possible cleaning because then I can justify reading on the couch. Have a great weekend everyone!

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